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Patriotic Millionaires: "Congress Must Pass Legislation Expanding the Definition of Illegal Misconduct By Government Officials"

"Using government resources for political purposes should be illegal, and the fact that it isn't already is ridiculous."

WASHINGTON - This afternoon, in response to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the convictions of the two government officials implicated in "Bridgegate," Morris Pearl, the Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires and a former managing director at BlackRock, Inc., released the following statement:

"The Supreme Court's decision to throw out the convictions of Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni reveals an egregious hole in our legal system that Congress must correct immediately. If there is 'deception, corruption, and abuse of power' by a government official, as stated in the Court's decision, then those who committed such acts should be convicted. If there is not sufficient legal basis to do so, as the Court suggests, then Congress must pass legislation expanding the definition of illegal misconduct by government officials. Using government resources for political purposes should be illegal, and the fact that it isn't already is ridiculous. 

Political corruption without the intention of personal profit is still corruption, and it needs to be punished. Abusing a position of power to accumulate further power is just as dangerous to our democracy, if not more so, than abusing such a position for personal financial gain. Congress must act immediately to fix this absurd legal loophole."

For further comments or questions, please contact Sam Quigley at sam@patrioticmillionaires.org

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Proud “traitors to their class,” members of the Patriotic Millionaires are high-net worth Americans, business leaders, and investors who are united in their concern about the destabilizing concentration of wealth and power in America. The mission of The Patriotic Millionaires organization is to build a more stable, prosperous, and inclusive nation by promoting public policies based on the “first principles” of equal political representation, a guaranteed living wage for all working citizens, and a fair tax system.

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