Originally created 05/23/00

All mixed up



"I don't think we were prepared for the unabashed audacity of these people to do personal business along with what they conceive to be their constituents' business."

- Charles Lewis, executive director of the Washington-based, non-partisan Center for Public Integrity, commenting on his think-tank's survey showing that, despite conflict-of-interest and disclosure laws, thousands of state legislators throughout the nation are mixing their public duties with their private interests.