Monday, November 28, 2005

Bribery in Washington

Last week, lobbyist Michael Scanlon pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit fraud and bribery.

Surprised? The occasional quid pro quo in Washington is a dog-bites-man story; such arrangements tend to skirt the legal definition of bribery. But as the Morning Call explains, “The Abscam case fit this definition because members of Congress were filmed stuffing cash into their pockets.”

Four Republican congressmen are under investigation in the case, including former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.


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