Capital crimes

In These Times
by Conor Kenny

07/31/06

The irony of the ongoing federal corruption investigations striking fear into the hearts of members of Congress is that nearly everyone who has gone to jail, been indicted or served with a subpoena could have gotten away with it. Under the current campaign finance system, there is more than enough perfectly legal graft to fund all the five-star restaurant dinners and jet trips to luxury golf resorts that a legislator could desire, and still have enough left over to finance a winning reelection campaign for a job that offers a $165,000 salary, healthcare plan and generous pension. These perks can be funded by perfectly legal campaign contributions as long as they are written off as 'campaign expenses.' And every day members of Congress collect checks from those eager to gain influence...

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