FightDECorruption.com is a non-partisan organization of Delaware citizens who agree on the need to build honesty and trust in government. Our mission is to research and publicize conflicts of interest and self-dealing by Delaware officials with primary focus on the General Assembly.
Despite frequent media reports of public corruption, no official action is taken. Much Delaware corruption is hiding in plain sight and is broadly tolerated by the political and media establishments. In depth research and advocacy journalism are needed to educate the public.
Fighting corruption is the third rail of legislative advocacy. Across the nation ethics oversight is often achieved through ballot initiatives and referendums because state legislatures resist reform. We don’t have that option in Delaware, and a citizen organization is needed to advocate for reform in the press and in the court of public opinion.
FightDECorruption.com compiles comprehensive online “profiles” documenting public corruption with articles, links, data, and documents. Our “profiles” will be distributed and amplified by blog posts, mainstream media, Op Eds, Letters to the Editor, email blasts and petitions along with digital advertising.
Many of our communications will “Call for an Inquiry” by legislative ethics committees, DOJ Division of Civil Rights & Public Trust, or the US Attorney District of Delaware. These “Calls for an Inquiry” will be asking for an official investigation to gather facts and determine whether public office was abused. We will be asking these authorities to do their jobs.
These anti-corruption campaigns will hopefully generate support for an ethics reform bill to be passed by the Delaware General Assembly.
Delaware Citizens Against Corruption
|Janaki Ram Ray||19711|
|Janice A Buckwalter||19711|
|John D. Flaherty||19802|
|Reginald Bernard Daniel II||19962|
|Thomas C. Davis, III||19801|
|Daniel Ciabattoni Jr.||19958|
|Anne Dorsey Fiske||19720|
Introducing the Publisher
I moved to Delaware in 2012 to retire close to my family. I live in Pike Creek with my wife Ivonne. My oldest son’s family with two grandchildren live nearby. My youngest son lives in South Carolina with three more grandchildren. As an only child and a late comer to fatherhood, I marvel at this fertility.
After almost a decade, I still feel like a newcomer in Delaware. I’ve become an activist in retirement with a primary focus on legislative advocacy. I’m a life-long Unitarian Universalist now attending the Mill Creek congregation. I was involved in starting the UU Delaware Advocacy Network or UUDAN.
I work with many progressive groups in Delaware providing public comment at legislative hearings, blasting emails, writing Op Eds and Letters to the Editor, and lately attending a lot of Zoom meetings.
After reading some Blue Delaware articles regarding possible ethical lapses by my State Representative, I did some research and learned that Delaware is virtually the only state with no ethics oversight for members of the General Assembly who operate with an “honor system”.
For me, honest government is a foundation issue. During the past two decades, there has been a national movement to reduce public corruption and most state legislatures come under the wing of an independent Public Integrity Commission or an Inspector General.
I started FightDECorruption.com to campaign for ethics reform and publicize public corruption in Delaware. More than 30 people have signed on to support this effort and some of them have become active partners. John Flaherty and Steve Tanzer have assisted with research providing historical perspective. Tom Davis is webmaster, video producer, and social media partner. Rob Vanella of Delaware Call produced a podcast and assists with media relationships. We also have many silent partners who support ethics reform but choose to avoid controversy with powerful members of the General Assembly.
Here’s a link to additional information about my background and career.