Republican Senator William Everett “Bill” Schluter, who served in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature in two separate instances, died August 6, 2018.
Schluter died on August 6, 2018 in his Pennington home following complications from pancreatic cancer of which he had been diagnosed for two years.
Schluter literally wrote the book on ‘soft corruption’ in the Garden State, naming names and identifying the legal use of political subterfuge to achieve government results that work against the public interest.
Then Governor Chris Christie opted not to reappoint Schluter to the the state Ethics Commission, to which he was appointed in 2006 by former Governor Jon Corzine. .
Examples of the nefarious aspects of soft corruption are:
- Large campaign contributions are sought by legislative leaders from special interests that have a stake in pending legislative proposals.
- Lobbyists conduct fund-raising events for legislative candidates.
- The unwritten “rule” of senatorial courtesy is used in the patronage appointment process to effectively blackball qualified applicants for important state positions.
- The selection of candidates to run for office is surreptitiously rigged to award the “party line” to a boss’s loyal stalwarts.
- A public official acts on a government matter that results in personal benefit to the official
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