The Political is Commercial: Washington’s Revolving Door

The political is commercial — it’s a play on the seventies slogan, “the personal is political.” But it’s true and it came to mind recently as I read Eleanor Bloxham’s article about SEC Chair Mary Jo White and Washington’s “revolving door.” To put it simply: government jobs are worth something to law firms and corporations… Continue reading The Political is Commercial: Washington’s Revolving Door

Let’s Take Constitution Day Seriously

September 17 is Constitution Day in America; an ideal time to reflect on the challenges our Constitution faces today. Two hundred and twenty six years ago, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the proposed Constitution and left Independence Hall. Outside, a passerby asked a delegate, Ben Franklin, what kind of government had emerged.… Continue reading Let’s Take Constitution Day Seriously

For the Public Good? Nonprofits & Political Donations

What is a charity? In general, we think of it as an organization that does something to further the public good, doesn’t make a profit and is tax-exempt. We feel good about giving to them because they help people or do something good for society. But charities and nonprofits are a murky world these days.… Continue reading For the Public Good? Nonprofits & Political Donations