Essay about Corruption in Politics

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When it comes to corruption in politics, no one is immune. Both parties have had their share. Not too long ago three members of Congress who are Republican were indicted due to political and financial scandals (Wallis, 2012). Two are currently under investigation and one is in prison (Wallis, 2012). Part of the problem in these corruption scandals involves the ability of interest groups to determine policy as well as pork barrel spending (Wallis, 2012). While corruption takes place at all levels of government, it has been particularly noticeable in the U.S. Congress. In the United States, there are two Senators elected from each state and numerous Congressmen who comprise the United States Congress. Of those elected, there have been…show more content…
Those in Nevada thought they might influence him since he was in a position of high authority (Solomon, 2011). In this situation, one has to wonder about the seriousness of the corruption. The article goes on to report: "He defended the gifts, saying they would never influence his position on the bill and was simply trying to learn how his legislation might affect an important home state industry" (Solomon, 2011). Is he correct? Is he allowed to accept gifts if in fact they do not influence his decisions? The general rule is as follows: "Senate ethics rules generally allow lawmakers to accept gifts from federal, state or local governments, but specifically warn against taking such gifts—particularly on multiple occasions—when they might be connected to efforts to influence official actions" (Solomon, 2011). While perhaps the Senator was within the law in accepting the gifts, certainly it has the appearance of impropriety. In the manual, examples are provided as to what is not acceptable, such as a time when an Oregon lawmaker took gifts for personal use from the president of the South Carolina State University (Solomon, 2011). The school was trying to exert its influence (Solomon, 2011). What do the experts say? The article goes on to explain: "Several ethics experts said Reid should have paid for the tickets, which were close to the ring and worth between several hundred and several thousand dollars each, to avoid the appearance he was
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