Ethics

We hope you enjoyed The For-Profit Presidency: Ethical Issues in the Trump Administration and What We Can Do About Them! Please find below additional info on how to monitor, respond to, and take action against the ethical lapses that have characterized this presidency.

The complete post-forum action list is here!

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Trump Watch: Grab Him by the Ethics – Stay up to date on the latest headlines in Trump’s ethical challenges.
Resources and Information:
State of the Swamp: Ethics in President Trump’s First 100 Days – A report by Common Cause
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that uses aggressive legal action, in-depth research, and bold communications to reduce the influence of money in politics and help foster a government that is ethical and accountable.
Learn about the OGE, which provides overall leadership and oversight of the executive branch ethics program designed to prevent and resolve conflicts of interest.
Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.
Public Citizen works to ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power. Its Congress Watch division strengthens our democracy by exposing and combating the harmful impact of money in politics. Their work in this area focuses on money in politics, government ethics, lobbying reform and open government.
A project of Common Cause, Country Over Party addresses President Trump’s unprecedented conflicts of interest, his campaign and administration’s ties to foreign governments, and Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. It offers a 10-point agenda that outlines the concrete steps to our leaders can take to put country over party, ensure that Americans know exactly what happened, hold power accountable, and strengthen voters’ faith in the security of our elections.

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Please join us for an evening of discussion, education, and opportunities for action with some of the most prominent experts in the field of presidential ethics. Through a moderated forum and audience interaction, we will explore the answers to questions posed by our daily headlines:

What do the U.S. Constitution, laws, and established norms provide about conflicts of interests and ethics in the executive branch?

How do President Trump, his family, and his administration measure up?

How important is this? Are we harmed?

What can Congress, the courts, and citizens do?

  • Learn about current lawsuits under the “emoluments” clauses
  • Learn about the limits of Congressional oversight and the impeachment process
  • Learn what public advocacy groups are doing
  • Learn how you can help them and what you can do
  • Learn how historical movements succeed, and how they fail

Our panel includes:

A U.S. Congressman and constitutional law scholar
A former ethics counsel to the Obama-Biden presidential transition
A leading historian of American political movements
Respected leaders of key public interest groups acting to ensure integrity in government