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H.R. 3843: Close Official Acts Loophole Act of 2017

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It’s illegal for a politician to take favorable “official action” on behalf of a person or company after they’ve received money or campaign contributions from them. But what if a politician takes beneficial actions that fall just shy of “official”?


Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell had received gifts from a pharmaceutical company, such as an expensive Rolex watch, designer clothes for his wife, and a Ferrari. In return, McDonnell had hosted a launch party for the company at the governor’s mansion, and widely tried to convince ...

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Thomas Suozzi

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 26, 2017
Length: 2 pages

Sep 26, 2017


Introduced on Sep 26, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on September 26, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Sep 26, 2017

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H.R. 3843 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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