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Judicial Watch's 10 Most Corrupt Politicians (YIKES)

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  1. giddyup

    giddyup Contributing Member

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    Some familiar names here...

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/judici...on-s-ten-most-wanted-corrupt-politicians-2007

    Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2007

    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2007 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” The list, in alphabetical order, includes:

    1. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY): In addition to her long and sordid ethics record, Senator Hillary Clinton took a lot of heat in 2007 – and rightly so – for blocking the release her official White House records. Many suspect these records contain a treasure trove of information related to her role in a number of serious Clinton-era scandals. Moreover, in March 2007, Judicial Watch filed an ethics complaint against Senator Clinton for filing false financial disclosure forms with the U.S. Senate (again). And Hillary’s top campaign contributor, Norman Hsu, was exposed as a felon and a fugitive from justice in 2007. Hsu pleaded guilt to one count of grand theft for defrauding investors as part of a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme.

    2. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI): Conyers reportedly repeatedly violated the law and House ethics rules, forcing his staff to serve as his personal servants, babysitters, valets and campaign workers while on the government payroll. While the House Ethics Committee investigated these allegations in 2006, and substantiated a number of the accusations against Conyers, the committee blamed the staff and required additional administrative record-keeping and employee training. Judicial Watch obtained documentation in 2007 from a former Conyers staffer that sheds new light on the activities and conduct on the part of the Michigan congressman, which appear to be at a minimum inappropriate and likely unlawful. Judicial Watch called on the Attorney General in 2007 to investigate the matter.

    3. Senator Larry Craig (R-ID): In one of the most shocking scandals of 2007, Senator Craig was caught by police attempting to solicit sex in a Minneapolis International Airport men’s bathroom during the summer. Senator Craig reportedly “sent signals” to a police officer in an adjacent stall that he wanted to engage in sexual activity. When the police officer showed Craig his police identification under the bathroom stall divider and pointed toward the exit, the senator reportedly exclaimed 'No!'” When asked to produce identification, Craig presented police his U.S. Senate business card and said, “What do you think of that?” The power play didn’t work. Craig was arrested, charged and entered a guilty plea. Despite enormous pressure from his Republican colleagues to resign from the Senate, Craig refused.

    4. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA): As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on military construction, Feinstein reviewed military construction government contracts, some of which were ultimately awarded to URS Corporation and Perini, companies then owned by Feinstein's husband, Richard Blum. While the Pentagon ultimately awards military contracts, there is a reason for the review process. The Senate's subcommittee on Military Construction's approval carries weight. Sen. Feinstein, therefore, likely had influence over the decision making process. Senator Feinstein also attempted to undermine ethics reform in 2007, arguing in favor of a perk that allows members of Congress to book multiple airline flights and then cancel them without financial penalty. Judicial Watch’s investigation into this matter is ongoing.

    5. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY): Giuliani came under fire in late 2007 after it was discovered the former New York mayor’s office “billed obscure city agencies for tens of thousands of dollars in security expenses amassed during the time when he was beginning an extramarital relationship with future wife Judith Nathan in the Hamptons…” ABC News also reported that Giuliani provided Nathan with a police vehicle and a city driver at taxpayer expense. All of this news came on the heels of the federal indictment on corruption charges of Giuliani’s former Police Chief and business partner Bernard Kerik, who pleaded guilty in 2006 to accepting a $165,000 bribe in the form of renovations to his Bronx apartment from a construction company attempting to land city contracts.

    6. Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR): Governor Huckabee enjoyed a meteoric rise in the polls in December 2007, which prompted a more thorough review of his ethics record. According to The Associated Press: “[Huckabee’s] career has also been colored by 14 ethics complaints and a volley of questions about his integrity, ranging from his management of campaign cash to his use of a nonprofit organization to subsidize his income to his destruction of state computer files on his way out of the governor’s office.” And what was Governor Huckabee’s response to these ethics allegations? Rather than cooperating with investigators, Huckabee sued the state ethics commission twice and attempted to shut the ethics process down.

    7. I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby: Libby, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000 for lying and obstructing the Valerie Plame CIA leak investigation. Libby was found guilty of four felonies -- two counts of perjury, one count of making false statements to the FBI and one count of obstructing justice – all serious crimes. Unfortunately, Libby was largely let off the hook. In an appalling lack of judgment, President Bush issued “Executive Clemency” to Libby and commuted the sentence.

    8. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL): A “Dishonorable Mention” last year, Senator Obama moves onto the “ten most wanted” list in 2007. In 2006, it was discovered that Obama was involved in a suspicious real estate deal with an indicted political fundraiser, Antoin “Tony” Rezko. In 2007, more reports surfaced of deeper and suspicious business and political connections It was reported that just two months after he joined the Senate, Obama purchased $50,000 worth of stock in speculative companies whose major investors were his biggest campaign contributors. One of the companies was a biotech concern that benefited from legislation Obama pushed just two weeks after the senator purchased $5,000 of the company’s shares. Obama was also nabbed conducting campaign business in his Senate office, a violation of federal law.

    9. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who promised a new era of ethics enforcement in the House of Representatives, snuck a $25 million gift to her husband, Paul Pelosi, in a $15 billion Water Resources Development Act recently passed by Congress. The pet project involved renovating ports in Speaker Pelosi's home base of San Francisco. Pelosi just happens to own apartment buildings near the areas targeted for improvement, and will almost certainly experience a significant boost in property value as a result of Pelosi's earmark. Earlier in the year, Pelosi found herself in hot water for demanding access to a luxury Air Force jet to ferry the Speaker and her entourage back and forth from San Francisco non-stop, in unprecedented request which was wisely rejected by the Pentagon. And under Pelosi’s leadership, the House ethics process remains essentially shut down – which protects members in both parties from accountability.

