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Why Do Candidates Lie?

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

The public can have an impact on the truthfuness of political disourse, according to Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler.

In an op-ed in today's San Francisco Chronicle, Nadler writes,

Our civic responsibility extends beyond the election, and we need to start at the local level.

Voters need to study the ballot, and consult with nonpartisan organizations like the League of Women Voters that research the issues, making recommendations without political bias. Over time, we can pick better local candidates, because term limits means council members often end up as senators and members of Congress.

We can press them to back up their statements, explain how they can accomplish what they have promised, and speak of their own record rather than tearing down an opponent's.


Tags: campaigns and elections, government ethics