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Nadler, Jerry    Nagin, Ray    Nemazee, Hassan    Newsom, Gavin    Newton, Ernest E.    Norton, Eleanor    Obama, Barack    Obama, Michelle    Onunwor, Emmanuel    Ortiz, Solomon    Owens, Bill    Pabey, George    Parmley, Jay    Pastrick, Robert    Paterson, David    Patrick, Deval    Pelosi, Nancy    Perriello, Tom    Platko, Gloria    Poole, Deandre    Porteous, Thomas    Price, John    Raines, Franklin    Rangel, Charlie    Reid, Harry    Reid, Rory    Restrepo, Dan    Reyes, Silver    Reynolds, Mel    Richardson, Bill    Richardson, Laura    Richey, Ali Rashad    Riegle, Donald    Rios, Mike    Ritter, Scott    Rivera, Naomi    Rizzo, Robert    Roque, Felix    Rosen, Wendy    Rostenkowski, Dan    Rush, Bobby    Sanchez, Anthony    Sanchez, Linda & Loretta    Sanders, Bernie    Sandlin, Stephanie    Scarborough, William    Schakowsky, Jan    Schiliro, Jay    Schultz, (Wasserman) Debbie    Schumer, Chuck    Schwartz, George    Schweitzer, Brian    Scott, David    Sebelius, Kathleen    SEIU    Sestak, Joe    Sharpton, Al    Shay, Jack    Siegelman, Don    Silver, Shelly    Smith, Derrick    Smith, Jeff    Smith, Malcolm    Solano, Greg    Spitzer, Eliot    Spratt, John    Stark, Pete    Stender, Linda    Stern, Andy    Stroger, Todd    Suben, Mark    Tasco, Marian    Taylor, Lena    Thomas, Tommy    Thomas, Herman    Thompson, Frank    Thompson, Iron Duke    Tierney, John    Tigani, Christopher    Tormos-Vega, José    Torricelli, Robert    Towns, Edolphus    Traficant, James    Trotter, Donne    Troutman, Linda    Valentín, Freddy    Van Buren, Martin    Villagomez, Timothy    Villalobos, Armando    Villaraigosa, Antonio    Violette, Paul    Visclosky, Pete    Wallace, Otis    Warren, Elizabeth    Waters, Maxine    Weiner, Anthony    Williams Jr., Alvin    Williams Jr., Pete    Winslow Cleto    Wright, Jim    Wu, David    Wyden, Ron    Young, Coleman

Jerrold Lewis "Jerry" Nadler

U.S. Congressman (New York)

Protecting ACORN - October 25, 2010

"Longtime ACORN benefactor Nadler is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights, and civil liberties who refused to initiate a probe even when confronted with powerful evidence of ACORN's wrongdoing."

Nadler's ACORN ethics - October 26, 2009

"Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who heads a congressional subcommittee that may be investigating ACORN in the not-too-distant future, has been providing advice to ACORN's lawyer..."

Nadler & ACORN - April 13, 2009

"House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) shut down a request by Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) to launch an investigation into ACORN..."

Clarence Ray Nagin, Jr.

Former Mayor (New Orleans, 2002-2010)

Indicted on federal corruption charges - January 19, 2013

"Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who captured the drama of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with an "SOS" call to the nation, was indicted Friday on 21 federal corruption charges, including bribery, money laundering, fraud and filing false tax returns." [More here and here.] [Mainstream media refuses to identify him as Democrat.]

More links to St. Pierre - February 4, 2010

"New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin spent a little more than $50,000 from his campaign war chest last year, with the biggest check going to a company with ties to his embattled Office of Technology, according to his latest report filed Saturday with the state Ethics Administration."

Jamaica vacation also paid for by vendor - May 5, 2009

"Mayor Ray Nagin has said he remembers only one trip paid for by his former tech chief Greg Meffert, a 2004 family vacation to Hawaii, but records show the mayor and his family flew first-class to Jamaica in November 2005 on Meffert's vendor-provided credit card."

Faces queries about camera contract - April 19, 2009

"Despite vigorous claims by his legal team that the city's chief executive should not have to waste time being questioned about the details of public contracts, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is scheduled to sit for a deposition Monday morning as part of a civil lawsuit over the city's controversial crime camera program." [Feds seize emails and other data.]

Hawaii vacation paid for by city vendor - April 6, 2009

"The Hawaiian vacation Mayor Ray Nagin and his Chief Technology Officer Greg Meffert and their families enjoyed in 2004 was paid for by a company owned by Meffert friend and city tech contractor Mark St. Pierre, according to court documents made public today in Orleans Parish Civil District Court."

Sweetheart deal with Home Depot - March 22, 2008

"In negotiating with Home Depot, the city relied on a tool similar to those often used to woo big-box stores: The retailer was approved for a long-term property tax reduction. In addition, the city agreed to sell the streets under the site for a price well below the appraised value. But few at the ceremony knew that a month before, Stone Age LLC, a granite and marble business founded in early 2005 by the mayor and his two sons, had landed a deal with Home Depot under which Stone Age would be cutting and installing all granite countertops purchased at four of the giant retailer's other local outposts."

Nagin and Hurricane Katrina - September 21, 2005

"Which politician emerged from the mess of Katrina as the biggest bonehead involved? No, it's not Michael Brown, George W. Bush, or even the bumbling Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. The clear winner is New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who made every conceivable mistake during the crisis. With plenty of warning, he delayed the evacuation order, had no drivers ready to operate the school buses that stood idle, failed to stock the Superdome with food and water, and let the looters rampage without any interference from police."

Hassan Nemazee

Democrat Party fundraiser

Obama, Clinton fundraiser admits fraud - March 18, 2010

"A wealthy businessman who raised money for leading Democratic Party politicians, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, pleaded guilty on Thursday to defrauding three major banks out of $292.2 million in loan transactions."

Gavin Christopher "Any Twosome" Newsom

Lieutenant Governor (California)

Newsom gives city jobs to four friends - December 22, 2009

"Since dropping out of the governor's race two months ago, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has hired four staff members from his campaign to work in his inner circle at City Hall even though none of them has any experience in municipal government."

Ernest E. Newton II

Former State Senator (Connecticut, 2003-2005)

Arrested again - January 6, 2013

"A Connecticut politician, who served five years in federal prison for bribery, was arrested on Friday and charged with falsely obtaining more than $60,000 in public funds to finance his failed bid for a state Senate seat."

Leaves prison for halfway house - February 18, 2010

"Ernest E. Newton II, the flamboyant state legislator sentenced to a five-year prison term in 2006 on federal corruption charges, has been released to the custody of a halfway house in Waterbury. Newton, a powerful figure from the city's East Side for more than two decades, was imprisoned after pleading guilty in September 2005 to charges of taking a $5,000 bribe, using campaign donations to pay his own expenses and evading federal income taxes by not reporting the money he illegally took."

Pleads guilty to three felonies - September 21, 2005

"Former state Sen. Ernest E. Newton pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felonies that included accepting a $5,000 bribe for steering state funding to a Bridgeport nonprofit agency, becoming the latest state political figure to be convicted of federal public corruption charges. After months scoffing at what he called ``rumors'' concerning a criminal probe, Newton also admitted to tax evasion and mail fraud. Prosecutors said he took more than $40,000 in campaign and other funds for his personal use, and failed to pay taxes on that amount. Newton, who resigned his Senate seat last week, owes more than $12,000 in back taxes, plus interest and penalties, prosecutors said."

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Non-voting Delegate to Congress (Washington, D.C.)

Leaves voicemail demanding cash - September 15, 2010

"Her message raises many concerns."

Barack Hussein Obama II

U.S. President

Skyrocketing wealth - February 10, 2012

Wealth increase between 2004 and 2008 as caculated by the Center for Responsive Politics. [Video explaining how unscrupulous congresscritters get rich.]

Privileged Democrats & their houses - September 24, 2010

"It's all the sanctimonious Democrats who have exploited their entrenched political incumbency to pay for multiple manses and vacation homes -- while posing as vox populi."

SALF scandal implicates various Ill. Dems - September 20, 2010

"A voice from inside Chicago's Cook County Jail claims that the Save A Life Foundation (SALF) story implicates both Democrat and Republican pols in Illinois."

Obama knew about Blagojevich plot - June 24, 2010

"A top aide to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he believed Barack Obama knew of Blagojevich's plot to win himself a presidential Cabinet post in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate."

Now president can fire IGs at will - June 19, 2010

"A federal judge in Washington has dismissed the wrongful-termination lawsuit filed by Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who was fired last year by President Obama. And not just dismissed; if the decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts stands, in the future the White House will be able fire other inspectors general as it fired Walpin without fear of legal consequences."

The shady Shorebank bailout - May 21, 2010

"The bank and its employees donated some $12,000 to the Obama 2008 presidential campaign, and co-founder Mary Houghton reportedly gave advice to Obama's late mother about small business lending issues."

FBI mole and Rezko - May 19, 2010

"Here’s one example of a story gone missing: the strange saga of an FBI mole who interacted with several Chicagoland players, including Barack Obama, associated with the rise-and-fall of Antoin “Tony” Rezko and former Illinois Governor Milorad R. “Rod” Blagojevich."

How Obama made his money - May 3, 2010

"The president may be projecting guilt from his own excellent adventures in greed."

Obama ties to Blagojevich case - April 26, 2010

"Former governor Rod Blagojevich's defense team asked Thursday to issue a trial subpoena to the President of the United States of America."

Issa wants special prosecutor for White House - March 24, 2010

"Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Oversight committee, told CBS News Wednesday that he will call for a special prosecutor to investigate the White House if it does not address Rep. Joe Sestak's claim that he was offered a federal job in exchange for dropping out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary."

Is Obama's resume accurate? - March 1, 2010

"Is the President's resume accurate when it comes to his career and qualifications? I can corroborate that Obama's "teaching career" at Chicago was, to put it kindly, a sham."

Obama on 2009 list of 10 most corrupt politicians - December 2009

"Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2009 list of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.""

Military sidesteps Obama birth certificate issue - July 14, 2009

"A U.S. Army Reserve major from Florida scheduled to report for deployment to Afghanistan within days has had his military orders revoked after arguing he should not be required to serve under a president who has not proven his eligibility for office."

The $100,000 date - June 1, 2009

"...that's for three private jets, two helicopter rides, extra planes for security and closing roads for motorcade"

FBI asking questions about Rezko land deal - November 4, 2008

"Agents and I talked about payoff, bribe, kickback for a long time, though it took them only a short number of minutes of talking with me while looking at the appraisal to acknowledge what they already seemed to know: The Rezko lot was grossly overvalued."

The Obama/Ayers/Khalidi connection - October 25, 2008

"...while there has been focus on the Obama/Ayers tie and the Obama/Khalidi tie, no real attention has been paid to the Ayers/Khalidi tie — which is very strong and tightens the circle significantly."

The Obama Ayers relationship - October 6, 2008

"The Relationship Between Barack Obama And Bill Ayers Is Much More Extensive Than Obama's Campaign Is Willing To Admit"

Obama's childhood mentor was Moscow-controlled communist - August 5, 2008

"In fact, Davis was a member of the Moscow-controlled Communist Party USA, according to the 1953 report of the Commission on Subversive Activities of the Territory of Hawaii, which labeled him "a bitter opponent of capitalism." The report was introduced as evidence in the U.S. Senate Internal Security Subcommittee hearings probing the "Scope of Soviet Activity in the United States.""

Diagram of Obama-Rezko real estate deal - March 1, 2008

Aerial photograph of property with chronology of the crooked land deal.

Obama kept Norman Hsu's money - August 30, 2007

"While Hillary, Al Franken, Bill Richardson and others are returning Norman Hsu's campaign contributions, Obama is not."

Obama calls Rezko land deal a "mistake" - November 5, 2006

"U.S. Sen. Barack Obama expressed regret late Friday for his 2005 land purchase from now-indicted political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko in a deal that enlarged the senator's yard."

Obama gets a house deal from crook - November 3, 2006

"...Obama bought his house in June 2005 for some $300,000 less than the asking price. The same day, Rezko's wife bought the adjoining lot, paying the full $625,000 asking price."

Obamas cash in the same year he is elected to senate - September 26, 2006

"For the Barack Obama household, 2005 was a very good year. Not only was Obama sworn in as a freshman U.S. senator, but he reaped big bucks from book deals and his wife got her own promotion and hefty pay raise."

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama

U.S. First Lady

Campaigns inside polling place - October 14, 2010

"Obama was in Illinois casting an early ballot when she told one man how important it was to vote to keep her husband’s agenda going. Ooops!"

First Lady requires more than twenty attendants - July 7, 2009

"No, Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as the First Lady and she doesn’t perform any official duties. But this hasn’t deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession."

ER doctors condemn plan to divert patients - February 20, 2009

"The hospital’s effort to manage patient care began with a group of executives that included First Lady Michelle Obama, who was involved in early efforts to educate patients on the best use of the emergency room. The Urban Health Initiative is now run by one of President Barack Obama’s closest friends, Dr. Eric Whitaker."

Michelle's hospital accused of refusing mauled child - February 13, 2009

"His mother, Angela Adams, says after questioning her about coverage, the ER staff discharged Dontae with pain medication and scripts for Tylenol 3 and antibiotics, despite her repeated requests that they admit him. She then took him to another area hospital, which admitted him immediately and performed surgery on his severely damaged upper lip."

Michelle's law license suspended by disciplinary committee - December 25, 2008


Obama camp has many ties to Michelle's employer - August 22, 2008

"A few years ago, executives at the prestigious University of Chicago Medical Center were concerned that an increasing number of patients were arriving at their emergency room with what the executives considered to be non-urgent complaints. The visits were costly to the hospital, and many of the patients, coming from the surrounding South Side neighborhood, were poor and uninsured. Michelle Obama, an executive at the medical center, launched an innovative program to steer the patients to existing neighborhood clinics to deal with their health needs."

Emmanuel Onunwor

Former Mayor (East Cleveland, Ohio, 1998-2004)

Convicted on four charges of bribery - September 1, 2004

"A federal grand jury convicted Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor of East Cleveland of four charges related to pressuring contractors to pay him more than $50,000 in bribes for city projects." [Released from prison in 2012.]

