Chamber of Commerce Hires Ex-Attorney General To Weaken Law Banning Overseas Bribery

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has hired former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey to argue its case for weakening the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a law that bans bribery of foreign officials and has been strictly enforced by the Obama administration. “The law itself has several problems with it,” said Mukasey, whose firm was hired by the Chamber earlier this year. The Chamber denied that its lobbying on the FCPA is related to past donations from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, which could face lawsuits under the law for bribing British police officials. Independent members of News Corp.’s board retained Mukasey in July to advise them during the scandal.