Statement: Great Democracy Initiative Responds to Bill Introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Curb Government Corruption

New York, NY – Today, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced legislation that would make sweeping changes to our country’s ethics and conflict of interest laws. The Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act would limit the influence lobbyists have in policymaking, deter government officials from enriching themselves through their public positions, end the revolving door between industries and the agencies that regulate them, and make the policymaking process more transparent.

Julie Margetta Morgan, Executive Director of the Great Democracy Initiative and Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, issued the following statement:

“Policymakers cannot represent the needs of all Americans when they prioritize their own financial interests – or those of big-money lobbyists. Influence-peddling and self-enrichment are systemic in Washington, and these behaviors rig the rules in favor of the wealthy and well-connected, driving inequality.

We need robust laws that keep money and self-interest out of policymaking, and we need a single agency that is accountable for enforcing them. The Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act is a bold proposal to give us both.”

Margetta Morgan co-authored Unstacking the Deck: A New Agenda to Tame Corruption in Washington, which examines corruption in the post-Watergate era and the role of money in government today. The report calls for modernized ethics rules, an end to the revolving door, and the creation of a federal enforcement agency to fight corruption.

About the Great Democracy Initiative

The Great Democracy Initiative seeks to develop bold, progressive, and actionable policy ideas for leaders seeking solutions to key issues facing our country. Instead of proposing technocratic tweaks or layering new programs on top of a broken system, the Great Democracy Initiative targets the structural problems facing our democracy, including unaccountable policymakers, corporations with outsized economic and political power, and policies that subtly stack the deck against average Americans.