Using disclosure to “vet” DOJ Hirings

CCP has often highlighted some problems with compelled disclosure – from the plight of Gigi Brienzi, to lessons from the reform movement’s founding father, Ben Tillman, and the importance of NAACP v. Alabama –  on our website.

The recent reports on the hiring practices at the Department of Justice add yet another reason to be wary of disclosure.  The Washington Post reports that as part of a larger strategy to hire conservatives for career civil service positions at the DOJ, agency officials examined the financial contributions of potential hires in an effort to better gauge their political leanings.

So, to recap – disclosure has long been used to intimidate political opponents and detract from legitimate political messaging.

Now you can add another use for disclosure: to exacerbate unscrupulous hiring practices.