    10. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV): Over the last few years, Reid has been embroiled in a series of scandals that cast serious doubt on his credibility as a self-professed champion of government ethics, and 2007 was no different. According to The Los Angeles Times, over the last four years, Reid has used his influence in Washington to help a developer, Havey Whittemore, clear obstacles for a profitable real estate deal. As the project advanced, the Times reported, “Reid received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Whittemore.” Whittemore also hired one of Reid’s sons (Leif) as his personal lawyer and then promptly handed the junior Reid the responsibility of negotiating the real estate deal with federal officials. Leif Reid even called his father’s office to talk about how to obtain the proper EPA permits, a clear conflict of interest.

    Judicial Watch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Judicial Watch neither supports nor opposes candidates for public office. For more information, visit www.judicialwatch.org.

    December 19, 2007
     
  2. nyquil82

    nyquil82 Contributing Member

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    You should go back to starting Hussein Ubama threads, these are way too easy to plunk:


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judicial_Watch
    Judicial Watch receives funding from mainly conservative sources. In 2002, Judicial Watch received $1.1 million from The Carthage Foundation[8] and a further $400,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation. Both foundations are Managed by Richard Mellon Scaife. [8] The year before the Scaife Foundation gave $1.35 million and Carthage $500,000.[8]

    In all, between 1997 and 2002 Judicial Watch received $7,069,500 (unadjusted for inflation) in 19 grants from a handful of foundations. The bulk of this funding came from just three foundations – the Sarah Scaife Foundation, The Carthage Foundation and the John M. Olin Foundation, Inc.[8]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Scaife_Foundation

    Sarah Scaife Foundation is one of the American Scaife Foundations. It is controlled by Richard Mellon Scaife. The foundation does not award grants to individuals. It concentrates its efforts towards causes focused on public policy at a national and international level. From 1985 to 2003 the organization awarded over $235 million USD to other organizations.

    Between 1985 and 1991, it was one of five foundations to fund the George C. Marshall Institute, a known Global Warming skeptic.[citation needed]

    It is also one of the principal funders of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), the think tank in which prominent members of the Bush Administration (Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz) aligned themselves with in the late 1990s to articulate their neoconservative foreign policy, including sending a letter to President Bill Clinton urging him to invade Iraq.
     
  3. Deckard

    Deckard Blade Runner
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    To be fair, I don't think those have been started by giddy and he probably didn't know the history behind Judicial Watch. I've been bitten before from sources I thought were legit.



    Impeach Bush.
     
  4. giddyup

    giddyup Contributing Member

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    Never started such a thread. Apology accepted. Deckard, your help D is better than Battier's.

    I got this from some Ron Paul people who were using it against Huckabee not Obama or Hillary.

    Good Lord, there are no really neutral sources....
     
  5. Cohen

    Cohen Contributing Member

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    Hey giddy, tripped into a mess? ;)

    And here's the top 22 (w/ 2 extras) from someone else in September.

    Funny how their list has 20 Republicans and 4 Democrats, while the list above has 6 Democrats (both Candidates), 3 Republicans and 1 unknown (likely just unclaimed).

    http://www.beyonddelay.org/report

    Members of the Senate:
    Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-NM)
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
    Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK)

    Members of House:
    Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
    Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-CA)
    Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL)
    Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA)
    Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
    Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-LA)
    Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
    Rep. Gary G. Miller (R-CA)
    Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
    Rep. Timothy F. Murphy (R-PA)
    Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA)
    Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM)
    Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ)
    Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY)
    Rep. David Scott (D-GA)
    Rep. Don Young (R-AK)
    Rep. Jerry Weller (R-IL)
    Rep. Heather A. Wilson (R-NM)

    Dishonorable Mention:
    Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID)
    Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)



    Also notice that Doolittle (R) is not on the Judicial Watch's list at all, yet Public Citizen calls him 'My favorite role model of an unethical Congressman' http://citizen.typepad.com/watchdog_blog/ethics/index.html (On Public Citizen you can find unfettered criticism of Democrats; I do not believe they are liberal)
     
  6. giddyup

    giddyup Contributing Member

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    Not really.

    I was just shocked that the unflattering list I posted had 3 of our final 4 presidential candidates-- including Huckabee the evangelical candidate.
     
  7. Cohen

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    That was disappointing. It still surprises me that I can be surprised when it comes to politicians. :(
     
  8. SamFisher

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    "judicial watch" is not exactly impartial. it's basically one guy with a vendetta against seemingly everybody and everything.
     
  9. Achilleus

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    Richard Mellon Scaife?
     
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    Larry Klayman aka the "right wing ralph nader" - to his credit he hates on a few repubs as well.
     
  11. No Worries

    No Worries Contributing Member

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    They were founded by Ralph Nader, though he has very little involvement nowadays. I have been a PC member for quite awhile. IIRC PC tends to go after the party in power. PC appears to get past their liberal bias wrt corruption.
     
  12. Cohen

    Cohen Contributing Member

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    Thanks for clarifying; I knew that I'd heard of them before.
     
  13. Deckard

    Deckard Blade Runner
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    LOL! Thanks, giddy. You can return the favor someday. ;)

    It's really hard to be sure about sources in an age when the sources seem to be endless and available with a click or two. giddy and I remember having to sift through stacks of books at the library to find something, or thumbing a well-used newspaper a few days old because it was from some exotic place, like Seattle or Miami. :p



    Impeach Bush.
     
  14. giddyup

    giddyup Contributing Member

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    Ya hit the nail on the head. I used to love to go to the library and read papers from around the country-- course I mostly read the sports pages!!!

    That was an exotic source.

    I'll have to start sorting through sites like dailykos or moveon for my "unbiased" news, I guess. :D
     

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