When A Bribe Is Business As Usual

Cindi Ross Scoppe continues the story of ethical governance.  One must point out that legality and ethics diverge in South Carolina government. In terms of government corruption, this state has one of the best records in the nation. The reason? Everything is legal.

Buying gifts for voters and making donations to popular organizations — in order to be re-elected.How exactly is that different from vote-buying? From bribery?It might not meet our state’s legal definition of bribery, which is really convoluted but is generally believed to require a direct quid pro quo. But it meets the dictionary definition of a bribe: “money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust” and “something that serves to induce or influence.”

via Columbia, SC: Scoppe: When bribery becomes an ‘ordinary expense’ | Cindi Scoppe | The State.

Talk about South Carolina!