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March 2, 2012

By Ben Freeman, Ph. D.

Gingrich Advisor's Ties to Foreign Interests



Robert McFarlane An investigation by POGO has found that one of Newt Gingrich's advisers, Robert McFarlane, covertly lobbied for interests in southern Sudan and reportedly on behalf of the Sudanese government—without properly disclosing his activities to the U.S. governmen

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Topics: Financial Sector

October 19, 2011

By Michael Smallberg

GAO Raises Serious Concerns about Conflicts of Interest and Inadequate Transparency at Federal Reserve Banks



Financial Oversight The professional and financial ties between the directors of the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks and Fed-supervised firms have created a "reputational risk" for the Federal Reserve System, and the Reserve Banks have not given the public access to key gov

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Topics: Open Government, Financial Sector

June 16, 2011

By Michael Smallberg

SEC Withholds Records on Oversight of Self-Regulatory Group



Finra sign Suzanne Barlyn's latest column in Dow Jones Compliance Watch raises new concerns about the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) practices and the lack of transparency at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (F

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Topics: Financial Sector

August 18, 2010

By Michael Smallberg

Brokerages Demand Greater Transparency from Self-Regulatory Organization



You don’t often hear about regulated entities calling on a regulator to be more open and transparent about its oversight activities. Yet that’s exactly what happened last week at the 2010 annual meeting of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA

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Topics: Financial Sector

March 5, 2010

By Michael Smallberg

Judge's Ruling Helps FINRA Keep Its Records Behind Closed Doors



As described in our latest podcast, POGO sent a letter to Congress last week calling for increased oversight of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a self-regulatory organization (SRO) that oversees thousands of securities broker-dealers, and is supposed to be looking out for the interests of the investing public.

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Topics: Financial Sector

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