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Conflict of Interest

Lessons I Learned From My Parents: Part IV

Mark Baer | Posted 10.26.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

The next lesson I learned was that the concept of the 'evil stepmother' developed for good reason. Unfortunately, there is an inherent conflict of interest between a new spouse and children from a prior marriage or relationship.

Maintaining the Integrity of Corporate Internal Investigations

Michael D. Celock | Posted 07.30.2013 | Business
Michael D. Celock

If anything the investigation has opened the Board and his firm to potential embarrassment and ridicule. Quite frankly, he never should have accepted the assignment and placing himself and the firm in a no-win situation.

Weiner's Wife Enjoyed Plum Arrangement While At State

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

Huma Abedin, longtime friend of the Clintons and wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, enjoyed an arrangement to work as an adviser in the State Departm...

Did Time Magazine Offer Favorable Coverage to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center?

Paul Raeburn | Posted 06.05.2013 | Media
Paul Raeburn

Did Time promise M.D. Anderson favorable coverage in return for buying the ad? Both Time and M.D. Anderson told me that did not happen. But there are reasons to be suspicious.

You Follow Advice Despite Conflicts of Interest

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Art Markman, Ph.D.

An adviser's job is to help you get what you want. Yet, when your advisers have a reason to recommend something that is better for them than it is for you, there is still a desire to help them out at your own expense.

The Chemical Industry's Political Machinations

Michael Green | Posted 05.18.2013 | Green
Michael Green

Based on an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, the Newshour showed how the chemical industry manipulates science, bullies independent researchers, and undermines regulations that would protect children and families from harmful chemicals.

In the Shadow of John Dalli's Case, a New Scandal?

Gilles Pargneaux | Posted 04.03.2013 | World
Gilles Pargneaux

This unprecedented case must lead to the question: Why? What are the motives of the European Commission and who stands to benefit from these protracted procedures and refusals?

DSM-5 Field Trials Discredit the American Psychiatric Association

Allen Frances | Posted 12.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The DSM-5 field trial fiasco and its attempted cover-up is more proof (if any were needed) that APA has lost its competence and credibility as custodian for DSM.

Romney's Other Credibility Problem: Glenn Hubbard

Charles Ferguson | Posted 12.27.2012 | Business
Charles Ferguson

There is a scandal in Mitt Romney's campaign -- namely Glenn Hubbard, Romney's chief economic advisor, who was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under George W. Bush, and is now Dean of Columbia Business School. First, Hubbard has an abysmal track record in economic policy, including the very issues that Romney has made the pillar of his presidential campaign. Second, like Romney, Hubbard refuses to disclose critical information about his income, conflicts of interest, and paid advocacy activities. Third, both in public statements and in my personal experience, Hubbard has been evasive, misleading, and even dishonest when discussing both policy issues and his own conflicts of interest. And last but not least, those conflicts of interest are huge: Hubbard has long advocated policies that Wall Street loves, often without disclosing that he is, in fact, highly paid by Wall Street.

For Every Yin, the Media Has a Yang

Karthika Muthukumaraswamy | Posted 11.28.2012 | Media
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy

Is it really a good thing for journalism to expect reporters to be empty vessels simply reiterating information from others? This defeats the very purpose of media as fourth estate, as a watchdog of the powers that be.

Goldman Loses Millions After Conflict Of Interest Claims

Reuters | Posted 11.10.2012 | Business

NEW YORK, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs was not paid a $20 million fee it billed for advising El Paso Corp on its more than $20 ...

Homeland Security Watchdog Pulls Reports, Faces More Scrutiny

Andrew Becker | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Andrew Becker

In the latest sign of trouble for the Homeland Security Department's inspector general, the watchdog agency removed five oversight reports from its website last week pending an internal review of a possible conflict of interest involving the wife of the office's top official.

Central Bank Head Accused Of Joining Bank Lobby Group

AP | Posted 09.30.2012 | Business

BRUSSELS (AP) — A European pressure group is accusing the Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank, of conflict of interest for his membe...

Treasury Officials Met With Prostitutes, Accepted Gifts From Regulated Institutions: Report

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.16.2012 | Business

Working at the Treasury frankly sounds kind of boring, which may explain why a number of employees allegedly spiced up their lives with golf, prostitu...

Virginia School District Superintendent Paid Local Education Reporter For Advice

Posted 07.12.2012 | Education

A Virginia education reporter was paid $75 an hour to improve the Alexandria City Public Schools’ communications strategy, while she reported on the...

Understanding Pay-To-Play Academics

Charles Ferguson | Posted 07.22.2012 | Business
Charles Ferguson

Over the last thirty years, in parallel with deregulation and the rising power of money in American politics, significant portions of American academia have deteriorated into "pay to play" activities. No where is this more pronounced than in the realm of economics.

NBA Players Union Under Investigation

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.27.2012 | Business

The union that represents NBA players said Friday it is being investigated by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan. The announcement from the Natio...

Goldman's Lust for Gold

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.20.2012 | Business
Christopher Brauchli

Someone should give Messrs. Cohn and Blankfein a copy of Chancellor Strine's opinion. That might cause them to revise their memorandum. Probably not.

Goldman Randomly Picks This Week To Review Its Conflict-Of-Interest Rules

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 03.16.2012 | Business

Perhaps aware that everyone in America is paying it attention this week, Goldman Sachs is reviewing its policies on employee conflicts of interest, ac...

Zach Carter

Republican Financial Regulator Goes Crying To OMB | Zach Carter | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a signal that partisan squabbling in the nation's capital may be reaching new levels of rancor, a key Republican regulator is pursuin...

Follow the Money

Jon Heavey | Posted 02.29.2012 | Politics
Jon Heavey

Senior executives and policy leaders have repeated the same tired excuse time and again, "We had to do this, it was the only responsible thing to do." Keep that in mind, and you will see it for what it is: self-serving bullshit.

New Gift Regulations for California, Finally

Jessica Levinson | Posted 01.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Jessica Levinson

Just in time for the holidays Californians may receive a present from the state's political watchdog agency -- new rules for public officials concerning the acceptance and disclosure gifts.

SEC: Former Official May Have A Conflict Of Interest With Madoff Fund

AP | MARCY GORDON | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The inspector general of the Securities and Exchange Commission has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether a former to...

Former GOP Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To Corruption

AP | MARK SCOLFORO | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The onetime speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives pleaded guilty Wednesday to eight criminal charges stemming f...

The Most Insane Conflict Of Interest Story Ever?

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 09.24.2011 | Media

The Regret the Error blog flagged a disclosure on Monday that surely must put the author of a Seattle newspaper piece into the Conflict Of Interest Ha...