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Leak Exposes Millions of Dollars in New Payments In Odebrecht Cash-for-Contracts Scandal:  by ICIJ

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New story from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on Odebrecht. The ICIJ obtained more than 13,000 documents that had been stored by Odebrecht’s Division of Structured Operations on a secret communications platform known as Drousys. For more than four months, ICIJ worked in partnership with more than 50 journalists in 10 countries to investigate the ledgers of Odebrecht’s bribery division. According to the ICIJ, the leaked records reveal hidden payments across the region that extend far beyond what has been publicly reported.  Quote from S Shah of the Coalition for Integrity: “It’s mind-boggling to even understand how this went on for so long.” Read more here

End anonymous shell companies to protect national security

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Article by Shruti Shah, President & CEO and Michael Hershman, C4I Board of Directors Member. Read more here

Advocacy Alert – ND Ethics Commission

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Legislators in North Dakota are in the process of reviewing legislation to create an independent ethics commission after a ballot measure passed this November.  North Dakota was last in Coalition for Integrity’s S.W.A.M.P. Index. We urge state legislators to support strong accountable, transparent government by passing without delay implementing legislation that meets this minimum standard. You can read our letters to the House Ethics Committee here and Senate Ethics Committee here.

Follow the Money

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DOJ Is investigating Whether U.S. Payoffs to Iraqi Officials Opened the Door for ISIS. Read more

Charges in Panama Papers Probe Shine Light on ‘Enablers’

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Charges announced last week against four people with ties to defunct Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co. demonstrate how professional service providers potentially can enable abuse of the financial system, observers say. Read more, here.

“This may be just the beginning.” U.S. unveils first criminal charges over Panama Papers

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Nearly three years after the publication of a massive leak of secret offshore shell-company documents known as the Panama Papers, U.S. prosecutors announced criminal charges Tuesday against four people, including a former top lawyer for Mossack  Fonseca & Co., the Panamanian firm that helped dictators, drug lords and the ultra-wealthy hide their cash. Read more, here.

How did Tuesday’s election influence the S.W.A.M.P. index?

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While much of the focus on the mid-term elections was on who got elected, there were significant results regarding how candidates get elected and the ethics rules to which they are subject once in office. Read more

Citizens for Integrity

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Join the Coalition for Integrity in our mission to combat corruption, Read more here

What is the S.W.A.M.P. Index telling us about state ethics agencies? (FCPA Blog)

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Two weeks ago the Coalition for Integrity released the S.W.A.M.P. Index, which ranks and scores all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia based on the laws governing ethics and transparency in the executive and legislative branches. I am very encouraged by the response to the index and the questions we have already received. Our hope is that voters demand commitments to address the shortcomings in their state’s legal framework as identified in our report. The results are not only essential to a voter’s understanding of their state’s ethics agencies, but also to current and future elected-officials so they understand how their state’s legal framework compares to those in other states and can work towards plugging loopholes. Read More

Introducing the Coalition for Integrity’s S.W.A.M.P. Index (FCPA Blog)

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After a summer of hard work, I am pleased to present Coalition for Integrity’s Index of States With Anti-Corruption Measures for Public officials (S.W.A.M.P.).  As the 2018 elections approach, we want voters to understand the “state of ethics” in their state so that they can better evaluate candidate platforms, demand improvements in their state’s legal framework and judge proposed reforms.  State officials can see how their state’s ethics framework compares to those in other states and these officials also have access to a description of best practices to draw from. Read More