The real problem is not businessmen bribing government officials. The real cause of the problem is that businessmen, and other ‘interest groups’, are forced to pay extortion money to government officials, i.e., blood money in the literal sense of the term, as these same politicians control the police through the creation of rules and regulations.
Private citizens are forced to do this by virtue of the bureaucrat’s power to control, run, and even destroy his business by the passing of nonobjective laws that violate his inalienable rights, i.e. by closing entry or exit to markets thus violating his right to liberty, i.e. increasing or decreasing taxes to specific individuals (but not to others) violating the right to equal treatment by government, i.e. preventing him from selling to willing consumers by failing to grant him a ‘permit’, and/or granting a monopoly to his competitor, i.e. punishing for being too competitive and successful by claiming he is a monopoly through making the best product, etc.
The problem is that even legitimate businesses have to ‘purchase’ their freedom through sucking up and kissing ass to little Caesars who hold a noose of non-objective laws and regulations around their necks. That is, the problem is that government vampires have a ‘power’ that they can sell–a power that they should not possess in the first place–the power to bleed private citizens dry.