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Maryland: US officials indict 80 in Maryland prison corruption case WSJ

New York/New Jersey: Bridgegate witness says Cuomo and Christie discussed cover story PoliticoNY

New York: Ethics panel investigating de Blasio's nonprofit is said to issue broad subpoena New York Times

Pennsylvania: Ex-US Rep. Fattah's sentencing on hold amid bribery appeal ABC News

USA: New York AG sends cease and desist letter to Trump Foundation NY1

California: Former state senator to plead guilty in bribery case SF Gate

Louisiana: St. James Parish president indicted on public corruption charges The Advocate

World: Pope Francis implores sports leaders to curtail corruption ABC News

Brazil: Odebrecht nears $2B plea deal in Brazil graft case Reuters

Spain: Spain opens 'biggest corruption trial' BBC

Ukraine: IMF sees Ukranian politicians curbing anti-corruption efforts Bloomberg

Mexico: Immigration service fires agents for corruption Washington Post

Zimbabwe: Country losing $1B a year to corruption Reuters

Democratic Republic of Congo: Congo backs billionaire Gertler after Och-Ziff allegations Bloomberg

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Regulating State Lawmakers' Outside Income

The practice of permitting legislators to earn outside income, apart from compensation for service in office, is a frequent battlefield in the fight against legislative corruption in the United States.

Critics argue that such income creates potential conflicts, pitting legislators' financial interests against the public interest. Recently in New York, longtime Assembly Leader, Sheldon Silver, was convicted of corruptly earning outside income by bartering influence and taxpayer funds.

Many legislators, however, point out that their positions are generally low-paid and part-time, and that they have the right - perhaps even the need - to supplement their salaries.

Our latest brief lays out the current debate over outside income and provides a number of regulatory remedies that states can pursue.

This brief was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.    

Corruption Watch: "Cauldron of Corruption"

"One of the real problems here is that Suny PolyTechnic isn't a state agency, it doesn't have the same protections in place," said Executive Director Jennifer Rodgers of the recent corruption indictments involving New York's "Buffalo Billion" economic development initiative this past Wednesaday on MetroFocus

Rodgers again appeared on the program for its ongoing "Corruption Watch" segment. She discussed the corruption charges facing former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Joseph Percoco, and SUNY PolyTechnic President Alain Kaloyeros, among others. Watch the segment here
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