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Digital Campaign Ethics — Theory and Practice

Organizer: Project on Ethics in Political Communication

Digital and tech entrepreneur and best-selling author Cheryl Contee, digital campaign veteran Bradley Engle, and political communication professor at Emerson College and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Vincent Raynauld join Project director Peter Loge to talk about digital and online campaign ethics. Contee and Raynauld co-authored chapters in the forthcoming "Political Communication Ethics: Theory and Practice."

Location: Webinar

Book Launch for "Political Communication Ethics: Theory and Practice"

Organizer: Project on Ethics in Political Communication

Emmy Award winning journalist and former CNN Washington Bureau Chief Frank Sesno interviews Project director and School of Media and Public Affairs professor Peter Loge and SMPA student Anthony Thomas about Loge's new edited book "Political Communication Ethics: Theory and Practice."

From the publisher: "'Political Communication Ethics: Theory and Practice' brings together scholars and practitioners to introduce students to what, if any, ethical responsibilities political professionals have. Chapter authors range from a Trump advisor to an Obama appointee, from leading academics to top digital strategists, and more.

"As a collection of diverse perspectives covering speechwriting and political communication, advocacy, political campaigns, online politics, and American civil religion, this book serves as an essential resource for students and scholars across many disciplines."

Location: Webinar

Government Ethics
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Lying to congressional ethics investigators isn't illegal, appeals court says

Cracking down on the financial and personal transgressions of lawmakers is often labeled a prerequisite to making Capitol Hill, and with it all of democracy, work better. The cause got set back at the federal courthouse this week.

People may not be prosecuted for lying to the Office of Congressional Ethics, which the House created a dozen years ago to do much of the heavy lifting in policing member behavior, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Tuesday.

The ruling is a setback that could hobble the pace of inquiries that often increase in election years, when political opponents and the media are paying heightened attention to what House members are doing away from the office. But the judges said the situation could be fixed by adding a few words to the federal law against obstruction of justice.

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Unbreaking America: Justice for Sale

New film argues political corruption prevents criminal justice reform

Griffiths is the editor of Independent Voter News.

Current events have turned everyone's attention to the nation's criminal justice system. Most Americans agree that the system is broken. Yet, in a new "Unbreaking America" film, RepresentUs makes the case that the criminal justice system remains broken because the broken U.S. political system keeps it that way.

"Even though crime rates across the U.S. are going down, America locks up seven times more people now than we did in 1970," actor and RepresentUs Cultural Council member Omar Epps says in the opening. "We, as Americans, put more people behind bars than any other nation in the world — both as a percentage of population and in total numbers."

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