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Corrupt Practices in China are Business as Usual in Fitzwalkerstan

One of Scott Walker's Co-owners, Sheldon Adelson, Investigated for Foreign Corrupt Practices

The ironies continue here in Fitzwalkerstan. Remember Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas and Macau casino billionaire who purchased a piece of Wisconsin with a $250,000 donation to Scott Walker during the recall. Well, Adelson, who is ubiquitous as a right wing big money donor, has gotten into the habit of purchasing governors (Walker) and now presidents (Romney). His arrogance may have gotten him into some trouble as a result of his international activities.

Currently, Adelson is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department under suspicions that he violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) while dealing with the Chinese government regarding his Macau casino ventures. (I am not even mentioning his alleged “Chinese prostitution strategy” in Macau, that's another story.)

The neat part of this is that the FCPA was introduced in 1977 by our own Senator Bill Proxmire. Remember, back when you could be proud to say you were from Wisconsin. The FCPA prohibits American companies from bribing foreign government officials.  It is alleged that Adelson bribed Chinese government officials.  As for the Chinese, they don't see it as any different than the purchasing of American politicians, such as Walker, by billionaires like Adelson.

What we have all learned from the recall is that we no longer have elections, we have auctions.  And these billionaires have all the money so they can out bid the other 99.9%.   How silly America looks to the world in general when we get on a moral "high horse" regarding bribry when our current system is every bit as bad.

What we need now is a law that prevents these same people (Adelson et al) from bribing (purchasing) U.S. Government officials, like Scott Walker.

After all; If money is speech, then bribery is only conversation.





July 20, 2012 - 10:07pm