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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 9 years ago

Is campaign contributions of $5,000 bribery or contributions? What is the amount of a bribery?

Monsanto Contributions to Federal Candidates

House

Total to Democrats: $108,499

Total to Republicans: $91,500

Akin, Todd (R-MO) $5,000

Barrow, John (D-GA) $5,000

Berg, Richard A (R-ND) $3,000

Berry, Marion (D-AR) $4,500

Blackburn, Marsha (R-TN) $2,500

Boehner, John (R-OH) $5,500

Boswell, Leonard L (D-IA) $3,000

Boyd, Allen (D-FL) $4,500

Braley, Bruce (D-IA) $3,000

Bright, Bobby (D-AL) $5,000

Bruun, Scott (R-OR) $3,000

Camp, Dave (R-MI) $3,000

Cantor, Eric (R-VA) $6,000

Cardoza, Dennis (D-CA) $1,000

Carnahan, Russ (D-MO) $10,000

Causey, Chad (D-AR) $2,500

Chabot, Steve (R-OH) $1,000

Childers, Travis W (D-MS) $2,000

Clay, William L Jr (D-MO) $5,000

Cleaver, Emanuel (D-MO) $1,000

Conyers, John Jr (D-MI) $1,000

Courtney, Joe (D-CT) $2,000

Donnelly, Joe (D-IN) $1,000

Etheridge, Bob (D-NC) $1,000

Fincher, Steve (R-TN) $2,000

Foster, Bill (D-IL) $2,000

Gardner, Cory (R-CO) $1,000

Graves, Sam (R-MO) $5,000

Halvorson, Deborah (D-IL) $2,000

Hanabusa, Colleen (D-HI) $1,000

Hare, Phil (D-IL) $5,000

Herger, Wally (R-CA) $2,000

Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie (D-SD) $2,000

Hirono, Mazie K (D-HI) $5,000

Huelskamp, Tim (R-KS) $1,000

Jenkins, Lynn (R-KS) $1,000

King, Steven A (R-IA) $2,000

Kingston, Jack (R-GA) $2,500

Kissell, Larry (D-NC) $2,000

Landry, Jeffrey M (R-LA) $2,500

Latham, Tom (R-IA) $5,000

Loebsack, David (D-IA) $5,000

Long, Billy (R-MO) $2,000

Lucas, Frank D (R-OK) $10,000

Luetkemeyer, Blaine (R-MO) $5,000

McIntyre, Mike (D-NC) $3,000

Michaud, Mike (D-ME) $1,000

Minnick, Walt (D-ID) $5,000

Murphy, Scott (D-NY) $1,000

Nunes, Devin Gerald (R-CA) $1,000

Peterson, Collin C (D-MN) $9,999

Rogers, Hal (R-KY) $1,000

Ross, Mike (D-AR) $2,500

Ryan, Paul (R-WI) $2,000

Salazar, John (D-CO) $2,000

Schock, Aaron (R-IL) $2,000

Sensenbrenner, F James Jr (R-WI) $1,000

Shimkus, John M (R-IL) $1,500

Simpson, Mike (R-ID) $5,000

Skelton, Ike (D-MO) $2,500

Smith, Adrian (R-NE) $5,000

Stutzman, Marlin A (R-IN) $2,000

Tanner, John (D-TN) $1,000

Thompson, Bennie G (D-MS) $5,000

Tiberi, Patrick J (R-OH) $1,000

Senate

Total to Democrats: $38,000

Total to Republicans: $67,750

Baucus, Max (D-MT) $3,500

Bayh, Evan (D-IN) $1,000

Bennett, Robert F (R-UT) $1,000

Blunt, Roy (R-MO) $10,000

Bond, Christopher "Kit" (R-MO) ($5,000)

Burr, Richard (R-NC) $5,000

Carper, Tom (D-DE) $1,000

Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA) $5,000

Coburn, Tom (R-OK) $3,000

Conrad, Kent (D-ND) $1,000

Crapo, Mike (R-ID) $9,250

Ellsworth, Brad (D-IN) $1,000

Gillibrand, Kirsten (D-NY) $2,000

Grassley, Chuck (R-IA) $10,000

Hagan, Kay R (D-NC) $1,000

Hatch, Orrin G (R-UT) $2,000

Hoeven, John (R-ND) $5,000

Inouye, Daniel K (D-HI) $7,000

Lincoln, Blanche (D-AR) $12,000

Lugar, Richard G (R-IN) $2,000

Melancon, Charles (D-LA) $4,500

Moran, Jerry (R-KS) $5,000

Nelson, Ben (D-NE) $1,000

Portman, Rob (R-OH) $5,000

Risch, James E (R-ID) $1,000

Roberts, Pat (R-KS) $1,000

Sessions, Jeff (R-AL) $1,000

Specter, Arlen (D-PA) $1,000

Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI) $2,000

Thune, John (R-SD) $2,500

Vitter, David (R-LA) $5,000

Based on data released by the FEC on April 25, 2011.

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  • Mark
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    9 years ago
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    There is no "amount" that defines a bribe. I've always remembered a certain line from the first season of Law & Order in which ADA Ben Stone told a city building inspector that he suspected her of taking a bribe from an underworld figure and he told her (and her lawyer) "Any public official who accepts ANY gift -- I don't care if it's as little as a cheese danish -- for the purpose of influencing the performance of their official duties, is guilty of accepting a bribe."

    That IS the difference between a campaign contribution and a bribe: not the amount of the money, but the purpose of the money. If we knew that on Jul 31, 2011, Rep. Colin Peterson was *of a mind to* vote for a bill that would increase penalties on polluters, but then on Aug 2 he accepted that check from Monsanto for $9,999, and then cast his vote on Aug 4 against the bill, then we would know what the purpose of the contribution was, right?

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