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  •  Here's the law (0+ / 0-)

    http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/...

    Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

    I don't know when this law was passed so I don't know if it covers the Republican offer to Hayakawa or not.  However, it does definitely cover any offer to Sestak.

    In addition, it apparently would cover Clinton and whoever asked Clinton to talk to Sestak (see "indirectly".)

    The current defense seems to be "The Republicans did it too."

    The responses, of course, are:

    1. Obama claimed he would be "different".
    1. The Democrats weren't smart enough to jump on this but the Republicans are.

    The surprising thing about this whole thing is that everyone seems to be forgetting crisis management 101.  The thing to do is to wait until the next big news event (so this is crowded off the front page) and then come clean with absolutely every detail.

    Robert Bauer, White House Counsel, has now released a letter:

    Efforts were made in June and July of 2009 to determine whether Congressman Sestak would be interested in service on a Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board, which would avoid a divisive Senate primary, allow him to retain his seat in the House, [...]. The advisory positions discussed with Congressman Sestak, while important to the work of the administration, would have been uncompensated.

    I don't know whether these advisory board positions are "employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress".  Presumably the boards are created by the President but is there any Act of Congress that in any way makes them possible?  Has that ever been tested in court?

    In addition, you will need to make your own judgement on whether this is credible.  Would anyone believe that a post on some advisory board would convince someone not to run for Senator?

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