As highlighted here, once again the Foreign Extortion Prevention Act was introduced in Congress in an attempt to address the so-called “demand side” of bribery.
Similar to prior versions, the bill does not seek to amend the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, but rather 18 USC 201 (the domestic bribery statute).
The Foreign Extortion Prevention Act is odd in several respects.
Bribery of a “foreign official” involves two parties (the supply side and the demand side).
From a U.S. law enforcement perspective, is a specific demand side prohibition even needed?