Which party has a "culture of corruption?"

Of course there are bad apples in any organization.  But the Democratic Party for years has accused the Republican Party of fostering a "culture of corruption."  It has been a recurring campaign theme since the summer of 2005*.  But upon closer examination, it appears that the political left is where there is a problem with corruption.

Even more examples are available if you look for the word "corruption" on this page.

The word "suspicious" doesn't even begin to describe the stuff on this page.

Related pages:

    Imran Awan
    President Obama's Culture of Corruption
    Lists of Obama Scandals
    Ex-Congressman William J. Jefferson
    The Fast and Furious scandal
    Voting fraud


NEW:  This page has been shrunk by about 65 k-bytes now that I have moved all the "small potatoes" to a separate page.  The new page is about local-level Democrats who have been accused of small-scale (although not harmless) crimes and improprieties.  The material below is mostly about Senators, Representatives and Governors who have shown that the Democrat party is the one with the "culture of corruption."

Please remember that the American system of justice includes a presumption of innocence:  Anyone who is accused or suspected of a crime is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



Overview articles:


Americans Learning to Live with Treason.  [Scroll down] 
  •   Benghazi — Obama and his administration to the American people that a video caused the horrific massacre.  President and allies openly engage in cover-up.
  •   FBI investigation on Hillary Clinton — Comey announces Hillary's guilty on all counts, then the judgment, and she walks.  A two-tier justice system; Hillary's above the law.
  •   CNN caught giving to Hillary Clinton.  Democrats rig debates.  Democrats cheat Bernie Sanders out of the nomination.  Democrats rig elections.
These are just a few of the unacceptable transgressions by our corrupt leaders.  Each time, outraged conservatives demand that the perpetrators be brought to justice.  Each time, the press gaslights the American people with a media blackout, acts as though the incident never happened.  Each time, the cabal rides out the news cycle until the story fades, and everyone's home free.

In Defense of Masculinity.  The irony is that in many of these situations the ones being exposed (pun intended) reside within the warm cocoon of the liberal cultural elite.  Most of these people have spent a lifetime — and a great deal of effort and money — sneering at and debasing the culture of practiced faith, respect for women, the institutions of traditional marriage and family, all the while portraying men of that "debased lifestyle" they disparaged as unenlightened peasants and troglodytes.  Now it appears the men who mounted these assaults — both literally and figuratively — are nothing but patriarchal misogynistic perverts.

Time to Criminalize Tyranny.  Some people are calling for "reconciliation" after Trump's election.  Some even say that Hillary shouldn't be prosecuted.  The reality is that if we allow liberals to constantly misuse government power and break the law with no consequences, they will never stop.  Like little children, they need a spanking to keep them in line.  President Trump should set up a special prosecutor to dig up all the government workers, from Hillary on down, who used government power to further tyranny.  People like Lois Lerner, who used the full power of the IRS to silence voices that disagreed with her political leanings, should not just be able to retire and collect a pension.  So long as liberals know they can misuse the power of government and get away with it, they will continue to wage war against the American people while being paid by the American people.

Breathtaking Criminality in Washington.  Recent revealed emails within that broad criminal conspiracy known as leftism show just how utterly dependent those sock puppets like Obama and Hillary are upon the nefarious intertwined collusion of the leftist media, the agencies of the Executive Branch, the Clinton campaign, and the DNC.  The depth of this criminal conspiracy, as these latest emails show, is stunning.  Consider the network news programs that gave Hillary the questions days before she was asked in a presumably spontaneous interview.  Giant corporations are not supposed to give free campaign resources to candidates.  That violates federal election laws unless the economic value of these actions are reported as corporate contributions to the Clinton campaign, which, of course, these are not.

A Sporting Event Where Only One Team Obeys the Rules.  After eight years of the most blatant and obvious corruption, we watch current events as if we have a splinter in our eye.  An entire political party is so morally bankrupt that it no longer feels any need to hold its members to any rules at all. [...] The IRS commissioner still uses the IRS to target conservatives.  The Obama administration is literally turning illegal aliens into citizens to unlawfully alter the outcome of the upcoming election, as Democrats have always done.  They are rewarding criminals with early release from prison and restored voting rights simply to tip the scales.  They are flooding our country with Muslim Syrians, whose culture is antithetical to ours, knowing the inevitable outcome will be an eventual conflict between those who believe in forcefully imposing Islamic theocracy and those few who still know and believe in the American Constitution.  They are making secret alliances with our enemies, or merely surrendering to them out of abject cowardice or belief in common principles.  They protect terrorists, who are the ultimate rule-breakers, while demonizing Americans, who cannot figure out what they may have done wrong, having done nothing but exist.

Will Hillary Break The Criminal Conduct Glass Ceiling?  Voters in Massachusetts deserve a special category of ignominy having sent Barney Frank to Congress for twelve terms after his implication in a male prostitution ring; for re-electing Gerry Studds six times after his censure by Congress for having gay sex with an underage congressional page; and of course for returning Ted Kennedy to the US Senate five times, after he narrowly escaped a grand jury indictment over Mary Jo Kopechne's asphyxiation death in his abandoned Oldsmobile off Chappaquiddick Island.  Massachusetts is the role model, notwithstanding stiff competition from Illinois, where Democratic Party ideology and loyalty excuses criminal conduct.

The Stench of Corruption Stalks Harry Reid.  Honestly, the level of corruption in the Democratic Party is just stupefying.  They don't even try to hide it anymore.  From Bill Clinton, whose mentor in Arkansas was the Prohibition gangster Owney Madden; to Nancy Pelosi (Baltimore mafia princess) to the Chicago Mob stooge Barack Obama to Reid — the living embodiment of Sen. Pat Geary himself — the party is run by criminals for criminals.  Is there not a single lawyer expert in the RICO statutes on the GOP side?  Or is the Stupid Party too dumb to notice what's happening?

Lying Democrats: Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder have no shame.  Something happens to men and women when they gain a proximity to power.  Most in public service, one can only assume, begin with noble purpose:  to serve, to change and improve the world — whether that be a small town or, literally, the world.  Soon enough, many — not all, but many — want only to stay in that position of power, and will do what it takes, whatever it takes, to stay there.  Where once they talked only of their dreams and ambitions, not for themselves, but for those they served, soon enough they spend their days tearing down — their campaign foes, opposing political parties and, in the end, anyone who doesn't think like them.


Timely news and commentary:


Dem Rep. Bobby Rush Sued for $1 Million to Collect Unpaid Loan for Church He Founded.  Democratic representative Bobby Rush is being sued for $1 million after failing to make payments on a loan he received for a church he founded in his home district in Illinois.  A wellness center linked to the church has also collected more than $2.6 million in taxpayer-funded government grants in 2017 and more than $17 million in grants since 2008, according to records.  Rush founded the Beloved Community Christian Church, a nondenominational Christian church, in Chicago in 2002 with the intent of helping disadvantaged people in his community.

No One Ever Drowned in Roy Moore's Car.  Sen. Patty Murray of Washington was eighteen when Kennedy let Mary Jo Kopechne die.  Said she in her tribute to Kennedy, "When I was young Ted Kennedy was larger than life."  Murray continues with a straight face, "Ted never once stopped fighting for those who couldn't fight for themselves."  Ms. Kopechne might beg to differ. [...] Say what one will about Roy Moore, but unlike Kennedy, he did not make a career of debauchery, and no one ever drowned in his car.

Democrats forgave Rep. Studds for preying on teen boys, hailed as gay rights pioneer.  Massachusetts voters stood by Democratic Rep. Gerry Studds even after he was censured by the House in 1983 for his sexual relationship at age 36 with a 17-year-old male congressional page, as well as making sexual advances toward two other teenage pages.  Far from dooming the Democratic Party, the episode barely registered at the ballot box.  Democrats kept their House majority and gained Senate seats in 1984, while Studds was re-elected in his liberal Cape Cod district with 56 percent of the vote.

Retiring Dem Rep. Gutierrez Paid Wife $430,000 From Campaign Funds Over Past Seven Years.  Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.), who announced last week that he will not seek reelection after spending 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, will no longer be able to pay his wife hundreds of thousands of dollars from campaign funds once he officially departs from Congress.  Soraida Gutierrez, his wife, has collected more than $430,000 from Gutierrez for Congress, Luis's campaign committee, since 2010.  Soraida is the top recipient of expenditures this year.  Soraida, who was a registered lobbyist in Illinois prior to appearing on the campaign's payroll, has been listed as the campaign's office manager, fundraiser, and treasurer for the past seven years.

Jail for Fla.  Rep. Who Blasted Feds for Investigating Her Instead of Orlando Terrorist.  The disgraced Florida congresswoman who suggested federal agents could have prevented the Orlando terrorist attack if they weren't preoccupied investigating her is headed to prison.  This week a federal judge in Jacksonville sentenced Democrat Corrine Brown, who served 12 terms in Congress, to five years in jail for fraud and tax crimes involving an $833,000 phony education charity.  In a 24-count federal indictment, prosecutors called the fake charity (One Door) Brown's "personal slush fund."

Democrat Accused Of Sexual Harassment:  Pelosi Knew And Did Nothing About It.  A first-term Democratic congressman accused of sexual harassment said that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi knew about the allegations while he was running for office and supported him anyway, putting millions of dollars behind his 2016 congressional campaign. [...] Pelosi was quick to demand [Nevada Rep. Ruben] Kihuen's resignation after the allegations became public, but she actually has known about the harassment allegations for a while, Kihuen told ABC News.

Lawmaker behind secret $84K sexual harassment settlement unmasked.  Rep. Blake Farenthold used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by his former spokesman — the only known sitting member of Congress to have used a little-known congressional account to pay an accuser, people familiar with the matter told POLITICO.  Lauren Greene, the Texas Republican's former communications director, sued her boss in December 2014 over allegations of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.

Disgusting Democratic Dirtbags Duck Discipline.  [Scroll down]  I'm a live-and-let-live sort of guy, and my libertarian self says that if one old dude wants to pay a young woman to consensually shove a █████ up his ███ and walk him around on a leash in the privacy of his expensive New York hotel room, the state shouldn't get involved.  But in addition to the (alleged) assault, remember that this is a guy who not only broke the law by hiring prostitutes while he was attorney general and governor, but also chastised Americans for not having being willing to sacrifice for the common good, so yeah, I have no problem further exposing this hypocrite's freak fetish.

Woman Says Democratic Congressman Harassed Her During Campaign.  A woman who worked as the finance director for Democratic Nevada congressman Ruben Kihuen's 2016 campaign told BuzzFeed that Kihuen made several unwanted sexual advances toward her.  Kihuen repeatedly asked the woman, identified only as "Samantha" by BuzzFeed, whether or not she would cheat on her boyfriend, touched her thighs without her consent, and suggested the two of them get a hotel room together, among other violations.  Samantha was 25 at the time, while Kihuen was 35.  This is his first term in Congress.

House Ethics opens sweeping probe into secret harassment payouts.  The House Ethics Committee signaled Friday [12/1/2017] it has begun a sweeping probe into misconduct of lawmakers and staff that resulted in taxpayer-funded settlements.  The 10-member bipartisan panel ordered the Office of Compliance to turn over "all records... related to any claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation or any other [prohibited] employment practice," by House lawmakers or congressional staff.

Report: Congress Paid Out $100K Of Taxpayer Money To Settle Male Staffers' Harassment Claims Against Disgraced Democrat.  The Congressional Office of Compliance paid out just under $100,000 in taxpayer funds to two male staffers to settle sexual harassment claims against disgraced former Democratic New York Rep. Eric Massa, according to a new report.  Massa resigned in 2010 following allegations that he groped and sexually harassed his male staffers.  The secret settlement payments took place in 2010 following Massa's resignation, ABC News reported on Thursday [11/30/2017].

Top Democrat:  Politicians Shouldn't Have To Resign Over Sex Assault Allegations.  A reporter asked [11/29/2017] why men in Congress are taking much longer to step down from office than men in the private sector, whose careers have gone down in flames pretty swiftly after allegations against them became public knowledge.  "You'd have to give me some examples," said Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Congressional Black Caucus member and its former chairman.  The reporters responded with a list of men who have lost their prominent roles in media in recent weeks due to allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior:  Harvey Weinstein, NBC's Matt Lauer, and Charlie Rose.  "Who elected them?" Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) shot back.  [Video clip]

Thanks to Conyers, Identity politics finally is splitting the Democrats.  Normally, Democrats sweep under the rug the obvious clashes among the interest of the various identity groups — for example, the homosexual lobby and the courting of Muslims, whose religion calls for the death penalty for homosexuals.  With the support of the MSM, they get away with it by demonizing Republicans as the real enemy.  However, we are in the midst of a form of hysteria driven by long repressed anger.  Women have been abused in the workplace in the media and political bastions of Democrats for as long as anyone can remember.  The party even united behind supporting the obvious abuse that Bill Clinton practiced in Arkansas and brought with him to the White House, where the Oval Office itself was defiled by inducing a young intern to deliver sexual acts along with pizza.

Taxpayers funded $50G settlement to aide who complained of House Democrat's drinking, report says.  A female aide on Capitol Hill was paid nearly $50,000 in a taxpayer-funded settlement in 2015 after complaining about the drinking and office environment of a Democratic member of Congress, according to a new report.  The Washington Times reported this week that an unnamed former congressional aide threatened a lawsuit against Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva two years ago by accusing him of being frequently drunk and fostering a hostile work environment.  The House Employment Counsel negotiated a $48,395 severance — the equivalent of five months additional salary — for the aide, the report said.  The accuser, who worked for Grijalva for three months, dropped her complaint after the settlement, the newspaper said.

Congressman Slept With And Then Sued Allegedly Drug-Addicted Staffer.  Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green had sex with a staffer who he said was a drug addict and then sued her when she threatened to go public with claims she suffered a hostile work environment, saying he "will not be extorted or blackmailed."  Lucinda Daniels, his onetime district director, claimed she suffered a hostile work environment, claimed sexual harassment and demanded $1.8 million.

Why Have Liberals Been Such Horrendous Hypocrites on Women's Rights?  To ask the question why liberals have been such hypocrites about their treatment of women and about women's rights is not to say that conservatives haven't been.  They have.  And some of their actions have been pretty bad.  But by comparison, GOP hypocrisy in this area has been quite literally dwarfed by the Democrats.  Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton are the most recent spiritual fathers of this atrocious behavior.  Both extreme sexual predators — Teddy to the extent of walking away from the corpse of Mary Jo Kopechne and other improprieties, Bill for, well, practically everything from rape to cigars — they were revered as American heroes for decades by their party with but glancing and forced (in Clinton's case) attention to their abhorrent, often illegal, personal behavior and complete disrespect for and objectification of women.

FBI Investigating House Democrat For Paying His Opponent To Drop Out Of The Race.  The FBI is investigating Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Bob Brady for conspiracy, false statements and campaign fraud in relation to payments his campaign allegedly made to 2012 primary opponent Jimmie Moore in order to persuade him to drop out of the race, court documents reviewed by The Daily Caller show.  FBI special agent Jonathan R. Szeliga filed a search warrant request on November 1 in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for all emails associated with Brady's campaign email, [...] Szeliga asserted he had "probable cause to believe that Kenneth Smukler, Robert Brady, Donald 'D.A.' Jones, Jimmie Moore, and Carolyn Cavaness and others known and unknown have committed violations" including charges of conspiracy, false statements, producing false records, causing false campaign contribution reports and violating limits on campaign contributions and expenditures.

