The announcements outlines the five specific goals that comprise his plan: reduce the influence of money in politics; restore integrity to the U.S. Department of Justice and Executive Branch decision-making; return ethics in government; take control of financial conflicts of interest in the Executive Branch; and focus on increasing the accountability of lobbyists and the lobbied.
Biden's plan comes in the wake of the Ukraine scandal, in which Donald Trump allegedly pressured Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to uncover damaging information on Biden and his son, Hunter. The scandal sparked an impeachment probe into Trump, and since its announcement, the president has attacked Biden for his family's alleged corruption in Ukraine. In his ethics plan, Biden's takes direct aim at Trump's White House, calling it the "most corrupt administration in modern history," and outlines the various ways he plans to maintain an ethical administration should he be elected president.
"We must elect leaders with integrity, for whom the public interest is paramount," reads Biden's plan. "But that's not enough. We also must strengthen our laws to ensure that no future president can ever again use the office for personal gain. The federal government's power must be used to better the country, and not in service of narrow, private interests. "
One of Biden's proposals to reduce the corrupting influence of money in politics is to introduce a constitutional amendment that removes private money from federal elections. With this amendment in place, a candidate for federal office would need to acquire campaign funding from public sources, which Biden's campaign believes will eliminate "outside spending" that is allegedly "distorting the election process."