Solomon Porfirio Ortiz

Former U.S. Congressman (Texas, 1983-2011)

Skyrocketing wealth - February 10, 2012

Wealth increase between 2004 and 2008 as caculated by the Center for Responsive Politics. [Video explaining how unscrupulous congresscritters get rich.]

William Lewis "Bill" Owens

U.S. Congressman (New York)

Breaks 4 campaign promises on first day - November 8, 2009

"Breaking campaign promises is not unusual for politicians... it's a cliche. This is almost certainly a record though. Mr. Owens broke no less than 4 promises in his first 24 hours in office."

George Pabey

Former Mayor (East Chicago, Indiana, 2005-2010)

Sentenced to 5 years in prison - May 5, 2011

"East Chicago's most recent former mayor joined the ranks of about 10 other city politicians Friday who have been sentenced for committing federal crimes. A judge sentenced George Pabey, 61, to five years in prison and ordered the former chief of police to pay a $60,000 fine for his role in a conspiracy to steal money from East Chicago."

Found guilty of conspiracy and theft - September 25, 2010

"A jury found East Chicago's mayor and a former city supervisor guilty of conspiracy and theft of government funds after just 2 1/2 hours of deliberation Friday. Mayor George Pabey and Jose Camacho sat expressionless as Senior Judge James Moody read the verdict to a silent courtroom."

Jay Parmley

Former Executive Director of Democrat Party (North Carolina)

Now faces HIV accusation - April 23, 2012

"Rebecca Burgin, a long-time former girlfriend of former North Carolina Democratic Party executive director Jay Parmley, told The Daily Caller that she believes Parmley infected her with HIV. Parmley resigned on April 15 amid sexual harassment allegations from a former young male staffer." [More here.]

Steps down amid claims of sexual harassment - April 15, 2012

"The executive director of the N.C. Democratic Party resigned Sunday as questions mounted about a secret agreement to pay a former staffer to keep quiet about sexual harassment allegations. Jay Parmley, who served less than a year at the helm of the party, denied harassing any employee and blamed right-wing political enemies for “spreading a false and misleading story.”"

Robert Pastrick

Former Mayor (East Chicago, Indiana, 1972-2004)

Judge orders Pastrick, allies to pay $108M - March 12, 2010

"Region political icon Robert Pastrick and two former allies have been ordered to pay more than $108 million to the city of East Chicago in the landmark civil case centered on the sidewalks-for-votes scandal that capped Pastrick's 33-year mayoral reign."

David Alexander Paterson

Former governor (New York, 2008-2010)

Fined $62k for free Yankee tickets - December 20, 2010

"The state’s top ethics watchdog slapped Gov. Paterson with a whopping $62,000 fine this morning for accepting free World Series tickets last year from the New York Yankees."

May face criminal charges over Yankee tickets - August 26, 2010

"A special investigator said Thursday Gov. David Paterson gave misleading testimony about getting free tickets to a Yankees World Series game last fall. And he could face criminal charges..."

Paterson’s ethics breach turned over to prosecutors - March 3, 2010

"Gov. David A. Paterson falsely testified under oath during an ethics investigation into his acceptance of free World Series tickets last fall, according to the State Commission on Public Integrity..."

Paterson no longer running - February 26, 2010

"A scandal-scarred Gov. Paterson formally ended his short-lived election campaign Friday afternoon."

Witness tampering - February 24, 2010

"In the ensuing months, she returned to court twice to press her case, complaining that the State Police had been harassing her to drop it. The State Police, which had no jurisdiction in the matter, confirmed that the woman was visited by a member of the governor’s personal security detail. Then, just before she was due to return to court to seek a final protective order, the woman got a phone call from the governor, according to her lawyer. She failed to appear for her next hearing on Feb. 8, and as a result her case was dismissed."

Paterson caught canoodling in restaurant - January 17, 2010

"Gov. Paterson was spotted nuzzling, neck-kissing and cooing like a smitten schoolboy with a pretty young woman -- not his wife -- in a New Jersey steakhouse yesterday afternoon..."

Paterson admits extramarital affairs - March 18, 2008

"In the course of several interviews in the past few days, Paterson said he maintained a relationship for two or three years with "a woman other than my wife," beginning in 1999."

Paterson accused of racial discrimination - February 18, 2008

"But Paterson insisted he had no idea about the race of either man due to the fact that he is legally blind. "Given my visual impairment, I did not know for certain the race of either the plaintiff or Noisette," Paterson stated in his deposition."

Deval Laurdine Patrick

Governor (Massachusetts)

Under investigation for embezzlement - June 12, 2015

"The former governor of Massachusetts is under investigation for diverting money from state funds to use for travel, advertising and other misc expenses. Rep. David Linsky, House Post Audit Committee announced the investigation on Thursday against his fellow democrat."

$120,000 job for pal - December 30, 2008

"The state Republican Party yesterday blasted Gov. Deval Patrick for creating a $120,000 job for a neighbor and Democratic donor at the same time he was announcing 1,000 other state workers were headed for the unemployment line." [More here.]

Admits ethical mistake - March 7, 2007

"Gov. Deval Patrick said Tuesday he made a mistake by calling a top official at Citigroup on behalf of a struggling lending company on whose board he once served."

Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi

U.S. Congresswoman (California - San Francisco)

Skirted House rules on campaign solicitations - February 9, 2012

"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) might have briefly run afoul of congressional ethics rules at a Capitol press conference on Thursday when she made a statement that could be construed as a solicitation for campaign contributions."

Personal wealth grows by 62 percent - June 15, 2011

"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saw her net worth rise 62 percent last year, cementing her status as one of the wealthiest members of Congress."

85 trips on military aircraft - October 14, 2010

"Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and members of her family and staff took 85 tax-paid trips on military aircraft between March 2, 2009, and June 7, 2010, according to new documents uncovered by Judicial Watch."

$101,000 for in-flight 'food, booze' - January 29, 2010

"It reads like a dream order for a wild frat party: Maker's Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey's Irish Crème, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewars scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey … and Corona beer."

Makes 2009 list of 10 most corrupt politicians - December 2009

"Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2009 list of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.""

Accuses healthcare opponents of carrying swastikas - August 5, 2009

"They're carrying swastikas and symols like that to a town meeting on healthcare."

Won't say whether CIA is still lying - June 5, 2009

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at her weekly press conference yesterday continued dodging questions about her accusations that the CIA lied to Congress about waterboarding terrorist detainees. Pelosi was pressed by reporters on whether she continued to receive briefings and admitted that she is still receiving the CIA presentatoins. She refused to answer when this humble correspondent asked whether or not she believes intelligence professionals are still lying to her."

Using Air Force as her personal airline - March 10, 2009

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly requested military aircraft to shuttle her and her colleagues and family around the country, according to a new report from a conservative watchdog group." [More here.]

Pays husband with PAC money - October 1, 2008

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed nearly $100,000 from her political action committee to her husband's real estate and investment firm over the past decade, a practice of paying a spouse with political donations that she supported banning last year."

Lies about abortion on "Meet The Press" - September 3, 2008

"Speaker Nancy Pelosi not only intentionally misstated the truth concerning the Catholic position of unequivocal opposition to abortion as the taking of innocent human life, she committed scandal. Since this event, ten Bishops have spoken out to publicly reprimand the Speaker."

Adds earmark to benefit her own investments - May 8, 2007

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used her clout to get lawmakers to back a San Francisco redevelopment project near her multimillion-dollar rental properties, disclosure documents reveal. Pelosi got House members to authorize $25 million to improve the Embarcadero port area, clearing the way for cruise-ship-dock development and other improvements to aid the neighborhood's comeback."

Thomas Stuart Price "Tom" Perriello

Former U.S. Congressman (Virginia, 2009-2011)

Admits: "We will keep stealing" - September 8, 2010

"On March 16, when confronted by members of the Jefferson Area Tea Party, Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Va., made a startling confession: “If you don’t tie our hands, we will keep stealing.”"

Fabricated accusation against Tea Party - March 23, 2010

"Another in the string of phony hate crimes concocted by Democrats to undermine the Tea Party and opponents of Obamacare was a "gas line" that was allegedly cut at the home of Congressman Tom Perriello's brother."

Gloria Platko

Clerk/Trustee (Buena Vista Township)

Calls township supervisor the 'N' word - April 23, 2013

""You know what I think of Mr. Parker right now, and I know you’re not even going to like this,” Platko said in the recording. “But he’s just an arrogant [N-word]. And I’m sorry to say it that way, but that’s the way I feel.""

Deandre J. Poole

Vice Chair of Democrat Party (Palm Beach County, Florida)

Student suspended for refusing to stomp on Jesus - Marh 22, 2013

"Can you even imagine the media clamor that would ensue if a professor had asked students to stomp on Obama? In this case, the media doesn’t even mention that the prof is a prominent local democratic political figure."

Exposed for hate speech forced on Christian student - Marh 21, 2013

"Meet Deandre Javaris Poole, Ph.D, age 32, the Vice Chair of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party — and the County’s second top official to come under scrutiny in the past year for anti-Christian hate speech... As summarized in his biography on the Palm Beach Democratic Party website, it appears Dr. Poole satisfied the scholarship requirement for a Ph.D in Communication and Culture from Howard University by: (1) reading various magazine articles about the 2008 presidential campaign; and (2) doing a “content analysis” of how the articles tended to portray Sen. Barack Obama as some sort of “mythical hero.” Most sentient beings would question the novelty of this observation, but apparently not the experts on “communication and culture” at Howard University."

Gabriel Thomas Porteous, Jr.

Former U.S. District Judge (Louisiana, 1994-2010)

Senate convicts in impeachment trial - December 9, 2010

"The Senate on Wednesday convicted a Louisiana federal judge on corruption and perjury charges, the first time in more than two decades the chamber has voted to remove a public official after an impeachment trial."

Court refers for impeachment - December 20, 2007

"Gambling debts, false statements under oath, bank fraud and secret gifts from lawyers form the heart of an extraordinary impeachment referral that was lodged Thursday against U.S. District Judge Thomas Porteous Jr. An administrative panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans barred Porteous from overseeing certain cases and sent its findings to the Judicial Conference of the United States, a national body chaired by Chief Justice John Roberts. If the conference agrees, the case would go to the U.S. House of Representatives to consider steps to remove Porteous from office."

John Wiley Price

Commissioner (Dallas County, Texas)

Price cohort is new Elections Administrator - September 14, 2011

"The Dallas County Election Commission has voted to hire a permanent replacement for County Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet. Sherbet is being replaced by his former first assistant, Toni Pippins-Poole."

Tried to forego interviewing other candidates - September 7, 2011

"For the past eight months, the Dallas County Elections Department has been run by Toni Pippins-Poole, whom Republicans have criticized as being a political ally of Commissioner Price. On Wednesday, at a meeting of the County Election Commission, Judge Jenkins was prepared to forgo the formal interview process of four other candidates and award the permanent position to Pippins-Poole."

Tells white constituents to "go to hell" - January 29, 2011

"Democrats and Republicans rallied together on Sherbet’s behalf after he turned in his resignation Thursday. Sherbet, who has served as Dallas County Elections Administrator since 1987, said he felt he was being forced out by County Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioner John Wiley Price."

Finagles removal of Elections Administrator - January 26, 2011

"Speculation among long-time observers of Dallas County politics is that Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price is behind this in an effort to replace Sherbet with one of his own people."

Franklin Delano "Frank" Raines

Former CEO of FNMA (1999-2004)

Favorable treatment from Countrywide - June 7, 2008

"There is nothing illegal about a mortgage firm treating some borrowers better than others. But if Fannie Mae officials received special treatment, that could cause a political problem for the government-sponsored, shareholder-owned company."

Fannie Mae officers fined $31.4 million - April 19, 2008

"Franklin D. Raines, former chief executive of Fannie Mae, and two other top executives are paying a total of nearly $31.4 million over their roles in a 2004 accounting scandal in a settlement that the government announced Friday."

Civil charges filed by regulators - December 18, 2006

"Federal regulators Monday filed civil charges against former Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines and two other former executives, accusing them of manipulating Fannie Mae's earnings to jack up their bonuses."

High pay at Fannie Mae for well-connected - December 23, 2004

"Fannie Mae, in contrast, has become over the years a place where former government officials and others with good political connections can go to make millions of dollars. Raines's total compensation in 2002 was $17.7 million."

Resigns because of accounting irregularities - December 22, 2004

"The two most senior executives at US mortgage giant Fannie Mae have resigned after accounting irregularities were uncovered at the company. Chief executive Franklin Raines, a former senior official in the Clinton administration, and chief financial officer Tim Howard have left the firm."

Charles Bernard "Charlie" Rangel

U.S. Congressman (New York - Harlem)

Awkward: House leaders to honor Rangel - September 21, 2011

"It may be one of the more awkward honorary ceremonies in recent memory. On Thursday, House leaders will pay tribute to Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), less than a year after the House formally censured the former chairman of the Ways and Means Committee."

Rangel in deeper with new ethics charge - December 5, 2010

"The Federal Election Commission is investigating a complaint that Rep. Charles Rangel improperly used his National Leadership PAC to fund his legal defense on ethics charges for which he was censured Thursday..."

House censures Rangel - December 2, 2010

"The House censured Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) Thursday evening, a dramatic downfall for the once powerful chairman of the Ways and Means panel. In an overwhleming vote of 333-79, the House handed down its steepest form of punishment short of expulsion..."

Harlem voters tell Charlie to chuck it in - November 17, 2010

"Many Harlemites said disgraced Rep. Charles Rangel should resign after being convicted yesterday on 11 charges of violating congressional ethics rules -- though some other residents stood by his side. "This is what makes people cynical about politicians. It's shameful. He definitely should resign -- if he has any respect for the office," said Karl Willingham, 40, who lives two blocks from the Lenox Terrace apartments where the congressman illegally converted a rent-stabilized unit into a campaign office."

