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January 14, 2011

PRSA Op-Ed in BusinessWeek Addresses Ethical Implications of Political Front Groups

PRSA had an op-ed published in Bloomberg Businessweek. The opinion piece, written by Gary McCormick, APR, Fellow PRSA, immediate past chair and CEO of PRSA, addresses the ethical implications posed by the rising influence of political front groups, per the PRSA Code of Ethics.
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By Gary McCormick, APR, Fellow PRSA
Jan. 14, 2011

Political front groups, which prosper by misleading the public on their true motivation and intent, corrupt U.S. politics and are a disservice to the electorate. Without full disclosure of donors’ identities or of the motivating factors behind specific attacks and messages, front groups represent an insidious attack on the public’s trust.
 
The core issue is not the legality of front groups—both Congress and the Supreme Court permit their existence—but rather the ethical implications they pose.
 
As the PRSA Code of Ethics states, open communication is essential for informed decisionmaking in a democratic society. Without it we tarnish the foundation upon which our society is built: the free flow of accurate and truthful information.

Read the rest of the op-ed here.
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