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Ethical Considerations for Candidates and Their Supporters
by Judy Nadler
Those running for public office sometimes become so focused on what they can accomplish after they're elected that they take an "ends justifies the means" approach to campaigning. But the conduct of the campaign itself can say a lot about the ethical principles a candidate brings to public life. Here are some ethical issues to consider in the three key areas of campaigning:
The task of raising money for a political campaign can be so overwhelming that many qualified individuals don't run for office simply because they don't want to ask for money. Here are some ethical considerations in fundraising for your campaign or on someone else's behalf.
Communicating your ideas to the voters in an effective and honest way is key to an ethical campaign. It is equally important to accurately represent the views held by your opponent if you choose to compare your platform or record. Consider these questions as you plan and execute the campaign.
The entire campaign team - candidate, consultant, supporters - must be responsible for the actions taken during an election. It's especially important to have a clear understanding of the ethical standards you expect and what actions you will take should a problem arise.
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