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Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 3:14 PM
Ann Ravel, chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, discussed the effect of the Supreme Court's Citizens United case on the 2012 elections, especially at the state and local level, at a recent presentation to the Ethics Center's Public Sector Roundtable.
Ravel stressed the importance of transparency in the process. Disclosure, she argued, allows voters to understand where the money comes from so that they can assess the validity of campaign claims. "We have to have enough disclosure so people know what they need to know about the candidates," she said.
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 4:00 PM
An editorial in the Orange County Register explores the failure of President Obama's cabinet to respond to Freedom of Information requests from Bloomberg for information on the secretaries' travel. Interviewed for the piece, Ethics Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler said,
Transparency is the most important thing the government can engage in to enhance public trust. One of the things the president mandated on coming into office was acting promptly on FOIA requests. This is of concern because it should not be difficult for people to see what's going on in government. The FOIA was put in place for people to know what's going on in terms of spending and policy.
When officials fail to respond to FOI requests, Nadler continued,
The default position for many people is that the officials must be hiding something. I don't know if that's true. But the lack of disclosure is troubling, whether it's a city council member or a Cabinet member. The public has a right to know.
Monday, Sep. 24, 2012 4:33 PM
Ann Ravel, chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, speaks on the ethics of political campaigning at Santa Clara University Oct. 5 from noon-1 in the Weigand Room of the Arts and Sciences Building.
Prior to her appointment as commission chair, Ravel served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Torts and Consumer Litigation in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice.
Most of her career was as an attorney in the Santa Clara County Counsel's Office, ultimately serving as the appointed County Counsel from 1998 until 2009. As County Counsel, she represented the County and its elected officials, providing advice on the Political Reform Act.
After Ravel's public lecture, she will meet with the Ethics Center's Public Sector Roundtable, a group of locally elected and appointed officials who address ethical issues in government
Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 12:55 PM
Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler will be a panelist at the conference Nov. 2, "Ethics, Trust & Transparency," at the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility at Southern Methodist University.
The goal of the conference is to provoke debate on the current state of trust in business and government, and how that may affect the 2012 elections. The conference focuses on what business leaders and economic policy makers have done--and what more they can do--to ensure transparency in financial reporting and to recognize the interests of multiple stakeholders.