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For Whom the Whistle Blows


This article addresses the sticky situation that arises when a staff member suspects improper activities but can’t get the attention of his or her supervisor or elected officials to address the issue. 

The specific situation in this article is office holder allowances–when individual elected officials have discretionary public funds that they can allocate to what they beleive are worthy causes in their districts.  The article addresses the ethics and laws relating to whistleblowing, as well as the potential consequences of not addressing improper practices. 


Case Study: Badge of Honor
The Story of the Bell Whistleblower

As part of its commitment to supporting the next generation of local leaders and staff, the Institute aspires to develop case studies as teaching aids in universities.

The case study in the box at right describes the story of Sergeant James Corcoran, whose efforts to alert authorities to election and vehicle towing improprieties played a role in exposing the larger web of corruption in the City of Bell.

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