(1) Many people believe that the crime of bribery cannot extend to campaign contributions. (2) From a legal standpoint, however, countless campaign contributions are in fact bribes. (3) A bribe is anything of value or advantage given with the intent to unlawfully influence the person to whom it is given in his official capacity. (4) A campaign contribution is certainly something of value or advantage. Furthermore, (5) every contribution from a lobbyist or special interest group is given with the intent to influence voting, and (6) thousands of such contributions are made in every important election.
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