The United States of America is currently ranked among the top industrial and economical powers in the world. Public corruption is a term that is closely associated with the developing countries as one of the largest obstacles in their way towards development. In the case of the United States which is undoubtedly a developed country and one of the most developed ones public corruption still exists but goes unnoticed and unheeded.
The United States has become the center of Kleptocracy, where politicians use their power to accumulate wealth by embezzlement, misappropriating funds, and doing favors to wealthy business owners in return for money and support. America is a democracy where leaders hold power vested in them by the public, yet when these leaders enter public offices, some are no different from dictators who only think of their selves.
The constitution of the United States offers a deep understanding of the conduct that could be defined as corruption or in terms of public office holders ‘Public Corruption’. However, when it comes to federal laws regarding public corruption, there are two that are of utmost significance.
18 U.S.C. § 201 prohibits the public office holders to directly or indirectly accept, seek, demand, or receive bribes or any kind of favors from any person that would influence their government actions and decisions in any way.
18 U.S.C § 371 states that “if two or more person conspires either to commit any offense against the United States or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years.”
The book “The Mighty Have Fallen” which is written by an FBI confidential human source, Derek Bluford, takes us on a journey of political corruption. Mr. Bluford worked with the FBI specifically working to take down political corruption. In this book, Mr. Bluford was directed by the FBI to enter into numerous quid pro quo agreements with politicians all over the United States.
Under the federal conspiracy statute, if a public office holder is not taking money from someone but just doing him a favor using the political power that is given to him by the people of this country he is conspiring to defraud the country and this is found guilty under the above-mentioned law.
The United States is full of such politicians, who use the power given by the public to give favors to their partners, friends, family, and selves. In January, the leading California representative Duncan Hunter was found guilty under federal corruption charge of conspiracy for misusing campaign funds. Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock, the youngest member of Congress used billions of dollars from the taxpayer money to decorate his office. Former Mayor Ray Nagin is serving ten years in prison for misuse of disaster funds during Katrina Hurricane in New Orleans. Congressman Randy Cunningham served eight years in prison as he was found guilty of taking $2.4 million in bribe.
The list goes on including mayors, district attorneys and goes to even the highest office in the country. The country has truly become a haven for corrupt politicians who use the power to increase their wealth. The Mighty Have Fallen reveals some clever methods that current politicians use to secure their futures and build wealth.