Convicted on 11 of 13 counts - November 16, 2010

"Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), once one of the most powerful members of the House, was convicted Tuesday on 11 counts of violating ethics rules and now faces punishment."

Rangel walks out of ethics hearing - November 15, 2010

"Embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, walked out of his House ethics subcommittee hearing Monday morning, complaining that he has not had sufficient time to hire a new legal team to respond to corruption allegations. The subcommittee members continued meeting behind closed doors."

Rangel 'raided' PACs for $393,000 - November 14, 2010

"Congressman Charles Rangel, whose ethics trial starts tomorrow, appears to have improperly used political-action committee money to pay for his defense. Rangel tapped his National Leadership PAC for $293,000 to pay his main legal-defense team this year. He took another $100,000 from the PAC in 2009 to pay lawyer Lanny Davis."

$hady Rangel zone - October 17, 2010

"Us Rep. Charles Rangel's pet nonprofit, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, controls hundreds of millions in taxpayer cash but defiantly refuses to explain its spending."

K Street goes to his defense - July 28, 2010

"Two of the three firms providing legal counsel to Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., in his pending ethics cases are lobbying firms."

Wait! Even more dirt on Rangel - July 27, 2010

"Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel said yesterday that investigators have unearthed new allegations of misconduct against him, while House Democratic leaders increased the pressure on him to reach a settlement before a congressional trial starts Thursday."

Steps down as tax panel chairman - March 3, 2010

"New York Rep. Charles Rangel temporarily stepped aside as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday as he struggled with mounting ethics woes..."

Ethics panel says Rangel broke House rules - February 25, 2010

"Rep. Charles Rangel, the most powerful tax-writing lawmaker in Congress and a 40-year veteran of Capitol Hill, acknowledged Thursday that an ethics panel has accused him of accepting Caribbean trips from a corporation in violation of House rules."

Rangel on list of 10 most corrupt politicians - December 2009

"Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2009 list of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.""

New effort to oust Rangel - December 20, 2009

"Where are Charlie Rangel's tax returns? That's the question Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) is asking as he threatens next month to lead a second attempt to strip the Harlem Democrat of his powerful post as Ways and Means Committee chairman."

House expands Rangel investigation - October 8, 2009

"Rangel's sudden recollection this summer of at least $500,000 in cash assets and tens of thousands of dollars of investment income has gotten him into more hot water. The House Ethics Committee is now going to investigate those "memory lapses" as part of a probe that has already lasted 16 months."

The case against Charlie Rangel - October 4, 2009

"Forty years of tax evasion, misdeeds and contempt"

Charlie in rental di$order - September 13, 2009

"Rep. Charles Rangel reported no rental income for eight years on his rundown Harlem row house, even though public records show tenants were living there. The powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee said he received nothing from 1993 to 2000 on the six-unit building, according to federal financial disclosure forms. But one current tenant told The Post she had lived at the building for 20 years -- and paid rent during that period. Another said her former boyfriend called 74 W. 132nd St. home for many years, paying about $500 a month in rent."

Rangel paying off Ethics Committee - September 3, 2009

"Harlem congressman gave campaign contributions to 3 Dems on Ethics Committee charged with investigating him..."

Rangel's staff as 'forgetful' as the boss - September 3, 2009

"Charlie Rangel's "forgetfulness" is apparently contagious. Two of his top aides are among about a dozen highly paid staffers on the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee who have filed a flurry of amendments correcting their financial-disclosure statements since 2002. Jim Capel, chief of staff for Rangel's personal office, failed to file any such statements for six years."

Rangel lied on his mortgage application - August 29, 2009

"Rep. Charles Rangel claimed on mortgage papers that a Harlem brownstone was his principal residence -- even though he was living elsewhere at the time..."

OOPS! CHARLIE FORGOT $1M HOUSE - August 28, 2009

"Rep. Charles Rangel failed to report as much as $1.3 million in outside income -- including up to $1 million for a Harlem building sale -- on financial-disclosure forms he filed between 2002 and 2006, according to newly amended records."

Rangel's wealth jumps after disclosure - August 25, 2009

"House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel , already beset by a series of ethics investigations, has disclosed more than $500,000 in previously unreported assets."

Republicans call for ethics investigation - November 25, 2008

"Republican lawmakers called on the House ethics committee on Tuesday to investigate Representative Charles B. Rangel’s efforts to preserve a tax loophole for an oil-drilling company at the same time that its chief executive pledged $1 million to a City College of New York school that will bear the congressman’s name."

Double dipping homestead exemptions - November 23, 2008

"Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel took a "homestead" tax break on a Washington, DC, house for years while simultaneously occupying multiple rent-stabilized apartments in New York City, possibly violating laws and regulations in both cases."

Under fire Rangel refuses to resign - September 19, 2008

"Rangel, the head of the committee that not only writes the tax code but also oversees the budget, now admits his own tax records are in such disarray, he's had to bring in a forensic accountant to find out just what he owes on items like unreported income on the building he and his wife once owned."

Illegally using House garage for storage - September 18, 2008

"Rep. Charles Rangel has been using a House of Representatives parking garage for years as free storage space for his old Mercedes-Benz - a violation of congressional rules and a potential new tax woe for the embattled lawmaker."

Rangel owes back taxes - September 9, 2008

"Representative Charles B. Rangel, chairman of the Congressional committee that writes the nation’s tax code, failed to pay an unspecified amount in federal taxes during the past five years on rental income from a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic, his lawyer said on Tuesday."

Rangel fails to report rental income - August 31, 2008

"For 20 years, Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel has owned a beachfront villa in a sun-drenched Dominican Republic resort, yet has only sporadically declared income on the property in federal filings. "

Rangel caught with 4 rent-stabilized apartments - July 11, 2008

"Mr. Rangel, the powerful Democrat who is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, uses his fourth apartment, six floors below, as a campaign office, despite state and city regulations that require rent-stabilized apartments to be used as a primary residence."

Harry Mason Reid

U.S. Senator (Nevada) and Senate Majority Leader

Developer guilty of illegal campaign contributions - May 30, 2013

"Harvey Whittemore, a Reno, Nevada, businessman has been found guilty on three counts of making illegal campaign contributions to Nevada Senator and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Whittemore, who maintains powerful political connections, has made a fortune from land development and it has been widely speculated that his land dealings have been greatly aided by political connections." [Sentenced to 24 months.]

Denies involvement in Utah bribery scheme - January 14, 2013

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office said Monday he was never involved in a deal to have a Utah businessman pay the senator to make a federal investigation disappear. St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson, who's accused of running a $350 million software scheme, said a top official in the Utah attorney general's office orchestrated an agreement in 2010 to pay $600,000 to someone connected to Reid." [More here.]

Felony or a misdemeanor? - January 10, 2013

"Majority Leader Harry’s transgression is that for over 1300 days he has failed to pass a budget. In fact, there is no evidence he has even tried. This is against the law. Federal law clearly requires the Congress to pass a budget every year."

How did Harry Reid get rich? - August 15, 2012

"Try this thought experiment. Imagine that someone grows up in poverty, works his way through law school by holding the night shift as a Capitol Hill policeman, and spends all but two years of his career as a public servant. Now imagine that this person’s current salary — and he’s at the top of his game — is $193,400. You probably wouldn’t expect him to have millions in stocks, bonds, and real estate. But, surprise, he does, if he’s our Senate majority leader, whose net worth is between 3 and 10 million dollars, according to"

Father Reid helping son Reid - August 3, 2012

"Reid is pushing for a Chinese company he played a key role in recruiting to Nevada, ENN Mojave Energy LLC... He said in that April interview that if "NV Energy wanted to do more with renewable energy, they could." There's another factor, however, one more personal to Reid: His son, Rory Reid, is one of the attorneys for the ENN Mojave Energy project." [More here.]

Helps Chinese get stimulus money - December 9, 2010

"Top Democratic fundraisers and lobbyists with links to the White House are behind a proposed wind farm in Texas that stands to get $450 million in stimulus money, even though a Chinese company would operate the farm and its turbines would be built in China."

Email shows illegal Reid campaign activity - November 4, 2010

"Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., may have beaten back challenger Sharron Angle and retained his post as the majority leader, but his campaign and one of his biggest supporters may have violated federal law to do so."

Reid apologizes for "Negro" comment - January 9, 2010

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described in private then-Sen. Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.""

Reid threatens Vegas newspaper - August 30, 2009

"On Wednesday, before he addressed a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Reid joined the chamber's board members for a meet-'n'-greet and a photo. One of the last in line was the Review-Journal's director of advertising, Bob Brown, a hard-working Nevadan who toils every day on behalf of advertisers. He has nothing to do with news coverage or the opinion pages of the Review-Journal. Yet, as Bob shook hands with our senior U.S. senator in what should have been nothing but a gracious business setting, Reid said: "I hope you go out of business.""

Reid caught in another shady land deal - January 28, 2007

"Reid's price for the equivalent of 60 acres of undeveloped desert was less than one-tenth of the value the assessor placed on it at the time."

Reid tied to Abramoff - November 15, 2006

"Abramoff told prosecutors that more than $30,000 in campaign contributions to Reid from Abramoff's clients "were no accident and were in fact requested by Reid." Abramoff has reportedly claimed the Nevada senator agreed to help him on matters related to Indian gambling."

Reid used campaign cash to pay Christmas bonuses - October 17, 2006

"Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has been using campaign donations instead of his personal money to pay Christmas bonuses for the support staff at the Ritz-Carlton where he lives in an upscale condominium."

Reid's first shady land deal - October 16, 2006

"Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid announced Monday he is amending his ethics reports to Congress to more fully account for a Las Vegas land deal that allowed him to collect $1.1 million for property he hadn't personally owned for three years."

Dean implicates Reid in Abramoff scandal - January 29, 2006

"Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Sunday that Democrats who took money from Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff and who did something on behalf of those tribes have "a big problem." Dean made the statement apparently unaware that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has reportedly done exactly that."

Rory Jason Reid

Former Commissioner (Clark County, Nevada, 2003-2011)

Father Reid helping son Reid - August 3, 2012

"Reid is pushing for a Chinese company he played a key role in recruiting to Nevada, ENN Mojave Energy LLC... He said in that April interview that if "NV Energy wanted to do more with renewable energy, they could." There's another factor, however, one more personal to Reid: His son, Rory Reid, is one of the attorneys for the ENN Mojave Energy project."

Taking heat from Nevada election chief - March 14, 2011

"Rory Reid, who failed a gubernatorial bid in Nevada last November, is taking heat for allegedly creating dozens of campaign accounts to get around contribution limits -- a scheme the top state election official said could run afoul of the law."

Dan Restrepo

Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs (NSC)

A White House 'Gunrunner'? - March 14, 2011

"Operation Gunwalker, the rogue ATF operation to arm Mexico's cartels, extends now to three White House officials. A bell goes off with the one named Dan Restrepo. Late last Friday, CBS News and the Los Angeles Times almost buried the news that Restrepo, the National Security Council's top man for Latin America, and two other officials, were in on ATF memos from the Gunwalker operation called "Fast and Furious.""

Silvestre "Silver" Reyes

Former U.S. Congressman (Texas, 1997-2013)

Investigation for ethics violations - November 29, 2012

"Representative Reyes may have improperly used campaign funds to pay for certain expenses related to his daughter's residence. If Representative Reyes used campaign funds for personal use, he may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law..."

Melvin "Mel" Reynolds

Former U.S. Congressman (Illinois - Chicago, 1993-1995)

Wants Jackson seat - November 28, 2012

"Disgraced former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds said he will ask voters to focus on his congressional experience rather than his state and federal criminal record as he announced his bid today for the seat held by Jesse Jackson Jr., who has resigned."

ABC ignored Reynolds' teen sex scandal - October 5, 2006

"Congressman Mel Reynolds, the Democrat convicted of 12 charges, including sex with 16-year-old Beverly Heard and asking her to take pornographic photographs of a 15-year old, was indicted on August 21, 1994. ABC, the current scourge of congressional teen-sex scandals, reported nothing – until Reynolds was convicted a year later, on August 23, 1995. In fact, on May 13, 1994, ABC featured Reynolds in a "Person of the Week" speaking out in favor of two Chicago ladies fighting child molesters..."

William Blaine "Bill" Richardson III

Former Governor (New Mexico, 2003-2011)

Culture of corruption: Bill Richardson edition - August 27, 2009

"The decision to drop federal corruption charges against Richardson was made by…top officials in crime-coddling Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Injustice. Birds of a feather skate together..."

Richardson withdraws name because of scandal - January 6, 2009

"The Cabinet that President-elect Barack Obama picked on a fast track has an unexpected opening, with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Obama's choice for commerce secretary, withdrawing under pressure of a federal investigation into how his political donors landed a lucrative transportation contract."

Feds probing pay-for-play allegations in New Mexico - August 28, 2008

"Investigators are looking into at least two financial contributions the company involved, CDR Financial Products, made to political committees formed by Gov. Bill Richardson around the time it won the state contract related to Governor Richardson’s Investment Partnership (GRIP) in 2004."

Touchy feely governor - December 21, 2005

"The Albuquerque Journal ran a story the other day that won't help Bill Richardson's presidential aspirations any. The story gives what must be the fullest account on record of the New Mexico governor's proclivities for touching people in ways some might deem inappropriate."

Richardson ties to New Mexico cult - October 15, 2003

"Why would Governor Bill Richardson, a former US congressman, past Secretary of Energy and United Nations Ambassador agree to be a "keynote speaker" for such a specious group? This is an interesting story that began decades ago."

Richardson caught lying about Lewinsky - August 21, 1998

"Ambassador Bill Richardson apparently lied when he said at his recent confirmation hearings that a UN job he offered to Monica Lewinsky last year was to fill an existing opening."

Laura Richardson

Former U.S. Congresswoman (California, 2007-2013)

Makes CREW's list of most corrupt - 2011

"Earlier this year, emails came to light revealing Rep. Richardson to be an ogre of a boss who illegally forced congressional staff work to on her campaigns, run her personal errands, and perform campaign functions using federal resources."

