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Coalition for Integrity’s Evaluation of United States’ Foreign Bribery Enforcement

Posted on by Alex Amico

The Coalition for Integrity has submitted comments to the OECD in connection with the Phase 4 Evaluation of the United States’ Implementation of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. Read the comments here.

PROTECT THE RULE OF LAW AND JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE

Posted on by Marion Williams

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

Posted on by Marion Williams

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

New – Coalition for Integrity Podcast on VA Ethics

Posted on by Emily Christophersen

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/

Coalition for Integrity Sends Letter to National Economic Council

Posted on by Alex Amico

Coalition for Integrity sent a letter to Director of National Economic Council Larry Kudlow emphasizing support for the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and emphasizing that now is not the time to send the signal that the U.S. is reconsidering or might even weaken the FCPA.  Rather, now is the time to  push for strong and consistent enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and press major economic competitors such as China and India to become signatories to and enforce the obligations of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. Read more here.

Update on Virginia Integrity Challenge

Posted on by Emily Christophersen

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

House of Representatives Passes Corporate Transparency Act

Posted on by Alex Amico

The United States House of Representatives passed the Corporate Transparency Act of 2019 (H.R. 2513) on October 22, 2019 by a 249 to 173 vote. This bill will crack down on anonymous shell companies, help law enforcement fight money laundering, and prevent the misuse of the U.S. financial system by criminals. Beneficial ownership transparency is key to reducing the ability of kleptocrats to hide and enjoy their stolen assets. We urge the Senate to swiftly pass companion legislation. Thank you Representative Carolyn Maloney for your leadership.

Read Rep. Maloney’s press release on the bill here.

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

Posted on by Emily Christophersen

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

Virginia Integrity Challenge

Posted on by Emily Christophersen

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

Posted on by Emily Christophersen

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