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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Trouble with Amicus Facts

Categories: Crime/Justice,Lobbying,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2409071

The paper about how advocacy is infecting “friend of the court” briefs and damaging the impartiality of the judicial process which earned a William and Mary law school professor a guest spot on the Stephen Colbert show.  William and Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-273  From the Social Science Research Network

 

Financial Assets and Conflict of Interest Regulation in the Executive Branch

Categories: Govt Personnel,Govt/Business Scandals,Lobbying,Religion/Ethics

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43365.pdf

Summarizes and analyzes the issues of conflicts of interest in federal law and regulation regarding officers and employees in the executive branch.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Political Intelligence: Financial Market Value of Government Information Hinges on Materiality and Timing

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Information,Laws/Regulations,Lobbying

http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/653532.pdf

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 defines political intelligence.  This report reviews the legal and ethical issues that might apply to the sale of political intelligence, the effect such sales might have on financial markets, and the potential effects of imposing disclosure requirements on such activities.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

2012 Lobbying Disclosure: Observations on Lobbyists’ Compliance with Disclosure Requirements

Categories: Lobbying

http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/653471.pdf

Latest regular report on lobbyist compliance with federal disclosure rules.  Finds that about 6% of reports omitted one or more reportable political contributions that were documented in the Federal Election Commission database.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Lobbying Registration and Disclosure: The Role of the Clerk of the House and the Secretary of the Senate

Categories: Congress,Laws/Regulations,Lobbying

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34377.pdf

Explains the role of certain Congressional officers in implementing lobbying registration and disclosure requirements mandated by the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007.  Also summarizes the guidance documents they have issued. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

How Countrywide Used Its VIP Loan Program to Influence Washington Policymakers

Categories: Govt/Business Scandals,Housing/Homelessness,Lobbying

http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Countrywide-112th-Report-7.3.12-1207-PM.pdf

Reveals how a failed bank offered favored deals to Washington mortgage officials in exchange for influence on Capital Hill.  From the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

 

2011 Lobbying Disclosure: Observations on Lobbyists’ Compliance with Disclosure Requirements

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Lobbying

http://www.gao.gov/assets/590/589804.pdf

Latest annual report on compliance by lobbyists with disclosure requirements and quality of enforcement of lobbyist disclosure legislation.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Ethics.Data.gov

Categories: Headlines,Lobbying,Religion/Ethics,Statistics

http://explore.data.gov/ethics/

Provides access to records on campaign finance, lobbying, visitors to White House, and government travel reports.  From the White House

 

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