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by David Hanks for Global Exchange
Wednesday, Sep. 06, 2000 at 4:02 PM
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Twelve Ways to Democratize the U.S. Political System: Fourth
Promote ethics, disclosure and information sharing.
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4. Promote ethics, disclosure and information sharing.
Political appointees are far too often large campaign contributors, representing commercial interests rather than the public interest. The public needs complete, timely and accessible information about government appointments. We need stronger federal anti-bribery and gratuity statutes to ensure that special interests cannot use gifts to gain favor with public officials. Comprehensive and detailed financial disclosure by public officials is needed to help prevent conflicts of interest. We need to stop the revolving door between government and corporations.
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