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Robert Higgs
By Robert Higgs August 23, 2011

No published list yet, but policy is to refuse all gifts

The election for the first county executive for Cuyahoga County brought a host of candidates who pledged an end to the old ways.

Transparency would be the new rule of the day.

In a survey conducted by The Plain Dealer, Ed FitzGerald and his opponents all pledged to promptly respond to requests for public records and to make their calendar of appointments open to the public.

They also pledge to publish a list of any gifts they receive.

PolitiFact Ohio previously has gauged FitzGerald"s progress on two of these pledges, setting the Fitz-O-Meter at Promise Kept for making his calendar available and at In the Works for his progress on providing public records.

As for his pledge to publish a list of gifts received, there has been progress.

An ethics policy approved by County Council that FitzGerald is enforcing forbids county employees from accepting anything of value.

And in a recent interview with The Plain Dealer, FitzGerald said he has established a policy of not accepting any gifts himself, too.

Ultimately that would mean there never will be list of gifts received to be published. Whether that indeed happens remains to be seen. FitzGerald, after all, is still in the first year of a four-year term.

But based on the ethics policy and his stated policy of refusing to accept gifts, we can set the Fitz-O-Meter for this promise to In the Works.

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