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The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join us Sept. 27-29 in downtown Austin for two days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking — all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. 

Friday, September 28 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Is Government Ethics an Oxymoron?

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Why it’s so difficult to police and prosecute official corruption.

Moderators
avatar for Dave Levinthal

Dave Levinthal

Senior Political Reporter at the Center for Public Integrity
Levinthal joined the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit news organization, in 2013 and leads a reporting team investigating the influence of money in federal politics. Previously, he reported on campaign finance and lobbying issues for Politico. Levinthal... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Moore

Margaret Moore

District Attorney of Travis County
Moore was elected Travis County district attorney in 2016. She previously served as an assistant Texas attorney general for the Civil Medicaid Fraud Division from 2005 to 2014. As an attorney, Moore has also worked as a juvenile public defender, Travis County attorney, assistant district... Read More →
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Richard Painter

Chief Ethics Lawyer for President George W. Bush's Administration
Painter served as chief ethics lawyer for President Bush from 2005 to 2007 and as vice chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit organization of lawyers and researchers focused on campaign finance reform and ethics law. In 2018, Painter unsuccessfully... Read More →
avatar for Walter Shaub

Walter Shaub

Senior Director of Ethics at the Campaign Legal Center and Former Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics
Shaub was appointed director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics by President Barack Obama in 2013. Previously, he served as the office’s deputy general counsel and also as a supervisory attorney. Shaub also worked as an attorney focusing on federal employment law for a private... Read More →
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Steve Wolens

Chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission
Wolens became chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission in 2017. Previously, he served in the Texas House from 1981 to 2005, where he authored legislation covering partnerships and limited liability corporations, ethics reform, antitrust laws and electric deregulation. Wolens also serves... Read More →