Did Gingrich Break the Law with the Promise to Appoint John Bolton Secretary of State?

Political Wire flags the issue.  The federal statute bars making such promises “for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy.”  I read this as requiring proof Gingrich said he would appoint Bolton for the purpose of getting Bolton’s support.  More likely, Gingrich made the promise to gain support from voters.

I recall a similar issue around alleged promises of employment in the Obama administration to Joe Sestak to get him to drop out of the race against Arlen Specter.  After nosing around, I found virtually no prosecutions or caselaw developing such rules.

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