What can be done to curb ‘pay-to-play’ politics?
The arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on federal corruption charges related to Blagojevich’s alleged attempts to solicit favors in exchange for an appointment to President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat has drawn new attention to ethical lapses in the political appointment process. In the indictment against Blagojevich, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald accused the governor of indulging in “pay-to-play” politics, a practice some political pundits say is commonplace.
What steps can be taken — such as mandatory sentences in federal corruption cases, better ethics education for public officials or increased whistleblower protection — to curb pay-to-play politics?
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