All these news stories are just from the last month or so… including record-setting prison sentences (Rep. Randy ‘Duke’ Cunningham), record setting bribes (Abramoff) record setting theft and waste of taxpayer dollars (missing Iraq reconstruction money).
Too many stories to copy everything, so just quick synopsis, click the link to read more. Enjoy!
GOP super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison in a Florida fraud case, the minimum sentence allowed. Abramoff continues to cooperate with officials regarding additional cases of GOP corruption in Congress. (Republican Rep. Tom DeLay (TX) and Rep. Bob Ney (OH) also implicated.)
Fitzgerald Will Seek New White House Indictments. Possible indictments of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove or National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.
Rove allegedly cooperating in CIA Leak probe, may implicate Cheney
Right Wing Blogger resigns from new Washington Post job, amidst charges of plagiarism:
Right wing pundit Ann Coulter faces possible felony charges for giving a false address on her voter registration:
Iraq reconstruction contracts potentially ‘the biggest corruption scandal in history.’ At least 12 billion dollars (in cash) of US taxpayer dollars can’t be accounted for.
As much as 23 billion dollars may have been wasted or stolen. ‘Iraq was awash in cash. We played football with bricks of $100 bills’
Arrest of Ex-Bush Aide Shocks Associates. President Bush’s top domestic policy adviser nabbed for swindling, shoplifting charges
Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, Republican of California, was convicted of bribery conspiracy and tax evasion and sentenced to eight years in prison. Cunningham accepted 2.4 million dollars in bribes from defense contractors. 8 year 4 month prison sentence sets record prison sentence for a member of Congress.
Contractor Pleads Guilty to Corruption
“The new admissions, including details that identify Reps. Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-Va.) and Katherine Harris (R-Fla.) as recipients of illegal campaign contributions, are contained in Wade’s agreement to plead guilty to four criminal charges stemming from his role in the Cunningham probe.”
John McCain hires the middleman implicated in Tom DeLay’s money-laundering case, as Senior Campaign Advisor.
House Republicans vote No on a resolution to investigate potential criminal activity in connection with Jack Abramoff. Every Democrat in the House voted YES to investigate Abramoff-related misconduct, while every Republican in the House (except 6) voted NO:
Former DeLay deputy chief of staff pleads guilty to conspiracy. “The lobbying scandal that has rocked Washington moved further into Rep. Tom DeLay’s inner circle on Friday, when a former deputy chief of staff pleaded guilty to conspiring with two other DeLay confidantes.”