EDITOR’S NOTE, June 26th, 2024: The Supreme Court has issued its ruling in this case — judges sided with the plaintiff in a 6-3 ruling that significantly weakens the major federal anti-bribery statute.

The U.S. Supreme Court is about to hear an obscure case that could legalize corporations enriching public officials in exchange for lucrative government contracts and other favors. 

Though political corruption prosecutions and convictions are already near a historic low, conservative groups are pressuring justices to deliver a far-reaching precedent that would make it much more difficult for law enforcement to prosecute bribery charges against politicians who seek financial remuneration for official actions they take.