45The cabal of an official is a crime in all fifty states. Prohibitions on bribery of state officials are found in both state constitutions and laws. Everyone is taken into account in turn. A bribe may consist of instant money or personal favors, a promise of subsequent payment, or anything else that the recipient deems valuable. When the U.S. military threatened to terminate the contracts of a Texas resettlement company to take the families to and from military bases, the company reportedly gave four congressional representatives a weekend in Las Vegas in January 1989 and $2,500 in conference fees. The company`s former president was accused of corruption for both gifts by a federal grand jury in 1994. The United Nations` Sustainable Development Goal 16 aims to significantly reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms as part of international efforts to ensure peace, justice and strong institutions.  19A possible confusion that could arise from the Convention concerns situations in which two States share jurisdiction over an act of corruption. According to article 4, paragraph 3, of the Convention, where more than one State party has jurisdiction to deal with a matter, the States concerned should “consult with each other at the request of one of them in order to determine the most appropriate jurisdiction to prosecute”.  It is conceivable that a corruption case involving a foreigner working for the U.S.
subsidiary of a foreign company in the United States and engaging in bribes in a third country could be the subject of three different law enforcement agencies. While this is certainly a step forward in avoiding the loss of competence due to a suspect falling through the cracks due to the lack of a clear competence base, such overlaps will require significant coordination from all relevant authorities. 5The substantive provisions of the FCPA address corruption through direct and indirect means. First, it directly prohibits the bribery of foreign officials.  Second, it requires companies to prepare accurate accounting statements. This provision, sometimes referred to as the “book and record requirement,” is an indirect way to solve the problem.  The articles on corruption provide for the application of civil and criminal law by the Department of Justice, while the SEC has civil authority over books and records and provisions relating to corruption.  A grey area in these democracies is the so-called “revolving door,” in which politicians are offered well-paying job offers. Often, after their withdrawal from politics by the companies they regulate during their tenure, they advise a conflict of interest in exchange for enacting laws favorable to the company during their tenure. Convictions for this form of corruption are easier to obtain with hard evidence, a certain amount of money associated with a particular act of the recipient of the corruption. Such evidence is often obtained from undercover investigators, as it is often difficult to prove a quid-pro-quo relationship. See also Influence on peddling and political corruption.