Ruthless Capitalists Can’t Donate Their Way Out of Trouble Anymore

“When it comes to the Sacklers, the issue, it seems to me, is accepting gifts, rather than the money itself,” agreed Peter Jaworski, an assistant teaching professor of business ethics at Georgetown University. “In giving the gift of money to a reputable and ‘clean’ organization, like a museum, they are hoping to both ‘launder’ the money and also ‘launder’ themselves. When the museum accepts, that plays a role in either effectively cleaning up the reputation of the Sacklers or, as sometimes happens, dirtying up the reputation of the museum.”