Democrat Congressman Bob Brady Accused of Rigging Pennsylvania Election.  Pennsylvania Congressman Bob Brady is a ranking member of the Committee on House Administration which oversees settlements paid by Congress for sexual discrimination and harassment complaints.  Additionally, representative Brady is also under FBI investigation for false statements, conspiracy and campaign fraud, according to FBI documents revealed on Tuesday [11/21/2017].

Let The Left Destroy Its Own.  The left used to protect sexual predators like Bill Clinton and Roman Polanski while mercilessly going after conservatives like Justice Clarence Thomas with false allegations of sexual misconduct.  Today, accusations of "sexual assault" and misconduct against liberal men are finally seeing the light of day.  Harvey Weinstein and other Hollywood liberal darlings have been exposed.  Producer Brett Ratner and music mogul Russell Simmons face new allegations of sexual assault and misconduct.  "Live with Kelly and Ryan" co-host Ryan Seacrest took the pre-emptive move of denying an accusation before it went public.  Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., was outed as a creep for his lewd behavior toward Leeann Tweeden.  For decades, feminists and their supporters in the Democratic Party have been engaged in a scorched-earth strategy to destroy white, Christian, conservative men with power.  While they still engage in political attacks and target good men like Judge Roy Moore, they're also taking down their own.

Two kinds of truth: actual and political.  It was the New York Times's journalistic equivalent of a nuclear bomb that revealed what thousands of people had known for three decades:  that Harvey Weinstein has been a sexually abusive monster.  Everyone in the "business" knew it but kept quiet.  His politics were "correct," so no one reported his many crimes against women.  He was a huge donor to Democrats, especially to the Clintons.  To be in bed with the Clintons is to be above the law and corrupt to the core.  All of which means that, as night follows day, the Hollywood/Weinstein level of predation is probably rampant in Congress as well.  Some of the journalists who viciously demeaned Bill Clinton's victims in the 1990s are crawling all over themselves now, to say that they were wrong to defend him. [...] Just as everyone in Hollywood knew Weinstein was a barbarous abuser of women, every member of Congress knew the same about Ted Kennedy.

Let's All Savor The Democrats' Pervgate Pain.  Sure, we have an issue of our own, but is it unfair to point out that Judge Jailbait was a Democrat back when he was cruising malls for teen action?  Yeah, it's probably unfair.  Too bad. [...] And Senator Al Franken (D-Medellin) continued his unbroken dumbness streak by actually letting someone photograph him while he made a play for the only kind of woman who digs him, an unconscious one.  That made it a bit hard to deny, though he did troop out seven women to assure us that he never harassed any of them.  Of course, most of us could probably round up seven people we didn't molest.  Not Bill Clinton, but most of us.

Creeping, Gripping, Groping, and Griping:  The Year of Al Franken.  By now, we are well aware of the extraordinary predilection that certain prominent liberal Democrats — and their bagmen, donors, and fundraisers — have for sexually harassing women, objectifying women, using women as playthings and sex objects, even while giving the other kind of lip service to the "dignity of women."  From the vehicular bridge spans of Ted Kennedy to the antics within the John Kennedy White House, from the Bill Clinton state house in Little Rock to his oval office and under his desk in D.C., from the Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey movie and television sets to the John Edwards saga and the editorial offices of the New Republic, we find an extraordinary consistency of deceit and hypocrisy.  "We support women.  We respect a woman's right to choose."  And then, when the camera lights are off and the microphones removed, the abasement and defilement of women begins.

McConnell calls for ethics probe of Menendez.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that the Senate Ethics Committee should investigate Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) after his bribery and corruption trial ended in a mistrial.  "Because of the seriousness of these charges, I am calling on the Senate Ethics committee to immediately investigate Senator Menendez's actions which led to his indictment," McConnell said in a statement.  He added that "Senator Menendez was indicted on numerous federal felonies.  He is one of only twelve U.S. senators to have been indicted in our history."

The Uses of Disgrace.  In 1983, two congressmen, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, were censured by the House.  Both had admitted to having affairs with 17-year-old pages.  The Republican, Daniel Crane, represented a conservative Illinois district.  His constituents sent him packing the following year, despite his apology and request for forgiveness.  The Democrat was Gerry Studds, who represented a liberal Massachusetts district.  His relationship had been with a young man.  He admitted to a "very serious error in judgment," but seemed to imply that he was owed more latitude because he was gay.  "It is not a simple task for any of us to meet adequately the obligations of either public office or private life, let alone both," Studds said in an address to the House.  "But these challenges are made substantially more complex when one is, as I am, both an elected public official and gay."  He was reelected seven more times and retired voluntarily in 1997.

Democrats Applauded Accused Rapist Bill Clinton After His Impeachment.  Immediately following his impeachment on December 19, 1998, Democrats stood behind disgraced former President Bill Clinton and applauded him despite his having been charged under articles of impeachment by the House of Representatives for obstruction of justice and lying under oath to a federal grand jury.  Clinton, accused of committing sexual crimes against multiple women, lied about having an inappropriate sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.  Despite this, Democrats applauded Clinton after his impeachment and portrayed him as the victim of "politics of personal destruction."  [Video clip]

Every Democrat Presidential Candidate In 25 Years Had Pedophile Ties.  [Scroll down]  Even years later in the governor's mansion, Hillary thought that getting a 12-year-old girl's rapist off the hook was the funniest thing ever.  Roy Reed, the great media hero of the civil rights movement, never wrote about it.  There were no outraged stories in the New York Times or Esquire.  Just like Harvey Weinstein's associates.  They knew.  They knew and they said nothing.

Menendez could remain in Senate even if he's convicted.  As the bribery case against Sen. Bob Menendez concludes, Senate Democrats could face a stark question — how long will they stick by the New Jersey Democrat if he's convicted?  Menendez's lawyers have a final chance Monday in their closing arguments to persuade the jury hearing his case in Newark that the veteran lawmaker is not guilty.  With Menendez's fate likely to be decided within days, Democrats are already quietly strategizing on how to respond if he's found guilty.

Obviously a public school student.
Bob Menendez juror interrupts deliberations to ask judge, 'What is a senator?': Report.  A juror taking part in the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., interrupted deliberations Tuesday [11/7/2017] to ask the presiding judge for the definition of a senator.  U.S. District Judge William Walls denied the juror's request for a transcript of the closing argument from Menendez's attorney, Abbe Lowell, in which he argued that Menendez never pushed through legislation to help a friend, per Bloomberg and CNN.  Instead, the federal judge instructed the jurors to rely on their individual and collective memories to define the role of a senator and remember important points from Lowell's final address.

Down the Memory Hole:  Obama Stole the 2008 Primary with Help of DNC.  Obama's illegal shenanigans in the 2008 Democrat primaries were far worse than Clinton's — and will never be widely reported.  It's an odd experience to dig this information out of the memory hole.  No Democrat cares:  no party leaders, no members of Congress, no journalists, and no ordinary people.  Democrats do not care about rule of law or fair elections.  All of them feel morally entitled to win.  That is the corrupting influence of their identity politics that tars political opponents as moral reprobates.  Democrat primaries show us who they are:  their will to power trumps every other value.  Progressives want permanent power, not a functioning republic.  They don't accept fair and free elections — witness their dirty attempts to overturn the last one and deprive Trump voters of their victory.

Honchos at Bankrupt DNC [were] Kept 'Fat and Happy' With Perks While Clinton Ran [the] Show.  Hillary Clinton's Brooklyn-based campaign controlled the Democratic National Committee (DNC) while its neutered leadership was kept "fat and happy" with needless perks paid out by the bankrupt party committee, according to a new book by former interim DNC head Donna Brazile: [...]

Menendez corruption trial goes to jury.  The fate of Sen. Robert Menendez is now in the jury's hands.  With the New Jersey Democrat's career and freedom hanging in the balance, his defense lawyer said Monday that Menendez's relationship with Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida ophthalmologist, was a longstanding friendship — not a corrupt connection, as claimed by the Justice Department.  "This case is not about what was done, it's about why it was done," Abbe Lowell said in his closing argument of the bribery trial, the first in a generation involving a sitting senator.  "Friendship explains that."

The Editor says...
Awwww...   His only crime is being a friend!  We should just let him go!

So the Steele dossier was bought cheap.  What did the other $12 million pay for?  Fusion GPS, the Washington "opposition research" smear firm, produced its salacious "dossier" on President Trump on the cheap, paying only $168,000 to an oddly-chosen British subcontractor to falsely depict Trump as a [...] pervert in Moscow hotel rooms.  It's cheap given the large amounts of money that changed hands from the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton campaign and President Obama's Organizing for Action, all of which paid the same Washington lawyers at Perkins Coie for their efforts to beat Trump during the election.  Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS to produce the dossier and obscured its payments through attorney-client privilege.  It's expensive when you consider that what it paid for in the "dossier" is worthless information, a collection of lies that any Trump hater could have made up for free.

Fiery Closing Arguments in Menendez Bribery Trial Draw Yawns from Nets.  "This is what bribery looks like," declared federal prosecutor J.P. Cooney on Thursday as the closing arguments in the long-running corruption trial of Democratic New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez took place.  The trial had seen contentious exchanges between the defense and the judge, claims of a lack of impartiality, and requests for the case to be thrown and for a mistrial to be declared.  The closing arguments themselves were just as fiery, but just as with the rest of the trial, the big three networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) pretended it didn't happen.

DNC Chief Stonewalls Reporters On Payments To Fusion GPS.  Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee's new chairman, stonewalled reporters Tuesday by refusing to divulge any concrete information about the DNC's financial payments to Fusion GPS, the opposition research company that produced the salacious "Trump Dossier."  In his first national press conference since the DNC payments became public, Perez stoutly defended the DNC's decision to hire Fusion GPS, saying it would have constituted "malpractice" to not retain the opposition research firm.

Menendez files motion for mistrial in corruption case: report.  Sen. Bob Menendez's (D-N.J.) lawyers filed a motion Sunday [10/29/2017] to declare a mistrial in his current trial on corruption charges, Politico reported.  Lawyers for Menendez and Salomon Melgen, the other man facing bribery charges in the case, repeatedly threatened to file a motion for a mistrial during a hearing with U.S. District Judge William Walls on Thursday [10/26/2017].  In their filing on Sunday, the lawyers claim that Walls has blocked them from introducing key evidence in the case, including the testimony of two defense witnesses.

Hill Republicans want more answers from Wasserman Schultz, Podesta about Trump dossier money.  Congressional Republicans on Sunday [10/29/2017] called for Democrats John Podesta and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to provide further answers about their party paying for a dossier on President Trump's alleged ties to Russia, after telling Senate investigators last month that they had no knowledge of such payments.  Wasserman Schultz is the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Podesta was the chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.  Both groups purportedly paid millions for research that led to the dossier, The Washington Post reported last week.

The Mother of All Scandals.  All of Trump's ducks are lining up.  Trump looks happy when he talks, and has for many weeks.  He is in control.  He sees the long game, and knows he is holding all the cards.  It appears he has entrapped them all in this scandal called Uranium One.  The FBI and the Deep-State.  James Comey.  Eric Holder.  Loretta Lynch.  The Clintons.  Barrack Obama.  The leftist news media.  Real collusion, with a real crime.  And it really is the mother of all scandals.  Allowing the sale of 20% of US uranium for money.  The biggest breach in national security since the Rosenbergs gave away the atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union.

Hillary's Dossier.  After much pain — after much lying, Clinton style — the Washington Post reported on Tuesday evening [10/24/2017] that the Trump Dossier was commissioned by the smear outfit GPS Fusion at the behest of the Clinton campaign.  It was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.  Tom Perez, the current chairman of the Democratic National Committee wants it to be known that the DNC's "new [post-election] leadership" (Perez and Minnesota's own fast-talking hustler Keith Ellison) know nothing.  They all sound like Mafia types.  Nobody knows anything.

Kennedy's original serial harassers.  Have you noticed that there's been a word missing from all these recent stories about sexual harassment in Massachusetts politics?  The missing word is "Kennedy." [...] There has never been a family in Massachusetts (or American) politics that's come close to the sordid record of misogyny of the Kennedys.  Chappaquiddick, anyone? [...] Remember Ted Kennedy's "waitress sandwich" at the French restaurant in D.C. in the 1980s?  The other senatorial half of the sandwich was Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut.

Yes, There WERE Russian Ties to Election Via Hillary and DNC.  The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about Donald Trump's connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.  Marc Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington, D.C., firm, to conduct the research.  Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community.

With FBI Actions Now Under Suspicion, WSJ Editors Call on Special Counsel Mueller to Resign.  In my earlier analysis of the latest dossier/collusion developments — which have taken an abrupt turn in the last week, to the dismay of many liberals — I wrote that newly-revealed and -confirmed details raise serious and uncomfortable questions for both the Democratic Party and the FBI.  In a house editorial published today [10/26/2017], the Wall Street Journal's editors explicate several of those questions that demand a full accounting.

There is really no need for derisive mockery ... LIKE THIS:
Happy Birthday Hillary Clinton!  HAHAHAHA.  After nearly a year of cries of Russia, Russia, Russia against Donald Trump who absolutely obilerated Hillary Clinton in the electoral college in last year's election, the Russia collusion scandal has done a complete turn out and it pointing at Hillary Clinton, her rapist husband, Hussein Obama, Eric Holder, James Comey and Robert Mueller.

Clinton and DNC Paid Almost $10 Million for Russia-Trump Dossier.  The corrupt Hillary Clinton campaign paid $5.6 million and the just as corrupt Democratic National Committee paid $3.6 million for the dossier coming to a grand total of $9.1 [million].  That's how much the corrupt Democrats paid for their debunked, [...] dossier.  No wonder the DNC is in the hole when it comes to fund raising and no one is donating to the Clinton Crime Foundation anymore.  I wonder how much of the money Clinton paid for the dossier came out of the Haiti "earthquake relief" fund.

The Lawyer Behind The Trump Dossier Testifies At Menendez Trial.  Marc Elias of Perkins Coie, the Democratic lawyer and Clinton ally who hired Fusion GPS to compile the notorious Trump dossier, was scheduled to testify Thursday in New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez's ongoing corruption trial.  Defense lawyers hoped Elias would rebut charges that Menendez lied on financial disclosures forms for failing to disclose a number of free airplane rides on a donor's private plane.  Federal prosecutors claim that the donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, purveyed a stream of benefits for Menendez, who took various actions to bolster Melgen's medical practice in exchange.  U.S. District Judge William Walls ultimately blocked Elias' testimony, concluding it was inadmissible hearsay.

With DNC's Trump dossier payoffs, what foul people the Dems have crawled into bed with.  Revelations that the Democratic National Committee paid for the Russian-produced "Trump dossier" of phony, gross, stories unprintable in a family newspaper, have left some pretty disgusting conclusions about them, their ethics, and the company they keep.  According to a fairly good analysis from Aaron Blake of the Washington Post, one of the most important reasons why the news matters is that it's clear that Democrats, not their supporters, paid for the report.  Effectively, that's Hillary Clinton herself.  And second, we all now know that Democrats are willing to pay foreign powers — including enemy powers — big bucks in their quest to win elections at any cost.  That amount may have been more than $9 million, if this report has it right.  And what a coincidence — it's almost exactly the amount the Democrats found themselves in the hole for around the same time.  It sounds as though they paid for that dossier out of money they didn't even have.

