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Bill of Rights: Emoluments Clause, U.S. Constitution

A guide to sources that provide a history, analysis, debate, and case law associated with the Bill of Rights and its specific amendments.


The Emolument's Clause is Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution states that no American officeholder shall, “without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” It is also known as The Title of Nobility Clause.

The following subject headings are recommended United States -- Politics and government -- Moral and ethical aspects. * Political corruption -- United States -- History. * Misconduct in office -- United States.

Online Articles & Resources (freely accessible)

Harripersaud, J (2017) Is it Constitutional? Resources to Help You Decide. NYPL Blog

Savage, C. (2017, January 23). Taxpayers Will Defend Trump in Suit Charging Constitutional Violations. New York Times. p. A16.

The Economist explains: What is the Emoluments Clause? Dec 4th 2016

David A. Fahrenthold and Jonathan O'Connell (January 23, 2017) What is the ‘Emoluments Clause’? Does it apply to President Trump? Washington Post

There are many more results find-able on Google News

Articles requiring a John Jay logon

Kavanagh, S. (2007). OLC Issues an Opinion on the Emoluments Clause and Service on Advisory Boards. Federal Ethics Report, 14(9), 22-24.

Teachout, Z. (2017). In Foreign Pay. Nation, 304(4), 21-23.

Tillman, S. B. (April, 2013 ) Closing Statement, The Original Public Meaning of the Foreign Emoluments Clause: A Reply to Professor Zephyr Teachout, 107 Northwestern Univ. Law Review Colloquy 180. :



Teachout, Z. (2014) Corruption in America: from Benjamin Franklin's snuff box to Citizens United.  Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press. Reserve Room - 3 hour loan - JK2249 .T43 2014

Vile, J. (2010). A companion to the United States Constitution and its amendments (5th ed.). Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger. [eBook requiring John Jay logon]