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In the first month of 2015, three separate high-ranking United States government officials made headlines after being publicly accused of accepting bribes. In September, one of them, the now ex-governor of Virginia, was convicted on these charges. So, where is the line between lobbying and bribery?

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Limits On Campaign Spending
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/government-elections-politics/big-sky-big-money/supreme-court-strikes-down-limits-on-campaign-spending/
“In a decision that all but ensures a greater role for wealthy donors in American politics, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down restrictions on how much individual donors may contribute to candidates, political parties and political action committees.”

Former Governor in Virginia Guilty in Bribery Case
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/us/bob-mcdonnell-maureen-mcdonnell-virginia-verdict.html?_r=0
“Former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and his wife, Maureen, were convicted of corruption in federal court on Thursday, after a trial that shattered the political career of the onetime Republican star and peeled back the couple’s private life to the bone.

Rooting Out Corruption
A Look Back at the Jefferson Case
http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2013/april/a-look-back-at-the-william-j.-jefferson-corruption-case

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