U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Battles Anti-Bribery Statute

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WASHINGTON — More than three decades after the United States Congress passed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act — striking a major blow against international corruption by criminalizing bribes to foreign officials — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is trying to carve out some major exceptions in the law to prevent prosecutors from enforcing it too aggressively.

The move by the increasingly activist Chamber has led critics to fear there may be no checks left on the corporate lobby’s ambition — or its influence.

Not only is the Chamber taking on something as seemingly unassailable as an anti-bribery law, but it’s doing so just as the movement the FCPA launched is finally taking hold across the globe, corruption fighters say.

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