Ethics in Congress: From Individual to Institutional Corruption

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that results from presently holding government office." Recommending Revisions, Report, p. 12.
Lee H. Hamilton in Ethics Process, pp. 7-8.

1. The initials refer, respectively, to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (under Secretary Samuel Pierce), the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, and the Atlanta branch of Banca Nazionale del Lavoro. For a discussion that emphasizes the institutional aspect of some of these scandals, see Peter deLeon, Thinking about Political Corruption ( Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe, 1993).
2. Mark J. Rozell, "Press Coverage of Congress, 1946-92," in Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, eds., Congress, the Press, and the Public ( Washington: American Enterprise Institute and Brookings, 1994), p. 71. Also see Stephen Hess, "The Decline and Fall of Congressional News," in the same volume, pp. 141-42.
3. Time/ CNN/ Yankelovich Partners survey, national sample of 600 adults, June 2, 1994 ( Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut, 1995).
4. The demand is consistent with a "consensus mode of decision" that John W. Kingdon has found best describes the way members decide how to vote; Congressmen's Voting Decisions, 2d ed. ( Harper and Row, 1981), pp. 242-61. Also see John E. Jackson and John W. Kingdon, "Ideology, Interest Group Scores, and Legislative Votes," American Journal of Political Science, vol. 36 ( August 1992), pp. 805-23.
5. Senator Pete Domenici has expressed doubts that an outside commission will cause "constituents or the media [to] change their view of the effectiveness of ethics against members" and argued that if ethics reform "is motivated principally by changing the perception of the public, I truly believe that's very little gain when we want a Senate and a House to continue on for decades and centuries to do something for a little tiny bit of press." Ethics Process: Testimony of Hon. Louis Stokes, Hon. James Hansen, and a Panel of Academic Experts, Hearing before the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress, 103 Cong. 1 sess. ( GPO, 1993), pp. 39, 41. Also see the remarks of Senator J. Bennett Johnston on the gift ban bill: "The assumption is . . . if we pass this bill, somehow it will satisfy the American public.., it will only bring more and more incidents to the Ethics Committee to make the headlines . . . the appetite [of "Congress-bashing groups"] is insatiable."Congressional Record, daily ed., May 5, 1994, pp. S5232-S5233.


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