How Corrupt Are American Institutions?  In 2009, the Obama Justice Department began investigating a Russian plan to expand Russia's atomic energy business by acquiring uranium in the United States.  Through bribery, kickbacks, money laundering and extortion, the Russians were able to acquire 20% of the uranium mining rights in the United States.  Shareholders in the Russian firm Rosatom funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation in the months leading up to the Obama administration's approval of the transaction.  The sale was officially approved in 2010 by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), whose members included both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder.  Apparently neither Holder nor Clinton informed the other members of the committee just what an historic act of corruption they were participants to. [...] The government informant at the heart of the case was (and remains) forbidden to speak to Congress by an Obama Justice Department gag order (that gag order has yet to be lifted by the Trump Justice Department).  If this story is true, then all our worst fears have been confirmed, and we are indeed living in a banana republic, with one set of rules for the rich and powerful, and another set of rules for everybody else.

Massive criminal conspiracy unravels:  Hillary Clinton took $145M from Russians to sell out the U.S. uranium supply to America's enemies.  We have truly reached the point in American history where criminal indictments need to be immediately leveled against James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Robert Mueller and a dozen other high-ranking officials who are now known to have been complicit in one of the most treasonous criminal cover-ups in American history.  Although the entire left-wing media is running a campaign of complete silence on this story, the rest of the media is now widely reporting that, under President Obama, the FBI had documented an exhaustive trail of corruption, bribery and treason that involved Hillary Clinton, State Department corruption and Russia-linked mining companies that acquired rights to U.S. uranium supplies.

Media Silence:  New Jersey Democratic Congressman Bob Menendez Is Still On Trial For Corruption.  After the prosecution concluded their case Friday [10/13/2017], Menendez's lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the case, claiming that prosecutors couldn't tie Menendez's friendship with Melgen to any of Menendez's specific actions, and that any meetings Melgen had with Menendez were simply friendly chats that just happened to lead into offers of help.  Judge Walls didn't see it their way.  "This court concludes that a rational jury could deduce that the defendants entered into a quid pro quo agreement," Walls said in his decision Monday morning.  "The jury is at liberty to accept or reject."  That means Menendez must now launch a defense.  A quick rundown of court filings will tell you that won't be an easy task.

Condemning Harvey, Still Clinging to Bill and Teddy.  Amidst the flurry of demands that Harvey Weinstein be extinguished from the liberal memory, Democrats keep turning up at institutions and award ceremonies named after serial exploiters of women.  The other day John Kerry took a break from the denunciations of the bloated mogul to pick up an honor from the "Edward Kennedy Institute."  Barack Obama sent his fraternal greetings to the august gathering.  Needless to say, memories of Teddy Kennedy's exploitation of waitresses and campaign volunteers didn't figure into the high proceedings.

The Overlord of Oscar Bait.  Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was a celebrated figure during the (perhaps now finally concluded) Bill and Hillary Era.  In particular, he was the central string-puller of the insufferable orgy of virtue-signaling that the Academy Awards have become. [...] Harvey's downfall is revealing how The Narrative is molded:  Follow the money.  Harvey was a master of vertical integration, bribing journalists to be his coconspirators in promoting his movies and covering up his misdeeds.  Despite his close ties with existing periodicals such as Vanity Fair, in 1999 Harvey's Miramax firm cofounded its own slick magazine, Talk.  Harvey hired away Tina Brown, editor of The New Yorker, and gave her roughly $50 million to blow during Talk's short lifespan.  Talk put Hillary on its first cover and used its magazine to promote Miramax stars like Gwyneth Paltrow.  While Brown was happy to help with Harvey's overt propagandizing, she soon discovered a sub-rosa aspect.  Harvey's modus operandi was to bribe reporters, witnesses, and victims with magazine assignments, book contracts, and movie deals.

Why Hollywood is the perfect hunting ground for pervs.  At last check, 47 women have now said they were sexually harassed and/or assaulted by the producer Harvey Weinstein.  That number is certain to grow. [...] These astounding numbers do not suggest, as many now are, that Weinstein is a representative figure of American maleness in our time.  It's precisely the opposite:  His is a story of demonic excess that is so horrifying because it is so exceptional.  In that sense, it tracks precisely with the story of Bill Cosby, who stands accused by dozens of women of having drugged and then molested them.  These are habitual and repetitive fetishistic behaviors that make Weinstein and Cosby more akin to serial killers than to the handsy creep down the hall or the sleaze who dangles a job prospect even as he's asking for a date.

Complaint Filed Against DNC Chair Perez With FEC Over Donations.  A complaint has been filed on Tuesday [10/17/2017] with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by a watchdog group over donations from DNC Chairman Tom Perez's campaign account to former opponents.  The complaint was made by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) where they allege the donations may have been illegal, Fox News reports.  The allegation is that the donations were only made by Perez's team to opponents after they dropped their bids for DNC chair and then supported Perez.

Judge refuses to throw out case against New Jersey senator.  In a big defeat for Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, the judge at his corruption trial Monday refused to throw out any of the charges against him in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling narrowing the definition of bribery.

PedoWood Braces For Weinstein Backlash As More Wonder If PizzaGate Was Real.  The now "breaking" Harvey Weinstein story has been around for decades.  His abusive behavior, his penchant for singling out and intimidating up-and-coming talent, his threats, intimidations, payoffs, it has long been a running inside joke among the Hollywood elite.  So why now?  And what of the longstanding financial links between Mr. Weinstein and Washington D.C.?  Some readers might recall the shocking claims of child sex trafficking abuses that are said to be rampant among the globalist elites, stretching from private clubs in London, to high-rise New York, and yes, the scripted caverns of PedoWood and all points between.  Mr. Weinstein bounced around often from LA to New York to London, Italy, Germany, and Paris, among other places.  He has longstanding connections to China's ruling class, billionaire Saudi investors, and of course, U.S. politicians like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Contradictions and Condescension.  When a decent old stiff such as Mitt Romney talks earnestly about looking for suitable female job candidates and clumsily distills the effort into the phrase "binders full of women", all the smart sophisticated types jump on it and make it a punchline for an antiquated condescension that only confirms how irredeemably misogynist the GOP is.  By contrast, when Harvey Weinstein corners a TV reporter in the corridor of his restaurant and [...]

Abortion Activist Harvey Weinstein is a Sexual Predator and Major Planned Parenthood Donor.  Hollywood, the Land of Make-Believe and Botox injections, loves to inject its "moral" authority into every social issue.  But, like everything Tinseltown produces, it's all duplicitous.  They do give rousing performances, especially at their self-awarding ceremonies where they applaud their "courage" for groupthink.  They love to lecture America on a host of their choice inequalities: income, racism, elitism, LGBT-ism, and feminism.  From a demographic where many spend millions changing their biologically-given face to a surgically altered one, is it any wonder they're two-faced about all of these issues? [...] Speaking of sexual appetite, I wonder if Planned Parenthood will return Harvey Weinstein's $100k donation given back in May.  The Harvey Weinsteins of the world love supporting "women's rights" (while stripping women of their dignity) and ensuring the continued existence and violence of Planned Parenthood.  The nation's leading abortion chain has, since Roe, been the enablers of sexual predators and the daily perpetrators of violence against women (and their unborn children).

Report: NBC News Passed on Ronan Farrow's Bombshell Report of Weinstein Rape Allegations.  NBC News passed on a story by contributor Ronan Farrow that it allegedly possessed in August about three separate rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein that eventually appeared in the New Yorker Tuesday, according to a report.  According to the Huffington Post, Farrow's bombshell Tuesday report — in which three women, including actress Asia Argento, accused the movie mogul of rape — "was in NBC's hands as recently as August, according to multiple sources both inside and outside the network."

Trump talked the talk; Weinstein and Clinton walked the walk.  Hillary "What Happened" Clinton finally weighed in after days of silence.  I suspect she didn't realize all the fuss was about Weinstein, thinking instead that accusations of rape and abuse against a powerful Democrat meant her husband, making it awkward for her to weigh in.  This is especially noticeable after her campaign tweet, "Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported."  That applies except when the perp is a famous Democrat.  Like Harvey Weinstein.  Or Bill Clinton.  Or Anthony Weiner.  Or Ted Kennedy.

The Left's Collusion with Harvey Weinstein.  The fleshy, repellent, sinister look of Harvey Weinstein, akin to the brutal indifference on the face of an overfed badger before devouring his prey, is proof of the unity between body and soul.  If beauty adorns virtue, ugliness adorns vice.  The horror stories about Weinstein continue to multiply and now include tales of criminal flashing and sexual assault.  Out of the mushrooming scandal has come a blast of dirt, from which particles are settling on top officials in the Democratic Party, starting with the Clintons and the Obamas.

Harvey Weinstein is not the nastiest thing going on in Hollywood.  As more (and more) revelations come out about slimeball and (alleged) serial rapist Harvey Weinstein, there is a more sinister conspiracy still hidden in the Hollywood hills:  pedophilia.  It seems that, for a decade and more, courage was in short supply in Hollywood, as dozens (maybe hundreds) of people knew of Harvey's predilections (for starlets) and did absolutely nothing.  It has now been reported that as far back as 2004, the N.Y. Times was aware of at least some of the extent of Harvey Weinstein's sexual abuse and, one suspects for political reasons, decided to spike a story that would have exposed and possibly put a stop to his deviancy.  How many women were sexually assaulted or even raped between 2004 and today?  It's been reported that Matt Damon and Russell Crowe were part of a group that pressured the Times not to report on these salacious activities.  Are they, in part, culpable for subsequent assaults?  How about all of the dozens of Miramax employees and others who sent young women to Harvey to be exploited and abused?  Sadly, Harvey Weinstein's act isn't the darkest in Hollywood's repertoire — at least that we know of.  As has been reported, the women Harvey sexually abused were adults.  But did Harvey rape or sexually abuse any minors?

Weinstein Collateral Damage:  The Obamas.  Barack Obama, whom his campaign bundler Harvey Weinstein once introduced to Hollywood elites as "the Paul Newman of American presidents," came out with his "shocked, shocked" statement now that Weinstein is exposed and down and every celebrity and his brother is making Weinstein-was-a-pig statements for the press. [...] It's as if Obama never gummed up traffic in Los Angeles during rush hour to raise campaign funds and schmooze with celebrities of Weinstein's ilk over the long course of his presidency. [...] So now we are expected to believe that the Obamas were "disgusted"?  Where were they when all this was going on, and why are they only speaking out about it now that Weinstein is down and not in a position to hold Democratic fundraisers anymore?  And with all their post-presidential millions, why aren't they giving any of it back?

Harvey Weinstein Has Destroyed Hollywood — Now What?  Hollywood's politics have always been a self-serving charade, a liberal masquerade for a rapacious and lubricious lifestyle.  But now, thanks to the Weinstein scandal, we see it more clearly than ever.  And it couldn't be more repellent.  (I had always thought Bill Clinton would have made the greatest studio executive of all time.  Now I'm convinced of it.)  If conservative investors had any courage, this would be the time to make a hostile takeover of the movie business.  Unfortunately, they don't.

Hillary's election would have shelved Weinstein story.  Amanda Carpenter threw cold water on the media feeding frenzy over the revelation that for decades Harvey Weinstein preyed on women in Hollywood.  She pointed out that if we elected Hillary president, he would be home free.  The New York Times would have protected him just as it did in 2004 when Sharon Waxman tried to break the news.  But Trump is president, and Weinstein is expendable.  So the Times dusted off a 13-year-old story and poof, he is gone.  Hooray for the Times, right?  Well, except for the part where he continued to victimize women for 13 years.

'Disgusted' Obamas were star-struck by Hollywood mogul Weinstein's access, cash.  Barack and Michelle Obama now say they are "disgusted" by Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment accusations.  But as president and first lady, oh my, how they loved the movie mogul's cash and Hollywood glitz.  As a powerful pipeline to the Democrats' cash machine in the entertainment industry, Mr. Weinstein raised millions of dollars for Mr. Obama's presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.  He and his wife, Georgina Chapman, hosted Mr. Obama for a high-end fundraiser at their home overlooking Long Island Sound in Westport, Connecticut, in August 2012.  Other guests included actress Anne Hathaway, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

The Democrats cannot ignore their Harvey Weinstein problem.  [Scroll down]  It took the two most dominant Democrats of the past 17 years five days to cook up responses that could have been written in 10 minutes after the first New York Times bombshell appeared.  It's a demonstration of stunning political incompetence.  More than that, it's a failure of leadership from the two top leaders in which the Democratic Party invested itself over the last generation.  It appears that both Obama and Clinton hoped to skate past a moment of outrage without alienating a formerly powerful Hollywood ally, which demonstrates just how beholden the entire party has become to the entertainment industry for their cash and star power.  That is a big problem for the Democratic Party.  If this scandal expands past Weinstein — and there are already suggestions it might — then the next generation of leadership may have to figure out how to compete without the baggage Hollywood carries.

High-Ranking Dem[ocratic] Sen[ator]s Gave Campaign Cash to Menendez After Indictment.  A number of high-ranking Democratic senators combined to contribute tens of thousands of dollars to Sen. Robert Menendez's (D., N.J.) campaign committee this year, a review of Federal Election Commission records shows.  Menendez, who was indicted in April 2015, is currently facing 12 counts of corruption charges that include bribery.  Prosecutors have said that the senator had a "corrupt pact" with Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida eye doctor, a previous donor to Menendez's campaign.  Menendez himself has contributed to the campaigns of a number of top Democratic senators this year from his leadership PAC, the New Millennium PAC, the Washington Free Beacon previously reported.

Obama speaks out on Harvey Weinstein allegations.  Former President Barack Obama has issued a statement on the series of reports of sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against movie mogul — and major Democratic donor — Harvey Weinstein.  "Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein," Mr. Obama said in the statement.  "Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status. [...]"

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Such behavior is not to be permitted — unless the perpetrator's name is Bill Clinton.

Why the Media Covered for Harvey Weinstein.  At the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood, honoring Hillary Clinton, the recently defeated candidate, drinks named "Toxic Masculinity" were being served.  Also on the scene was Harvey Weinstein.  And Harvey had his thick wallet open to the tune of $100K for the abortion organization.  Harvey was sitting with Hillary.  Not to mention Meryl Streep and Shonda Rimes.  The A-list celebs in attendance knew exactly what and who Harvey was.  His habits were no secret.  If you look carefully enough at certain TV shows and movies, they are referenced and winked at.

Why the Harvey Weinstein Story Is Worse Than You Think.  The New York Times last week broke the story of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's long record of sexual harassment. [...] The details were so jarring and the trail of abuse so long, that it was impossible to read the story and not come away wondering:  How did no one know what he was doing?  But of course people knew about Harvey Weinstein.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal and the silent left's stunning hypocrisy.  "Who is Harvey Weinstein?" is a perfectly acceptable question in light of a bombshell story The New York Times broke Thursday [10/5/2017] that reports decades of his alleged serial sexual harassment and settlements with women in Hollywood.  Putting it bluntly, Harvey Weinstein, for a time, was the most powerful producer and studio head in Hollywood.  He is almost singlehandedly responsible for the indie-to-mainstream film explosion in the 90's (backing "Pulp Fiction," "Good Will Hunting" and "Shakespeare in Love" to name just a few examples).  His influence in Hollywood is unparalleled.

Michelle Obama In 2013: Harvey Weinstein Is 'A Wonderful Human Being'.  At a film workshop for students from across the country in 2013, then-first lady Michelle Obama praised Harvey Weinstein as a "wonderful human being."  Weinstein has come under fire after The New York Times reported the Miramax head has been paying women to keep quiet about sexual assault allegations against him for decades.  The film mogul has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democrats for years.  CNN reports that Weinstein has made more than 185 donations to Democratic candidates and liberal organizations totaling more than $350,000.

