February 26, 2019
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.
February 12, 2019
DOJ Is investigating Whether U.S. Payoffs to Iraqi Officials Opened the Door for ISIS. Read more
December 12, 2018
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.
December 4, 2018
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.
November 8, 2018
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
November 1, 2018
Join the Coalition for Integrity in our mission to combat corruption, Read more here
October 16, 2018
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
October 4, 2018
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
October 4, 2018
Today, Coalition for Integrity released its States With Anti-Corruption Measures for Public officials (S.W.A.M.P.) Index which sheds light on the surprising lack of coherent, consistent statutes and regulations that exist in states to protect the public. The index shows there is need for improvement everywhere. The relative performance of states should be a wake-up call for citizens and voters. Read here
August 8, 2018
The U.S. needs to advance a positive message at the G20 Summit which emphasizes the importance of all G20 countries acting to combat corruption. Strong implementation and enforcement of foreign bribery laws has also been included in the G20 commitments at least since 2010. The 2018 Leaders’ Summit presents an important opportunity to make progress on a longstanding G20 commitment. We at the Coalition of Integrity have written to President Trump calling for consistent enforcement of foreign bribery laws by all G20 countries. The United States Chamber of Commerce, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, United States Council for International Business, National Foreign Trade Council and the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable have also signed the letter along with us. Read our letter here