In the United States, there are two Senators elected from each state and numerous Congressmen who comprise the United States Congress. Of those elected, there have been several scandals to emerge during the past decade. One example is that of Harry Reid. Reid, the Senate Democratic Leader, had accepted the gift of ringside tickets from the Nevada Athletic Commission (Solomon, 2011). On the surface, it might appear to be an innocent act. Why is this viewed as corrupt? At the time, the state agency had been trying to coax Reid to change federal boxing regulation (Solomon, 2011). The point is that if someone accepts gifts, it is perceived as a bribe. Not only that, if someone is "romancing" an official by buying him gifts, there is a chance that the official will be swayed to their side. It is simply human nature. In general, if someone is nice and gives another person a gift, the recipient is more likely to feel obligated to that person. Even if there is no obligation in the mix, there are certainly good feelings fostered. Because an official is supposed to be neutral, accepting gifts may be crossing the line.
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