June 12, 2005
-- by Dave Johnson
With the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) in serious trouble, a prominent business leader recently laid it on the line: Business groups are prepared to cut off campaign contributions to House members who oppose the pact.It is a crime to offer campaign contributions linked directly to specific legislation on a quid pro quo basis. It is against the law. This person should be put in jail and made an example of.
"If you [lawmakers] are going to vote against it, it's going to cost you," Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, warned recently during a meeting on Capitol Hill of leaders of a 500-plus business-trade association coalition with more than 500 members.
I'm serious. During the Medicare "reform" vote Rep. Nick Smith of Michigan was told that campaign funds for his son's campaign would be withheld if he did not support the bill. This was a crime and was investigated as a crime. From the Slate story:
United States Code, Title 18, Section 201, "Bribery of public officials and witnesses," states that under federal law, a person commits bribery if he(b) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official or person who has been selected to be a public official, or offers or promises any public official or any person who has been selected to be a public official to give anything of value to any other person or entity, with intent—
(A) to influence any official act;
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The American corporate aristocracy is an ongoing criminal enterprise. I thought everbody knew that. Really.
In a rational country, the guillotines would be operating 24/7.
Posted by: richard at June 12, 2005 2:22 PM
Silly, Don't you know the law only applies to Democrats?
Posted by: Vinnie at June 12, 2005 7:04 PM
Good catch Dave...
Posted by: Alan at June 13, 2005 8:04 AM
Let's write letters to the WaPo asking for a followup story.
Posted by: ArC at June 13, 2005 6:14 PM
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