Editorial: Ethical advance

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Editorial: Ethical advance

Akron Beacon Journal — …Of particular importance are provisions added on the Senate floor to strengthen the measure. Senators attached helpful elements to promote transparency. For instance, members of Congress would be required to disclose the purchase or sale of stocks, bonds, commodities futures and other securities within 30 days. Appropriately, the requirement would not apply to mutual funds with “widely diversified” assets. More, the legislation would restore to prosecutors tools necessary to pursue “self-dealing” in public corruption cases.

No question, the legislation may go too far in calling for the disclosure of financial transactions by some 300,000 federal workers. Ideally, it would be stronger, simpler and better by requiring, as Sherrod Brown of Ohio proposed, lawmakers to put their finances in a blind trust. Still, the legislation marks a substantial advance. It soon should arrive on the president’s desk.

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