FBI Investigation: Front page story on MSNBC.com http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43750733/ns/world_news-europe/
Congress Members: http://mediamatters.org/blog/201107130021
Ninth person to be arrested in News Corp Hacking/Bribery scandal: http://wvgazette.com/News/politico/201107140379
For Immediate Release Contact: Naomi Seligman, 310.617.4577, Naomi@FitzGibbonMedia.com
FBI Announces Examination Of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp For Illegal Hacking Of Americans’ Phones, Including 9/11 Victims
ProtectOurElections.org Urged Probe Under The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Earlier This Week
Group Now Asks For Investigation To Include Million Dollar Payments To Weaken FCPA
Washington, DC – ProtectOurElections.org
On Monday, the advocacy group ProtectOurElections.org sent a letter
“The FBI is moving in the right direction,” ProtectOurElections attorney and spokesman Kevin Zeese. “We will continue our calls for federal agencies to investigate and also seize News Corp documents as quickly as possible so more evidence is not destroyed. “
In light of The Guardian’s report that News Corp paid the Chamber of Commerce a million dollars to lobby for a weakening of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and gave another million and a quarter to the Republican Governors Association, ProtectOurElections.org is calling for the FBI to investigate whether those payments amounted to a scheme to cover up bribes that had already been paid in the UK. The question is, at the time those payments were made, whether News Corp knew that it had delivered bribes and was facing prosecution in the US if those bribes became public.
“If these payments were in fact protection money to cover up criminal activity, then News Corp could potentially be investigated for obstruction of justice in the United States,” Zeese said.
“In short, we call on the FBI to leave no stone unturned.”