Democrat Muslim IT Spy Scandal Spreads to Pelosi and Clinton.  This goes all the way to the top.  Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's top information technology (IT) aide was arrested Monday attempting to board a flight to Pakistan after wiring $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to that country.  The Democrats have paid the Muslim IT spy ring $4 million since 2009.  FBI agents seized several hard computer drives that had been smashed from the home of former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's information technology aide.

Menendez has set a new low for blatant corruption in the US.  The bribery trial of senior New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez has it all.  Menendez is facing charges that he sold his US Senate office to a Palm Beach, Fla., eye doctor, his co-defendant Salomon Melgen, for bribes in the form of private jets stocked with Menendez's favorite beverages, a private villa at one of the lushest resorts in the Caribbean, and a Paris hotel suite for which Melgen spent 650,000 American Express points.  The two men met in 1993 when Melgen contributed $500 to Menendez's first House re-election campaign at a South Florida fundraiser — his first political contribution.  In the decades since, Melgen became a major high-dollar Democratic donor, and when Menendez was appointed to the Senate in 2006, they already had an extraordinarily close relationship.

Harry Reid expected to be called to testify in Menendez trial, source says.  Former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is expected to be called to testify in the corruption trial of Sen. Robert Menendez, a source with knowledge of the situation told Fox News on Friday [9/29/2017].  Menendez is accused of accepting campaign donations, gifts and vacations from Florida ophthalmologist Dr. Salomon Melgen.  In return, Menendez, D-N.J., allegedly used his Senate powers to lobby on behalf of Melgen's business interests.  Reid's name re-emerged weeks ago in the case, when prosecutors said the former congressional leader was "first enlisted" by Menendez in November 2011 to advocate for Melgen in the ongoing dispute the doctor had with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Weiner and his wife have lied again, again and again.  Standing before a federal judge Monday morning [9/25/2017], Anthony Weiner sobbed as he faced sentencing for sexting a 15-year-old girl.  He had hit rock bottom, he told the judge.  He was making amends to his wife, Hillary Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin, and their 5-year-old son, Jordan.  Public approbation no longer mattered to him, nor did his now-ruined political career nor his public reputation.  He was once mentally diseased, but since his arrest in May by the FBI, no more.  The judge didn't buy it, sentencing Weiner to 21 months in prison.  It wasn't for lack of trying on Weiner's part, though.

N.J. voters overwhelmingly want Sen. Bob Menendez to resign if he is convicted of bribery.  New Jersey voters overwhelmingly want Sen. Bob Menendez to resign if he is convicted of bribery charges, and those with an unfavorable opinion of the Paramus Democrat outnumber those with a favorable view by more than 2-to-1, a Suffolk University poll conducted for the USA TODAY Network in New Jersey found.  Menendez, 63, went on trial Sept. 6 in U.S. District Court in Newark for allegedly taking bribes over a period of years to use his office to benefit the business and personal interests of his longtime friend and codefendant, Dr. Salomon Melgen, also 63, of North Palm Beach, Fla.

CNN Once Called Menendez Trial 'Big Deal,' So Where's the Coverage?  Since it began more than two weeks ago, CNN has provided a paltry 14 minutes and 11 seconds of coverage to the corruption trial of Democratic Senator Robert Menendez.  In fact, the 24-hour cable news network has mentioned the trial only once since September 7.

CNN Loves To Cover Corruption Trials Of Senators, Unless The Senator's A Democrat.  The ongoing trial of Sen. Bob Menendez is a big deal.  But you wouldn't know that from the scant coverage it has received from CNN.  The Democratic senator and his co-defendant face a collective 18 counts of bribery and fraud for a scheme involving private plane rides, luxury vacations, $750,000 in campaign contributions, and Medicare fraud.  If Menendez is found guilty and steps down from office, Republican Gov. Chris Christie could choose his successor — potentially altering the political makeup of the U.S. Senate.

Is This Why 50 Percent of NJ Voters Want Menendez Gone?  We've had almost a month of media silence on the corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ).  The New Jersey Democrat is accused of allowing his office to be used to help longtime friend Dr. Salomon Melgen in exchange for campaign contributions and lavish gifts, including paid vacations and over $700,000 in campaign contributions.  And it's not just the bribes.  USA Today had the rundown of the unethical allegations undertaken by Menendez that includes using his office to fast track visas for Melgen's girlfriends, stopping the Department of Homeland Security from donating cargo screening equipment to the Dominican Republic, and placing pressure on DHS to allow Melgen's company do the security.

Witness says Menendez lived large at Dominican resort.  Robert Menendez's stays at the luxurious Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic gave him access to white-sand beaches, a marina filled with expensive yachts and five golf courses, a resort executive testified Monday [9/18/2017] at the New Jersey senator's corruption trial.  The seven-acre gated community on the Caribbean Sea also boasts the top-rated golf course in the Dominican Republic, six international restaurants, a security staff of 800, and access to elite sports like pheasant shooting, Andres Pichardo Rosenberg, the resort's president, told a Newark federal jury.  "We import the eggs and cultivate them," Rosenberg explained when the judge asked, somewhat incredulously, if there are pheasants in the island nation.  "You cultivate the eggs to shoot them?" the judge said in disbelief.

Electing to Investigate Voter Fraud.  Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes' non-efforts to prevent voter fraud are typical of Democrat officials.  She sounds like your run-of-the-mill, corrupt Democrat capo from Philly or Pittsburgh whose primary objective is maintaining Democrats' power without regard for the rule of law or maintaining a civil society.  Both social norms and the Constitution are targeted by the nihilist, communist left/Democrat Party for annihilation. [...] Leftist apparatchiks like Snipes are vital to the Joey Stalins of the Democrat Party, the malevolent Schumer and abortionist Pelosi.  Snipes most likely considers Antifa to be a community organizing group; in fact, it is — like ACORN and Black Lives Matter — violent, anti-American, communist, and darlings of the mainstream media.

Senator's Corruption Trial Reveals State Department Favors.  For the first time in nearly four decades, a sitting U.S. senator is on trial for federal bribery, and he's dragging the State Department into his legal quagmire.  Sen. Bob Menendez's trial for bribery is shining an uncomfortable light on the lawmaker's efforts to pressure State Department, including allegations he helped settle a dispute over a lucrative foreign contract in favor of a friend and campaign donor.  That's just one of a dozen other bribery and corruption charges being levied against Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey.  Prosecutors also allege that the senator helped acquire U.S. visas for several of the donor's foreign girlfriends, citing official State Department records and emails between the senator and his staff.

Democrats Have a Pedophilia Problem.  Today, pedophile Seattle Democrat Mayor Ed Murray was forced to resign after a fifth person (his younger cousin) came forward and accused him of child molestation.  Ed Murray isn't the only Democrat pedophile out there.  Joe Biden who routinely liked to fondle kids during members of congress swearing in has gotten away with it for years.  Anthony Weiner sexted teen age girls with his four year old son next time him.  But those aren't the only Democrat pedophiles either.

Elite Epidemic:  At Least 10 US Mayors Accused of Child Sex Crimes in Just the Last Year.  As TFTP reported yesterday [9/13/2017], Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has resigned after a fifth victim has come forward and alleged the mayor raped him as a child — it was his cousin.  While this is certainly a massive revelation, it is important to note that Ed Murray is only one name on a long list of mayors accused of child sex-related crimes since 2016.  According to a scathing report from the Daily Caller, at least 10 current and former mayors have been accused of unspeakable crimes against children.  Ranging from child porn to rape, some of the victims were as young as four-years-old.

Cory Booker Gave $20,000 to Menendez's Legal Expense Fund.  Democratic Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) gave $20,000 to the legal expense fund of Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), who is now on trial for corruption charges, records show.  Salomon Melgen, the wealthy Florida doctor prosecutors say had a "corrupt pact" with Menendez, and his wife also donated tens of thousands to a prior legal expense trust that was established by Menendez.  Booker appeared at the opening day of the corruption trial last week and sat in the first row behind his Democratic colleague.  Booker said he expects "some serious appeals" if his mentor is convicted.

"Chappaquiddick" — the movie.  Ted Kennedy was the poster boy for male privilege, and even white privilege.  But now, 48 years later, the truth of this ugly, corrupt politics of Mafiachusetts apparently has made it to the movie theater.  In his review, Owen Gleiberman called it "an event of criminal negligence and cover-up."  He said it defined Ted Kennedy's life.  It ended Mary Jo Kopechne's.

Toronto Film Review: 'Chappaquiddick'.  Forty-eight years later, let's be clear on what the meaning of Chappaquiddick is.  Ted Kennedy should, by all rights, have stood trial for involuntary manslaughter, which would likely have ended his political career.  The fact that the Kennedy family — the original postwar dynasty of the one percent — possessed, and exerted, the influence to squash the case is the essence of what Chappaquiddick means.  The Kennedys lived outside the law; the one instance in American history of an illegally stolen presidential election was the election of John F. Kennedy in 1960.  He in all likelihood lost the race to Richard Nixon, but his father tried to steal the election for him by manipulating the vote tallies in (among other places) Illinois.  That's the meaning of Chappaquiddick[,] too.

A Chappaquiddick Reckoning at Last?  [Scroll down]  All of this has been documented in various books about the incident.  Ted Kennedy was a coward and a fool.  When the Kennedy family's consiglieres gathered in Hyannis Port to decide how to deal with the crisis, Ted wasn't even invited to the meeting.  He was considered too stupid to be helpful, and busied himself flying a kite on the beach.  He later attended Kopechne's funeral with a fake neck brace around his neck, intended to suggest, falsely, that he had been injured in the accident.  The fact that the Democratic Party still reveres Ted Kennedy tells you everything you need to know about how low that party has fallen.

Witness: Sen. Menendez Helped Me Get A Visa After My Rich Boyfriend Gave Him Money.  A Dominican woman testified on Tuesday [9/12/2017] that Sen. Bob Menendez, who faces felony corruption charges, helped her with her U.S. visa application after her alleged ex-boyfriend, who is also on trial, asked the Democratic senator to intervene.  Rosiell Polanco-Suera told the court her visa application was initially denied in 2008, but after her wealthy ex-boyfriend — Dr. Salomon Melgen, who was convicted of Medicaid fraud earlier this year — asked "the senator" to intervene, her application was green-lighted, the Associated Press reports.

If Bob Menendez is guilty, boot him:  No place for a senator on the take.  New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez stands trial in federal court, credibly charged with trading lavish gifts for government favors.  If convicted, he must be swiftly ejected from office by a bipartisan vote of his peers — never mind the collateral damage to the Senate Democratic caucus of which he is a part when Jersey's governor, currently Republican Chris Christie, gets to tap a successor.  Minority Leader Chuck Schumer ought to waste no time making that ethical standard clear.

Gay Democrat Seattle Mayor resigns after five claims of child molestation.  It took FIVE accusations to get this gay mayor to finally quit his job.

Democratic Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns after fifth child sex-abuse allegation.  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned Tuesday, just hours after new allegationsthat he sexually abused a younger cousin decades ago in New York.  Murray, a former Democratic state legislator elected mayor in 2013, said in a statement he is resigning effective 5 p.m.  Wednesday [9/13/2017].

Seattle's Anti-Trump Democrat Mayor Resigns After Multiple Allegations Of Sex Abuse.  Seattle's Democrat Mayor Ed Murray has resigned his position after a fifth person came forward to accuse him of sexual abuse in the past.  This scandal has been unfolding since the spring but it finally caught up with him.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to resign.  Mayor Ed Murray is expected to resign at 5 p.m.  Wednesday [9/13/2017] amid allegations from five sex abuse accusers.  Murray made the announcement in a written statement at 1:07 p.m.  Tuesday, roughly two hours after a fifth man accused him of sexual abuse.

Democrat Sentenced to 21 Years in Prison For Running Ponzi Scheme.  Democrats embody the "Culture of Corruption," as Nancy Pelosi used to say, but have remained silent on the matter since for the past few years, so many of them have been placed behind bars.  And on Wednesday [9/6/2017], the first prosecution for a US Senator is taking place as Sen. Robert Menendez goes to court over $750,000 in contributions and gifts in the biggest corruption trial since ABSCAM.  Legal experts are expecting a conviction for Menendez and Dr Melgen on bribery charges.  Dr Melgen has already been convicted on fraud charges related to Medicaid fraud.  He has not been sentenced yet.  That could mean they are waiting to see how cooperative he will be against Menendez.

When Is A Scandal Not A Scandal?  When There's A Democrat Involved.  A sitting U.S. Senator is currently on trial for bribery, and if he's found guilty it could have major political ramifications.  Haven't heard about this case?  That's because the Senator in question is a Democrat.  A CNN story this week about the opening of the trial against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez noted that "Democrats are eager to avoid the subject of Menendez's bribery trial."  That headline would have been just as accurate if it said "Reporters" instead of "Democrats."  Menendez in on trial for allegedly having sold his office in exchange for luxury vacations, private flights, and piles of campaign cash.

The Bob Menendez corruption trial sure won't be boring.  For the first time in nearly four decades, a sitting US senator goes on trial Wednesday on federal bribery charges in a case that could have profound political impact.  Prosecutors have laid out a strong case against New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez in their indictment.  But in the two years since it was unveiled, the Supreme Court has made it much harder to win a conviction.  The senator is charged with taking nearly $1 million in personal gifts and campaign cash from a longtime friend, allegedly in return for political favors.

Judge Rejects Menendez's Request To Delay His Corruption Trial Because He's A Senator.  A federal judge in New Jersey rejected Sen. Bob Menendez's request to allow breaks in his criminal trial in order to fulfill his Senate duties, excoriating the senator for seeking "special treatment."  Menendez's lawyers filed a motion requesting that his upcoming criminal trial take recesses any time the senator is needed in Washington on official business.  They argued that forcing the senator to leave an ongoing trial to attend to congressional business would violate his due process rights.

Prosecutors: Menendez bribery scheme went on for years.  Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez allegedly starting taking bribes from a wealthy donor shortly after he entered the Senate in 2006, federal prosecutors assert in a new document.  Menendez's bribery and corruption trial is set to begin next week.  In preparation for that, Justice Department prosecutors filed a new document Wednesday laying out their case against the New Jersey senator, as well as Dr. Salomon Melgen, his alleged co-conspirator.  Melgen has already been convicted in a separate case of bilking Medicare but has not been sentenced yet.

Networks Hide Senator Bob Menendez's [D-NJ] Corruption Trial.  Federal prosecutors are currently trying to put away Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) on corruption charges, but in the world of the mainstream media, the trial isn't even going on.  If found guilty, Menendez's replacement could increase GOP control in the upper chamber of the legislature.  However, despite the high stakes, broadcast news networks have barely even mentioned the senator's name this year, let alone the trial.

NYT Article on Senator's Corruption Trial Omits the Word Democrat.  A "trivial detail."  But if the story was about a "Republican" senator, the word Republican would be in the headline... with "Conservative" thrown in too.  And probably in every sentence of the article.

Where's Coverage of Democratic Senator's Corruption Trial?  Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is scheduled for trial on corruption charges on September 6, 2017.  The jury selection in that trial starts today.  While local newspapers like the NY Times and local television stations have covered jury selection, cable networks have been eerily silent.

Anti-Trump AG Raked In Campaign Donations From An Oil Tycoon With Ties To Putin.  One of the attorneys general who has sought probes against the Trump administration has accepted large individual campaign donations from an energy tycoon with connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has accepted more than $60,000 in small donations from Leonard Blavatnik, a Ukrainian-born energy billionaire with ties to Russian oligarchs, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation examination of the Democrat's financial disclosure reports.  Blavatnik plowed $25,000 into Schneiderman's political war chest in January of 2017 — his generous contribution was one of the largest individual donations given to the New York Democrat this year.

