Allegations that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation bribed police officers and tapped phones, both abroad and potentially in the U.S., may violate U.S. law. ThinkProgress has drafted a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and SEC Chair Mary L. Schapiro demanding a full and immediate investigation into any potential illegal acts by News Corporation and their subsidiaries.
You can sign onto the letter HERE.
Last night, our effort was covered by Ed Schultz on MSNBC. Watch it:
The lawyer Schultz brought on to discuss the case, Mike Papantonio, said that the U.S. government had a legitimate case against News Corp under the Foreign Corrupt Practices act.
Elliot Spitzer, the former Attorney General of New York, said that it was not only possible that Murdoch’s News Corp violated U.S., the Department of Justice had an obligation to investigate:
Much more importantly, the facts already pretty well established in Britain indicate violations of American law, in particular a law called the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Justice Department has been going out of its way to undertake FCPA prosecutions and investigations in recent years, and the News Corp. case presents a pretty simple test for Attorney General Eric Holder: If the department fails to open an immediate investigation into News Corp.’s violations of the FCPA, there will have been a major breach of enforcement at Justice.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, has also called for an investigation.
Let the Department of Justice and the SEC know that you demand accountability for News Corp. Sign onto the letter HERE.