Magazine article Politics Magazine

The High Road

Magazine article Politics Magazine

The High Road

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Your Dilemma ...

The candidate you work for is seeking a vendor to do work outside your area of expertise. A consultant approaches you, offering a "finder's fee" in exchange for a referral. What do you do?

Your Choices ...

I would refuse to take the bribe, no matter what the consultant calls it. It's unethical and illegal to engage in such activity. Not only could it land you in significant legal trouble if the facts ever come to light--it could be incredibly damaging to the campaign.

--B.K., Green Party grassroots organizer

If it's a close friend or a low-budget race, I wouldn't take the money. If it is an acquaintance or someone you're not particularly close with, then maybe. It's all predicated on the quality of the vendor, though. I won't sponsor someone unless they do good work--too many rip-off artists in this business.

--J.D., Democratic campaign strategist

First, I'd inform my immediate superior of the offer in order to be transparent and divulge any potential conflict of interest. …

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