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Posted by seafan in General Discussion
Fri Jul 15th 2011, 08:45 AM
Phone hacking: Murdoch paid US anti-bribery law lobbyists


By Ed Pilkington in New York
14 July 2011 18.11 BST


Rupert Murdoch donated $1m to a pro-business lobby in the US months before the group launched a high-profile campaign to alter the anti-bribery law the same law that could potentially be brought to bear against News Corporation over the phone-hacking scandal.

News Corporation contributed $1m to the US Chamber of Commerce last summer. In October the chamber put forward a six-point programme for amending the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or FCPA, a law that punishes US-based companies for engaging in the bribery of foreign officials.

Progressive groups in the US have speculated that there is no coincidence in the contemporaneous timing of the Murdoch donation and the launch of the chamber's FCPA campaign, which they claim is designed to weaken the anti-bribery legislation. "The timing certainly raises questions about who is bankrolling this campaign if it's not News Corporation who is it?" said Joshua Dorner of the Centre for American Progress action fund.

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The Chamber of Commerce dismissed the suggestions of a link between its campaign and the News of the World scandal as "preposterous" and "completely false". "Our efforts to modernise an outdated act have been ongoing for nearly a year," a spokesman said, adding that the aim of the proposals was to obtain clear rules of the road for American businesses.

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This article also points out that this 1977 law has been increasingly and aggressively utilized in the past several years--- most notably to recover $2.8 Billion in settlements since 2007.


And the US Chamber of Commerce wants us to believe that any links between its attempts to weaken this law on Rupert Murdoch's behalf are "preposterous" and "completely false".

Right.


Wonder when we'll hear the response from the Koch brothers.



If there were ever a more profound opportunity to drain this cesspool of corruption infecting our media, manipulating our government and strangling our democracy, it is difficult to imagine it.


All hands on deck.




Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor, is among American political voices calling for Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation to be prosecuted in the US for bribery in the News of the World scandal. Photograph: Charles Ommanney/Getty Images





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