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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

September 19, 2022

Committee of Seventy Hosts National Voter Registration Day Rally and Call to Action

Committee of Seventy will announce a special raffle for businesses and organizations that sign up as WeVote partners ahead of Election Day on November 8.

June 01, 2022

Women in Public Leadership Event

On May 26, 2022, the Committee of Seventy hosted an event celebrating women in public leadership and honoring Judith M. von Seldeneck with its Civic Leadership Award.

May 23, 2022

C70 Testimony on Bill Nos. 220049, 220360, and 220361

Testimony submitted to Philadelphia's City Council Committee on Law and Government

May 11, 2022

Committee of Seventy Awarded $850,000 to Strengthen Democracy and Build Trust in Pennsylvania’s Elections

The nonprofit’s largest ever single grant will also fund voter outreach and support for election workers.

April 28, 2022

New Reform Legislation Would Add Transparency, Public Input to Opaque Redistricting Process

Councilmember Derek Green today introduced his second package of reform legislation this year, this time proposing a special commission to gather public input for redrawing Philadelphia’s 10 City Council districts.