It ain't that complicated y'all
The word Americans are looking for is 'corrupt.' Senator Krysten Sinema has taken $1.1 million in bribes in the last three months. Senator Joe Manchin has profited at least $4.5 million from coal while in office.
Americans call these 'donations' or 'conflict of interest' and get very confused, but it's really not that complicated. Imagine that they're African or Russian if it helps. It's just corruption.
Corruption Is White
Westerners are proud of judging other countries and producing 'Corruption Perception Indexes' that just confirm their own racism. To them corruption, like terrorism, is a racialized term that couldn't possibly apply to them. But it is them. Where do you think the money from our southern countries goes?
Westerners also look at the petty corruption of foreign leaders with disdain, but they really need to look at themselves. Western corruption makes our guys look like chain snatchers. The UK spent £37 billion on a test-and-trace program that doesn't work, more than the GDP of many countries. The US gave arms dealers $2 trillion dollars for wars they didn't win. Our guys do what? Buy some cars, some handbags. It's amateur hour. Posh white people are the corruption pros.
Corruption Is Legal
The trouble is that America has legalized corruption so much that they don't even notice it anymore. It's just normal. American elections are billion-dollar bribery festivals. Politicians literally advertise how much they've been bribed. Their Senators legislate in their own interest and merrily insider trade. Their judges hear cases where they have financial interests. Bureaucrats revolve in and out of the industries they're supposed to be regulating. American corruption is so deep it's become imperceptible. They're comfortably numb.
The other trouble is that America really sees politics as a marketplace, where legislation is supposed to be on sale. In 2010 their Supreme Court said that corporations A) had free speech rights and B) that speech was money. They said: