Rumor vs Reality

Rumor: A government official's finances should be kept private. Reality: People deep in debt are easier to corrupt, making them security risks.
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Voters have a legitimate need to know if officials will act in their best interests. The public should be aware of any conflicts of interest or hidden debts that could create ethical or security problems.

In fact, people deep in debt are usually denied security clearances.

An election is one way for the public to say if they find a candidate trustworthy, debts or no debts. Journalists and ethics experts are eager to see each candidate’s tax returns and financial records because it helps the public make an informed choice.

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