Half of Detroit's 8 mayoral candidates are felons.  Half of the eight mayoral hopefuls on Detroit's primary ballot next week have been convicted of felony crimes involving drugs, assault or weapons, a Detroit News analysis shows.  Three were charged with gun crimes and two for assault with intent to commit murder.  Some of the offenses date back decades, the earliest to 1977.  The most recent was in 2008.  Political consultant Greg Bowens said there are candidates with past hardships in every election cycle.  It's not something unique to Detroit or the political arena in general, he said.

Four convicted felons seek to become Detroit mayor.  Half of the eight candidates in Detroit's mayoral primary are convicted felons, mainly for crimes involving drugs, firearms or assault with intent to commit murder.  Could make for exciting council meetings.  Other than that, Tuesday's voting in the nation's 23rd largest city is just another contest among Democrats for municipal control of a decaying big city.

Jeff Sessions Orders Look into 'DOJ Slush Fund' Payments to Leftists.  An internal Department of Justice memorandum obtained by Breitbart News Friday indicates Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to get to the bottom of the DOJ "slush fund" for left-wing groups he dismantled in June.  The memo asks all components of the DOJ to recount the last ten years of payments made to non-governmental organizations as third parties in settlements and provide that information to Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the number three Justice official.  These "cy pres" payments were a long-standing policy of having mostly corporate defendants, for example in a civil rights suit, agree to pay into charities as part of their settlement with the government to avoid further prosecution.

Jane Sanders's Little College That Couldn't.  Burlington College closed in 2016, crushed under the weight of debt it took on in a 2010 real estate deal.  In its last five years, this tiny liberal arts school of fewer than 200 students occupied the former St. Joseph's Orphanage (and its 33 acres, including the last virgin lakefront in town) overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.  A $10 million acquisition from the cash-strapped Catholic diocese was made while Jane Sanders, the wife of Vermont's most famous socialist, was president of the college.  The site offered just what Sanders needed to fulfill the promise she made in 2004 to be a "transformative president."  The college's operating budget at the time was just $3.6 million, and it had no endowment.  The deal was made with a mortgage from the diocese, tax-exempt bonds, and a bridge loan from a 99-year-old philanthropist.  Twelve years and three administrations later, the last president penned a letter blaming Sanders, whom the board dismissed in 2011, for sealing the college's fate with an "appallingly inappropriate business deal."

Democrat Bob Brady Under Federal Investigation — Media Silent.  Another corrupt Democrat, this time Pennsvania Democrat Rep. Robert "Bob" Brady is under federal investigation over allegations his campaign illegally paid a primary challenger to drop out in 2012.  As is typical, Democrats circle the wagon and protect their own as Nancy Pelosi tried to defend the corrupt Brady.

Russia probe:  Democrats block key witness against shadowy firm Fusion GPS.  Senate Democrats used a parliamentary maneuver Wednesday [7/26/2017] to cut short a high-profile hearing, where a key witness was set to testify on Russia's misdeeds and also raise fresh allegations against the company behind the infamous anti-Trump dossier.  Bill Browder, the CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital, was set to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that the co-founder of the firm Fusion GPS was hired to conduct a "smear campaign" against him.

Dem Rep. Luis Gutierrez Has Now Paid His Wife More Than $400,000 From His Campaign Funds.  Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.) has disbursed tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds to his wife this year, bringing her total compensation to more than $400,000 since she first appeared on his campaign's payroll.  Gutierrez, who was first elected to Congress in 1992, recently grabbed headlines for saying that Democrats would "eliminate" Trump as president if they take back the House of Representatives.  It appears the one thing Gutierrez won't eliminate anytime soon is the lucrative campaign payments to his wife.

'Kerosene' Maxine Waters:  How Much Longer Will Her District Tolerate Her?  For the 2018 midterm election, Waters has a Republican challenger.  His name is Omar Navarro, born and raised in her district, one that is now 46 percent Hispanic and 24 percent black.  Navarro ran against her the last election cycle, getting only 24 percent of the vote.  But that was before Waters became the "face of the resistance."  Some tacticians argue that with Waters leading the "Trump Is Public Enemy No. 1" brigade, the Republican Party is better off.

FBI probe of Bernie Sanders' wife closely tracks Hillary's secret campaign plan.  The FBI and U.S. Attorney in Vermont are investigating Jane O'Meara Sanders for her role in a failed 2010, $10 million college land deal that she orchestrated during her seven-year stint as president of Burlington College in Vermont.  According to a series of 2015 emails to and from Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta, leaked to and published on Wikileaks, the Clinton team wrote an extensive political opposition memo entitled "Sanders Top Hits-Thematics."  The memo details Mrs. Sanders' role in the college's financial failure, and parallels the ongoing FBI investigation, now before a grand jury, into the scandal.

McAuliffe's Former Electric Car Company Audited for $6.4M in Repayment to Mississippi.  Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's (D.) former electric car company has been audited to repay $6.4 million of public funds to the state of Mississippi.  GreenTech Automotive, which McAuliffe left in 2012, was unable to deliver on its promise to create jobs in the state of Mississippi, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Now Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering is asking for the full sum of $5 million in public loans, along with interest and recovery costs, to be repaid in full within 30 days.  He warned GreenTech CEO Charles Wang that failure to pay could result in the state filing a lawsuit against the company.

Jane Sanders land deal:  Federal probe reportedly seeking grand jury testimony.  A federal probe into allegations that Sen. Bernie Sanders' wife fraudulently obtained a nearly $10 million loan for a land expansion at a Vermont college has intensified, with prosecutors reportedly calling a state official to testify before a grand jury.  The federal investigation is focused on actions by Jane Sanders in 2010, when she was president of Burlington College.  At the time, she sought a multi-million dollar loan for a new campus on 33 acres along Lake Champlain.  Sanders reportedly told college trustees and bank lenders that the college had millions of dollars in donations that could be used to repay the loan.

FBI trailing 'socialist' Bernie Sanders and wife over bank loan deal.  U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and his bride, Jane, have become the Bonnie and Clyde of national Democratic politics — the law is hot on their trail as the lovebirds restlessly move from one hideout to another.  The difference, of course, is that Bonnie and Clyde were dirt poor, while Sen. Sanders, the 75-year-old Social Justice Warrior, reported an income of $1,052,000 last year.

Claire McCaskill Used Undisclosed Foundation to Pay for Dinner at Russian Ambassador's House.  Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) used a personal foundation to pay for a dinner she attended at Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak's Washington, D.C., residence.  The senator had failed to disclose her role in the foundation until earlier this month.  McCaskill came under fire this March after she told the Washington Post she never had a "call or meeting" with Kislyak even though she had publicly announced both a call and meeting with him.  This week, CNN reported that McCaskill also attended a black-tie reception at Kislyak's D.C. residence in November 2015.  McCaskill's attendance at the dinner was accompanied by an $873 payment to the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation, where Kislyak serves on the board of directors as honorary chairman.

Will She Resign?  Democrat Sen Used Undisclosed Charity to Pay Russian Ambassador's Foundation.  An official secret connection between U.S. government officials and Russia has been discovered... and it's a Democrat who is the guilty party!

Bernie's Daughter [was] Paid $500k To Teach Woodworking At Jane's Bankrupt College.  Burlington College prided itself on catering to "non-traditional students," such as veterans and adults, and had a relatively small enrollment — about 200 students.  It also offered degrees in unconventional fields such as woodworking, but when Jane Sanders arrived at the college in 2004, it didn't offer any sort of program for woodworking.  That's when things get a little... corrupt.

Bernie Sanders Doesn't Like Being Asked About His Wife's FBI Investigation.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has reacted with dodging or hostility to questions about the reported FBI investigation into his wife Jane Sanders surrounding her tenure as head of the now-defunct Burlington College.  The couple has retained legal counsel amid the probe into allegations of bank fraud, Politico reported.  A federal investigation is probing allegations that Jane Sanders fraudulently obtained a bank loan for the college while she was at the helm, while the senator himself is being looked at for using his influence to pressure the bank to approve the loan.

Here's why the feds are investigating Bernie Sanders' wife Jane.  Because [Bernie] Sanders hasn't ruled out a presidential run in 2020, any federal investigation has the potential to become disastrous or, at the very least, politically embarrassing.  And because the scandal touches on the themes of education costs and six-figure severance packages — two issues that were central to Sanders' populist message — discussing the investigations at all could tarnish his brand as a champion of the little guy.

Bernie Cries Political Witch Hunt Over FBI Fraud Probe of Wife.  In an uncomfortable exchange with CNN's Erin Burnett Tuesday night [6/27/2017], Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) twice dismissed reports the FBI is actively investigating his wife, Jane Sanders, for fraudulent activities as president of Burlington College.  "My wife is about the most honest person I know," claimed Sanders, cutting off Burnett's initial line of questioning.  "When she came to that college it was failing financially and academically.  When she left it, it was in better shape than it had ever been."

[Recent events do not bode well] for the Democrats.  The Russia collusion story is now in full blowback mode, with obvious questions being asked about the Obama administration, which failed to take action against what the Democrats now hype as a veritable Pearl Harbor, an "act of war."  Watching Dems talk their way out this one will be fun.  Coming attractions:  the multimillion-dollar donations to the Clinton Foundation after Hillary approved sale of 20% of our uranium reserves to Russia, and then-president Obama's open mic comment telling Russia's then-president that he would have "more flexibility" after the election, which looks a lot like outright collusion.

Trump is not under an FBI investigation.  Bernie Sanders is.  The irony here is rich.  Democrats have rallied to Bernie Sanders as the leader of the opposition against Donald Trump.  He attracts huge crowds across the nation.  One of his acolytes tried to assassinate members of Congress.  And Bernie Sanders is under investigation by the FBI, unlike the president.  In fact, Sanders and his wife are both under investigation stemming from a bank loan.  The FBI is investigating whether Sanders used his position to pressure the bank to give a college in Vermont a loan.  His wife is the president of the college and signed the paperwork.  So President Trump did not pressure James Comey, but Bernie Sanders might have pressured a bank.  The FBI is now investigating.  And still the left will rally to Sanders because they really do not care about the allegations.  They just hate Donald Trump.

Bernie Sanders' Wife Lawyers Up Amid FBI Probe Of Alleged Fraud.  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' wife, Jane Sanders, has hired two well-known attorneys amid an ongoing investigation into allegations she defrauded a bank while serving as president of the now-defunct Burlington College.  Jane Sanders served as president of Burlington College from 2004 until 2011 and is blamed for leading the school into bankruptcy by falsifying a loan application.  Rich Cassidy, a lawyer based in Burlington, Vt., and Larry Robbins, an attorney from Washington, D.C. who previously defended politicians on both sides of the aisle, are representing Jane Sanders against the allegations, a representative for Sen. Sanders confirmed to Politico.

Can We Talk About Bernie Sanders And His Wife Being Under FBI Investigation?  In 2016, reports about Sen. Bernie Sander's (I-VT) wife, Jane, running the college into the ground, coupled with his tax plan, made for some good cannon fodder against the self-described democratic socialist's financially reckless agenda during the 2016 primaries.  Yet, what was missed was the fact that the FBI began peering through the financial records of the college, which had secured a $10 million loan to expand the campus along Lake Champlain.  The local Catholic archdiocese had owned the property and had just settled on sexual abuse charges that totaled over $17 million.  They were eager to sell.  Still, the college's plan to expand seemed lofty.  It only had an enrollment of around 200.  In short, this expansion project sunk the college, but the loan to secure the purchase involved Sen. Sanders, who reportedly placed pressure on the People's United Bank for the loan.

Jane Sanders Hires Lawyers in DOJ Probe of Burlington College Land Deal.  Jane Sanders, wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), has hired attorneys to represent her in a Department of Justice probe of her time as president of Burlington College.  A former Burlington employee who coordinated the school's response to an FBI subpoena in February 2016 said that she was contacted by Sanders's lawyers, VT Digger reports.  The probe concerns a land deal Sanders conducted while she was president.  Coralee Holm, the former employee, said that the lawyers "wanted information on what I had been asked by the FBI.  They were trying to get clarification on what the accusations are because they had not been contacted by anybody as to an investigation."  She received a call from Burlington attorney Rich Cassidy in late April or early May.

Bernie and Jane Sanders, under FBI investigation for bank fraud, hire lawyers.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife, Jane Sanders have hired prominent defense attorneys amid an FBI investigation into a loan Jane Sanders obtained to expand Burlington College while she was its president, CBS News confirms.  Politico Magazine first reported the Sanders had hired lawyers to defend them in the probe.  Sanders' top adviser Jeff Weaver told CBS News the couple has sought legal protection over federal agents' allegations from a January 2016 complaint accusing then-President of Burlington College, Ms. Sanders, of distorting donor levels in a 2010 loan application for $10 million from People's United Bank to purchase 33 acres of land for the institution.  According to Politico, prosecutors might also be looking into allegations that Sen. Sanders' office inappropriately urged the bank to approve the loan.

Jane and Bernie Sanders Under FBI Fraud Investigation Begun During Obama Administration.  At the end of 2010, Mrs. Jane Sanders took out $10 million in loans on behalf of Burlington College to purchase a 32-acre swathe of land from the Roman Catholic diocese, which put the land up for sale to help cover the costs of a $17 million sexual-abuse settlement.  As Ms. Sanders pursued financing for the land acquisition, she repeatedly said that Burlington College had received more than $2 million in fundraising commitments and pledges, according to numerous records.  However, in fiscal year 2011, Burlington College raised only $279,000, though the college had earlier claimed to have secured $1.2 million in confirmed pledges.  The college almost immediately fell short on its financial obligations as the fundraising pledges and commitments Ms. Sanders cited in loan agreements never materialized.  Less than a year after leading Burlington College into massive debt, Ms. Sanders resigned, taking with her a $200,000 severance package.  The college was forced to close in 2016.

Sessions drains a slush fund.  Firing Pheet Bharara as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York was the first step toward ending a corrupt slush fund scheme and restoring a constitutional government.  Bharara was crooked politician who instead of sending corrupt CEO to prison for their misdeeds accepted payoffs.  Oh not directly.  He was not that stupid.  No, Bharara allowed the crooked CEOs to buy their way out of jail by "giving" billions to Democratic Party-approved "charities."  This scheme dodged the Constitution, which holds that Congress writes the budget, not the president.  (This is why the opposition always declares a presidential budget proposal DOA, because by definition it is.)

Janet Napolitano is sorry she got caught trying to rig a state audit.  In a contentious four-and-a-half-hour legislative hearing yesterday [5/2/2017] in Sacramento, Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, made a pro forma apology for conduct that should have gotten her fired. [...] And she still has her job.  Despite the bipartisan anger that was expressed at the hearing.  And nobody cares that she has dodged any responsibility for the safety of the Berkeley campus, despite her background as secretary of homeland security.  Nobody has even asked her about it, so far as I know.

Sen. Robert Menendez's (D-NJ) No-Good, Awful, Very Bad Day.  The walls are closing in on Senator Robert Menendez.  With Dr. Salomon Melgen's conviction today, it's clear Menendez isn't long for the Senate.  It's time for Senator Schumer to see that too.  Menendez's political career was handed a massive setback today.  One of his key partners — Dr. Salomon Melgen — was convicted on all 67 counts of Medicare fraud.  It's now apparent that Menendez's days in the Senate are numbered... possibly in the single digits.

Draining the Swamp in NYC.  This city that I was born and raised in is at the nadir of its history with only a 20% voter turnout and our state has over 30 corrupt officials who've either quit in disgrace or who've been arrested.

