In metro Atlanta, a Grand Jury has indicted the head of one of our local governments. If I understand correctly, the indictment accuses the official or his agents of calling vendors and asking them to donate to his political campaign and telling them if they don’t donate, they aren’t likely to get the local governments business. If true, someone made a stupid mistake. Candidates don’t have to threaten verbally the loss of government business. It’s implied when you ask for a donation. Vendors know if you don’t make a donation, you’ll likely be at the back of the line when it comes to getting business. That’s one of the motivations for businesses that contribute to all sides in a political contest. Whoever wins, the donors are covered.
You don’t have to threaten