Ethics Committee launches investigation - November 4, 2011

"At least eight current and former Richardson staffers told investigators “they felt compelled to work on her 2010 reelection campaign on their own time,” according to a report by the Los Angeles Times, citing an anonymous source. Additionally, the source said some aides testified that official House resources, such as congressional phones and copying machines, were used in the campaign."

Another ethics investigation underway - March 11, 2011

"A letter of resignation sent by a former staffer to Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Cali.) appears to indicate that ethics investigators are probing the Los Angeles-area Congresswoman -- a fact Richardson has denied to local reporters."

As acting speaker refuses to let Republican speak - November 29, 2009

"This is why the people have thrown you out of power!"

Ethics panel announces investigation of Richardson - October 30, 2009

"The panel announced that it was investigating two California Democrats—Reps. Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson—even as its embarrassed leaders took pains to explain that several other lawmakers' names should not have been revealed..."

Richardson's abandoned house angers neighbors - June 12, 2009

"Laura Richardson's former home in Sacramento's upscale Curtis Park neighborhood is in disrepair. Residents say they have appealed to her and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi without success."

Richardson receives preferential treatment from lender - June 10, 2009

"After her bank, Washington Mutual, foreclosed on the house and sold it at auction for a $187,000 loss, Richardson preposterously announced that the foreclosure had never taken place, that the sale was illegitimate, and that she had, in fact, worked out a deal with WaMu to pay off the loan."

Ali Rashad Richey

Democrat Party State Political Director (Georgia)

Lengthy arrest record - April 27, 2012

"There appear to have been some domestic issues, a loss of driving privileges, altercations with police during investigations, with the more recent charges primarily based upon probation violations. Most were disposed of rather routinely, including many of the simple battery charges by police. Based on unrelated general discussions with police officers, they often characterize that type of offender as a nuisance, perhaps with a problem with authority or self-control." [More here.]

Donald Wayne Riegle, Jr.

Former U.S. Senator (Michigan, 1976-1995)

Keating Five - 1989

"The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s... Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed in 1989, at a cost of over $3 billion to the federal government. Some 23,000 Lincoln bondholders were defrauded and many investors lost their life savings. The substantial political contributions Keating had made to each of the senators, totaling $1.3 million, attracted considerable public and media attention. After a lengthy investigation, the Senate Ethics Committee determined in 1991 that Cranston, DeConcini, and Riegle had substantially and improperly interfered with the FHLBB's investigation of Lincoln Savings, with Cranston receiving a formal reprimand. Senators Glenn and McCain were cleared of having acted improperly but were criticized for having exercised poor judgment."

Mike Rios

School Board Member (Moreno Valley, California)

Convicted of pimping and other counts - February 8, 2013

"A Riverside County jury has convicted a Moreno Valley school board member of 23 felony counts, including pimping. The verdict for Mike Rios came down Friday afternoon. After deliberating for about a day, jurors found Rios guilty of 12 counts of pimping and five counts of pandering. He was also convicted of six counts of insurance fraud." [Sentenced to 14 years 4 months.]

Arrested on suspicion of rape and pimping - April 4, 2012

"A Moreno Valley school board member already charged with two counts of attempted murder was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of rape and running a pimping operation, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney’s office said." [More here and here.]

Arrested for attempted murder - February 16, 2012

"A Moreno Valley school board member who reported two men shot at him early Monday was arrested Thursday by police who say it was actually him who shot at the men after arguing with them at a nightclub. Mike Rios, 41, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder at Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, where he remained Thursday evening. Bail was set at $1 million, standard in attempted-murder cases."

William Scott Ritter, Jr.

Former Chief United Nations Weapons Inspector in Iraq (1991-1998)

Guilty on child sex charge - April 16, 2011

"A former weapons inspector who became a thorn in the side of the US government in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq was facing a probable prison sentence last night after a jury in Pennsylvania convicted him of attempting to make sexual contact with a minor. After two days of deliberation the jury in Stroudsburg found Scott Ritter guilty on six of seven counts..."

Caught in online sex sting - January 14, 2010

"The former top United Nations weapons inspector has been caught in a sex sting. Scott Ritter, who served as chief weapons inspector in Iraq, told a 15-year-old girl he wanted to have sex with her and also filmed himself carrying out a sex act on a webcam."

Arrested twice in 2001 for contact with minors - January 22, 2003

"Scott Ritter, a former U.S. Marine and U.N. weapons inspector who has been an outspoken critic of a possible war with Iraq, was arrested in 2001 and charged with a misdemeanor after allegedly communicating with an undercover officer posing as a 16-year-old girl... The source also said Ritter was confronted by police in April 2001 after communicating with an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old."

Naomi Daniela Rivera

Former State Assemblywoman (New York, 2004-2012)

Another boyfriend on payroll - August 23, 2012

"Naomi Rivera now has the feds after her. The FBI is investigating claims that the scandal-scarred Bronx assemblywoman hired her unqualified then-lover to run her taxpayer-funded nonprofit, and used the charity as her personal piggy bank, The Post has learned... In explosive claims revealed in The Post, Pinela, 40, earlier this week detailed how Rivera, 49, hired him at her crony-packed BCED, and used charity funds for romantic dinners and campaign expenses."

Put boyfriend on government payroll - August 12, 2012

"...more than anything, the lawmaker’s Internet alter-ego is devoted to Tommy Torres, a fellow Democrat eight years her junior whom she has been dating for at least two years — and whom she put on her government payroll. Dozens of photos on Daniela’s page show Rivera with her hunky “babe” in various poses — locking lips, nuzzling his cheek and dirty dancing. The legislator began posting romantic photos of Torres in 2009, when she created the page under “Daniela,” her middle name, and a year before she hired him or finalized her divorce from husband Antonio Rodriguez. Torres pulled down $18,123 in taxpayer-funded salary while working out of Rivera’s Morris Park district office for four months in 2010, records show. But exactly what he did for his $1,100-a-week rate remains unclear..."

Robert Rizzo

Former Chief Administrative Officer (Bell, California, 1993-2010)

Bell officials arrested - September 21, 2010

"At least eight city of Bell officials were arrested Tuesday morning, a source said, as L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley prepared to announce criminal charges in the municipal salary scandal. Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, whose high salary sparked the outrage that led to the investigations of the city, was among those arrested in the sweep."

It all started with vote fraud - August 7, 2010

"In 2005, fewer than 400 voters cast ballots in a special election that cleared the way for City Council members to dramatically boost their own salaries. In that election, more than half the votes cast were absentee ballots, the method of voting most susceptible to fraud."

Meet Robert Rizzo - July 25, 2010

"...while Rizzo and two of his colleagues have resigned from their positions with the small town of Bell (where Rizzo was pulling in a salary of roughly $800,000 a year), they will still be able to collect millions in pension."

Bell's $800,000 man resigns from post - July 23, 2010

"Residents in this modest blue-collar Los Angeles suburb where one in six lives in poverty were angry... They demanded and got the manager, the chief and another high-salaried official to resign."

Earlier arrest for DUI - July 22, 2010

"The city manager of Bell, under fire for being perhaps the highest-paid city administrator in the state, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving near his home in Huntington Beach earlier this year."

Felix Roque

Mayor (West New York, New Jersey)

Arrested by FBI for hacking opponent's website - May 24, 2012

"A New Jersey mayor and his son were arrested Thursday by the FBI for allegedly hacking into an email account and website tied to a recall effort — and then intimidating those associated with the site. Felix Roque, 55, the Democratic mayor of West New York, N.J., and his son Joseph, 22, allegedly accessed and cancelled the domain registration for, a website that was critical of the mayor and associated with a movement to recall him in early February." [U.S. Attorney's Office press release.]

Wendy Rosen

Former candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (Maryland)

Charged with illegal voting - December 20, 2012

"Former Maryland congressional candidate Wendy W. Rosen was charged Thursday with illegally voting in two elections and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted."

Withdraws from race over allegations - September 14, 2012

"Wendy Rosen, the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Andy Harris in the 1st Congressional District, withdrew from the race Monday amid allegations that she voted in elections in both Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2008."

Daniel David "Dan" Rostenkowski

Former U.S. Congressman (Illinois, 1959-1995)

Seeking redemption as lobbyist - January 26, 1998

"On the phone, Rostenkowski tells a caller, "I talked to Al Gore yesterday . . . " and recounts a recent conversation with the vice president about ways to deal with the expected surplus in the federal budget. This is the former Ways and Means Committee chairman hard at work, building a legislative consulting firm he calls Danross Associates, Inc. But he is also busy with something that concerns him much more: Rebuilding his reputation and his legacy after a 15-month stint in a federal prison and a halfway house."

Pleads guilty to mail fraud - April 10, 1996

"Saying he had behaved no differently from most other members of Congress, former Representative Dan Rostenkowski pleaded guilty to two charges of mail fraud today and agreed to begin serving a 17-month prison sentence in 30 days."

Indicted on 17 charges - June 2, 1994

"On Tuesday, as expected, prosecutors obtained a broad grand jury indictment accusing Mr. Rostenkowski of a two-decade-long pattern of corruption. The grand jury charged that he had padded his office payroll, stolen thousands of dollars from the House post office, charged hand-painted chairs and scores of other personal gifts at the House stationery store, used Government money to pay for vehicles for personal transportation and tampered with a grand jury witness."

He's Mr. Money and that's all that matters - March 4, 1994

"This is the Democratic Machine whose obituary has been written by the media for decades but which still manages to return people like Dan Rostenkowski to Congress. This time, however, Rostenkowski, who faces a primary election on March 15, has not only been subjected to a 19-month criminal investigation, but has had his district boundaries changed to include Chicago's liberal, upper-crust Lakefront, an area thought be hostile to a Machine guy like Rosty. Pucinski laughs a wheezy little laugh. "These lakefront people, they have money in the market," he says. "And they want to know what could happen to it. They want Rosty to stay in Congress and watch it for them. You'll see. It's about money.""

Bobby Lee Rush

U.S. Congressman (Chicago)

FBI ties him to illegal Zimbabwe lobbying - August 7, 2013

"Two Democratic lawmakers from Illinois worked to help lift economic sanctions against Zimbabwe after being targeted by an illegal $3.4 million lobbying scheme, according to FBI testimony unsealed in federal court. Reps. Danny K. Davis and Bobby L. Rush, both of the Chicago area, were identified by Chicago media as “U.S. Representative A” and “U.S. Representative B” in the case, given that they were the only Illinois Democrats to have sponsored a failed 2010 resolution to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe cited in court documents."

Rep. Rush builds church with campaign cash - August 27, 2009

"Over the past five years, Rep. Bobby L. Rush has spent more than a tenth of his campaign's receipts on the church he founded, a tidy tithe totaling $152,777. It's an example of how the campaign finance system allows candidates and office-holders to redirect funds to institutions they care about."

Anthony Sanchez

Water Agency Director (Imperial County, California)

Pleads guilty to child endangerment - February 7, 2013

"A former politician who made national news after a video went viral showing him hitting his stepson with a belt has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge."

Charged with felony - June 23, 2012

"The former director of a California water agency... has been charged with felony child abuse after a neighbor posted online video that shows him hitting his stepson with a belt for dropping a baseball during a game of backyard catch."

Accused of whipping stepson, resigns - June 10, 2012

"An Imperial County water agency director -- who was arrested after a video surfaced that appeared to show him hitting his stepson with a belt -- has resigned his position, his lawyer said." [Video of abuse.]

Linda T. Sánchez & Loretta Sanchez

U.S. Congresswomen (California)

Skyrocketing wealth - February 10, 2012

Wealth increase between 2004 and 2008 as caculated by the Center for Responsive Politics. [Video explaining how unscrupulous congresscritters get rich.]

Loretta in relationship with married lobbyist - June 2, 2009

"It has been widely alleged that Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has been involved in an intimate relationship with her former military escort and current homeland security and defense lobbyist, John (Jack) P. Einwechter, currently “Of Counsel” at the DC law firm of Greenberg Traurig."

Ethics panel eyes Sánchez sisters - May 19, 2009

"The House ethics committee is reviewing whether the chamber’s rules were broken when Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) put three of Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s (D-Calif.) aides on her own payroll in late 2006 because of a budget shortfall in her sister’s office."

Loretta Sanchez aide pleads guilty to theft - May 18, 2009

"A former executive assistant to California Rep. Loretta Sanchez has pleaded guilty to stealing from office funds. Caroline Valdez admitted in federal court Monday that she used Sanchez's House credit card to buy airline tickets for herself and a family member and get pizza and groceries delivered. The 27-year-old Arlington resident also admitted that she forged Sanchez's signature to get $6,000 in bonus salary and..."

Bernard "Bernie" Sanders

U.S. Senator (Vermont)

Released confidential oil trading data - August 19, 2011

"Oil trading data that exposed the extensive positions speculators held in the run-up to record high prices in 2008 were intentionally leaked by a U.S. senator, sparking broader concern about industry confidentiality as Congress moves on Wall Street reform. Senator Bernie Sanders, a staunch critic of oil speculators, leaked the information to a major newspaper in a move that has unsettled both regulators and Wall Street alike."

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

Former U.S. Congresswoman (South Dakota, 2004-2011)

Skyrocketing wealth - February 10, 2012

Wealth increase between 2004 and 2008 as caculated by the Center for Responsive Politics. [Video explaining how unscrupulous congresscritters get rich.]

William Scarborough

State Assemblyman (New York)

Collecting per diems when not in Albany - October 14, 2012

"...the policy requires no proof that they hit the hay in the capital. In one case, Queens Assemblyman Bill Scarborough submitted vouchers claiming $825 for spending five nights in a row in Albany: Sunday, March 13 to Thursday, March 17, 2011. That Thursday, he attended a town meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. at York College in Jamaica, Queens, according to news accounts. Jamaica is three hours from Albany by car... In 2010 and 2011, Scarborough racked up $59,085 in per diem payments, plus other travel expenses."

Janice D. "Jan" Schakowsky

U.S. Congresswoman (Illinois)

SALF scandal implicates various Ill. Dems - September 20, 2010

"A voice from inside Chicago's Cook County Jail claims that the Save A Life Foundation (SALF) story implicates both Democrat and Republican pols in Illinois."