Andrew Cuomo manages to earn $738,000 from a book that sold only 3,200 copies.  Andrew Cuomo seems like someone who could teach Donald Trump a few things about making a deal.  Or else he is corrupt and has been bribed.  Which explanation fits the facts better?

John Podesta slaps the Daily Caller with a cease-and-desist letter.  John Podesta slapped the Daily Caller with a cease-and-desist letter on Wednesday [3/29/2017] after the conservative news outlet published a story about the former Clinton campaign chairman and Obama counselor.  The letter sent to publisher Neil Patel by Podesta's counsel, Marc Elias, singles out a March 26 article titled, "EXCLUSIVE: John Podesta May Have Violated Federal Law By Not Disclosing 75,000 Stock Shares."  In it, reporter Richard Pollock wrote that Podesta "may have violated federal law by failing to disclose the receipt of 75,000 shares of stock from a Kremlin-financed company when he joined the Obama White House in 2014."

Podesta Still Hasn't Explained Where 41,000 Stock Shares Went.  John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign chairman, has not accounted for thousands of shares he was given by a company where he served on the board of directors with three powerful business figures with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  "Your letter does not respond to the substance of the article, which concerns the whereabouts of 75,000 shares of stock in Joule that Mr. Podesta was entitled to receive," The Daily Caller News Foundation's publisher, Neil Patel, said.  "The fact that Mr. Podesta, a senior national political figure, apparently sat on the board of Joule with Russian state-owned entities only elevates the importance of this matter."

Peter Schweizer Details How John Podesta May Have Violated Federal Law.  Tuesday [3/28/2017] on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," Breitbart editor at large Peter Schweizer, the author of "Clinton Cash," detailed how the former chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign John Podesta may have violated federal law by failing to disclose stock shares he owned from a Kremlin-funded company.  Schweizer said, "In 2011, John Podesta joins the board of this very small energy company called Joule Energy based out of Massachusetts.  About two months after he joins the board of a Russian entity called Rusnano, puts a billion rubles which is about 35-million-dollar into John Podesta's company.  Now, what is Rusnano?  It's not a private company, Steve.  It is a fund directly funded by the Kremlin.  In fact, the Russian science minister called Rusnano, Putin's child.  So you have the Russian government investing in one John Podesta's businesses in 2011, while he is an advisor to Hillary Clinton at the State Department."

Democrat Lobbyist Podesta Made $500K Lobbying For Chinese Firm Convicted Of Illegal Sales To Iran.  Democratic super-lobbyist Tony Podesta grossed more than $500,000 to represent a Chinese company criminally convicted in March of sending illegal shipments of telecom equipment to Iran, The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group has learned.  The seriousness of the illegal sales to Iran were so extreme and continued for so long — from 2010 to last year — the Department of Justice (DOJ) imposed a record $1.19 billion fine on the ZTE Telecommunications company, making it the largest penalty ever imposed in a U.S. sanctions case.  The Chinese firm hired the Podesta Group, one of Washington's biggest and best-connected lobbying companies in the nation's capital, in January 2016.  ZTE retained Podesta's personal help as negotiations intensified for a final resolution with DOJ during the final year of President Barack Obama's tenure in the White House.

Hillary Clinton and John Podesta's Troubling Ties to Russia.  Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and the author of "Clinton Cash," explained on Fox News Tuesday how a Russia connection to the Clinton campaign and Obama presidency is much bigger and more troubling than anything Democrats have accused Team Trump of.  During his appearance on "Fox & Friends," Schweizer alleged that Clinton campaign chair John Podesta probably violated federal law when he failed to disclose his stock holdings in a Kremlin-funded company.

How Local Citizens Can Take Up the Fight Against Public Corruption.  New York might be the epitome of a state where corruption and abuse have run wild.  Politicians here have long failed to live up to their promises to fix things.  The New York Legislature and governor have passed "ethics reforms" year after year of late, yet New York remains one of the most corrupt states in the nation.  According to a University of Missouri study, New York has been home to the most corrupt officials in the U.S. over the past decade or so.  Waste and favor-trading is part of this culture of corruption, and it goes right down to the local level.  On Long Island, one town official in Oyster Bay was convicted of tax fraud surrounding a scheme where he secretly guided taxpayer-backed contracts to a paving company, where he also worked.  These examples are just the tip of the iceberg.

De Blasio decision [is] a huge win for corrupt officals everywhere.  He beat the rap, so Bill de Blasio needs a campaign song to celebrate.  I humbly recommend a twist on a 1960's hit, "I fought the law and the law won."  The mayor could boast a different ending:  "I fought the law and the law lost."  The decision by federal and state prosecutors not to file criminal charges against de Blasio is a huge victory for him — and for corrupt officials everywhere.  In plain English, the statement by prosecutors boils down to this:  You can avoid the law, you can evade the law and you can do your big donors' bidding.  The only thing you can't do is put money in your pocket.  Everything else is legal, especially when your expensive private lawyers say it is.  That's a very low hurdle for public service.

U.S. Senator Colludes With Russians to Influence Presidential Election.  Yes, a United States senator really did collude with the Russians to influence the outcome of a presidential election.  His name was Ted Kennedy.  While Sen. Al Franken (D-Ringling Bros.) and other Democrats have the vapors over a truthful, complete, and correct answer Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave in his confirmation hearing, it's worth remembering the reprehensible behavior of Senator Ted Kennedy in 1984.  This reprehensible behavior didn't involve launching an Oldsmobile Delmont 88 into a tidal channel while drunk.  This reprehensible behavior was collusion with America's most deadly enemy in an effort to defeat Ronald Reagan's reelection.  You won't hear much about that from CNN and the clown from Minnesota.

Congressional Black Caucus PAC Spends Big on Luxury Resorts, Restaurants.  The Congressional Black Caucus PAC (CBC PAC) spends lavishly on upscale resorts and hotels, catering at exclusive restaurants, and on fundraising and Broadway tickets, according to a review of campaign finance records.  The CBC PAC, which is the fundraising arm of the Congressional Black Caucus, puts far more money towards administrative and fundraising purposes than it donates to candidates, the intended purpose of the political action committee.

Feds will question de Blasio about campaign fundraising.  Mayor de Blasio will be questioned by federal prosecutors Friday morning as part of the wide-ranging investigation into his campaign fundraising, sources told The [New York] Post.  The long-anticipated sit-down with prosecutors from Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara's office will take place at the Midtown offices of the mayor's lawyer, Barry H. Berke of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, sources said.  The feds have been probing whether de Blasio and his aids traded favors in exchange for donations to his 2013 campaign or to his shuttered nonprofit, the Campaign for One New York.

Chilling New Scandal Hits House Democrats; Media Stays Silent.  The Democrats are in another pickle that has to do with technology after shady congressional aides have been caught taking $100,000 from an Iraqi politician; all while they still had administrator level access to the House computer network, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group which analyzed court documents.

Democrat Caught Having Sex with 17-Year-Old Boy at Rest Stop.  Democratic leaders in Minnesota are demanding a state lawmaker withdraw from his re-election bid after police claim he admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop.  While Rep. Kerry Gauthier, 56, will lose support from fellow Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party members if he continues with his campaign, party leaders stopped short Monday [2/27/2017] of asking him to immediately resign.

Iowa Moves Against Democratic Party Slush Funds.  Iowa, like so many other states, has gone Republican.  What happens when you have a Republican legislature and a Republican governor?  The corrupt public sector union spigot gets turned off.

The corruption cloud over Mayor de Blasio just got darker.  Mayor de Blasio set Monday [2/13/2017] for his State of the City address, but possibly more worrisome is the state of his personal finances — at least when it comes to financing his mounting legal bills.  Last week, we noted problems with de Blasio's plan to set up a legal-defense fund to pay the lawyers representing him in several corruption probes.  Those problems may be worse than we thought.

Washington Post demonstrates importance of voter ID laws.  Little agitates Democrats more than claims of voter fraud.  Such fraud is a hardy perennial of American politics.  Our history is full of examples, such as Mayor Daley's Chicago.  Yet, Democrats want us to believe that, notwithstanding solid evidence to the contrary, it's not a problem in modern American politics.  The reason is obvious.  Democrats don't want laws and procedures to protect against voter fraud because they want to preserve their ability to engage in it.

Liberals Now Getting a Taste of How the Obama Years Felt for Conservatives.  Voter fraud?  Now you're talking Mom and apple pie to the Alinsky left.  Obama himself never bothered to win a real election in Illinois, always managing to blackmail his opponents into resigning before the vote was ever taken.  Obama learned his politics under the tutelage of Emil Jones, the godfather of the Illinois machine.  There are hundreds of jokes about the dear departed voting for Democrats in Boston, Chicago, Philly, and New York.  Today we have millions of illegal voters — foreign nationals with unknown loyalties — voting wherever paid Democrat thugs can intimidate the wrong American voters.

Trump's Got a Big Job Reining In Voter Fraud.  Fraud long has been an ugly element of American politics, and it has been almost exclusively the dominion of Democrats.  From the reckless corruption of the Boss Tweed and the Tammany Hall thugs in New York during the mid-1800s through the heavy-handed precinct politics favored by Mayor Richard J. Daley and his successors in Chicago during much of the 20th century, to the wide-spread graft of today, the Democratic Party has virtually sole claim to the mechanisms of election corruption.  The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), of which former President Barack Obama has had a close working association and heavy funding for his campaign coffers, has a 40-year rap sheet of widespread voter registration fraud.  Untold thousands who went to their just rewards years ago are resurrected on each election day to cast one more ballot for their favorite Democrat pol, while an estimated 2.8 million are registered to vote in more than one state and often do.

Rep. John Lewis and Top Aide Hit With Ethics Complaint.  A watchdog group is asking congressional ethics officials to investigate Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) and his chief of staff over apparent violations of House ethics rules, according to a letter released on Monday [1/30/2017].  The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust's letter is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to probe Lewis chief of staff Michael Collins' dual roles in the congressman's Washington office and as the treasurer for his 2016 reelection campaign.  Ethics rules bar senior House staff from serving in any fiduciary role for a political organization, and specifically mentioned campaign treasurers as a prohibited position for such staffers.

Former Clinton Superdelegate Chaka Fattah Begins 10-Year Prison Sentence.  Former Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), who was a superdelegate for failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, has reported to prison to begin his 10-year sentence stemming from numerous corruption charges.  Fattah reported Wednesday [1/25/2017] to the Federal Correctional Institution-McKean in western Pennsylvania near the New York border, CBS Philly reported.

How Illinois Violates Voting Rights.  Rule 4 has stolen the authority of the state governor to veto bills since the bills are vetoed by the speaker.  The governor can only sign or pass bills passed, not by the two chambers of the state legislature, but only those that the Speaker of the House allows to appear for a vote.  This strategy, of denying the people a voice in legislation, is a violation of the one person one vote concept that has been repeatedly affirmed by SCOTUS.  The votes of not just one person but all people in Illinois are stolen by one person, the House Speaker.  The autocratic rule practiced by Obama then can be understood because he comes from Illinois.  This has led to a one-man government in Illinois.  All financial issues handled by the legislature are then controlled by one person and his political party.

Top Aide to Rep. John Lewis Again Skirts Ethics Rules.  The top aide to Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) served dual roles in the congressman's office and on his 2016 reelection campaign, possibly running afoul of House ethics rules, public records show.  Michael Collins, Lewis' chief of staff, served as the campaign's treasurer in 2015 and 2016, according to Federal Election Commission records.  Ethics rules bar senior House staffers from working in any fiduciary role for a political organization, including congressional campaigns.  Senior staff "may not receive any compensation for either providing legal services to a political organization, or for serving as an officer (such as treasurer) of such an organization," according to the House ethics manual.  That rule applies to all members of Congress and employees who earn the "senior staff" rate of pay; the salary threshold in 2015 was $121,956.  According to congressional research service Legistorm, Collins made $167,000 that year.

Why Term-Limiting People Like John Lewis Would be Good for the Nation.  John Lewis has been a Representative for Georgia's 5th district for 28 years.  The 5th district of Georgia, which is mostly the city of Atlanta, has seen 5,203 commissions of violent crime in 2015, with 94 murders, 170 rapes, almost 2,000 robberies, almost 3,000 aggravated assaults and 25,556 total property crimes according to the FBI.  Trump is right, Atlanta is crime-ridden.  But not only is Atlanta a pretty dangerous city, it has become more dangerous since it has become a major drug-trafficking hub for Mexican drug cartels.

Maxine Waters' Daughter Profits From Lucrative Campaign Operation.  The daughter of Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) was paid nearly $70,000 by her mother's campaign during the 2016 election cycle.  Karen Waters has been on the payroll of her mother's campaign committee, Citizens for Waters, since 2006.  She has pulled in more than $600,000 for her services since that time.  Karen is in charge of endorsement mailers, known as "slate mailers," for her mother's campaign.  The slate mailer operation has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for Waters' federal campaign committee in recent years.

The law was bent and broken to keep Clinton in the game.  [Scroll down]  Democrat voters also should be questioning the legitimacy of Clinton's nomination because the rule of law was corrupted to preserve her political viability.  Her candidacy should have ended when the email server story broke.  (Really, it should have ended with the publication of Clinton Cash, but the Democrats incorrectly believed their controlled media could insulate her from the fallout of those astounding revelations.)  The politicized Obama Justice Department did Democrats no favors by staving off indictments that would have taken Clinton out of the game, or by slow-walking the email investigation until her replacement became prohibitively difficult.

Former governor fined $5 million for 2011 financial scandal.  Former Democratic New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine was fined $5 million today [1/5/2016] by a federal judge for his role as head of a brokerage firm that took $1.2 billion from its clients — mostly farmers and ranchers — amid its impending collapse.  Recall that his brokerage, MF Global, lost big money betting on European sovereign debt.  When it happened, the firm's officers began dipping into clients' money in a futile effort to prevent its collapse.  In the end, all of the money was returned to the clients, but the firm's breach of trust was unlike anything that had happened in the history of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the regulatory entity that took Corzine to court.

Communism Doesn't Pay:  Two Grand Juries Circling de Blasio And His Administration.  The walls must be closing in on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NY).  Out of the five(!) separate investigations into de Blasio and the shakedown operation masquerading as an administration he runs, two have moved forward to the extremely serious step of presenting evidence to a grand jury.  The two criminal grand juries, one federal and one state, represent, the "strongest indication" yet that criminal charges are forthcoming, according to the New York Times, which broke the story.

Mayor de Blasio fined over $47G for violating campaign finance regulations.  Mayor de Blasio was hit with over $47,000 in fines for violating campaign finance rules — including having his partially taxpayer-funded campaign pick up the tab for a makeup artist for his family and a six-figure payout to his buddy's PR firm that appeared unwarranted.  The huge fine is one of the highest on any of the 2013 campaigns.  The Campaign Finance Board, in a determination released Thursday [12/15/2016], levied most of the $47,778 in fines against the mayor for what it called "impermissible" post-election spending.

Judge orders Fattah to prison despite appeal.  Former Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) will have to appeal his corruption conviction from prison starting in January, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday [12/20/2016].  Fattah, 60, was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison on charges of fraud, bribery and money laundering after a jury convicted him on more than 20 counts.  He has been ordered to report to prison by Jan. 25.  Fattah had argued a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that limits the legal definition of bribery would likely help his appeal, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Ex-Congressman and Gun Control Advocate Found Guilty of Corruption.  Former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was sentenced Monday [12/12/20167] to a 10-year prison term by a judge who said he was "astonished" that a veteran legislator would steal government and charity funds to pay his son's debts and buy a vacation home.

