Political Consultants Struggle to Enforce Code of Ethics
Wagner, David, Insight on the News
Hard-boiled old-timer Lyn Nofiger is not impressed by the political-consulting profession's efforts to articulate and enforce ethical standards. "I think the American Association of Political Consultants [or AAPC] has some, but I don't belong to it," he laughs.
The APPC certainty is trying, and it does have a code of ethics. All new members must sign it, and all current members must sign again when they renew. The code focuses on unethical campaign tactics. Deception of any kind, such as doctoring photos, is barred. That's the easy case; many plays are much harder to call. Everyone recognized that a campaign is not exactly the ideal forum for objective analysis, and no candidate is obliged to acquaint the public with his opponent's virtues.
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Publication information: Article title: Political Consultants Struggle to Enforce Code of Ethics. Contributors: Wagner, David - Author. Magazine title: Insight on the News. Volume: 13. Issue: 9 Publication date: March 10, 1997. Page number: 9. © 1999 News World Communications, Inc. COPYRIGHT 1997 Gale Group.
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