2015 New Hampshire Revised Statutes
Section 640:2 - Bribery in Official and Political Matters.

NH Rev Stat § 640:2 (2015) What's This?

    640:2 Bribery in Official and Political Matters. –
    I. A person is guilty of a class B felony if:
       (a) He promises, offers, or gives any pecuniary benefit to another with the purpose of influencing the other's action, decision, opinion, recommendation, vote, nomination, or other exercise of discretion as a public servant, party official, or voter; or
       (b) Being a public servant, party official, candidate for electoral office, or voter, he solicits, accepts or agrees to accept any pecuniary benefit from another knowing or believing the other's purpose to be as described in subparagraph I(a), or fails to report to a law enforcement officer that he has been offered or promised a pecuniary benefit in violation of subparagraph I(a).
    II. As used in this section and other sections of this chapter, the following definitions apply:
       (a) "Public servant'' means any officer or employee of the state or any political subdivision thereof, including judges, legislators, consultants, jurors, and persons otherwise performing a governmental function. A person is considered a public servant upon his election, appointment or other designation as such, although he may not yet officially occupy that position. A person is a candidate for electoral office upon his public announcement of his candidacy.
       (b) "Party official'' means any person holding any post in a political party whether by election, appointment or otherwise.
       (c) "Pecuniary benefit'' means any advantage in the form of money, property, commercial interest or anything else, the primary significance of which is economic gain; it does not include economic advantage applicable to the public generally, such as tax reduction or increased prosperity generally.

Source. 1971, 518:1, eff. Nov. 1, 1973.

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