Since the seventies, there's been a law on the books that makes it illegal for corporations to use bribes in doing business in foreign nations.
In recent years, the Department of Justice has been cracking down on corporations that violate this law, mainly because new IRS reporting requirements put the onus and risk of prosecution on corporate executives. Some of the biggest companies have been slammed with big fines, including Siemens, Halliburton and Johnson and Johnson.
Not surprisingly, these corporations are bitching about their being caught engaging in corrupt acts.
So what's a megacorporation to do? Fund the United States Chamber of Commerce to lobby for changes to the existing legislation to weaken the law.
The Wall Street Journal reports, in an article, Critics Target Bribery Law.
" For corporate America's top lobbyists, trying to curb a powerful antibribery law known as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has risen to the top of the agenda, sparking a widespread debate about how the legislation is enforced.
In the past five years, a remarkable run of enforcement of the U.S. law has led to about $4 billion in penalties against corporations. The law prohibits companies from paying bribes to foreign officials to win business. A violation can result in criminal prosecution."
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The article reports that so far, over $700,000 has been invested in lobbying to weaken or eliminate the law. They're framing these onslaughts on the law as "clarifications," and two Democratic senators, Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) and Chris Coons (D., Del.) are on board with this framing-- perhaps vying for the "owned and operated by corporations" reputation that Chris Dodd used to hold.
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