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