Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"Ethics"

From Glenn Thrush:
Generally, hiring one’s relative is illegal. Among the 27 relative designations listed in the federal law regarding nepotism and hiring, however, "grandson" is not mentioned.

So Moore, who makes a six-figure salary working for his grandmother, is just fine, ethics-wise, according to an ethics lawyer contacted by POLITICO.
Legal text from the House of Representatives ethics manual follows.

I guess people in politics needed a term for obeying laws that prohibit certain self-serving abuses of power, and "ethics" was closest to hand. But I hope that they're still aware that one can obey these laws and still do grossly unethical things, in the sense of what's really right and wrong.

6 comments:

Rousseau said...

Given how many Representatives hire close friends as their CoS, I don't know why we pretend this is a meritocratic process. Most people in stressful positions want someone close and loyal to them, and don't have an open application process with blind-resumes. I wish we did, but we don't.

Given that, hiring your grandson isn't worse than hiring your campaign aide, your business partner, etc etc. It's unfair to Waters to just publish this link, without saying how many congresspeople have grandsons and closer as their CoS. I know one candidate who you liked in particular who planned to put their son as CoS.

Rousseau said...

Reading the statute, it’s not clear this applies to congressional offices anyway.

Anyway, Thrush’s summary line “Generally, hiring one’s relative is illegal.” Really? That is… not my experience with the businesses I deal with.

Neil Sinhababu said...

I agree with you. It's just that the word is being used here in what I think is an unfortunate way.

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