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  •  Let me suggest that if private corporations (3+ / 0-)
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    shaharazade, blukat, Ray Pensador

    are making donations to a legislator, there's a good chance that contribution has been extorted either with a promise to try to legislate as they want or to make sure the legislation fails.
    Since the donations go into a campaign account, they're not technically bribes, since the benefit to the lawmaker is not direct. Moreover, if the donation is extorted to support what the law maker wasn't going to do anyway, then he's totally in the clear. It's hard for a tax collector to exact a bribe not to collect a tax; it's easy for a legislator to exact a bribe not to support a law.

    The same strategy is being directed to individual citizens. "Send us money to make sure the (cuts, restrictions, leases) don't pass."
    From where I sit, they are getting paid to do a job and now they want to get paid a second time for not doing it or doing it badly.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 01:44:30 PM PDT

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