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When Lobbyists Are Public Officials

Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

Conflicts of interest can arise when people holding public office also represent clients whose interests may be affected by government decisions.  In a New York Times article on the subject, Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler commented, “You’re fooling yourself if you think you can wear those two hats and not have it influence the outcome.”

For more on conflicts of interest in government, see the Ethics Center's Introduction to Government Ethics.

Tags: conflicts of interest, government ethics