Former Philadelphia Congressman Chaka Fattah sentenced to 10 years in prison.  Former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was sentenced Monday [12/12/2016] to 10 years in prison, one of the longest terms of incarceration ever imposed on a member of Congress for federal corruption crimes.  The Philadelphia Democrat remained stoic as U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III announced the prison term — half as long as the two decades Fattah spent in Congress.

Democratic ex-Congressman Chaka Fattah sentenced to ten years in prison.  Former Democratic Representative Chaka Fattah has been sentenced to ten years in prison after being found guilty of a litany of federal corruption charges.  Fattah, 60, was convicted in June for 22 charges including racketeering, money laundering, and mail and wire fraud.  On Monday [12/12/2016] he received ten years in prison.  That was the end result of a long campaign of corruption designed to pay back the illegal $1 million loan he took when trying to become mayor of his hometown of Philadelphia, CBS reported.

Andrew Cuomo's Top Aides and Donors Indicted On Corruption Charges.  An array of figures from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's inner circle — including a confidante so close the governor called him "my father's third son" — got slapped with a sweeping 14-count federal indictment today, which alleges they colluded in a pair of schemes to solicit bribes for state assistance and to rig economic development contracts for companies that gave to Cuomo's campaigns.  A grand jury gave crusading U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara the go-ahead to prosecute his case against Joseph Percoco, the governor's former campaign manager, deputy executive secretary, political fixer and body man, on charges he solicited bribes and a "low-show job" for his wife from two major Cuomo contributors.  In return, the federal government alleges Percoco pressured executive agencies and entities to offer assistance and loosen regulations for the companies' operations in New York State — and lied about the arrangement on disclosure forms.

NY Governor's top aides indicted on sweeping corruption charges.  We've discussed U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara here many times in the past.  His pursuit of government corruption wherever it may be found and the prosecution of those who betray the trust of the public has become legendary.  That's why, when he told reporters earlier this year that he detected an "air of corruption" in the executive branch of New York's state government people were rightly looking over their shoulders.  Now his work in that area is moving into high gear.  Bharara has made his case to a grand jury and been given the green light to take eight top aides and associates of Governor Andrew Cuomo to trial on charges of corruption.

Meltdown at Justice:  Attorney General Lynch Abdicated Her Duty in the Clinton Probes.  Fewer than three of 10 Americans trust government to do the right thing always or most of the time, Gallup reports, and the years since 2007 are "the longest period of low trust in government in more than 50 years."  The details emerging about the multiple investigations into Hillary Clinton explain a lot about this ebbing public confidence in institutions such as the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Feds Open Criminal Probe of Thornton Law Firm, Major Democratic Fundraiser.  Federal prosecutors in Boston have opened a grand jury investigation into potentially illegal campaign contributions from lawyers at the Thornton Law Firm, a leading donor to Democrats around the country, according to two people familiar with the probe.  The U.S. Attorney's office is one of three agencies now looking into the Boston-based personal injury firm's practice of reimbursing its partners for millions of dollars in political donations, according to the two people.  The law firm has insisted that the donations were legal, but, soon after the Globe and the Center for Responsive Politics revealed the firm's practice, politicians began returning hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations.

"Fast Eddie," ex-Chicago alderman, indicted again.  It's the second time for this guy, and he's a big deal, the former boss of the Cook County Regular Democratic Organization, otherwise known as "the Machine," Fast Eddie Vrdolyak. [...] The onetime 10th Ward alderman later switched to the Republican Party and he contributed to the destruction of the GOP in suburban Cook County, where it was once a potent political force.  Do you wonder why Illinois isn't trending red like Wisconsin and Michigan?  Fast Eddie is one of the reasons.

Massachusetts law firm donated $1.6M to Democrats including Hillary Clinton and received bonuses that matched their political donations in massive 'straw-donor scheme'.  A Massachusetts law firm has been accused of funneling funds to the Democrats through an massive and illegal straw-donor scheme.  A growing number of party politicians are now returning donations from Thornton Law after it was found that the firm's partners received bonuses that matched their political donations in what may be one of the largest schemes ever revealed.  An investigation found that partners donated nearly $1.6 million to mostly Democratic committees and candidates, including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, from 2010 through 2014.  During that same period, the lawyers received $1.4 million listed as 'bonuses,' including more than 280 in amounts that precisely matched their donations.

Clinton Email Scandal Evokes Berger Burglary.  A Sandy Berger quality colors Hillary Clinton shielding her State Department emails from FOIA requests and Congressional subpoenas, but not foreign hackers, on a private server.  More than a decade ago, the late national security advisor to President Bill Clinton shoved documents from the National Archives down his pants and in his socks.  Under the guise of needing privacy for cell phone calls, he absconded from the archives with the material regarding terrorism and hid it under a construction trailer.  Later, he retrieved the papers to destroy the embarrassing contents.  Library larceny isn't normal behavior for an official at the highest level of government.  Neither is shielding public business on a private server.

Boston law firm accused of massive straw-donor scheme.  A small law firm that has given money to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Harry Reid, President Obama and many others is accused of improperly funneling millions of dollars into Democratic Party coffers.  The program was exposed by the Center for Responsive Politics and the same team of Boston Globe investigative reporters featured in the movie "Spotlight."  The Thornton Law Firm has just 10 partners, but dollar for dollar, it's one of the nation's biggest political donors, reports CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil.

Hold Democrats Strictly Accountable for the Clintons.  The Democratic Party needs to pay an agonizing price for robust support of Hillary (Obama, too, for breaching national security by being on Hillary's private servers and lying about it). There's no wink and a nudge "this is just politics" excuse for Democrats.  You know, Reid and Democrats claiming just to be good soldiers.  That works in Washington, a city wallowing in cynicism — and with every new revelation, a capitol city riddled with corruption.  But elsewhere?  Not where honest citizens live.  The Democrats are colluding.  They're knowingly aiding and abetting Hillary's criminal conduct — multiple criminal actions, in fact.  Grave breaches of the law that very likely seriously compromised national security.  That's your safety and your family's.  The violations are obvious.  Democrats have no plausible excuses for backing the Clintons.

A $72-million apartment project.  Top politicians.  Unlikely donors.  No one is registered to vote at the run-down house on 223rd Street.  The living room window has been broken for months.  A grit-covered pickup sits in the dirt front yard with a flat tire.  Yet dozens of donations to local politicians — totaling more than $40,000 — have come from four of the people who have lived there over the last eight years.  Victor Blanco, a repairman originally from El Salvador, gave the most:  22 donations totaling $20,300 since 2008, according to contribution reports.  More than half that money went to U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Los Angeles) while she was pursuing local, state and federal office, according to contribution reports.

WikiLeaks: Tax Form Reveals John Podesta Continued Ties to Russian Energy Company After Claiming He Divested.  New WikiLeaks emails show Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta apparently maintained his connection to Russian government-backed Joule Unlimited long after he claimed to have severed ties and divested from the energy company.  As Breitbart news previously reported, Podesta obtained "75,000 common shares" from his membership on Joule's executive board.  He transferred those shares to his daughter, Megan Rouse, and designated her Dublin, California residence as the address for Leonidio Holdings LLC, the Delaware-based holding company that Podesta used to transfer his Joule shares.

A Warning, A Reminder, The Final Ten Days.  [Scroll down]  [T]here is nothing they will not do to retain their power.  Every social media platform that brings sunlight represents an existential threat to them.  Every voice that shares reality must be shut down, controlled and removed.  There is nothing they will not do to retain themselves.  There are trillions of dollars at stake.  You've seen it play out with censorship on Facebook and shadowbanning on Twitter.  However, that's small potatoes considering the scope of what they are capable of.  Shutting down YouTube to block visibility of Trump Rallies, and the voice therein, is no different.  Any action that can be taken to overwhelm the truth telling will be deployed.

They Knew:  The End of the Clinton Lies Begin.  When in doubt, the Clintons take refuge in the final lie that you may be able to prove that they did wrong, but not that they meant to do wrong.  That was Hillary's final email defense to the FBI.  Spliced with claims of memory loss due to a concussion was that old Sergeant Schultz favorite, "I know nothing."  But that defense completely falls apart once you prove that they did know.  That is what the leaked emails have begun doing.  They are establishing that the Sergeant Schultz defense is utterly hollow.  Cheryl Mills knew.  John Podesta knew.  Barack Obama knew.  And Hillary Clinton knew.  When Obama told a lie that could easily be disproven while trying to distance himself from Hillary, Mills quickly fired off a warning that he had better get his story straight.  And his people did.  That makes Obama complicit before and after the fact.  He knew what Hillary was doing when she was doing it.  And his people participated in the effort to cover it up afterward, not just to protect her, but to protect him.

Democrat Corruption is Much Worse Than Trump.  This week the [Wall Street] Journal revealed that Clinton crony Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe — no stranger to suspicious fund-raising irregularities — funneled more than half a million dollars to the unsuccessful state senate campaign of the wife of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  McCabe, whom the Journal describes as FBI Director James Comey's "right-hand man," was deeply involved in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server — an investigation that found Mrs. Clinton in clear violation of the law but unindictable because... well, just because.  Fortunately, Mr. McCabe has investigated himself and found himself completely innocent of any wrongdoing!

Hillary Clinton's chain of command for dirty tricks.  If you put together data from James O'Keefe's two videos for Project Veritas Action (transcripts [elsew]here), you can see the actual organizational structure used by the Democratic Party for vote-stealing dirty tricks.

Kathleen Kane gets 10 to 23 months in jail, judge chides her for political 'ego'.  Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was sentenced to up to two years behind bars followed by a probation that will keep her under court supervision for nearly a decade for crimes she committed in pursuit of retribution against political foes.  "This case is about ego — ego of a politician consumed with her image from Day One," Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy said during Kane's sentencing Monday in Montgomery County Court.  "And instead of focusing solely on the business of fighting crime, her focus was on defeating these perceived enemies."

Former Pennsylvania Democratic AG Sentenced to 10-23 Months in Jail.  Pennsylvania's former Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail for perjury and obstruction of justice that was a part of a political retaliation feud.  Kane, 50, had illegally disclosed details from a grand jury investigation to embarrass a rival and then lied about the incident under oath, local ABC affiliate WTAE reported.  The former attorney general was also sentenced to eight years of probation by Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy.  "This case is about retaliation and revenge against perceived enemies who this defendant ... felt had embarrassed her in the press," Demchick-Alloy said during the sentencing.

Republicans claim 'collusion' after email appears to show DOJ, Clinton campaign contact.  Republicans accused the Hillary Clinton campaign and Obama Justice Department of "collusion" on Tuesday [10/11/2016] after an email surfaced from the latest WikiLeaks document dump indicating the Clinton camp got a heads-up from the DOJ about one of the former secretary of state's court cases.

November 8, 2016: America's First-Ever National Refenderum on Government Corruption.  If you would like to know how a Hillary Clinton administration would operate, remind yourself of how her email scandal was handled, not just by Hillary and her aides, but by the Obama Department of Justice, the FBI and the Republicans in Congress — one might say they are all unindicted co-conspirators in a cover-up.  It is a scandal punctuated by government lying and stonewalling and a conspicuous absence of moral courage by those in a position to do the right thing. [...] The efforts taken by the Clintons to avoid transparency by setting up a private server and the quantity of money flowing to them dwarfs any previous government scandal.  During Hillary's public service, about $250 million went to the Clintons directly and about $2 billion to the Clinton Foundation, an entity seemingly designed to intentionally evade the laws preventing foreign interests from influencing American politics and policy decisions.

Get off your high horses.  Was it presidential when John Kennedy invited Mafia molls to the White House for a roll in the hay?  Was it presidential when he and his brother Triborough Fitzgerald Kennedy shared the sexual favors of a pathetic movie star?  Was it presidential when his successor, Lyndon Johnson — purveyor of the ruinous entitlement scam known as "The Great Society" showed his class in conducting press conferences from the toilet?  Was it presidential when Bill Clinton used government employees to find him sex partners?

Trump Foundation Probe Shows NY AG Uses Office to Protect Clinton, Attack Her Political Foes.  Despite what you may hear from political talking heads, there is no question that this move by the Democratic New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office is simply an extension of an ongoing, politically motivated probe into Donald Trump's charity.  It has previously been reported that it is no secret Schneiderman is a Hillary Clinton supporter.  Disclosures from 2015 show he donated $2,700 to Clinton's campaign, the maximum amount allowed under federal law.  He also serves on the Clinton campaign's leadership council for the state of New York.

Bridgeport State Rep. Christina Ayala arrested on 19 voting fraud charges.  State Rep. Christina "Tita" Ayala, D-Bridgeport, was arrested Friday [9/30/2016] on 19 voting fraud charges.  Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief State's Attorney's Office said in a press release.  The arrest warrant affidavit also alleges Ayala provided fabricated evidence to state Election Enforcement Commission investigators that showed she lived at an address in a district where she voted while actually living outside the district, according to the release.  Ayala, who represents the 128th District, was elected in 2012, replacing her cousin, Andres Ayala, who was elected to the state Senate.  She chose to run for reelection earlier this year, despite the voting fraud investigation, but lost a four-way primary in August.

Tennessee Congressional Candidate Busted for Growing A Ton of Weed.  Flo Matheson wants to be elected to the 6th District congressional seat in Tennessee.  She also wants to smoke a [lot] of marijuana.  So now the question raised by Matheson is this:  Can she have it both ways?!?  On May 20, police officers in Crossville, Tennessee, raided the home of Matheson, a Democrat who is running in that state's Congressional primary.  According to authorities, they became aware of an indoor pot-growing operation on Matheson's property and therefore obtained a search warrant that covered her residence and a barn on her land.  The investigation turned up more than 180 marijuana plants and various kinds of equipment, says Steve Harrington, someone who lives on Matheson's property and admitted to growing the drug.

John Kerry Knew The State Department Funneled Millions To His Daughter's Charity.  Secretary of State John Kerry lauded a program run by his daughter's nonprofit as he announced an extension of its non-competitively awarded Department of State funding in 2014, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.  "What we're talking about here is a multi-million dollar effort that will strengthen the capacity of healthcare workers to deliver lifesaving HIV services," Kerry said in December 2014, at a World AIDS Day event.  "[I]t will build on the Global Health Service Partnership with Peace Corps and Seed Global Health."

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Hillary campaign accused of fraudulent charges to low-income donors' credit cards.  You know those horrible people who take your credit card information, supposedly for a one-time purchase or a single donation, then turn around and charge it again multiple times beyond what you authorized?  Scam artists!  Criminals!  Who are these people and where do they get the nerve to prey on people like that?  For one thing, it is usually people who know how to fly under the radar screen.  For instance, if they know that no one investigates thefts under $100, they'll steal $99, or something less than that.  People who know how to break the law without ever having to pay a price for it.

Bill Clinton and the Selling of America's National Security.  This may be the greatest scandal in 50 years of American history.  It makes Watergate look like a jay walking charge.  It makes the Iran Contra affair look like a small time operation.  This is what House Republicans should have Impeached Bill Clinton for instead of lying about a White House Intern [...] in the Oval Office.  It's called treason.

