Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., had been offered a job by the Obama administration in exchange for dropping out of the senatorial primary against Obama supporter Sen. Arlen Specter. This scandal could be enormous because it’s illegal, the Obama has committed a crime. Sestak said he refused the offer. He continued in the Senate primary and defeated Specter for the Democratic nomination. Accoring to federal code: 18 USC 600 says that a federal official cannot promise employment, a job in the federal government, in return for a political act.
18 U.S.C. § 600 : US Code – Section 600: Promise of employment or other benefit for political activity:
Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of
Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any
candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select
candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
1994 – Pub. L. 103-322 substituted “fined under this title” for “fined not more than $10,000″.
1976 – Pub. L. 94-453 substituted $10,000 for $1,000 maximum allowable fine.
1972 – Pub. L. 92-225 struck out “work,” after “position,”,inserted “contract, appointment,” after “compensation,” and “or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit,” after “Act of
Congress,”, and substituted “in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select
candidates for any political office” for “in any election”.
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1972 AMENDMENT
Amendment by Pub. L. 92-225 effective Dec. 31, 1971, or sixty days after date of enactment [Feb. 7, 1972], whichever is later, see section 408 of Pub. L. 92-225, set out as an Effective Date
note under section 431 of Title 2, The Congress.
18 U.S.C. § 211 : US Code – Section 211: Acceptance or solicitation to obtain appointive public office:
Whoever solicits or receives, either as a political contribution, or for personal emolument, any money or thing of value, in consideration of the promise of support or use of influence in
obtaining for any person any appointive office or place under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both. Whoever solicits or receives any thing of value in consideration of aiding a person to obtain employment under the United States
either by referring his name to an executive department or agency of the United States or by requiring the payment of a fee because such person has secured such employment shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both. This section shall not apply to such services rendered by an employment agency pursuant to the written request of an executive department or agency of the United States.
A prior section 211, act June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 693, related to an offer of a gratuity to a revenue officer, prior to the general amendment of this chapter by Pub. L. 87-849 and is
substantially covered in revised section 201.
1994 – Pub. L. 103-322 substituted “fined under this title” for “fined not more than $1,000″ in two places.
1951 – Act Sept. 13, 1951, inserted second paragraph.
Sec. 595. Interference by administrative employees of Federal, State, or Territorial Governments
Whoever, being a person employed in any administrative position by the United States, or by any department or agency thereof, or by the District of Columbia or any agency or instrumentality thereof, or by any State, Territory, or Possession of the United States, or any political subdivision, municipality, or agency thereof, or agency of such political subdivision or municipality (including any corporation owned or controlled by any State, Territory, or Possession of the United States or by any such political subdivision, municipality, or agency), in connection with any activity which is financed in whole or in part by loans or grants made by the United States, or any department or agency thereof, uses his official authority for the purpose of interfering with, or affecting, the nomination or the election of any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member of the Senate, Member of the House of Representatives, Delegate from the District of Columbia, or Resident Commissioner, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both. This section shall not prohibit or make unlawful any act by any
officer or employee of any educational or research institution, establishment, agency, or system which is supported in whole or in part by any state or political subdivision thereof, or by the
District of Columbia or by any Territory or Possession of the United States; or by any recognized religious, philanthropic or cultural organization.
1994 – Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330016(1)(L), which directed the amendment of this section by substituting “under this title” for “not more than $10,000″, could not be executed because the phrase “not more than $10,000″ does not appear in text.
Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330016(1)(H), substituted “fined under this title” for “fined not more than $1,000″ in first par.
1970 – Pub. L. 91-405 substituted reference to Delegate from District of Columbia or Resident Commissioner for Delegate or Resident Commissioner from any Territory or Possession.
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1970 AMENDMENT
Amendment by Pub. L. 91-405 effective Sept. 22, 1970, see section 206(b) of Pub. L. 91-405, set out as an Effective Date note under section 25a of Title 2, The Congress.
The White House illegally offered Sestak a federal job in exchange for dropping out of the race. Was Joe Sestak embellishing what really happened, or does he have first-hand knowledge of the White House breaking the law trying to bribe him. All fingers are being pointed back to Obama. Obviously, Obama has avoided the issue.
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