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Lessons of the Rich Scandal: A Call for Ethics

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Publication Date: January 2001

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Irwin Kula

Series: CLAL Politics and Policy Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Community life and organization)

Keywords: Influence; Political Behavior; Management; Fundraising and Philanthropy

Type: Other


Growing public awareness of the manner in which money is distorting the political system and Jewish communal scene can spur a movement toward reforms. Thanks to the media firestorm surrounding Mr. Rich and other blatant abuses involving money and power in the Clinton pardon fiasco, we may finally be prepared for an honest discussion of the effect of wealth and class on the American and Jewish body politics.