Congressional Ethics

Common Cause's lobbying in 2007 led the House to create the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), the first independent ethics watchdog in Congress; since then, we have faced down bi-partisan attempts to weaken or dismantle the OCE and are lobbying the Senate to create a similar ethics oversight panel. Our lobbying figured prominently in the passage of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, placing new disclosure requirements on lobbyists, and the STOCK Act, clarifying that Congress is bound by laws barring government officials from using "inside" information to enrich themselves.

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As chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Jason Chaffetz ought to acknowledge that Americans want our public officials to observe the highest ethical standards and do all he can to ensure that President-elect...

Rep. Chaffetz Should Thank Ethics Chief, Not Threaten Him
January 13, 2017

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