Schakowsky and Shorebank - May 25, 2010

"I have found evidence that may explain the intense interest of Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) in bailing out ShoreBank, the “community development” bank that has received extraordinary assistance from her and several other “friends in high places.”"

Husband pleads guilty to two felonies - August 31, 2005

"The husband of an Illinois congresswoman pleaded guilty Wednesday to tax violations and bank fraud for writing rubber checks and failing to collect withholding tax from an employee."

James "Jay" Schiliro

Former Mayor (Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania)

Sentenced to 20 months in prison - January 16, 2014

"The ex-mayor of Marcus Hook, Penn., has been sentenced to up to 20 months in prison for discharging his firearm to intimidate a man he had invited to his home for a drink." [More here.]

Arrested for using gun to get blowjob - March 21, 2013

"According to court documents, the mayor is accused of having a police officer pick up a 20-year-old friend in a police cruiser and bring him to his home. Inside, the mayor allegedly served the minor alcohol and asked for sexual favors. When the man refused, the mayor allegedly told him he was a hostage and fired his gun inside of the home, court documents said."

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

U.S. Congresswoman (Florida)

Tried to sell her office to big donor - February 20, 2015

"Florida congresswoman and chairman of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz might have been the subject of a federal investigation, suggests a former Democratic politician and ex-con. Politico reports that Wasserman Schultz "offered to change her position on medical marijuana if a major Florida donor recanted his withering criticism of her."" [Original Politico link]

Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer

U.S. Senator (New York)

Schumer's role in financial crisis - December 13, 2008

"Mr. Schumer, a member of the Banking and Finance Committees, repeatedly took other steps to protect industry players from government oversight and tougher rules, a review of his record shows. Over the years, he has also helped save financial institutions billions of dollars in higher taxes or fees. He succeeded in limiting efforts to regulate credit-rating agencies, for example, sponsored legislation that cut fees paid by Wall Street firms to finance government oversight, pushed to allow banks to have lower capital reserves and called for the revision of regulations to make corporations’ balance sheets more transparent."

Schumer staffer pleads guilty in federal court - March 25, 2006

"A Democratic researcher pleaded guilty yesterday to misrepresenting herself on a Web site as Michael S. Steele, Maryland's lieutenant governor and a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, and fraudulently obtaining his credit report last summer."

The story of how Schumer started in politics - January 12, 2006

"The fact is that Charles Schumer came to power as a New York State Assemblyman in 1974 by virtue of an overtly racist scheme that he created and sold to a naive neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. He convinced them that he would use his power to rid their area of black people."

Schumer staffers illegally apply for Republican's credit report - September 22, 2005

"Two opposition researchers working for Sen. Charles Schumer at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee obtained copies of a confidential credit report on Maryland’s Republican lieutenant governor, prompting calls for their prosecution."

George X. Schwartz

Former City Councilman (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1960-1980)

Abscam - 1980

"Abscam (sometimes ABSCAM) was a United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sting operation run from the FBI's Hauppauge, Long Island, office in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The operation initially targeted trafficking in stolen property but was converted to a public corruption investigation. The investigation ultimately led to the conviction of a United States Senator, five members of the House of Representatives, one member of the New Jersey State Senate, members of the Philadelphia City Council, and an inspector for the Immigration and Naturalization Service."

Brian David Schweitzer

Former Governor (Montana, 2005-2013)

Sticks taxpayers with $200 dinner bill - October 12, 2012

"Gov. Brian Schweitzer forced taxpayers to cover a nearly $200 seafood dinner bill in March, according to records reviewed by Media Trackers Montana. Schweitzer’s meal — for which he requested a taxpayer-funded reimbursement of $199.50 – came from Ocean Beauty Seafood, a seafood distributor located in Helena."

David A. Scott

U.S. Congressman (Georgia)

Skyrocketing wealth - February 10, 2012

Wealth increase between 2004 and 2008 as caculated by the Center for Responsive Politics. [Video explaining how unscrupulous congresscritters get rich.]

Kathleen Sebelius

Former Governor (Kansas, 2003-2009) and current Secretary of Health and Human Services

Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” - 2012

"On September 12, 2012, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius became the first member of the President’s cabinet in U.S. history to have been found guilty of violating the Hatch Act when she campaigned for the reelection of Barack Obama in her official capacity of Secretary of HHS... After the speech, Sebelius tried to cover her tracks by reclassifying the event from “official” to “political,” and claiming her appearance was in her personal capacity. The scheme didn’t work."

Destroyed evidence to protect Planned Parenthood - December 21, 2011

"A state Governor and her appointees obstruct an investigation into repeated coverups of child rape. When they find they can no longer stave off the inevitable, they destroy the evidence. Along the way they try to have the prosecutor disbarred. The Governor later becomes a member of the President’s Cabinet. These are the makings of a major scandal that should be plastered across the front page of every newspaper in America. Instead, hardly anyone has heard of it. Why?"


Service Employees International Union

LA local president convicted of embezzlement - January 28, 2013

"The former president of California’s largest union local was found guilty by a federal jury in Los Angeles on Monday of stealing from the low-wage workers he represented."

SEIU lot is center for illegal drug activity - January 13, 2013

"Eliminating the Post Office problem will leave the first block of Turk and the SEIU Local 87-owned parking lot at Turk and Hyde as the two remaining centers of illegal drug activity in the Tenderloin. Plans to resolve the former are moving forward, while the latter site—-which really offers a terrible perspective on the neighborhood as traffic goes down Hyde— remains intractable."

Donation linked to killing pension reform - August 20, 2012

"One of Illinois’ most influential labor unions denied Monday that nearly $100,000 it contributed to a campaign fund controlled by House Speaker Michael Madigan was part of a “quid pro quo” designed to kill a pension-reform package in his legislative chamber last week."

Marxist connections - January 29, 2012

"I have long contended that the US’ largest and most militant labor organization the Service Employees International Union, is allied to, or subordinate to, the country’s largest Marxist organization – Democratic Socialists of America. Here is proof of this connection..."

Stealing money from disabled - November 10, 2011

"If you’re a parent who accepts Medicaid payments from the State of Michigan to help support your mentally-disabled adult children, you qualify as a state employee for the purposes of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). They can now claim and receive a portion of your Medicaid in the form of union dues."

Lies to members about Obamacare - December 2, 2010

"The backpedaling Purple Army bosses are running scared."

6,000 bogus Colorado voter registrations - October 22, 2010

"The same SEIU offshoot group that is accused of turning in thousands of bogus voter registrations in Arizona has come under fire in Colorado. Mi Familia Vota is accused of turning in 6,000 bogus voter registrations in Colorado."

2,000 bogus Arizona voter registrations - October 22, 2010

"...over 65% of these last minute registrations were invalid due to the registrant not being a citizen, a wrong/invalid address, or a false signature."

Ripping off members' pension funds - September 29, 2010

"SEIU Local 1199's Upstate Pension Fund has plunged from 115 percent funded in 1999 to 75 percent funded, and its Greater New York Pension Fund was funded at only 58 percent of its future obligations as of 2007, according to Hudson Institute analyst Diana Furchtgott-Roth. The union fat cats blame Wall Street. But while the pensions of SEIU workers nationwide are in "endangered status," the pensions of SEIU top brass have been protected and remain fully funded."

FBI investigating Andy Stern - September 28, 2010

"The FBI and the U.S. Labor Department are investigating prominent labor leader Andy Stern in their probe of corruption at the Service Employees International Union, according to two people who have been interviewed by federal agents."

Terror suspect is SEIU official - September 28, 2010

"Over the weekend the FBI announced that it was investigating Joe Iosbaker for possible connections to overseas terror groups. Iosbaker and his wife Stephanie Weiner, both anti-war activists, are suspected of activities “concerning the material support of terrorism.”"

Accused of election fraud in California - November 12, 2009

"As labor leaders fight to sign up 10,000 health-care workers, a California-based union is charging the Service Employees International Union with changing ballots and threatening to report a worker to immigration officials."

Townhall assault in St. Louis - August 7, 2009

"A video of the immediate aftermath of the attack... showed some of the suspects wearing t-shirts bearing the logo of the SEIU union, which is a member organization of Health Care for America Now!, a left-wing coalition pushing for the passage of ObamaCare..."

More scandals for union leadership to ignore - March 11, 2009

"The Los Angeles Times deserves praise for its coverage of a hornet's nest of scandals that keep emerging involving one of the nation's most powerful unions, the Service Employees International Union. Today's paper discloses yet another scandal..."

Midwestern official resigns - February 12, 2009

"A high-ranking Midwest officer of the Service Employees International Union, who had been serving as trustee of a financially troubled local, has resigned after being accused of billing the labor organization for $9,000 in personal expenses."

Connections to Blagojevich scandal - December 9, 2008

"Unsurprisingly, Blago's corrupt antics are intimately connected to Big Labor. In return for a cushy appointment at the SEIU's Change to Win coalition, he apparently offered to name SEIU's hand-picked candidate to Barack Obama's newly-vacant senate seat."

Spending scandal spreads to Michigan - August 26, 2008

"A spending scandal at California's largest union local spread to a second state Monday as the head of a sister labor group in Michigan stepped aside because of a widening financial inquiry."

U.S. investigates L.A.-based union's election - August 16, 2008

"The U.S. Labor Department is investigating allegations that Tyrone Freeman's union local made it nearly impossible for candidates not on his slate to qualify for the ballot, according to people familiar with the probe."

Thousands paid to firms owned by official's relatives - August 9, 2008

"California's largest union local and a related charity have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to firms owned by the wife and mother-in-law of the labor organization's president, documents and interviews show."

Joseph Ambrose "Joe" Sestak, Jr.

Former U.S. Congressman (Pennsylvania, 2007-2011)

Sestak confirms White House job offer - May 23, 2010

"Rep. Joe Sestak, winner of the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary, is refusing to provide more information on what job he was offered by a White House official to drop of that race, although he confirmed again that the incident occurred."

Alfred Charles "Al" Sharpton, Jr.

2004 candidate for president and Democrat gadfly

Behind on rent, faces eviction - December 4, 2012

"Sharpton's nonprofit vehicle, National Action Network (NAN), is seven months behind on its rent for downtown Washington building space..."

Reeling in debt and back taxes - December 10, 2011

"In all, the controversial activist and his empire, including the National Action Network and two for-profit companies, were $5.3 million in the red, public records show. Most of NAN’s money woes stemmed from more than $880,000 in unpaid federal payroll taxes, interest and penalties. It also paid more than $100,000 to settle two lawsuits, byproducts of the unpaid bills." [More here.]

ID scam - September 30, 2011

"This week more than 700 senior citizens filled out a rather skimpy form promising a $500 check from the American Opportunities Stimulus Program. They filled in sensitive information like their name, address, birth date and social security numbers, all with the promise of getting a Visa Check card in return. But on Thursday, Fulton County government put out a warning that it might be an identity theft scam."

$1.1 million debt doesn't stop $250,000 salary - November 23, 2010

"The Rev. Al Sharpton paid himself a six-figure salary for the first time last year - even as his civil rights group drowns in red ink and his tax bill hit nearly $1 million."

Fake non-profit on brink of bankruptcy - September 7, 2010

"Al Sharpton's non-profit organization is heading for oblivion. I call it a "non-profit" group because we really have no word in English for how the good Reverend has continuously raided the operating funds of this organization for his own, personal, financial benefit. And if his name was Joe Smith, he would probably be in jail for non-payment of taxes and outright theft."

Tawana Brawley "rape" case - November 28, 1987

"This is the phony hate crime that made Al Sharpton famous, a national affliction from which we still suffer..."

Jack Shay

Former Mayor (Ketchikan, 1979-1983 and 1996-2002)

Sentenced to 35 years - August 21, 2012

"Longtime Ketchikan resident and public official Jack Shay was sentenced Monday for multiple counts of possessing child pornography. Referring to former city and borough mayor Jack Shay as a “monster loose in the community,” Superior Court Judge William Carey issued a sentence of 35 years in prison, with 17 to serve, marking the end of a high-profile child pornography case."

Pleads guilty to child porn charges - April 30, 2012

"A former Alaska mayor who served on a school board and once received a "Citizen of the Year" award pleaded guilty on Monday to seven counts of possessing child pornography as part of a deal with prosecutors, police said."

Don Eugene Siegelman

Former Governor (Alabama, 1999-2003)

Sentenced to 78 months in prison - August 3, 2012

"A federal judge this afternoon sentenced former Gov. Don Siegelman to 78 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller handed down the sentence -- 10 months less than the 88 months he originally gave Siegelman -- after a day of emotional testimony during the former governor's resentencing hearing. He also sentenced Siegelman to serve three years on supervised release and to pay a $50,000 fine."

Convicted of bribery, conspiracy and fraud - June 29, 2006

"A jury in Montgomery, Ala. convicted former Alabama Governor Don Eugene Siegelman and former HealthSouth Chief Executive Officer Richard Scrushy of conspiracy, bribery and fraud, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher for the Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr. of the Middle District of Alabama announced today. Siegelman, 60, was convicted on seven of the 33 counts against him: one count of bribery, one count of conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud, four counts of honest services mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice. Siegelman was acquitted on charges of racketeering, honest services wire fraud, extortion, obstruction of justice, and 16 counts of honest services mail fraud."

Sheldon "Shelly" Silver

Speaker of the State Assembly (New York)

Silver's firm gets cut of 9/11 payouts - August 22, 2010

"Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has spun the 9/11 lawsuits into gold. Ground Zero workers are on the hook to pay steep interest on money their lawyers borrowed from a group of investors that include Silver and his law partners..."

Accusers of ex-aide join effort to oust Silver - July 14, 2008

"Two women who have said they were sexually assaulted by a former top aide to Mr. Silver have stepped forward in an attempt to defeat him."

Boxley sentenced, victim condemns plea bargain - February 24, 2004

"The victim, who declined to identify herself publicly, made a tearful, angry court statement condemning the plea bargain. ''I'm disgusted by the mismanagement of my case,'' the woman said in Albany County Court. ''This is a first-degree rape case, not a misdemeanor.''"

