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Politicians' Second Jobs: Should They be Allowed to Keep Them?
Having multiple jobs can create a
conflict of interest
for a politician.
State lawmakers around the U.S. have introduced and supported legislation that
directly and indirectly
helped their own businesses, employers or personal finances.
President Trump has been criticized as having an "
unprecedented conflict of interest
" for his continued business involvement during his Presidency.
Even if the politician believes they are acting in integrity, the
perceived conflict of interest
can undermine their credibility and ability to govern effectively.
Foregoing a second job can prevent politicians from being influenced by lobbying groups.
Regulatory oversight like forcing them to publicly post their incomes can solve for this. What can't be solved is the income lost to the politicians' families.
Even if politicians didn't hold second jobs, they might still face a conflict of interest in other ways, such as through their financial holdings.
Since many politicians have conflict of interest despite not having a second job, allowing them to have could lead to better monitoring politicians external activities.