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Lying in Political Campaigns

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

Twenty states have laws against making false campaign statements, but if Ohio is a typical example, the law is not stringently enforced.  "In the last decade, the commission has not referred a single case involving a false statement to a county prosecutor," according to an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Interviewed for the article, Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler, talked about the effect of unchecked lying on the political process:  "The problem is that this leads to an eroding of people's confidence in government. People throw up their hands and say, 'I don't believe any of them,' and it decreases voter registration and turnout."

 

Tags: campaigns and elections, government ethics