Pursuing political corruption cases like Bridgegate is almost impossible
Congress has never amended the Postal Fraud Act to prohibit these additional and pernicious types of public bribery. Even if that was the case, the Supreme Court could have opposed it. In other rulings that divided the court along ideological lines, GOP-appointed judges struck down laws designed to fight public corruption. United citizens c. FEC waived campaign spending limits for businesses, which the federal government has declared necessary to reduce quid pro quo corruption and the appearance of corruption. The court insisted that individuals and businesses have a First Amendment right to spend money on politics, and then struck down limits on blanket political contributions that were designed to keep the super-rich from buy political favors. In the court’s latest public corruption case, judges suggested, this time unanimously, that there were “significant constitutional concerns” with McDonnell’s ban on handing out official meetings in exchange for political donations, campaign favors and giveaways. The governor and his wife received, among other things, air travel, designer clothes and a loan of $ 50,000 from the CEO of a nutritional supplements company who asked the governor to ask state universities to conduct research on the supplement.