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Does GM's proposal to the State of Tennessee walk a legal tightrope?Posted Friday, June 12, 2009, at 8:44 AM
If what I gleaned from the news and Gov. Bredesen's statement about what it would take to have them make a decision in favor of producing their new product in Spring Hill is correct, I am curious how much different that is from the illegal act of extortion or commercial bribery? I am all in favor of Spring Hill getting the contract, but hearing their demand for payment in advance to select a location, just sounds wrong.
"Neither extortion nor blackmail require a threat of a criminal act, such as violence, merely a threat used to elicit actions, money, or property from the object of the extortion." (Wikipedia)
Commercial Bribery is "the practice of offering something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage" (thefreedictionary) Would the State be guilty of this if they paid?
They did not want tax credits, they wanted payment up front. How great would it be if we could demand payment up front to start a business, or to keep one going? Tax incentives are one thing, but this demand is .......too many words come to mind.
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