It's no secret that I have been occasionally maligned by members of local media and a handful of Bornneman/Pike political supporters for attempting to shine a light on local campaign finance irregularities. (Yes, I know - it's part of what happens to whistleblowers).
Am I "alone" in my pursuit of accountable, honest, transparent campaigns and open, ethical government?
In fact, there are many non-profit organizations and a number of respected journalists and other members of the media who are working hard to expose campaign finance violations, corruption and ethics violations across the nation.
CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is one national organization dedicated to ensuring accountable government and Judicial Watch is another.
Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch asks, "How often do you run across a public policy issue in which 93 percent of the voting public is in agreement?
According to a poll sponsored by Judicial Watch and conducted in partnership with Zogby International, 93 percent of likely voters agree with this statement: “Corruption is a significant problem in Washington.” (Of that total, 69 percent “strongly agree” with the s ta t e m e n t . )
In other words, on the issue of ethics, politicians in Washington — especially
in Congress — have little credibility."
Tom Fitton - Judicial Watch
Daily Times - May 8, 2007
Today, Latte is posting the results of Judicial Watch's investigations of the top three presidential candidates.
*Disclaimer - many elected officials from both sides of the isle have a strong set of values that govern their political decisions. (Not all politicians are corrupt or bad).
Investigations listed below were conducted by Judicial Watch - a respected non-partisan watch dog organization.
Fitton's article in it's entirety can be read here: http://www.judicialwatch.org/archive/2007/EthicsDoMatter.pdf
** Judicial Watch, Inc., a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.
Through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation’s public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people.
Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations and public outreach.