Earlier this week, a federal jury in Chicago found four former Commonwealth Edison (“ComEd”) executives and associates guilty on all counts charged, including conspiring to influence and reward the former Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives in order to assist with the passage of legislation favorable to the electric utility company, in addition to multiple bribery and record falsification charges. (See here for the DOJ release).
Bribery of a state politician is not ordinarily the type of conduct that results in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues.
However, ComEd (a majority-owned indirect subsidiary of Exelon Corp) was an issuer (as was Exelon) and the FCPA has always been a law much broader than its name suggests because of the FCPA’s books and records and internal controls provisions.
Indeed, the most serious (from a sentencing and fine perspective) criminal charges the four individuals were found guilty of were record falsification in violation of the FCPA.