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Integrity First- Alan Larson- Chairperson C4I Board of Directors

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Our Board Chair, Alan Larson using his deep foreign service experience and his services as both Ambassador to the OECD and Under Secretary of State for economic, business and agricultural affairs has contributed an excellent article to the Foreign Service Journal.

In the article he explains how  corruption is a deadly virus that can infect any nation. Fighting corruption abroad and banishing it from U.S. foreign policy must be core responsibilities of U.S. diplomats. “Integrity First” should be a central tenet of U.S. foreign policy initiatives and fundamental to the way foreign policy professionals help formulate and conduct foreign policy.  Read more here.

PROTECT THE RULE OF LAW AND JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE

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In recent actions, President Trump and Attorney General Barr have undercut U.S. credibility in the fight against corruption and undermined U.S. efforts to influence good governance around the world.  Prompt action is necessary to reestablish trust that rule of law and judicial independence will be protected.  Otherwise, these actions will upend years of efforts to combat corruption at home and around the world.

Read Coalition for Integrity’s statement on protecting the rule of law and judicial independence here.

Integrity First – Alan Larson- Chairperson of the C4I Board of Directors

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Our Board Chair, Alan Larson using his deep foreign service experience and his services as both Ambassador to the OECD and Under Secretary of State for economic, business and agricultural affairs has contributed an excellent article to the Foreign Service Journal.

In the article he explains how  corruption is a deadly virus that can infect any nation. Fighting corruption abroad and banishing it from U.S. foreign policy must be core responsibilities of U.S. diplomats. “Integrity First” should be a central tenet of U.S. foreign policy initiatives and fundamental to the way foreign policy professionals help formulate and conduct foreign policy.  Read more here

How Africa’s richest woman bought her way out of scrutiny from Western banks

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Shruti Shah quoted in the Luanda Leaks story about the vulnerability of real estate to laundered money and the lack of due diligence by the real estate industry on buyer’s identities and the sources of their funds. Read more here

New – Coalition for Integrity Podcast on VA Ethics

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Virginia has done nothing to address the lack of enforcement power of its ethics agencies despite scoring in the bottom 10% of all states in the S.W.A.M.P Index. It is important that state ethics agencies have the power to independently investigate, hold public hearings, and issue subpoenas, reprimands, and fines. A toothless ethics agency cannot serve the public well. Michael Deal’s podcast interviewing Ms. Shah, President and CEO of the Coalition for Integrity and discussing the Coalition’s work to change dismal state of VA ethics is now live: http://democracy4change.org/virginia-among-the-worst-states-in-the-union-in-terms-of-ethics-and-transparency/

Update on Virginia Integrity Challenge

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Over the course of this year’s Virginia election, C4I launched the Virginia Integrity Challenge. The Challenge urged candidates for the General Assembly to support legislation strengthening Virginia’s ethics agencies, as well as to exercise personal transparency in their campaigns. Ultimately, twenty-five candidates,  signed onto and complied with the Challenge, and eleven of those candidates won their races. Several other candidates have indicated their support for improved ethics enforcement.  Eleven candidates who took the challenge won their elections. The Coalition will work with the members of the General Assembly on improved ethics oversight in Virginia in the next legislative session. Read our memo here

Enforcement of Ethics Rules by State Ethics Agencies: Unpacking the S.W.A.M.P. Index

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Now Live. Read more here and watch our video about the project here.

Virginia Integrity Challenge

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The Coalition for Integrity is challenging all candidates running for Virginia’s House of Delegates and the State Senate in the election on November 5 to stand for integrity and transparency in public service.  So far this year, twenty-five candidates of all partisan stripes have accepted the Challenge.  Ask the candidates running in your district to accept the challenge.  Read more here and watch our video about the Challenge here.

2019 Integrity Awards Dinner

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Thank you to all our awardees, sponsors, and everyone who joined us for our 2019 Integrity Awards Dinner. Read more about the event here.

Promoting and Protecting Whistleblowers:

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The Coalition for Integrity condemns demonization of any person who in good faith has reported fraud, waste, abuse of office or ethics violations in the manner proscribed by the relevant law.  Read our statement here.