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Doing Business with China's Elite
US firms are increasingly forming partnerships with the sons and daughters of China's elite, demanding clarification of the Foreign Corrupt Policies Act.
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Big Pharma Kickbacks to Doctors
Are payments by pharmaceutical firms to doctors for educational purposes legitimate?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
When Is a Contribution a Bribe?
A popular local businesswoman and philanthropist is found guilty of "pay to play" contributions to the mayor's reelection campaign. Should charities still accept her contributions?
Judy Nadler
Friendly Advice or Quid pro Quo
An employee of the Planning Department "recommends" particular contractors who offer him kickbacks.
Judy Nadler
Ethics, Gifts, and Public Officials
A video conversation on gifts to public officials and public agencies.
Roman Porter, Michael Martello, Melinda Hamilton,
Gifts to Lawmakers and Public Employees: Evolving Policies
The director of the California Fair Political Practices Commission and government officials discuss behested payments, transparency, and gift policies
Gifts to Public Officials
Discussion from a meeting of the Public Sector Roundtable
Putting Away the Gifts
The Center's senior fellow in government ethics recommends a no-gifts policy for public officials.
Judy Nadler
Gifts and Bribes
An introduction to the ethical issues for public officials.
Judy Nadler and Miriam Schulman
No Such Thing as a Free Ticket
A case involving a gift to a government official
Judy Nadler
Political Perk or Part of the Job?
A mayor must decide whether to accept VIP treatment at the ballpark.
Judy Nadler