I am psyched.
Martin Paredes is going to have a post about me soon. You know...the connect the dots.
Apparently I work or collude with The Forma Group because I like lesbians and nice racks. But let's assume Martin is right...then I need to invoice The Forma Group for each post I have written. The blog is little over a year old. I have done over 450+ posts. While Net 30 is the norm, in this case there are invoices that are over a year past due. So I'll need to charge interest.
I should ask Martin how much he charges the kids with silver spoons in their mouths that get to run the family company to blog.
But that's neither here not there.
We are here to discuss why Martin Paredes is an idiot.
In his latest post, Martin states the following:
Almost anyone you ask to describe the public corruption scandal in El Paso would likely describe it as bribes disguised as campaign contributions. (emphasis added)
That statement is proof that Martin Paredes is an idiot.
A bribe is NOT a campaign contribution.
As you may know, which Martin does not, a bribe is illegal. I would ask Martin to refer to Texas Penal Code Section 36.02 for the defintion of bribery.
A campaign contribution is NOT illegal. I would ask Martin to refer to Texas Election Code Section 251.001.
So no. Bribes cannot be disguised as campaign contributions because you will notice that campaign contributions, unlike bribes, can be searched because the law requires that campaign contributions be disclosed. Bribes, to perhaps Martin's surprise, are NOT disclosed.
This is why we do not like bribery. At the very least we expect people to play by the same rules. Bribery is a work around the rules.
Now do some people who play by the rules have more influence than others sure, just as Tom Brady and Tony Romo play by the same rules. But certainly one is better at what they do than the other.
We would not have the FBI here if all that cash that was exchanged in the men's room at the County Courthouse came in form of a check and was disclosed.
Part laziness, part ignorance, and part greed is why the federales have spent much time here in El Paso.
For whatever it is worth, what we call bribery here, it's called "gifting" in other places in the world, and it's totally cool (see Olympics and World Cup).