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Ethics and Transparency

Good government doesn't just mean doing what's legal; it means doing what's right.

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What We're Doing

Seventy works hard to see that public officials are doing the right thing.

Permanent Inspector General

Seventy advocates for the creation of a permanent Inspector General within the City Charter to root out waste, fraud and corruption throughout the entire government.

Philadelphia Board of Ethics

Seventy also supports the Philadelphia Board of Ethics (whose creation we fought for) in continuing to enforce the city's campaign finance, lobbying and political activity laws.
Important Resources
Philadelphia Board of Ethics
The Philadelphia Board of Ethics, in addition to its enforcement responsibilities, hosts online databases on campaign finance, lobbying and financial disclosures of city officials.
Office of the Inspector General
The Office of the Inspector General investigates reports of fraud and corruption in city government in addition to ensuring strict rules on city contracts are followed.
Chief Integrity Officer
The Chief Integrity Officer works proactively to avoid potential issues by providing ethics training and guidance for city employees and officials. Visit IntegrityWorks for an overview of the city's public watchdogs and their responsibilities.
Recent News

January 27, 2023

Testimony on Rules Reform and Bipartisanship

C70 Chief Policy Officer Pat Christmas submits testimony on rules reform and fostering bipartisanship to the Speaker's Workgroup to Move Pennsylvania Forward.

January 26, 2023

BallotPA Testimony on Bipartisanship for Speaker's Workgroup

BallotPA chair David Thornburgh urged Speaker Rozzi and his bipartisan workgroup members to consider allowing independents to vote in primary elections as a means to ease partisan gridlock.

January 19, 2023

Lauren Cristella Named Interim President of the Committee of Seventy

Cristella will retain the title of Chief Operating Officer as the nonpartisan nonprofit’s Transition Committee works to make future recommendations to the board.

January 12, 2023

State Senate Passes Controversial Amendments to Constitution

The Committee of Seventy is deeply concerned about the PA Senate's approval of two controversial amendments to the state Constitution.

January 06, 2023

C70 President and CEO Al Schmidt to Receive Presidential Citizens Medal

The medal, the second-highest civilian award given by our government, recognizes extraordinary efforts to protect American democracy.