Hey, Rosie O’Donnell: It’s Illegal to Offer Cash to GOP Senators to Switch Vote on Tax Bill

December 20, 2017

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But legal experts tell TheWrap the comic is unlikely to be prosecuted even if her tweet was serious

On Tuesday, Rosie O’Donnell tweeted a lucrative offer to GOP senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz): If they’d have voted against the GOP tax bill, she would give them $2 million each. Neither senator took her up on the offer, and both voted in favor of the tax bill, but O’Donnell was nonetheless accused of openly trying to bribe sitting politicians.

However, legal experts tell TheWrap the actress and former “The View” co-host isn’t in any serious danger of being charged for bribery.


According to Philadelphia-based attorney Lathrop B. Nelson, who has written about bribery and corruption cases, O’Donnell’s offer looks like attempted bribery if you “just sort of check the boxes off.” But, he says, she would be able to make a strong case that her offer as a political statement and not an actual offer of money in exchange for political favors.


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