Raising the Bar: Reducing Conflicts of Interest and Increasing Transparency in District Attorney Campaign Fundraising

Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity

The Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School (CAPI) conducted a review of the campaign fundraising practices of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. at his request. Our review, as described in this report, encompassed research on relevant laws, regulations, and guidelines, as well as interviews with relevant stakeholders and subject matter experts, and culminates with recommended improvements to district attorney fundraising policies and procedures that are designed to address the problems of actual conflicts of interest, potential conflicts of interest that raise appearance issues, and unconscious bias, that may arise when campaign contributors also have business with a district attorney’s office.

While DA Vance requested this report, it also applies to the 61 other district attorneys in New York, and CAPI’s recommendations are designed to work broadly for those other offices as well.

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Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, Columbia University
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May 4, 2018