Rupert Murdoch (The Sunday Times) was able to bribe/buy 5% of Brussels Politicians – congratulations!
I think there should be an independent research team trying to pull this off – internationally and every year! would be great!
Double Role: Politician and Lobbyist: Female corruption?
Ein schwaches Kontrollsystem
Der “Verhaltenskodex” von 2012 wurde als Folge der Enthüllungen der Sunday Times eingeführt. Damals wurden drei Europaabgeordnete für schuldig befunden, große Summen als Gegenleistung für Änderungsanträge zu laufenden Gesetzesentwürfen angenommen zu haben.
Betrachtet man die Kulanz des Kontrollsystems der Abgeordneten scheint diese Lektion heute vergessen. Tatsächlich wurde in den letzten fünf Jahren der Kodex 24 Mal verletzt. In den meisten Fällen handelte es sich um Tätigkeiten, Geschenke und Einladungen zu Veranstaltungen, die nicht angegeben worden waren. Doch keiner dieser Verstöße wurde von den beiden Präsidenten der jeweils aktuellen Gesetzgebung (Martin Schulz und seinem Nachfolger Antonio Tajani) sanktioniert.
Die Studie fügt noch hinzu: “Das Kontrollsystem erscheint im Vergleich zu den Ethikrichtlinien in Kanada, den USA und auch in Frankreich ausgesprochen schwach”. Zum Beispiel sind in den USA bezahlte außerparlamentarische Tätigkeiten verboten, die die Gefahr eines Interessenskonflikts in sich bergen, das betrifft vor allem Banker, Berater und Anwälte.
The 2010 cash for influence scandal was a political scandal in the United Kingdom. It was brought to public and widespread media attention by a March 2010 documentary by Dispatches in which a journalistic sting operation recorded and revealed Members of Parliament and the Lords offering to work for a fictitious political lobbying firm for fees of £3,000 to £5,000 per day. (src)
The 2009 cash for influence scandal (also cash for amendments or cash for laws) was a political scandal in the United Kingdom in 2009 concerning four Labour Party Life Peers offering to help make amendments to legislation for up to £120,000 (src)
(“The former Austrian MEP Ernst Strasser was convicted of attempting to change laws in the European Parliament on behalf of a business offering to pay him €100,000 a year.
Strasser, a former minister who was said to have used his role as an MEP to work secretly as a lobbyist, was exposed during an undercover investigation by (Rupert Murdoch‘s) Sunday Times three years ago.
He was jailed for three years after being found guilty of corruption by a court in Vienna. It was the second time he had been convicted of the same offence. An earlier verdict had been overturned on appeal.” (src))
Spaniard Pablo Zalba Bidegain (who was cleared of wrongdoing as he had not accepted payment), and Slovenian Zoran Thaler (who writes: “the (Rupert Murdoch‘s)Sunday Times is otherwise well-known for its open anti-EU editorial policy which it likes to emphasise” (src))
Rupert Murdoch is 1.5 Billion USD heavy media Mogul owning: 21st Century Fox, News Corp,
FOX NEWS, The Times of London and The Wall Street Journal
“I once asked Rupert Murdoch why he was so opposed to the European Union. ‘That’s easy,’ he replied. ‘When I go into Downing Street they do what I say; when I go to Brussels they take no notice.'” (src)
On 21 March he resigned as MEP. European Anti-fraud Office – OLAF investigated the case. In January 2012 OLAF concluded the investigation with the decision that there was “no infringement” on Thaler’s side. (src)
“The Sunday Times journalists went undercover and approached 60 MEPs, posing as lobbyists and requesting votes to table or support certain amendments in exchange for money.
They were able to buy 3 MEPs out of 60 for 100.000€ per year, in percentage this is 5%
Strasser and Thaler resigned in March 2011; Strasser was sentenced to four years in jail on 14 January 2013. OLAF dismissed the case against Thaler, claiming that it had been unable to find “evidence to support suspicion of wrongdoing” (though it did blame the European Parliament for “refus[ing] to provide the necessary support during the investigation”). However, in January 2014 Slovenia‘s own judicial system found Thaler guilty and sentenced him to two and a half years in prison.
“Claiming innocence, Adrian Severin has refused to step down and continues to work as an MEP, even after he was expelled by the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) group of the European Parliament. He was indicted by Romania‘s anti-corruption agency in September 2013 and in February 2016, he was convicted to three and half years in prison in court, although the judgement was appealed. On 16 November 2016, a final sentence was handed down and his sentence was increased to 4 years imprisonment. He still has the support of the Social Democratic Party, his political party in Romania.” (src)
how much do corrupt politicians cost: 100,000 euros per year
“The European Parliament has opened an investigation after a British newspaper reported that three MEPs had accepted offers of up to 100,000 euros per year in exchange for tabling amendments to legislation being passed in the EU assembly.” (src)