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Statement on the Need for Independent Ethics Enforcement - Diane E. Brown, Executive Director

The current system is broken.  Overseeing one’s own colleagues is difficult under any circumstances, but oversight in a charged partisan environment like the U.S. Congress is impossible.  This is not to say that members of Congress are any less capable than others of self-policing-- no one self-polices well.  In the Executive Branch there is an Office of Government Ethics. Businesses have outside auditors. Congress needs independent and professional oversight and enforcement of the rules.

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U.S. House Adopts Independent Ethics Oversight

The U.S. House of Representatives voted tonight to establish an independent Office of Congressional Ethics.  This vote was about going beyond the easy rhetoric of reform and taking a concrete step to correct what has been a dysfunctional ethics process.

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Study Finds States Can Teach Congress About Ethics

The states are far ahead of Congress in establishing independent ethics enforcement for legislators according to a study released today by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG).  The report, Honest Enforcement: What Congress Can Learn From Independent State Ethics Commissions, found that twenty-three states have created commissions, boards or offices that operate largely free of partisan interference to oversee the ethics rules that apply to elected officials.

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U.S. House Overwhelmingly Approves First Ethics Changes

The Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) applauds the action taken by the U.S. House this evening on the first pieces of the U.S. House rules package.  Speaker Pelosi and the leadership deserve significant credit for bringing meaningful proposals to the floor.  The overwhelming support for new restrictions on lobbyist-funded trips and gifts send a powerful message that the new Congress is taking the need for reform seriously.

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Vote Coalition Contacts Students Across the State

As of 6:00 PM MST, still an hour before the close of polls, the Arizona Student Vote Coalition has held one-on-one conversations with over 9,600 students about voting in the week leading up to Election Day. 2,180 of these contacts have been made today, on Election Day.

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Vote Coalition to Contact 10,000 Students before Election Day

Students from across the state have formed the Arizona Student Vote Coalition to make sure that students and the issues that they care about receive attention during the 2006 Election. The Arizona Student Vote Coalition registered over 4,000 students to vote, and now plans to educate and contact over 10,000 students from across the state by Election Day.

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Coalition Launches Campaign To Increase Youth Voter Turnout In Arizona

The Arizona Student Vote Coalition, a group comprised of the Arizona Students Association (ASA), Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG), and the state’s university student governments, held a news conference today to launch their statewide effort to increase youth voter turnout. The event, which took place at the State Capitol, was organized by the student-led coalition to highlight students leading the way in registering and encouraging their peers to vote.

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