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Are political swamps in California and Washington mostly drained? This study says they are. (Sacramento Bee)

Posted on by Andrew Sheeler

 

California ranks second in the nation for anti-corruption laws, according to a new report from nonpartisan corruption watchdog Coalition for Integrity. California shares that second-place designation with Rhode Island; both states fell behind Washington state, which claimed the best score in the 2018 States With Anti-Corruption Measures for Public Officials (S.W.A.M.P.) Index. Read More

 

Ethics Watchdog gives New Mexico low marks (AP)

Posted on by Associated Press

 

A watchdog group on ethics in government is giving the state of New Mexico low marks for safeguards designed to discourage corruption. The Washington, D.C.-based Coalition for Integrity on Thursday ranked New Mexico among the 10 worst states when it comes to ethics oversight, restrictions on gifts to public officials and disclosure of political spending by independent groups. Read More

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

Posted on by Shruti Shah

 

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

New ‘SWAMP’ Index Ranks States on Public Corruption Laws (Wall Street Journal)

Posted on by Samuel Rubenfeld

 

A new index from the group formerly known as the U.S. chapter of Transparency International ranks the “state of ethics” in each U.S. state. The organization, now known as the Coalition for Integrity, analyzed the laws of the 50 states and the District of Columbia related to the scope, independence and power of ethics agencies, as well as the acceptance and disclosures of gifts by public officials, transparency of funding expenditure and client disclosures for legislators. Read more

Coalition for Integrity Releases States With Anti-Corruption Measures for Public officials (S.W.A.M.P.) Index

Posted on by Shruti Shah

 

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

A 2018 voter’s guide to ethics and integrity.

Posted on by Shruti Shah

It seems that each day, we’re confronted with fresh conflict of interest scandals, where public officials seem to forget that that their fundamental duty is not to allow their private interests to influence their official duties. It’s time that we demand clear, hard commitments to ethics and transparency from our candidates and public officials. 2018 is the perfect year to start. Read our 2018 voter’s guide to ethics and integrity via The FCPA Blog, here

Transparent Beneficial Ownership is Key to Addressing Corruption and Should be an Essential Component of the Counter Terrorism and Illicit Finance Act (H.R. 6068)

Posted on by Shruti Shah

Read Coalition for Integrity’s latest statement here.

Shruti Shah appointed President & CEO of Coalition for Integrity

Posted on by Jane Hagan

Coalition for Integrity’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Shruti Shah as President & CEO of the organization effective June 1, 2018. Under Shruti’s leadership, we will continue to combat corruption in the United States and overseas. We are looking forward to collaborating and engaging with all of you as we continue our journey. Read more

Scott Pruitt’s scandals aren’t so bad—by Russian standards

Posted on by Marion Williams

Shruti Shah of Coalition for Integrity discusses the Pruitt scandal with Quartz, comparing it to growing up in India under systemic corruption and the frustration experienced by citizens when they can’t hold those in power accountable. Read more

Growing bipartisan interest in beneficial ownership transparency (FCPA Blog)

Posted on by Jane Hagan

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently renewed Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) that temporarily require U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind shell companies that pay “all cash” for high-end residential real estate in select markets. This is the third time the GTOs have been extended. Read more