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Conflicts of Interest

Trump Family To Start "White House Shopping Network" To Hock Wares From The Oval Office

James Schlarmann | Posted 02.13.2017 | Comedy
James Schlarmann

This news story is pure satire and you can find more just like it every day on The Political Garbage Chute. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A day after Kellyanne...

An Executive Order Imposing Fashion Mandates For Chic Mix-And-Match Separates And Stylish, Fun Accessories

Bob Garfield | Posted 02.13.2017 | Comedy
Bob Garfield

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Sec. 1. ...

Nordstrom and Neiman and Trump, Oh My!

Andy Ostroy | Posted 02.10.2017 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Donald Trump received an intelligence briefing early Wednesday morning and then apparently just 21 minutes later used the bully pulpit of his personal...

The Battle-Hymn Of The Generals-For-Hire

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Donald Trump’s fondness for all-things-gold has been exhaustively depicted. But since his election, his fondness for brass, namely top military bras...

Why Trump's Contempt For The Emoluments Clause Matters

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.15.2017 | Politics

As many people have pointed out, President-elect Donald Trump has a problem: It’s called Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constit...

Corrupt.AF Catalogs Trump's Conflicts

Susan L. Travis | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics
Susan L. Travis

Corrupt.AF, the recently launched website chronicling Donald Trump's conflicting ethical trouble spots woos citizens through its motto, Come for th...

Actually, Trump Does Have A Lot Of Debt -- And It's A Mess

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics

Donald Trump claimed at his press conference Wednesday that he has “very, very little debt,” for a real-estate developer. He repeated the statemen...

It's the Little Things: From POTUS to SCROTUS?

Debra Jane Campbell | Posted 12.15.2016 | Politics
Debra Jane Campbell

I fear that instead of choosing the next President of the United States (POTUS), the electoral college is about to vote for a man who could become known as SCROTUS - Supremely Corruptible Ruler of the United States.

Dems Urge Trump To Divest After He Delays Conflict Of Interest Speech

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.13.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Democrats are urging Donald Trump to divest his business holdings after the president-elect canceled a planned news conference Tuesday ...

Top Republican Advises Democrats To Just Chill On Trump's Conflicts Of Interest

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) declined to express an opinion Tuesday about whether President-elect Donald Trump’s t...

Before There Was Trump, There Was Ventura

David Schultz | Posted 11.25.2016 | Politics
David Schultz

Both are politainers within a world of politainment where the traditional boundaries between politics and entertainment have merged, and the normal rules defining conflict of interest and the personal and public roles of individuals have collapsed.

Trump's Conflicts Of Interest Are Unprecedented In American History

Robert Weissman | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Robert Weissman

This is not an esoteric issue. Unless eliminated through a plan for Trump to divest his ownership of the businesses, those conflicts of interest will materially affect national policy-making across a broad range of areas.

The Scandal Is What's Legal

Stephen G. Cecchetti | Posted 03.03.2016 | Business
Stephen G. Cecchetti

If you haven't seen The Big Short, you should. The acting is superb and the story enlightening: a few brilliant outcasts each discover just how big th...

Clinton's Credibility Questioned as Bill's Philanthropy 'Takes It to the Limit'

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 10.26.2016 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

When supporters of Bernie Sanders question Hillary Clinton's substantial campaign donations from corporate interests and Wall Street, they have an undeniable point. Yet it's her byzantine family foundation that creates perhaps the most troubling black hole of accountability.

Is It Ethical for Coke to Sponsor Conflicted Research on Weight Loss?

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 08.19.2016 | Business
Dana Radcliffe

Given Coke's own standards, it is appropriate to ask: Are the company's actions that have prompted such sharp public criticism in line with its strong commitment to integrity? More specifically, are they consistent with Coke's imperative of "acting honestly"?

Addressing Conflicts of Interest

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 05.28.2016 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

Whether you believe in the "Liberal Media" or a "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy," it is hard to get through many cable news segments without questioning if there isn't some bias driving the latest "scandal."

Stephanopoulos Incident Feeds False Republican Myth That the Media Is Liberally Biased

Larry Atkins | Posted 05.20.2016 | Media
Larry Atkins

Stephanopoulos should have disclosed his donations to the Clinton Foundation. The Stephanopoulos incident not only hurts his credibility, but hurts the credibility of the many mainstream media professionals.

Jillian Berman

Why You Should Be Wary Of Egg Freezing As A Ticket To 'Having It All' | Jillian Berman | Posted 10.17.2014 | Business

Despite all of the hype, egg freezing isn't a fool-proof plan for women hoping to stave off motherhood while they climb the corporate ladder. The m...

U.S. Foreign Policy Manipulation via Media Is Systemic, Warns Expert

Till Bruckner | Posted 11.22.2014 | Media
Till Bruckner

Foreign policy pundits have had a rough time recently in Washington, D.C.

Federal Judges Admit Conflicts Of Interests, Leaving Litigants Reeling

Center For Public Integrity | Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir, Chris Young | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

When Linda Wolicki-Gables and her husband appealed a lawsuit all the way to the second-highest court in the nation against Johnson & Johnson over a ma...

Before Academics Complain About Conflicts of Interest, They Should Disclose Their Own

Nell Minow | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business
Nell Minow

Academics are influential, because they are perceived as uniquely able to evaluate all sides with equal rigor, free from bias or obligation. If that is to continue, they must be completely transparent about their sources of funding.

Founders as Directors Must Avoid Self-Dealing

Brad Reid | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
Brad Reid

An assertion that the directors failed to exercise proper oversight requires proof that the directors failed to create an information system or controls or, having an information system, consciously failed to monitor corporate operations.

How to Fight Fear and Restore Trust in Medicine

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

With my disclosure, I am holding myself publicly accountable to my patients. I am saying that I don't have anything to hide from you. I know you are vulnerable, but I'll be vulnerable with you. This is a partnership. We're in this together.

A Big Problem: Pundits With Major Conflicts Of Interest

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.11.2013 | Media

Many of the pundits who commented on a potential war with Syria had major conflicts of interest that were not disclosed to viewers and readers, accord...

Big Businesses Offer Revolving Door Rewards

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

During former Citigroup executive Jack Lew's recent confirmation as Treasury Secretary, some people were troubled to learn that the big bank had promised him special financial awards if he left to take a job in the government. But a review by POGO shows that Lew's deal with Citi was no anomaly.