Constitutionality of the Disclosure Provisions of the Ethics in Government Act as Applied to Officials’ Spouses

Headnotes: 

Whatever test is applied to test their constitutionally, the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act that require certain high-level officials to disclose information concerning their spouses’ financial interests do not invade any constitutionally protected privacy right.

The financial disclosure provisions at issue are narrowly drawn to promote Congress’s interest in using disclosure to enforce substantive prohibitions vis-à-vis high-level officials.

Updated July 9, 2014