Robert G. Torricelli Case Summary

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Case Situation (important facts): • New Jersey senator Robert G. Torricelli ran for reelection in 2002 raising more than 2.9 million dollars in campaign funds. • Abruptly quit the race because of “ethical misconduct” Then later was stated “he accepted campaign gifts from a contributor. • Two months after quitting the race he found a lobbying practice called Rosemont Associates that had clients in Taiwan, Puerto Rico, and the United States. • Torricelli gave $10,000 to Illinois Governor and more than $40,000 to a Nevada Democratic party which all linked to the Senate leader Harry Reid. All these politicians had one thing in common which was they all had some influence over Torricelli or his clients business interests. • Shortly after…show more content…
Five days after the meeting Torricelli gave $10,000 contribution to Blagojevich’s reelection campaign. • Also used his campaign funds to influence there issues linked to his business which helped the New Jersey State Senate pass a cable television bill that included the weekend provisions sought by Cabletelevision and helped favor Cabletelevision , which made a $162,000 contribution to Torricelli campaign in 2002. • Federal Government permits retired officials to give leftover campaign funds to charities, candidates, and political parties. • Torricelli only contributed to the people he knew or with whom he shared policy…show more content…
In the case the lobbyist represented his business. After quitting the lobbying practice, Rosemont Associates, helped his professional business by communicating and persuading others to support or help his business. • Revolving Door: this is a prime example of the revolving door between politics and business, a senator turning lobbyist. These individuals bring with them their personal connections and detailed knowledge of the public policy process. In the case it helped Torricelli find this loophole with the lobbyist already being a former senator. Referred in the primary issue section this is where the government needs to place better controls on guarding these revolving door problems. • Political Action Committee (PAC): helped incorporate organizations contributions and channel those funds to candidates seeking political office like Torricelli did. They watched as all the organizations contributions which the contributors expect that their money will go for campaigning and not sit in an account for years to build someone’s personal business. This also tied in with the case because in the beginning Torricelli was accepting campaign gifts from a contributor which in the PAC is not permitted if the donation of corporate gifts is given to any political politician, it must come from individuals. This is also called the “temptation rule” and could have

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