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house Bill H.R. 2107

Boo! Scaring Away Ghost Money (i.e. Foreign Bribery)

Argument in favor

This bill would prevent American intelligence agencies from fostering corruption in foreign countries.

Argument opposed

American intelligence agencies need to be able to use unorthodox methods if they want to remain effective.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
      House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
    IntroducedMay 22nd, 2013

What is it?

This bill would effectively prohibit the federal government from bribing or coercing public officials in foreign countries.

It would also require the Central Intelligence Agency to report to Congress all payments it made to officials in Afghanistan after September 11th, 2001.
It’s worth noting that the President can waive any requirements in this bill if following them will harm national security or members of the military.

Impact

The Federal government, the Central Intelligence Agency, foreign governments, foreign officials, the government of Afghanistan, and federal contractors.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

Of Note:

The motivation behind this bill came from revelations that the CIA was handing over bags of money to Afghan President Karzai for access into his inner circles. The hope was also that the money would grant the CIA information and influence in the presidential palace

"There is little evidence that the payments bought the influence the C.I.A. sought. Instead, some American officials said, the cash has fueled corruption and empowered warlords, undermining Washington’s exit strategy from Afghanistan.

'The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan,' one American official said, 'was the United States.'"

Media:

Bill Sponsor Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) Press Release

New York Times

(Photo Credit: Vice News)

AKA

No More Ghost Money Act

Official Title

To prohibit monetary payments by the Federal Government to employees, officers, and elected officials of foreign countries for purposes of bribery, coercion, or any activity that is illegal or undermines the rule of law or corrupts a public officer or the office such officer represents, and for other purposes.

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