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The crime of giving or taking money or some other valuable item in order to influence a public official (any governmental employee) in the performance of his/her duties. bribery includes paying to get government contracts (cutting in the roads commissioner for a secret percentage of the profit), giving a bottle of liquor to a building inspector to ignore a violation or grant a permit, or selling stock to a congressman at a cut-rate price. example: governor (later vice president) spiro t. agnew received five cents from the concessionaire for each pack of cigarettes sold in the maryland capitol building. the definition has been expanded to include bribes given to corporate officials to obtain contracts or other advantages which are against company policy.

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