When elected and public officials misstep -- whether by accepting bribes, failing to report conflicts of interest, or by putting the interests of friends and relatives ahead of the public's -- everyone suffers.

So we work to hold elected officials and public servants to the highest ethical standards. We keep close watch to ensure that our legislators and others in positions of power follow the rules.

We have been the driving force for decades behind critical ethics legislation at the federal and state levels. In the wake of one of the biggest and most recent congressional bribery scandals, for example, we successfully championed the creation of the first-ever independent ethics offices to oversee the House of Representatives. We've challenged governors, members of Congress, even Presidents who've crossed ethical boundaries.

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