Defining Corruption

“I’m blown away that they could make these kinds of threats,” New Jersey Senate president Stephen Sweeney said according to njspotlight:

Sweeney, during the news conference yesterday, also pointed to the message left for him by Fox, the police union official. He went on to cite both state and federal anti-bribery laws, as well as a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on a corruption case involving the former governor of Virginia that he said specifically referred to what constitutes bribery.

According to the Supreme Court ruling, the federal statute “makes it a crime for ‘a public official or person selected to be a public official, directly or indirectly, corruptly’ to demand, seek, receive, accept, or agree ‘to receive or accept anything of value’ in return for being ‘influenced in the performance of any official act.’” The ruling also said “an ‘official act’ is defined as ‘any decision or action on any question, matter, cause, suit, proceeding or controversy, which may at any time be pending, or which may by law be brought before any public official, in such official’s official capacity.’”

So what exactly was that $11.4 million that the NJEA paid to politicians over the years for?

According to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement website, donors labeled ‘NJEA’ have spent $11,388,912 from 3/16/84 to 4/14/16 for something.

The last contribution reported, on 4/14/16, happened to be for $900 to

Carter Kowalski & Granados Victory 2016
Primary, 2016
Joint Candidates Cmte
Union County Democrat

Is this what that money bought?


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by ReadsLikeAMafiaBook on August 4, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Bergen says the County has made its pension payments on a yearly basis, but neglects to mention the County deferred over $9 million in pension payment back in 2009. Convenient omission eh?


  2. Posted by steve on August 4, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    The saying goes “what is past is prologue’ -I think you are witnessing the rumbles preceding the implosion of this den of self legalized thieves from top to bottom—-Try not to get lost in the numbers,in their own eyes they are doubting their own credibility.


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