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Lugar honored for transparency efforts

Former Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., has been named this year’s recipient of the Integrity Award given by Transparency International-USA.

Lugar was honored “for championing transparency and anti-corruption as hallmarks of effective development assistance and U.S. legislative oversight,” according to Business Wire.

Lugar was defeated in the 2012 Republican primary election and left office early this year after a 36-year career in the Senate.

“In 2004 as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he initiated a review of the multilateral development banks and secured legislative reforms to strengthen their transparency, anti-corruption practices and oversight,” Business Wire reported. “He has also focused on increased transparency in U.S. development assistance and global health programs, and co-authored section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to increase transparency in the oil, gas and mining sectors.”

TI-USA is part of a global group that promotes greater transparency and integrity in government and anti-corruption laws and business practices.