Silver aide admits sexual misconduct - December 23, 2003

"The former counsel to the Assembly speaker pleaded guilty on Monday to sexual misconduct for contact he had with a 22-year-old legislative aide after a night of drinking last June."

Derrick Smith

State Representative (Illinois)

Wins re-election anyway - November 7, 2012

"Indicted former state Rep. Derrick Smith was on his way Tuesday to writing a new chapter in Illinois political notoriety by regaining his House seat just months after being impeached and expelled over his arrest on federal bribery charges."

Impeached and expelled - August 17, 2012

"In a gesture unseen in Illinois for more than a century, the state House of Representatives expelled one of its members Friday for allegedly taking a bribe. The vote to relieve former Rep. Derrick Smith of his duties was 100-6. But the Chicago Democrat, who faces a federal bribery charge, remains on the November ballot and could be re-elected to the same post."

Arrested for bribery - March 13, 2012

"With one former governor already in prison and another heading there this week, Illinois politicians have been warned to stop their corrupt ways. The warnings have apparently been lost on state Rep. Derrick Smith, however, who was arrested Tuesday after allegedly being caught accepting a bribe. Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) allegedly accepted a $7,000 cash bribe to write an official letter of support for a daycare center that he believed was seeking a state grant..." [More here.]

Jeff Smith

Former State Senator (Missouri)

Heading to federal prison for 4 months - January 5, 2010

"Former Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith is heading to a Kentucky federal prison to serve a four month sentence."

Resigns after indictment - 2009

"Missouri state legislators Jeff Smith and Steve Brown resigned from office after they were indicted on federal conspiracy charges stemming back to the 2004 US Congressional elections." [More here.]

Malcolm A. Smith

State Senator (New York)

Queens pols stiffed Katrina victims - February 7, 2010

"It's the Big Sleazy. Devastated Hurricane Katrina survivors from New Orleans were left high and dry by a charity set up to help them by state Sen. Malcolm Smith and Rep. Gregory Meeks of Queens."

Smith slapped with paternity suit - February 24, 2006

"A state senator from Queens admitted yesterday that a former staffer has served him with a paternity suit. What Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) won't admit is whether the child of the unidentified woman is his. "If paternity is established, I plan to do the right thing," Smith told the Daily News."

Greg Solano

Former Sheriff (Santa Fe County, New Mexico, 2002-2010)

Media won't acknowledge embezzling sheriff is Democrat - July 22, 2011

"Former Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano, who pleaded guilty Wednesday to five felony counts, is a Democrat. What follows are the results of three searches demonstrating that every media outlet which can be found by Google News which has tracked the story in the past 30 days has failed to note Solano's party affiliation."

Wikipedia - undated

"On November 24, 2010 Democrat Solano resigned as Sheriff of Santa Fe County after admitting to selling police and county property for years, including protective body armor vests to members of the military using eBay. "I have done some things that I should not have done and am ready to come clean and face the consequences," Greg Solano, sheriff of Sante Fe county, said in a statement. Solano, saying his family faced financial difficulties, admitted selling property that included cell phones, flashlights, police belts, holsters and the protective vests."

Eliot Laurence Spitzer

Former Governor (New York, 2007-2008)

Charged campaign fund for hotel bills - July 16, 2008

"Whether Mr. Spitzer might have misused campaign money to finance dealings with prostitutes has been one of the significant unanswered questions as federal prosecutors have weighed whether to criminally charge him."

Resigns amid sex scandal - March 12, 2008

"Spitzer, embroiled in scandal over revelations he paid for sex with high-end prostitutes, resigned Wednesday as governor of New York amid threats of impeachment by state lawmakers."

John McKee Spratt, Jr.

Former U.S. Congressman (South Carolina, 2007-2011)

Skyrocketing wealth - February 10, 2012

Wealth increase between 2004 and 2008 as caculated by the Center for Responsive Politics. [Video explaining how unscrupulous congresscritters get rich.]

Fortney Hillman "Pete" Stark, Jr.

Former U.S. Congressman (California, 1993-2013)

Skyrocketing wealth - February 10, 2012

Wealth increase between 2004 and 2008 as caculated by the Center for Responsive Politics. [Video explaining how unscrupulous congresscritters get rich.]

Linda Stender

State Assemblywoman (New Jersey)

Habitat for Humanity con - February 21, 2015

"The "Stender residence" plans, filed in August 2014, show a proposed home far from the more modest ones Habitat for Humanity groups typically build for lower-income families... Now for the best part. Manasquan in Monmouth County is far outside of Linda Stender's Union County district. But it's OK! She "lives with her mom." Wink, wink, nudge, nudge." [More here and here.]

Andrew L. "Andy" Stern

White House advisor and largest Obama campaign contributor

Andy Stern's debts - April 23, 2010

"Mr. Stern has claimed victories in helping pass health care legislation and getting President Obama elected, but his impact within his own organization shows gaping budget deficits and massive underfunding of pensions."

Todd H. Stroger

Former Board President (Cook County, Illinois, 2006-2010) and Alderman (Chicago, 2001-2006)

Cook County president owes back taxes - May 13, 2009

"As he takes political heat for blocking a push to lower county sales taxes, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger is in hot water for a more personal tax issue: He owes Uncle Sam nearly $12,000 for unpaid income taxes, recently filed records show."

Hiring scandal targeted by state investigators - April 28, 2009

"Law enforcers are looking into the scandal surrounding Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's hiring of a troubled steakhouse busboy, whose brief county tenure sparked a patronage controversy that led Stroger to force the resignation of his cousin, the county's chief financial officer."

Stroger fires cousin over hiring scandal - April 18, 2009

"Cook County Board President Todd Stroger’s decision last fall to hire a steakhouse busboy with a criminal record mushroomed into a political scandal Friday, with Stroger facing calls for his resignation and ousting his cousin from her top county finance job over her role in the controversy."

Campaign hit with state fines - July 23, 2008

"Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's campaign paid nearly $27,000 in fines to state elections officials for violating campaign reporting rules during his controversial 2006 victory, according to paperwork filed Tuesday. In addition, a treasurer of one of Stroger's political bank accounts said she expects more fines to be levied..."

Mark Suben

District Attorney (Cortland County, New York)

Admits acting in pornographic movies - November 16, 2012

"In a 3 p.m. news conference today, he admitted that he lied about his history to The Post-Standard and other news operations in the days before the Nov. 6 election. He was re-elected to a second term. He said he would continue as district attorney. After he was done, he walked out without responding to reporters' questions." [More here.]

Marian B. Tasco

City Councilwoman (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Retires for one day to double dip pension - December 29, 2011

"Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco is retiring Friday, but only so she can collect a $478,057 pension check and return to work Monday, when she will be sworn in for her seventh term. Tasco was one of six Council members to enroll in the city’s controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan, better known as DROP. She did not immediately return a request for comment. Plan participants trade a lower lifetime pension for a large one-time lump sum payment, but they are supposed to retire when they get that check. Several elected officials, however, exercised a right approved by two city solicitors to run for election, retire for a day, collect their DROP payments, and return to work." [More here and here.]

Lena C. Taylor

State Senator (Wisconsin)

Accessory to voter fraud - November 22, 2011

"Media Trackers discovered that over 20 individuals voted, some illegally, from one of Senator Lena Taylor’s (D-Milwaukee) properties during the April 5, 2011 spring election. According to a Media Trackers open records request with the City of Milwaukee Election Commission, the property at 1018 N 35th St. in Milwaukee currently has 36 active voter registrations and at least 23 individuals voted using the address. Media Trackers was tipped off to Senator Taylor’s property by the Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty, who found 11 individuals that registered on election day to vote from Taylor’s property, 7 of which were corroborated by Senator Taylor’s mother, Lena J Taylor."

Caught fixing traffic ticket - January 30, 2009

"Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn decided Thursday to reinstate a traffic ticket against state Sen. Lena Taylor after the Milwaukee Democrat had successfully lobbied lower-ranking officials to drop it. "Citation L172194-1 will be reissued to the Senator," Flynn said in a statement. "Those persons issued citations may pursue all the legal remedies available to them to contest the citation.""

Detained by police for violating election laws - November 1, 2008

"“A Milwaukee police officer who was working the mounted patrol monitoring traffic in the area of the Municipal Building at Kilbourn and Broadway observed a person who was clad in political attire who was engaged in conversation with people in line for early voting. He called for another officer to respond,” Milwaukee Police Dept. spokesman Anne E. Schwartz said. Schwartz said Taylor was not arrested but was “ordered in to the district attorney’s office for a review of the incident” this week."

Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr.

Former City Councilman (Washington, D.C., 2007-2012)

Resigns after being charged with embezzlement - January 5, 2012

"Harry Thomas Jr. resigned Thursday night, hours after he became the first sitting D.C. Council member to be charged with a felony, when federal prosecutors accused him of embezzling more than $350,000 in government funds and filing false tax returns... Thomas, the 51-year-old son of a former Ward 5 council member, is alleged to have steered the money, intended for youth sports programs, through intermediaries to pay for personal expenses that included an Audi sport-utility vehicle and golf trips." [Pleads guilty.]

Ordered to appear in federal court over student loans - March 24, 2011

"D.C. Council Member Harry Thomas, Jr. has been ordered to appear in federal court next month over accusations he failed to pay back his student loans — the latest embarrassing public disclosure involving a city lawmaker’s private financial woes."

Herman Thomas

Former Circuit Court Judge (1999-2007) and candidate for state senate (Alabama)

DOJ drops sexual abuse civil rights investigation - July 27, 2012

"A Freedom of Information Act request last week showed that the Department of Justice dropped a sexual abuse civil rights investigation the day after President Barack Obama’s inauguration, citing “conflict of interest.” In 2009, Herman Thomas, a black Democratic judge who had been elected numerous times in an Alabama county with predominantly white and Republican population, saw what had been a promising career come to an abrupt halt after he was indicted on charges of sodomy, kidnapping, sex abuse, extortion, assault and ethics violations. According to the indictment, Thomas was accused of sexually abusing male inmates in exchange for leniency. According to information received in the FOIA request by Lagniappe, a bi-weekly Mobile, Ala.-based alternative newspaper, an order was sent on Jan. 21, 2009, to drop the investigation citing an undisclosed “conflict of interest.” Ten of 11 pages were withheld in the returned FOIA request."

Disbarred again - February 23, 2010

"The Alabama State Bar has disbarred former Circuit Court Judge Herman Thomas a second time for practicing law while his license was suspended... Thomas was cleared of sex abuse and 2nd degree assault charges during a criminal trial in October 2009, but he was found guilty of paddling defendants in his courtroom during a disciplinary hearing Monday. Tony McLain, General Counsel for the Bar, said the five year disbarment issued Tuesday will run concurrent with the five year punishment Thomas received Monday."

Running for state senate against witness at his trial - January 20, 2010

"But ex-Judge Thomas’s move still seems a bit... random. Could there be another reason he’s running for elected office? Thomas’ opponent, Senator Vivian Davis-Figures, testified for the prosecution during his sex abuse trial. Her son was one of Thomas’ alleged victims. Ah, now it’s starting to make sense. But for the record, Thomas denies that his run is motivated by revenge..."

Accused of trading sex for leniency - October 4, 2009

"The respected circuit judge once was the Democratic Party's choice to be the first black federal judge in south Alabama. Then his career collapsed under allegations that he brought inmates to his office and spanked them with a paddle. Later, an indictment accused him of sexually abusing male inmates in exchange for leniency. The trial on charges of sodomy, kidnapping, sex abuse, extortion, assault and ethics violations is set to start Monday."

Frank Thompson, Jr.

Former U.S. Congressman (New Jersey, 1955-1980)

Abscam - 1980

"Abscam (sometimes ABSCAM) was a United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sting operation run from the FBI's Hauppauge, Long Island, office in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The operation initially targeted trafficking in stolen property but was converted to a public corruption investigation. The investigation ultimately led to the conviction of a United States Senator, five members of the House of Representatives, one member of the New Jersey State Senate, members of the Philadelphia City Council, and an inspector for the Immigration and Naturalization Service."

John Forbes "Iron Duke" Thompson

Former State Representative (Massachusetts, 1949-1964)

Indicted for bribery - May 15, 1964

"A grand jury last week indicted 26 individuals and nine corporations on 217 counts involving bribery and conspiracy. The charges were the result of work by a seven-man crime commission set up in 1962 by Republican Governor John Volpe. The biggest name involved was that of Democrat John Thompson, 43, hard-drinking speaker of the Massachusetts house..."

John F. Tierney

U.S. Congressman (Massachusetts)

Wife's tax fraud conviction - undated

"In October 2010, Patrice was charged in U.S. District Court to four counts of "four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns by her brother, Robert." John F. Tierney, in a statement, announced his wife's intention to plead guilty, stating that Patrice accepted "full responsibility for being 'willfully blind' to what her brother was doing."" [More here.]

Christopher J. Tigani

Democrat campaign bundler (Delaware)

Sentenced to two years in prison - March 7, 2012

"Charging that the defendant lived a life of privilege, acted with a sense of entitlement and undermined the public's faith in government by his "brazen" violation of campaign finance laws, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Gregory M. Sleet on Tuesday sentenced liquor executive Christopher J. Tigani to two years in prison."

Pleads guilty to campaign and tax fraud - June 9, 2011

"Christopher J. Tigani has admitted to making over $200,000 in illegal campaign contributions during the 2004 Delaware elections and the 2008 presidential election and to evading $361,000 in taxes, according to the office of Acting U.S. Attorney David Weiss — charges that could send him to jail for up to 16 years."

José Guillermo Tormos Vega

Former Mayor (Ponce, Puerto Rico, 1976-1984)

Charged with extortion - 1984

"Tormos Vega quit his position in 1984 upon being charged with extortion... He was indicted on October 31, 1985, by a federal grand jury, and tried on May 27, 1988. He died in jail a few years later."

