statements of interest
The newest issue of CommonWealth magazine is up and it's got some good stuff. (Some of it's free and some of it you need to be a subscriber to see.) And on its website, the magazine has posted over 250 Statements of Financial Interest, which contain a public officialâ€™s outside income, real estate, and business holdings. (Downside: Jack Sullivan notes in his article that the laws governing SFIs haven't been updated in years.) "Like the conflict-of-interest disclosures, the statements of financial interest are largely hidden from public view," he writes. "The Ethics Commission isnâ€™t allowed to post them on the Internet, as 29 other states do, and it charges a dollar for each form requested. Massachusetts is also one of only four states in the nation that requires anyone requesting a form to show identification and disclose where they work, information that is turned over to the official whose statement is being requested." CommonWealth also has a section on their always-excellent blog, CW Unbound.