Defining Corruption


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“I’m blown away that they could make these kinds of threats,” New Jersey Senate president Stephen Sweeney said according to njspotlight:

Sweeney, during the news conference yesterday, also pointed to the message left for him by Fox, the police union official. He went on to cite both state and federal anti-bribery laws, as well as a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on a corruption case involving the former governor of Virginia that he said specifically referred to what constitutes bribery.

According to the Supreme Court ruling, the federal statute “makes it a crime for ‘a public official or person selected to be a public official, directly or indirectly, corruptly’ to demand, seek, receive, accept, or agree ‘to receive or accept anything of value’ in return for being ‘influenced in the performance of any official act.’” The ruling also said “an ‘official act’ is defined as ‘any decision or action on any question, matter, cause, suit, proceeding or controversy, which may at any time be pending, or which may by law be brought before any public official, in such official’s official capacity.’”

So what exactly was that $11.4 million that the NJEA paid to politicians over the years for?

According to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement website, donors labeled ‘NJEA’ have spent $11,388,912 from 3/16/84 to 4/14/16 for something.

The last contribution reported, on 4/14/16, happened to be for $900 to

Carter Kowalski & Granados Victory 2016
Primary, 2016
Joint Candidates Cmte
Union County Democrat

Is this what that money bought?
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13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on August 4, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Be careful what you ask for….

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  2. Posted by Anonymous on August 4, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    merge! merge!! MERGE EM!!!

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  3. Posted by steve on August 4, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    merge them so all the rats can eat out of the same trough —instead of eating away at each other as they are now doing–mother nature is a “B” is this natural selection at work?

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  4. Posted by Anonymous on August 4, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Oops!!! The truth just got loose, consequences to follow, news at 11. The law appears to apply to the giver and receiver.

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  5. Posted by Anonymous on August 5, 2016 at 12:26 am

    There goes his chance to be governor! Ha

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  6. Posted by jackdean on August 5, 2016 at 5:30 am

    My favorite scene in Casablanca.

    On Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 8:39 AM, Burypensions Blog wrote:

    > burypensions posted: ” . “I’m blown away that they could make these kinds > of threats,” New Jersey Senate president Stephen Sweeney said according to > njspotlight: Sweeney, during the news conference yesterday, also pointed to > the message left for him by Fox, the police union” >

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  7. Posted by George on August 5, 2016 at 10:15 am

    What happens if there is a constitutional amendment and it is disregarded? Does the President send the army in to enforce it?

    I actually want it to pass just to speed up the eventual collision between the pens I on scheme and reality.

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    • Posted by Anonymous on August 10, 2016 at 12:21 am

      The govenor takes an oath to uphold the constitution. He would be impeached, removed from office and maybe sued. The same way a school board/district can be sued for not providing a thorough and effiencent education. Or a town can get sued for violating mt laurel with the mayor and council being removed from office.

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  8. “I’m blown away that they could make these kinds of threats,” New Jersey Senate president Stephen Sweeney said.

    I think he means publicly.

    Basically, in one party districts, the only way you get an actual election is if someone doesn’t show fealty to the powers that be. How often has Sweeny run unopposed, in reality even if there is another name on the ballot?

    That said, I can’t blame public employees for getting upset about the fact that taxpayers refused to fund their pensions. NJ isn’t like NYC, where retroactive pension increases and disability and other fraud are responsible for 120 percent of the problem, the public employees have paid for almost none of their pensions.

    But they have to be honest about who made out by not paying, and who they are asking to pay now. Past taxpayers got the sweet deal. Many are dead and gone and retired to Florida. New Jersey’s taxes are now high, and services are declining, so people moving here or moving out on their own got none of the benefits of not paying. And public employees are demanding that they pay the price.

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  9. Posted by truthnolie on August 8, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Hahaha!!

    The tables are being turned on Sweeney, et al and it’s great to see!!!

    Unions are flexing their monetary muscles and Sweeney is now having a hissy fit and whining it’s not fair…lol…like pension reform was fair??

    If I were the head of any union I’d tell this blockhead and anyone of his ilk who went against the union that not only weren’t funds going to be released but if no progress or outcome benefited us then every dollar would be given to those running against Sweeney and his pals.

    This moron is scared now and reaching for straws….he wants a legal system/court to say how and when someone/some group can donate money??? What’s next?…..courts can rule on where the money can go or only to a select group??

    He’s pissing up a rope and gonna get wet……lmao!

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    • Posted by Anonymous on August 10, 2016 at 12:27 am

      He is a total douchebag who will never be gov. However he will stay a senator in the cow shit county of his. Norcross would have it no other way.

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