Robert Guy Torricelli

Former U.S. Senator (New Jersey, 1997-2003)

Withdraws from reelection campaign - September 30, 2002

"Torricelli's troubles were well publicized: Charges he failed to disclose thousands of dollars in gifts he received from businessman David Chang in exchange for political favors. Chang now is serving an 18-month sentence for illegal contributions to Torricelli's 1996 Senate campaign."

Illegal contributions to 1996 campaign - May 13, 2001

"Now, Chang, a wealthy Korean American who prosecutors have said had multiple passports, simultaneous marriages and murky funding sources for his business enterprises, is a central cooperating witness in the long-running Justice Department probe of Torricelli's 1996 Senate campaign. He has told federal prosecutors that he did far more for Torricelli than simply serve as a steady source of campaign donations, giving him antiques, Italian suits, a Rolex watch and even cash, none of which was reported on Torricelli's financial disclosure forms. Agents last month took the unusual step of searching the senator's Englewood, N.J., home."

James Anthony Traficant, Jr.

Former U.S. Congressman (Ohio, 1985-2002)

Out of prison, rants about Jews - September 18, 2009

"We're conducting the expansionist policy of Israel and everybody's afraid to say it. They control much of the media, they control much of the commerce of the country, and they control powerfully both bodies of the Congress. They own the Congress."

Expelled from congress - July 25, 2002

"Youngstown area congressman James Traficant has been expelled from the House of Representatives for the same crimes he was convicted of committing in April."

Convicted - April 17, 2002

"Last week, Rep. James Traficant Jr., D-Ohio, was convicted in federal court of 10 charges including bribery, racketeering, and fraud. Though free on bail until his June sentencing, Traficant will likely serve several years in prison. The congressman has vowed not to resign and plans to run for re-election in November."

Indicted - May 4, 2001

"A federal grand jury on Friday indicted Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. on charges of bribery, racketeering and other counts. Under a cloud of this corruption investigation for years, Traficant — who rails regularly on the House floor against the IRS and federal law enforcement agencies — has been saying for months he expected to be indicted..."

Edolphus Towns, Jr.

Former U.S. Congressman (Brooklyn, New York, 1993-2013)

Overrode subpoena to hide Countrywide VIP loans - August 15, 2012

"A Democratic committee chairman overrode his own subpoena three years ago in an investigation of former subprime mortgage lender Countrywide to exclude records showing that he, other House members and congressional aides got VIP discounted loans from the company, documents show. The procedure to keep the names secret was devised by Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y. In 2003, the 15-term congressman had two loans processed by Countrywide's VIP section, which was established to give discounts to favored borrowers."

Suspiciously high car lease charged to taxpayers - December 27, 2011

"Towns refused to release a copy of his lease to The Post. His office said the lease did not include an option to buy, which House rules prohibit. It remained unclear who would benefit when the lease ends in May and the car is essentially paid off. Towns spokesman Julian Phillips was unable to explain why the lease is so costly. “It is what it is,” Phillips said. “When he leases his new car, it will be less expensive than this — I’m sure of it.”"

Donne Trotter

State Senator (Illinois)

Arrested trying to bring gun on plane - December 6, 2012

"An Illinois state senator running for former Democratic U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat in Congress was released on bond on Thursday, following his arrest for trying to bring a gun onto an airplane."

Linda Troutman

School Board Member (Brooks County, Georgia)

Trial date set - October 25, 2012

"The long-awaited trial for the group that has become known as the “Quitman Ten Plus Two” has been set for Monday, Dec. 10, at the Brooks County Courthouse. However, the long wait could be even longer."

Black leaders mobilize to help "Quitman Ten" - January 24, 2012

"Black leaders and elected officials held a press conference at the Georgia State Capitol on Monday, January 23, 2012, to discuss their concern regarding the Quitman Ten, a group of Black elected officials and voters from Quitman, Georgia, who are facing questionable indictments for voter fraud."

12 indicted for voter fraud - November 22, 2011

"12 former Brooks County officials were indicted for voter fraud. The suspects are accused of illegally helping people vote by absentee ballot."

Freddy Valentín Acevedo

Former Territorial Senator (Puerto Rico, 1993-1996)

Arrested & pleads guilty - 2000

"In 2000, he was arrested at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport when he was returning from a trip to Argentina. A Grand Jury indicted him on 44 charges of fraud, extortion, and money laundering. In the process, he testified against contractor José Cobián Guzmán, and former Speaker of the House Edison Misla Aldarondo in another federal case against them in 2002. Valentín declared himself guilty in February 4, 2004 of some of the charges against him. However, because of his cooperation in the cases against Cobián and Misla Aldarondo, Valentín received only 18 months of sentence, and six years on probation."

Martin Van Buren

Former President of the United States (1837-1841)

Trail of Tears - 1830-1838

"The Trail of Tears is a name given to the forced relocation and movement of Native American nations from southeastern parts of the United States following the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The removal included many members of the Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations, among others in the United States, from their homelands to Indian Territory (eastern sections of the present-day state of Oklahoma). The phrase originated from a description of the removal of the Choctaw Nation in 1831. Many Native Americans suffered from exposure, disease and starvation on the route to their destinations. Many died, including 60,000 of the 130,000 relocated Cherokee, intermarried and accompanying European-Americans, and the 2,000 African-American free blacks and slaves owned by the Cherokee they took with them.[2][3] European Americans and African American freedmen and slaves also participated in the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek and Seminole forced relocations."

Timothy Pangelinan Villagomez

Former Lieutenant Governor (Northern Mariana Islands)

Resigns after being found guilty - April 27, 2009

"Timothy P. Villagomez resigned from his position of lieutenant governor over the weekend after being found guilty of federal criminal charges on Friday. A federal jury found Villagomez, former Commerce Secretary James A. Santos, and Joaquina V. Santos guilty of all charges relating to a scheme to defraud the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. through needless purchases of a de-scaling chemical called Rydlyme." [More here.]

Pleads not guilty - January 17, 2009

"Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Villagomez and co-defendants James and Joaquina Santos yesterday pleaded not guilty to the new bribery and other charges filed against them in federal court."

Indicted on three felony counts - August 12, 2008

"Lt. Gov. Timothy Villagomez entered a federal court Monday afternoon in handcuffs to face an indictment on three felony counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and theft of federal funds, the culmination of an extensive five-month investigation by federal authorities. The indictment, unsealed Monday morning, charges Villagomez, Commerce Secretary James Santos, his wife Joaquina Santos-who is Villagomez's sister-and former Commonwealth Utilities Corp. executive director Anthony Guerrero with conspiring to bilk the CNMI government out of thousands of dollars through business deals involving needless chemical purchases for CUC."

Armando Villalobos

Former District Attorney (Texas, 2005-2012) and candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (Texas, 2012)

Convicted of bribery and extortion - May 25, 2013

"A former Texas prosecutor and one-time candidate for Congress has been convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for court favors, including an $80,000 payment in a scheme that allowed a convicted murder to escape. Jurors convicted former Cameron County District Attorney Armanda Villalobos on racketeering, bribery and extortion charges." [FBI report]

Antonio Ramón Villaraigosa

Mayor (Los Angeles)

Five-year free ticket spree - June 24, 2010

"Villaraigosa has very quietly accepted — and even angled for — free tickets to as many as 80 pricey events, then failed to report all but one of them, as well as failed to keep records of his actions or the sources of this largesse." [Now teaching at Harvard.]

Paul Violette

Former State Senate Majority Leader (Maine, 1985-1986)

Sentenced to 3½ years - August 6, 2012

"The former director of the Maine Turnpike Authority was sentenced Friday to 3½ years in prison for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the agency to pay for upscale hotels, meals at fancy restaurants and spa treatments. Paul Violette, who appeared Friday in Cumberland County Superior Court, told the judge, “What I did was wrong. I am deeply ashamed.”" [More here.]

Pleads guilty to stealing turnpike money - February 10, 2012

"The former executive director of the Maine Turnpike pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing tens of thousands of dollars of turnpike money over many years to pay for upscale hotels in Maine, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe, meals at fancy restaurants, and personal spa treatments. Paul Violette, 56, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft for unauthorized use of turnpike gift cards and using turnpike authority credit cards for personal travel, meals and other expenses."

Probe takes deeper look at turnpike authority - March 11, 2011

"Paul Violette, who was the authority's executive director for 23 years, resigned Monday, saying his leadership had "become an issue" for legislators in the wake of the report. Violette's resignation doesn't mean that lawmakers should stop their work, said the committee's Senate chair, Roger Katz, R-Augusta. "We've got $150,000 of public funds largely unaccounted for," he said. "If we don't try to get to the bottom of it, we are not doing our job.""

Peter John "Pete" Visclosky

U.S. Congressman (Indiana)

Skyrocketing wealth - February 10, 2012

Wealth increase between 2004 and 2008 as caculated by the Center for Responsive Politics. [Video explaining how unscrupulous congresscritters get rich.]

E-mails lay bare pay-to-play links - June 21, 2010

"The eight-member OCE Board of Directors referred the findings on Mr. Visclosky to the House ethics committee, saying they found "probable cause" to believe he solicited or received contributions in exchange for earmarks."

Otis T. Wallace

Mayor (Florida City, Florida)

"Mayor for life" is corrupt with power - February 23, 2012

"Official documents, interviews, and a two-month investigation by Miami New Times paint the picture of a powerful man corrupted into a millionaire land owner who manipulates elections and abuses his position. Records show the FBI and the Miami-Dade Police public corruption unit have repeatedly investigated Wallace, collecting testimony that he illegally sold his vote for a $1 million land deal and orchestrated bribes for city permits. Political opponents, meanwhile, have handed federal investigators evidence that a convicted felon working for the mayor has influenced votes."

Elizabeth Ann Warren

U.S. Senator (Massachusetts)

Illegal credit card fundraising - October 15, 2012

"Warren uses credit card portals which do not have security features, as explained by Michael Patrick Leahy at, $16 Million of Warren Donations from Sites Lacking Foreign Donor Protections..."

Federal fee waivers despite 6-figure income - October 14, 2012

"Warren obtained fee waivers from at least 50 federal bankruptcy courts so she would not have to pay for access to the federal PACER system, even in years when she had a high 6-figure income and an 8-figure net worth."

Practiced law without a license - September 24, 2012

"Digging through voluminous records and following up with calls to pertinent licensing agencies, Jacobson has made the shocking discovery that Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is not licensed to practice law in the state of Massachusetts." [More here.]

Affirmative action hire at Harvard - September 10, 2012

"In a 1994 interview, then-Harvard Law School dean Robert Clark said his institution was actively applying an Affirmative Action policy to hiring female faculty, The Daily Caller has learned. The famed law school first offered Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren a professorship in 1992 and granted her tenure in 1995. And charges leveled in a 1990 academic law journal raised serious questions about her qualifications to teach at Harvard at all."

Cherokee women: "Stop ducking us!" - June 19, 2012

"On their first day in the Hub, a group of Cherokees hoping to confront Elizabeth Warren over her Native American heritage claims blasted the Democrat for trying to dismiss the ancestry controversy as a non-issue..." [More here and here.]

Academic scandal - June 11, 2012

"In 1990, Rutgers Professor Philip Shuchman charged Elizabeth Warren, along with Teresa A. Sullivan (above), the President of University of Virginia who resigned unexpectedly yesterday, and Jay Westbrook, her two co-authors of the 1989 book, As We Forgive Our Debtors: Bankruptcy and Consumer Credit in America, with “scientific misconduct.”"

Harvard filings raise more questions - May 25, 2012

"...for at least six straight years during Warren’s tenure, Harvard University reported in federally mandated diversity statistics that it had a Native American woman in its senior ranks at the law school. According to both Harvard officials and federal guidelines, those statistics are almost always based on the way employees describe themselves. In addition, both Harvard’s guidelines and federal regulations for the statistics lay out a specific definition of Native American that Warren does not meet." [Former Harvard administrator throws Warren under the bus.] [Harvard won't say whether Warren listed as minority.]

Cherokee heritage claim bogus - May 15, 2012

"The New England Historical Genealogical Society, which originally announced they found evidence of Elizabeth Warren’s Native American heritage, said today they have discovered no documentation to back up claims that she is 1/32 Cherokee." [More here and here.]

Ancestors actually rounded up Cherokees - May 8, 2012

"Ms. Warren's great-great-great grandfather, was apparently a member of the Tennessee Militia who rounded up Cherokees from their family homes in the Southeastern United States and herded them into government-built stockades in what was then called Ross’s Landing (now Chattanooga), Tennessee—the point of origin for the horrific Trail of Tears, which began in January, 1837." [Great-grandfather killed a Cherokee.] [Parents didn't elope.]

Lies about her wealth - January 27, 2012

"Hard to see how Warren wouldn't be, by most standards, wealthy, according to the Personal Financial Disclosure form she filed to run for Senate shows that she's worth as much as $14.5 million. She earned more than $429,000 from Harvard last year alone for a total of about $700,000, and lives in a house worth $5 million."

Maxine Moore Carr Waters

U.S. Congresswoman (Los Angeles)

She skates again - September 24, 2012

"Culture Of Corruption: A House panel has cleared Rep. Maxine Waters of ethics charges after her office used its clout to bail out her husband's bank. This is getting tiresome. Just what's it take to remove a corrupt Democrat? Nothing to see here, move along" is what the House Ethics Committee effectively declared after a stalled, subpoena-blocked investigation that took three years came up empty." [How and why she skated.]

Ethics Committee says case will move forward - June 6, 2012

"The House Ethics Committee announced on Wednesday that Rep. Maxine Waters’s (D-Calif.) rights were not violated in its investigation of her and its case will proceed."

Zero integrity on Ethics Committee - February 22, 2012

"The House [supposed] Ethics Committee has recently been exposed as a dysfunctional sham and a completely discredited farce that refuses any semblance of what is was originally created to do, as seen by the six members who have now recused themselves from the Maxine Waters ethics violations investigation. That investigation goes way back to 2010, when Democrats who controlled both chambers of Congress refused to move the trial forward."

