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ASAE Follows Up on Ethics Rule

Chaaron Pearson on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

On April 18, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) sent a letter to White House Counsel Peter Rouse in response to a recent New York Times story about the Office of Government Ethics’ (OGE) proposed ethics rule.

ASAE had previously submitted a letter to the editor, but also felt compelled to communicate its concerns to the White House. The letter defends association meetings from the depictions of them as social events where lobbyists try to curry favor with government officials, and reiterates ASAE’s original request on the issue:

Albeit well-intentioned, OGE’s proposed rule unquestionably hinders information-sharing between the federal government and the private sector. We remain hopeful that the Administration will either shelve the proposed rule entirely, or modify the rule to include trade associations among the other types of organizations exempted from the rule (including professional societies, charities, scientific organizations and learned societies).

Read the letter in its entirety here.

Read the New York Times Letter to the Editor here.

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