CHAPTER TWO - PART C - OFFENSES INVOLVING PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND VIOLATIONS OF FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN LAWS§2C1.5. Payments to Obtain Public Office (a) Base Offense Level: 8 Commentary Statutory Provisions: 18 U.S.C. §§ 210, 211. Application Note: 1. Do not apply the adjustment in §3B1.3 (Abuse of Position of Trust or Use of Special Skill). Background: Under 18 U.S.C. § 210, it is unlawful to pay, offer, or promise anything of value to a person, firm, or corporation in consideration of procuring appointive office. Under 18 U.S.C. § 211, it is unlawful to solicit or accept anything of value in consideration of a promise of the use of influence in obtaining appointive federal office. Both offenses are misdemeanors for which the maximum term of imprisonment authorized by statute is one year. Historical Note: Effective November 1, 1987.