Watchdogs fear that a future administration, brought to power by these donors, could drop investigations, appoint or hire opponents of FCPA enforcement at the Justice Department and the SEC, or otherwise shift the focus away from FCPA.
"Administrations can set priorities," said Bill Allison, the Sunlight Foundation's editorial director. "They can lower the priority of going after Foreign Corrupt Practices prosecutions. They can spend less on investigations, less on oversight. And they can just send the message that our priorities are this, this and this, and Foreign Corrupt Practices [enforcement] isn't one of them."Not shocked to see this article because the rumors have been out there for some time on some of these investigations which are aimed at huge donors of both parties. Adelson and the Koch Brothers can scream witch hunt all they want but we heard the same from Rupert Murdoch when the story in London broke about News Corp. First of all agencies don't waste money tracking down unfounded rumors. IOTW where there is smoke, there is usually fire.
In this instance the Koch Brothers fired a group of employees overseas which I guess they thought would make the issue of bribes go away. Since they openly admit they will spent $100,000,000 to put Romney in office you have to wonder how much that has to do with the charges pending against them. Will Romney reward his big donors with getting these investigations stopped and make any charges disappear just like Obama made sure his donors made out like bandits with the stimulus? Unfortunately, believe that is exactly what will happen.
Was disgusted when George Soros tried to buy the election in 2004 by defeating President Bush and electing John Kerry. He got his President in 2008 with Obama but he didn't get everything he wanted so he is not on board this time. Like spoiled brats who don't get their way so the take the ball and go home.
Koch Brothers don't believe in unions or the minimum wage. We are not talking public service unions but regular unions. What would manufacturing look like without a minimum wage and unions. We would be back to the days where workers were treated like slaves to do the bidding of the owners. I am certainly not a big union supporter but the Koch Brothers have gone way too far in what they want for America taking us back in time to where the middle class had a hard time making ends meet while owners of businesses were making huge profits.
It is obvious the Koch Brothers don't value the middle class as evidenced by their comments and using a multi-millionaire as their candidate to buy this election. They believe their millions are the answer to everything. Romney is not a strong individual and would be in their hip pocket to do their bidding. He would be so afraid that they would turn on him, he would do what they said. Anyone who flip flops all the time is subject to being a puppet of the wealthy donors.
We have seen it with the first two years of Obama when he was beholding to big donors. He decides to step outside the box and go after Wall Street. What happens? The the big donors from Wall Street dump Obama and go to their next pigeon Mitt Romney. The group that caused this financial disaster hasn't made enough money so now they want one of their own, Mitt Romney, to make sure they continue to get even more wealthy. He is one of them -- no additional teachers, police, fire, and cut government workers along with regulations but no cuts to programs that favor the wealthy. Those programs are off limits like DoD contracts where billions are made.
Wish I could say it was only the Presidency that was For Sale but it is Congress as well as big donor groups like the Koch Brothers and Crossroads spend millions on ads for Senate seats. They spin and sometimes lie in the ads to make their candidates look better. Many of the large donors hide behind groups like Crossroads that do not have to disclose donors.
It is time for the American people to rise up and demand transparency in all elections -- make everyoine play by the same rules. It is obvious that donors need rules because after Citizens United the ordinary person has little say in this election except with our vote. Big donors are keeping the GOP and Romney afloat because of the 600,000 donors to all the GOP campaigns out of those who gave less than $200 only 13% have given to Romney. Romney has the big donors all lined up to help him buy the Presidency but the 87% of us who gave to other candidates all have votes which far out number his large donor base.
Republican small donors are speaking with their checkbooks against Romney so now it is time to speak out with our voices against a man who has bought this primary election with irregularities in state after state along with State Conventions. When you cheat to win and then act like a juvenile with your campaign having your bus driving around an Obama speech site honking, that person is not ready for prime time and certainly not ready for President.
Now we learn that big donors to Super PACs have bribery issues. Who would have thought they were not honest? (sarcasm)
Sheldon Adelson, Other Super PAC Donors Have Corporate Bribery Issues