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News:

New York/New Jersey: Defense seeks mistrial in Bridgegate trial; Judge rules instructions to jury will stand CBS NY

New Jersey: Christie's Bridgegate legal fees cost you another $1 million, report says NJ.com

Detroit: Grand jury charges metro Detroit official with 8 counts of bribery Michigan Public Radio

Maryland: Former prison officials says firings harm corruption fight Baltimore Sun

USA: Russian sports agent and U.S. marathon officials under federal investigation NYT

Brazil: Prosecutor says Trump franchise may have benefited from corruption Reuters 

Mexico: Winning on anticorruption - Why Mexico won't be the next Brazil Foreign Affairs

South Africa: Jacob Zuma may finally have to step down after report confirms corruption allegations Quartz

Nigeria: Ex-first lady sues anti-corruption agency for $200 million International Business Times

Argentina: Ex-leader Fernandez in court over corruption case Fox News

China: Drug giant GlaxoSmithKline faced a reckoning as China took aim at bribery New York Times

Pakistan: Prime Minister Sharif to face corruption probe over Panama Papers leaks Los Angeles Times
 
Other Views:

U.S. voters say corruption is a major issue. Why are politicians silent on it? Global Anticorruption Blog
 
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Fighting "Small Town" Corruption 

 
How to obtain accountability, oversight, and transparency
 
Small municipalities have been the subject of numerous corruption scandals in recent years. Bell, California and Crystal City, Texas are just two of many small cities that made their way into the national spotlight after suffering at the hands of seriously corrupt leadership.



While small cities and towns across the United States collectively spend billions of dollars in public funds, they typically operate with few employees and limited resources to expend on non-essential personnel and programs. This means that the very nature of small towns makes them susceptible to corruption, because their small size and workforce do not allow for the kind of oversight that larger cities, state governments, and the federal government can employ. Given their limitations, what can small cities and towns do to ensure their public officials are operating with integrity?

Our latest Practitioner Toolkit explores ways that small governments can work towards the three pillars of government integrity: accountability, oversight, and transparency, even with their inherent budget constraints. 

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

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