1. I offer the police officer $50 to rip up my speeding ticket (if she accepts, she’s also guilty of bribery). 2. To a lawmaker: “Vote yes on this bill or I will publish photos of your affair; 3. Hiring family members, plain and simple. 4. If I’m a lawmaker voting on a bill that will affect a company I own; 5. Predetermining the winner for a contract. I get bids to fix my school’s roof, but secretly arrange to have John’s company do it. He gets the business and, by charging more, he and I can split the profits (see also graft, kickback); 6. A Councilman pockets city funds to build his private swimming pool; 7. “Look Joe, give me money for my campaign and I’ll pass a bill that will send millions of dollars your way; 8. Redrawing district lines to favor one political party on election day; 9. To avoid bias or the appearance of bias, a judge will recuse herself (e.g., if the defendant is the judge’s niece, or if the judge has stock in the company that’s on trial). (SEE also, conflict of interest).; 10. Literally “something for something.” Quid pro quo’s range from legal to questionable to wrong. Legal: “I’ll give you $2.85 for this gallon of milk; Questionable: “Hey fellow congressman, I’ll vote for your bill if you vote for mine;” Wrong: “hey Tom, I’ll bankroll your campaign and when you win, you’ll make me Secretary of State”; 11. To prevent foreign influence, Article I, Section 9, paragraph 8 of the U.S. Constitution prohibits federal officials from receiving anything of value from a foreign government without the consent of Congress; 12. In short, political corruption is using one’s official position for personal gain. But this is a complex question that requires a much longer answer (or in our case, a museum); 13. Destroying evidence and for good measure killing the lead witness, judge and prosecutor in your corruption case; 14. Exposing corruption or unethical behavior can result in government reform, or in the case of individuals, resignation or impeachment; 15. Like a tooth crumbling because of a cavity, without Truth, public trust in an official and in government institutions erodes and democracy weakens; 16. This was the depiction of how state laws were made in Albany, by three powerful men (the governor, Senate Majority Leader and Speaker of the Assembly) in a backroom. (Note: there are no longer three men); 17. Simple, to ensure that laws are being created and enforced ethically and the will of the people is being respected; 18. This isn’t money used to buy a “slushie.” A slush fund is a secret pool of money set aside for illegal and/or unethical purposes (e.g. paying HUSH MONEY); 19. “High crimes and misdemeanors” is the term used in the constitution, but it is open to wide interpretation by the congress. The House of Representatives can vote to impeach (bring charges), but the trial for actual removal from office happens in the Senate; 20. What is merely legal represents the lowest possible bar of acceptable behavior in our society. Citizens rightly expect leaders to act in a manner that far exceeds legality and rises to the level of highly ethical behavior. This is especially important for leaders since they set an example for others.Type your paragraph here.
President Jimmy Carter's contribution to an ongoing MPC initiative on ethical leadership
The Museum of Political Corruption
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway musical HAMILTON, references us on page 137 in his book on Hamilton!