Campaign Contributions and Bribery
A large multinational corporation, which is the biggest employer in a city, has been the largest contributor to the mayor’s election campaign. The company has also been the largest campaign contributor for his rival. The company has asked for no specific favors. However, when a competing company attempts to get a foothold in the city, the mayor obstructs it, fearing that the other corporation might withhold contributions for his reelection.
In the light of this scenario, do you think corporate campaign contributions are likely to be given without expecting “something for something”? Do you think the distinction between bribery and legal favors is justified?