Anti-corruption group’s ethics boards face ethical problems

By Yaël Ossowski  / August 31, 2015 / Just eight months after it was created to eliminate corruption in local government, the Tallahassee Ethics Board seems to have ethics problems of its own. At the end of its July meeting, board members quietly agreed to hire as their legal counsel the very same law firm that represents the city commission — which the board is supposed to police. “It was all done behind closed doors,” Peter Butzin, chair of Common Cause Florida and until now one of the ethics board’s key supporters, told the Tallahassee Democrat. “We don’t even […]

THE REVOLVING DOOR: 22 People Who Went From Wall Street To Washington To Wall Street

( The list of Wall Streeters who have ended up with government jobs, and vice versa, is long. Some would argue that the incestuous nature of the relationship and the revolving door between Washington and downtown Manhattan is dangerous. Others are glad to have people in the Capitol making decisions about the economy who have actually been involved in it practically. The Wall Street-to-Washington-and-back revolving door has been swinging at least since 1934 (when Joseph Kennedy was appointed Chairman of the SEC by President Roosevelt, after a successful career on Wall Street), and it’s still going. In the last couple […]