I'm a couple of days late on this one, but based on what I've observed regarding our political system, it could happen with few if any repercussions if the "reasoning" was believable. "No funding," "there is a more efficient way to do this," "we don't want the backlash from interfering in local affairs," etc. I could especially see it happening with a Senator from the party opposing the President. The Trade Federation and the Separatists have always seemed like a grotesque caricature of our actual political system to me. Monsanto and Goldman Sachs may not have an actual Senate box but if the companies funnel millions of dollars into politicians' campaigns, there isn't much difference.