Driven by increasing concerns about the ethics of public officials, the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp. has decided to require bond underwriters and law firms to declare contributions to politicians in the state.

This week, the corporation will kick off a selection process, soliciting proposals from firms that want to serve as lead manager and co-manager on morthgage revenue bond deals over the next two years, as well as from bond law firms interested in serving as counsel for the same period.

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