Ethics Committee appoints outside counsel - July 20, 2011

"Waters was quick to argue Wednesday that the committee’s odd step vindicates her claims that the investigation is “misguided.” The bipartisan leaders of the Ethics Committee had a different explanation for seeking outside counsel. “The committee’s decision reflects the high priority of this unique matter and the need to resolve it with the utmost care, diligence and integrity,” Committee Chairman Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) and ranking member Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) said in a joint statement."

Makes CREW's list of most corrupt - 2011

"In the midst of a national financial catastrophe, Rep. Maxine Waters used her position as a senior member of Congress and member of the House Financial Services Committee to prevail upon Treasury officials to meet with OneUnited Bank. She never disclosed that her husband held stock in the bank."

Federal examiners protested help for bank - April 6, 2011

"A decision in late 2008 by top officials of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to help a politically connected bank in Boston left federal bank examiners there angry enough that some called it a “travesty of justice,” according to internal e-mails obtained by The Washington Post. The chairman of OneUnited Bank, a friend of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), had rendered it insolvent through lavish spending and bad investments, according to the examiners’ written accounts. But by the end of 2008, after Waters had arranged a key Treasury Department meeting for the bank, it won a bailout loan and a unique exemption from the FDIC’s accounting rules."

New e-mails delay ethics trial - November 19, 2010

"The e-mails are between Mikael Moore, Ms. Waters’s chief of staff, and members of the House Financial Services Committee, on which Ms. Waters serves. The e-mails show that Mr. Moore was actively engaged in discussing with committee members details of a bank bailout bill apparently after Ms. Waters agreed to refrain from advocating on the bank’s behalf."

Lobbyist paid $15K to Waters' husband - November 7, 2010

"A lobbyist known as one of California's most successful power brokers while serving as a legislative leader in that state paid Rep. Maxine Waters' husband $15,000 in consulting fees at a time she was co-sponsoring legislation that would help save the real-estate finance business of one of the lobbyist's best-paying clients..." [More here.]

Family profiting from mailer biz - September 1, 2010

"Some statewide candidates paid as much as $45,000 for their share of the costs to be included in the mailer, according to state and federal election records, and while it can be costly for the candidates, the mailer has proved profitable for Mrs. Waters' daughter, Karen."

Waters blames it on Bush - August 13, 2010

"Embattled Rep. Maxine Waters on Friday blamed the Bush administration for her ethics problems..."

Waters bank weakest to receive bailout - August 9, 2010

"The bank at the center of a House ethics investigation of U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters was the weakest to receive funds from the government's Troubled Asset Relief Program at the time of its rescue..."

Ethics panel files charges - August 2, 2010

"California Democrat Maxine Waters faces a House trial this fall on three charges of ethical wrongdoing, setting the stage for a second election-season public airing of ethics problems for a longtime Democratic lawmaker."

Inquiry tied to bank - July 31, 2010

"When Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California, called Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. in late 2008 to ask him to host a special meeting that would feature a California bank executive she knew well, was the request on behalf of a trade association, or a bank in which her husband owned stock?"

Ethics panel announces investigation - October 30, 2009

"The panel announced that it was investigating two California Democrats—Reps. Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson—even as its embarrassed leaders took pains to explain that several other lawmakers' names should not have been revealed..."

Waters helped bank whose stock she owned - March 12, 2009

"Ms. Waters and her husband have both held financial stakes in the bank. Until recently, her husband was a director. At the same time, Ms. Waters has publicly boosted OneUnited's executives and criticized its government regulators during congressional hearings. Last fall, she helped secure the bank a meeting with Treasury officials."

Anthony David Weiner

Former U.S. Congressman (New York, 1999-2011)

Didn’t declare costs for lavish 2010 wedding - July 29, 2013

"The cost for the ceremony was at least $100,000 but probably ran closer to $250,000 including all accommodations, clothing and extras. Neither Weiner nor Abedin had the resources to pay for the ultra-expensive wedding, yet neither recorded gifts on their Financial Disclosure Reports for that year."

Wife didn’t disclose consulting earnings - May 16, 2013

"The State Department, under Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, created an arrangement for her longtime aide and confidante Huma Abedin to work for private clients as a consultant while serving as a top adviser in the department. Ms. Abedin did not disclose the arrangement — or how much income she earned — on her financial report. It requires officials to make public any significant sources of income."

Used campaign cash for private investigators - February 1, 2012

"It was obvious from the instant he sent the notorious crotch-shot heard ’round the world that his Twitter account wasn’t hacked. Yet that didn’t prevent the disgraced Anthony Weiner from trying to pin the mess on someone else. His media accomplices actually played along for awhile until the fraud could no longer hold up. Still, he went and spent campaign money to hire private investigators to try and find someone to blame."

Still spending campaign cash after resigning - October 23, 2011

"Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) spent more than $130,000 in campaign funds in the three months after he resigned from the House on June 24, according to new filings with the Federal Election Commission. That total was more than what all but three of the 11 sitting members of New York City’s House delegation spent during that time."

Resigns - June 20, 2011

"Weiner announced his resignation Thursday amid an embarrassing online sex scandal. He didn't submit his official paperwork to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi until today, saying his resignation takes effect "midnight Tuesday, June 21.""

Suspicious deductions on income tax return - June 19, 2011

"Anthony Weiner likes to do things big -- especially when it comes to his tax deductions. The disgraced former congressman's 2010 tax return shows he took $40,521 in unspecified itemized deductions on an income of $156,117. "It's definitely a very large deduction," said Manhattan CPA Jonathan Medows."

In-laws turn out to be terrorists - June 16, 2011

"Was Huma Abedin — wife of Anthony Weiner and deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton — unaware that her mother was reported as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood?" [More here.]

Drives unregistered car - June 13, 2011

"Lying about sexting apparently isn't Rep. Anthony Weiner's only gray area. When Weiner (D-Queens, Brooklyn) was photographed by the Daily News fleeing the Capitol in his Nissan Pathfinder, it was clear the July 2007 registration sticker in his window was expired and there was no inspection sticker to be seen."

Race-baiting dirty trick that launched career - June 7, 2011

"But if this does end up being the end for Weiner’s public career, it might not be quite the injustice it seems like — at least if you know how his career began."

Attacks ABC's Jonathan Karl - June 6, 2011

Video of Weiner making a shameless attack on a news journalist who simply wants to question him about his lewd Tweet.

Caught lying about lewd Tweet - May 31, 2011

"Weiner’s office has told the press: The tech-savvy congressman saw the picture almost immediately. He had been tweeting about a hockey game just a few minutes earlier. The time-line above proves that to be false. He was not Tweeting anything for over 3 hours before the image emerged. Furthermore..." [More here.] [And here.]

Caught Tweeting lewd picture to college girl - May 28, 2011

"This evening a photo surfaced on Congressman Weiner’s yfrog account and in his verified Twitter timeline of a man in his underwear with an erection. The photo was reportedly sent to a woman on Twitter. We’ve protected her name and her account..." [More here.]

Alvin Williams Jr.

Former Territorial Senator (Virgin Islands)

Pleads guilty to all charges - January 18, 2013

"A former U.S. Virgin Islands lawmaker on Thursday admitted to operating and participating in a criminal enterprise including bribery and mail fraud. Former United States Virgin Islands Senator Alvin Williams, Jr., pleaded guilty to the charges as laid out in a grand jury indictment on Nov. 8, 2012. Williams, 34, copped a plea to bribing a Virgin Islands public official and soliciting and receiving bribes from numerous St Thomas construction projects developers, along with fraudulently soliciting and increasing staff member salaries and using the increase of funds for his personal use." [More here.]

Arrested by FBI - November 9, 2012

"Sen. Alvin Williams Jr. was arrested by federal agents Thursday and charged with bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud. The proceeds of Williams' criminal activities totalled $1.1 million, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office. About 4 p.m. Thursday, almost a dozen 10 FBI agents converged on the V.I. Legislature building on St. Thomas, according to several eyewitnesses." [More here.] [Indictment.]

Harrison Arlington "Pete" Williams, Jr.

Former U.S. Senator (New Jersey, 1959-1982)

Abscam - 1980

"Abscam (sometimes ABSCAM) was a United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sting operation run from the FBI's Hauppauge, Long Island, office in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The operation initially targeted trafficking in stolen property but was converted to a public corruption investigation. The investigation ultimately led to the conviction of a United States Senator, five members of the House of Representatives, one member of the New Jersey State Senate, members of the Philadelphia City Council, and an inspector for the Immigration and Naturalization Service."

Cleto Winslow

City Councilwoman (Atlanta, Georgia)

Paid homeless workers less than minimum wage - May 27, 2014

"Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleto Winslow hired homeless city residents to work in her reelection campaign. She offered them t-shirts and a sub-minimum wage pay rate of $5 per hour as compensation. An investigation by WSB-Channel 2 News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed that in addition to underpaying her campaign workers, Winslow illegally paid her employees with taxpayer dollars." [Also here and here.]

David Wu

Former U.S. Congressman (Oregon, 1999-2011)

Announces resignation - July 26, 2011

"Rep. David Wu announced his resignation from Congress, moments after U.S. senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden called for his resignation."

Will not seek re-election - July 25, 2011

"Rep. David Wu of Oregon will not seek re-election and "is considering all options" regarding whether to serve out the rest of his term, Wu's communications director told CNN Monday." [More here.]

Accused of aggressive sex encounter by young woman - July 22, 2011

"A distraught young woman called U.S. Rep. David Wu's Portland office this spring, accusing him of an unwanted sexual encounter, according to multiple sources. When confronted, the Oregon Democrat acknowledged a sexual encounter to his senior aides but insisted it was consensual..."

Crashed car, says he fell asleep - March 16, 2011

"U.S. Rep. David Wu crashed his vehicle into a parked car in Northwest Portland last year, but passed a police field sobriety test and the incident never showed up in a police report."

Blames craziness on prescription drug - March 1, 2011

"U.S. Rep. David Wu says he was hospitalized after his 2008 campaign for symptoms that later were diagnosed as a reaction to a common mental health drug. The Oregon Democrat said he felt dizzy and confused on Election Day that year, a period of time when his staff and family have said they were unable to find him."

Newspapers, GOP call for resignation - February 23, 2011

"Seven-term Democratic Rep. David Wu faced increasing pressure Wednesday to step down amid a series of bizarre revelations in recent days about his mental health, including a photo he sent to staffers during his re-election bid showing him wearing a tiger costume."

Crazy behavior leading to November election - February 18, 2011

"Three days before the Nov. 2 election, U.S. Rep. David Wu’s most loyal and senior staffers were so alarmed by his erratic behavior that they demanded he enter a hospital for psychiatric treatment."

Allegation of 1970s sexual assault - October 12, 2004

"David Wu, future Oregon congressman, and the woman later dated in their junior year. But that spring, in 1976, she broke things off. A few months later, an encounter occurred that neither wants to discuss. That summer, the 21-year-old Wu was brought to the campus police annex after his ex-girlfriend said he tried to force her to have sex, according to Raoul K. Niemeyer, then a patrol commander who questioned him. Wu had scratches on his face and neck, and his T-shirt was stretched out of shape..."

James Claude "Jim" Wright, Jr.

Former U.S. Congressman (Texas, 1955-1989) and Speaker of the House (1987-1989)

Speaker Jim Wright's downfall - May 31, 1989

"On May 31, 1989, James C. Wright became the first Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives to resign from office because of scandal. The unravelling of the Texas Democrat's 34-year congressional career began with a year-long House ethics committee investigation of his finances, which resulted in a finding that Wright might have violated House rules in 69 instances."

Charges brought against Wright by House panel - April 18, 1989

"Here are the five counts of the report of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct charging Speaker Jim Wright with violations of House rules, and excerpts of the particulars for each count. Along with the charges are excerpts from the defense prepared by Mr. Wright's lawyers..."

Ronald Lee "Ron" Wyden

U.S. Senator (Oregon)

Skyrocketing wealth - February 10, 2012

Wealth increase between 2004 and 2008 as caculated by the Center for Responsive Politics. [Video explaining how unscrupulous congresscritters get rich.]

Coleman Alexander Young

Former Mayor (Detroit, 1974-1994)

Secret member of Communist Party - January 13, 2013

"Coleman Young, the mayor of Detroit from 1974 to 1993, was able to “move forward as he did” thanks in part to training he got from the “party”—that is, the Communist Party. Young was, in fact, a secret member of Communist Party USA, as shown by several sources, including Cold War historians Ron Radosh, John Earl Haynes, and Harvey Klehr."

Detroit's downfall linked to corruption under Young - July 28, 2013

"Since 1962, Democrats have had unfettered control of Detroit’s government, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This was personified in Coleman Alexander Young, Mayor of Detroit during its critical, then terminal years."

Corruption under Coleman Young - undated

"Mayor Young's hand-picked Police Chief, close friend and political advisor William L. Hart, served for 15 years as Chief before being indicted and convicted for stealing $2.6 million from police undercover funds. The Deputy Chief of Police (Kenneth Weiner), also a close associate of Coleman Young, was charged and convicted in a separate case involving investment fraud. The culmination of the many investigations, indictments and convictions of those around Young led many observers to believe he was at the center of widespread corruption in the city government, which included school boards, sanitation, and many other departments, but especially the police department."

Fat greedy pol

February 26, 2013 - Did Tony Sanchez ever work as a staffer for harry Reid? Did Brian Sandoval work for Joens/Vargas or R & R Partners. What is that whole mix between Sandoval, NVE R&R Partners and maybe even Jones Vargas? - Mike, Las Vegas
J.P. replies: By Tony Sanchez you mean the senior vice president at NV Energy... the company Harry Reid (D) seems to feel he should run from Washington, D.C. And by Jones Vargas you mean the Vegas law firm that paid Brian Sandoval (R) for what we can assume was a no-show job while he was running for governor. Seems like they're all crooks, doesn't it? Nevertheless, this website will stick to the main problem: Democrats. Dishonesty and thievery are not inherent with the Republican Party – they seem to handle their problems quickly and expeditiously by voting crooks out of office or making them resign. Notice the absence of John Ensign (R) and the perpetual re-election of that senile old crook, Harry Reid (D).

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