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Getting the Government America DeservesHow Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference$
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Richard W. Painter

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195378719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378719.001.0001

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When Ethics Law and Other Law Intersect

When Ethics Law and Other Law Intersect

Insider Trading, Taxes, and Financial Conflicts of Interest

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(p.163) seven When Ethics Law and Other Law Intersect
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Getting the Government America Deserves
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RICHARD W. PAINTER

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378719.003.0007

This chapter discusses an example of individual corruption—insider trading in securities markets on the basis of information misappropriated from the government. It also addresses the taxation of capital gains from assets that need to be sold to avoid financial conflicts of interest. In each of these contexts, unique challenges are posed if federal employees are regulated by both federal ethics law and other areas of law. Lack of coordination can cause a government employee, who is affected by both areas of law, to be pulled in two inconsistent directions.

Keywords:   corruption, ethics law, insider trading, capital gains taxation, federal employees

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