2012 GUIDELINES MANUAL
CHAPTER TWO - OFFENSE CONDUCT
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
Statutory Provisions: 18 U.S.C. §§ 210, 211.
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.