We often hear elected officials saying, "I can't be bought at any
price." The assumption behind this statement is that there is no
amount of money, no job offer, nothing that will make the elected
official act or vote any way than the way he otherwise intends to
act or vote, that he cannot be influenced.
In a discussion forum I follow, journalist
Ben Adler pointed out that there might actually be different prices
for different acts. Sometimes elected officials accept gifts or
campaign contributions from people who simply want to nudge them a
bit this way or that, a provision or even a word, which would not go
against the official's views or values at all. The price for this
would presumably be low.