22 signs of Democrat Voter Fraud in 2012 Election.  [#1] According to the Election Protection Coalition, voters across the United States reported more than 70,000 voting problems by 5 PM Eastern time on election day.  [#2] There were 59 voting divisions in the city of Philadelphia where Mitt Romney did not receive a single vote.  In those voting divisions, the combined vote total was 19,605 for Barack Obama and 0 for Mitt Romney.  [#3] The overall voter turnout rate in Philadelphia was only about 60 percent.  But in the areas of Philadelphia where Republican poll watchers were illegally removed, the voter turnout rate was over 90% and Obama received over 99% of the vote.  Officials in Philadelphia have already ruled out an investigation.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Accused of Rigging Florida Primary.  Professional Clinton crony Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was forced to resign as head of the Democratic National Committee after Wikileaks released emails from the party which showed that she rigged the presidential primaries for her friend Hillary Clinton, is now being accused by her local rival, Tim Canova, of rigging her own primary.  Tim Canova, a law professor and Democrat candidate running for Wasserman Schultz's House seat in Florida, sounded off on Twitter this afternoon [8/22/2016] where he accused his opponent of trying to influence people's votes and undermining his campaign.

Clinton-Connected Pennsylvania AG Found Guilty of 9 Felonies.  A jury on Monday night [8/15/2016] found Pennsylvania's Democratic attorney general Kathleen Kane guilty on nine felony counts stemming from her attempt to leak confidential information aimed at embarrassing Republican political rivals.  Kane, who became a rising political star thanks to support from Bill and Hillary Clinton, has been asked to resign by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D.), and prosecutors say they are considering recommending prison time for Kane.

Chris Matthews Fails to Identify Disgraced Pennsylvania AG as a Democrat.  Imagine that a Republican state attorney general had been forced to resign after being convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice.  Now imagine how the story would have been played on MSNBC.  Fair to assume that the word "Republican" would have featured in the story's first sentence?  But in a stand-alone segment on today's Hardball on the forced resignation of Kathleen Kane, the Pennsylvania AG who was convicted on nine charges, host Chris Matthews failed to ever mention, and the screen graphics never revealed, that Kane is a Democrat.  Kane had illegally leaked secret grand jury documents to harm a rival prosecutor, then lied about it under oath.

Pennsylvania Democrat AG Kathleen Kane Found Guilty on All Counts in Perjury/Obstruction of Justice Prosecution.  Then she immediately began leaking derogatory information about the judge, bailiffs, and jurors.

Jury convicts Attorney General Kathleen Kane.  Attorney General Kathleen Kane, the state's top law enforcement officer and once an ascending star in politics, was convicted by a jury Monday [8/15/2016] of perjury and related charges for covering up a grand jury leak she orchestrated.  Gov.  Tom Wolf called on Kane, 50, of Scranton to resign immediately.

Democrat AG, Kathleen Kane, Found Guilty on Nine Criminal Charges — Criminal Conspiracy, Perjury.  A Pennsylvania Jury found Democrat Attorney General Kathleen Kane guilty on nine criminal counts last night including conspiracy and perjury.  Elected to office in 2014, found guilty of criminal conspiracy in 2016.

PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane Faces Prison Time After Being Convicted of 9 Criminal Charges.  Pennsylvania's top prosecutor, Kathleen Kane, was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice on Monday evening [8/15/2016].  A jury found Kane guilty of a total of 9 criminal charges.  Kane, who once was a rising star in Democratic party, is facing mounting calls to resign as Pennsylvania Attorney General.  "We will continue this litigation we will continue this fight because we believe that our client has been wrongfully accused of misconduct," her defense attorney Gerald Shargel told media outside the court, according to CNN.

Historic! Another Top Clinton Supporter is Under Federal Investigation.  It's really weird how all these Democrats mysteriously find themselves under federal investigation during a Democrat administration.  It's almost as if they think they're above the law.

Feds investigating Mayor de Blasio's involvement in sale of Long Island College Hospital.  U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is looking into Mayor de Blasio's involvement in the sale of Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, the [New York] Daily News has learned.  Bharara's office recently issued a subpoena to the State University of New York, which had owned the hospital, seeking all communications between the university system and City Hall regarding the sale of LICH dating to Jan. 2, 2014, when de Blasio took office, said two sources familiar with the matter.  One source close to SUNY confirmed the subpoena and said "the clear target seems to be de Blasio."  But the specifics of what Bharara is looking into were unclear.

DNC Shared Its Donor Appointment List With White House.  New details have emerged about a possible "pay-to-play" scheme that surfaced in the Democratic National Committee documents released by Wikileaks last week.  The Democratic National Committee's national finance director sent a White House official who handles personnel matters a list of Democratic donors that the DNC hand-picked for appointments to federal boards and commissions.  The Daily Caller reported earlier this week that Jordan Kaplan, the DNC finance director, sought guidance from his colleagues on what donors to choose for federal appointments.  Names were collected, and a spreadsheet entitled "Boards and Commissions" was created.

DNC Breaks Federal Law; Violation of Sec. 8 U.S. Code § 1324.  In their bizarre showcase of illegal aliens on the first day of their convention, Democrats not only shamelessly used a little girl for crass political reasons, they also managed to break federal immigration law — twice.  Karla Ortiz has appeared on television and in commercials telling Hillary Clinton how scared she is that her illegal immigrant mom will be deported.  In the ad — and again Monday night — we hear that Hillary told her that she would do the worrying for Karla.  Aww.  Karla then appeared Monday night [7/25/2016] on stage at the Democratic National Convention with her illegal-immigrant mother, Francesca.  In addition being a disgusting display of political pandering, this is also a violation of 8 U.S. Code § 1324.  The law makes it a felony to "conceal" or "harbor" any "alien" "including any means of transportation."

Lawyers Repeatedly Flagged Illicit Politicking by Dem Legal Strategy Group.  Democratic Party lawyers had to step in repeatedly to prevent illegal or prohibited political fundraising by a new Democratic National Committee group designed to coordinate legal strategy with hundreds of friendly attorneys, internal documents show.  Multiple proposed fundraising pitches by the new Democratic Lawyers Committee (DLC) invoked the names of high-ranking administration officials in what would have been violations of federal laws and White House policies against political activity by administration officials, according to emails between the group's top staffers and their attorneys.

Wasserman-Schultz's Opponent to File Complaint Accusing Her of Using DNC Resources for Reelection.  It seems that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has been through quite a week.  Following the release of Wikileaks emails that show the DNC's general disdain for Bernie Sanders, Wasserman-Schultz will step down from her role as the chair of the DNC at the end of the convention.  In addition, she has minimized her role at the Democratic convention currently happening in Philadelphia.  Now, she faces a new challenge.  This time from her primary opponent in Florida, Tim Canova.  Canova has begun the process of filing a legal complaint against Wasserman-Schultz claiming that she misappropriated DNC resources to help in her reelection campaign in Florida.

A Guide to Buying Access at the Democratic National Convention.  Corporations, labor unions, and wealthy individuals can buy access to top Democratic policymakers at the party's convention in Philadelphia this week, according to internal documents detailing the perks that the party is offering to its wealthiest donors.  Political action committees that gave $90,000 to the Democratic National Committee between January 2015 and June 2016 will get two tickets to an "exclusive roundtable and campaign briefing with high-level Democratic officials," the documents reveal.  Political groups that donated at least $150,000 will get four tickets instead of two.  Native American tribes can get five tickets, but they must have donated at least $200,000.  PACs that gave at least $30,000 will also get access to "business roundtables and industry panels throughout the Convention."

Debbie Fired For Collusion and Corruption — Instantly Hired By Hillary.  You can't make this stuff up!  Debbie Wasserman Schultz steps down/gets fired for colluding with the media and others to crush Bernie.  She becomes the picture of all things corrupt, but Hillary instantly hires her on for the campaign.  That is the kind of resumé Hillary appreciates.

Leaked DNC Documents Show Plans To Reward Big Donors With Federal Appointments.  Democratic National Committee documents recently released by WikiLeaks include spreadsheets and emails that appear to show party officials planning which donors and prominent fundraisers to provide with appointments to federal boards and commissions.  The documents, which were circulated among top DNC officials in April, could raise legal questions for the party, says Ken Boehm, the chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group.  "The disclosed DNC emails sure look like the potential Clinton Administration has intertwined the appointments to federal government boards and commissions with the political and fund raising operations of the Democratic Party," Boehm told The Daily Caller.

Team of Grifters:  Tim Kaine Reinforces 'Crooked' Hillary's Weaknesses on Cronyism, Corruption.  Hillary Clinton may have selected Sen. Tim Kaine (R-VA) as her running mate to help her appeal to blue-collar men, but her selection only reinforces her biggest weaknesses with voters.  In an election cycle in which voters are revolting against career politicians like Clinton who play by a different set of rules and are associated with cronyism and corruption, Kaine is none other than a lifelong politician who accepted lavish gifts while he was Virginia's governor and lieutenant governor.

Kaine accepted clothes, vacation as gifts.  Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine took advantage of the state's lax gift laws to receive an $18,000 Caribbean vacation, $5,500 in clothes and a trip to watch George Mason University play in the NCAA basketball Final Four during his years as lieutenant governor and governor, according to disclosures he filed.  Now a leading contender to be Hillary Clinton's running mate, Kaine reported more than $160,000 in gifts from 2001 to 2009, mostly for travel to and from political events and conferences, according to disclosures compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project.  The givers included political supporters, a drug company that soon after bought a facility in Virginia, and Dominion, the state's biggest provider of electricity.

Hillary Veep Pick Eagerly Accepted $160,000 in "Gifts" as Virginia Governor.  Has there ever been a more corrupt, venal and destructive ticket than this particular Democrat offering?

Mike Brown's Mom Robs & Beats Her Mother-In-Law, Still Slated To Speak at DNC.  Look who is going to be speaking at the DNC this year for Hillary.  This isn't too surprising, considering the fact that the Democrats have a criminal openly running for President.

Labor Secretary Misrepresented Grandfather's Ties to Dominican Dictator.  Labor Secretary Tom Perez, one of Hillary Clinton's top choices for vice president, misrepresented his grandfather's relationship to a Dominican dictator, according to a report.  Perez has lauded his grandfather, Rafael Brache, for "standing on the right side of history" against the brutal regime of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic.  He said that Brache was expelled for speaking out against the regime, but a new Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that Brache exited the country after years of support for the regime.  "In his comments, Mr. Perez rarely, if ever, mentions that Mr. Brache was one of the dictator's champions during at least the first five years of his repressive three-decade regime, a fact documented in dozens of cables, letters and memos in public archives in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic," the article states.

Clinton Foundation Corruption Should Be Next for the FBI.  North Florida-based Congresswoman Corinne Brown is the latest Clinton superdelegate to receive an indictment for corruption and ethics violations.  Brown allegedly received $800,000 from an organization called One Door For Education under false pretenses that the funds would be used for charitable purposes.  One Door For Education touts itself as a nonprofit, but is not legally registered as such.  Brown is just one of several Clinton superdelegates to recently be exposed for fraudulent activity.  Late last month, Congressman Chaka Fattah was convicted on charges of racketeering, corruption and stealing charitable funds.  Sen. Bob Menendez, Gov.  Andrew Cuomo, Gov.  Dannel Malloy and the former Virginia governor who served as Clinton's 2008 campaign chair, Terry McAuliffe, are also in the midst of corruption probes.

Throw away the key.
Supreme Court rejects Kwame Kilpatrick's new trial bid.  The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's appeal of his public corruption conviction, putting a final end to Kilpatrick's bid to overturn his 28-year prison sentence.  Kilpatrick, 46, was convicted of using his position as mayor of Detroit and state House representative to execute a wide-ranging racketeering conspiracy involving extortion, bribery and fraud.

NYC could be on verge of making the worst kind of history.  As they seek to prove big crimes, prosecutors must present large amounts of evidence, some of it complex.  But persuading juries also requires a simple theory of the case that shows how the evidence fits together, and the best way to do that is it give jurors catchy details to help them understand the narrative — and find the defendants guilty.  By that standard, prosecutors are hitting the motherlode in the ballooning New York corruption scandal.  Among the seal-the-deal details are elves and hookers, garbage bags and fancy Italian bags, a private jet and a private lane in the Lincoln Tunnel.  Prosecutors allege, for example, that a cash kickback was delivered in a Salvatore Ferragamo bag, and that businessmen wearing elf hats delivered expensive Christmas presents to police officers' homes.

Congressman Chaka Fattah receives his walking papers.  Earlier this week, John [Sexton] covered the end to the Pennsylvania trial of Congressman Chaka Fattah and his conviction on multiple counts of racketeering and fraud.  One would expect that with such a result, Fattah would quickly depart the scene, sparing his constituents and his colleagues in the lower chamber any further embarrassment.  But Fattah initially offered his resignation for October 3rd, the day before he's to be sentenced.  That didn't sit well with the Speaker of the House, and facing the possibility of more severe measures, he quickly suggested some sort of compromise might be in order.

Congressman Chaka Fattah guilty on all charges in corruption case.  The veteran Pennsylvania congressman was convicted Tuesday [6/21/2016] in a month-long racketeering case that largely centered on various efforts to repay an illegal $1 million campaign loan related to his unsuccessful 2007 mayoral bid.

Clinton Superdelegate Chaka Fattah Found Guilty on Corruption Charges.  Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), a Hillary Clinton superdelegate, was convicted on Tuesday on corruption charges stemming from a racketeering conspiracy in which the congressman and four associates misappropriated thousands of dollars from federal, campaign, and charitable sources.  Fattah and four associates were indicted in July 2015 on 29 corruption charges including racketeering, bribery, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, and falsification of records, among other charges.  The Department of Justice said Fattah took an illegal $1 million loan from his failed Philadelphia mayoral bid in 2007 and disguised it as a loan to his consulting company.

Leaked Memo Teaches Clinton Staffers How To Break Campaign Finance Laws And Get Away With It.  A leaked 2015 memo appears to give Hillary Clinton staffers advice on how to solicit large-sum donations for super PACs without breaking campaign finance laws restricting that behavior.  According to the Intercept, the memo in question was uncovered in Guccifer 2.0's recent hack of the DNC and was written by Marc Elias, who now serves as general counsel to Clinton's campaign.

Luis Gutierrez Paid His Wife Over $300,000 From Campaign Funds.  Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.) has paid his wife and daughters hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign's coffer since 2010, according to campaign finance data.  Gutierrez, who was first elected to Congress in 1993, brought his wife, Soraida Gutierrez, onto his campaign's payroll six years ago to act as his office manager, treasurer, and fundraiser.  Soraida Gutierrez was a registered lobbyist in the state of Illinois from 2003 to 2009 before joining Gutierrez for Congress.  She has since raked in more than $300,000 for her work on behalf of the committee while being the top recipient of campaign cash in three cycles since stepping into her role.

4 NYPD officials busted in de Blasio fundraising probe.  Four NYPD officials — including three high-ranking cops — have been busted as part of the sweeping federal corruption probe rocking the police department and Mayor Bill de Blasio's office, federal prosecutors announced Monday [6/20/2016].  "It is a heartbreaking thing," Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said.  "An officer who betrays his badge betrays every honorable officer."  Deputy Chief Michael Harrington, Deputy Inspector James Grant and Sgt.  David Villanueva were arrested at their homes at 6 a.m.  Monday by FBI agents and hauled into 26 Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan, sources said.  Officer Richard Ochetal has already pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for expediting gun permit applications, prosecutors revealed.

Former DC mayor returns to council after federal probes.  Two years after he lost his bid for a second term as District of Columbia mayor amid a federal corruption probe, Vincent Gray has assured himself a return to elected office in the nation's capital.

Al Sharpton still too busy to pay his taxes.  MSNBC host and perpetual race agitator Al Sharpton certainly gets around quite a bit.  Any time there's any sort of Black Lives Matter protest or urban unrest with a race relations twist, Sharpton seems to appear within hours as if by magic.  So busy is the man's schedule that he apparently still can't find time to sit down with an accountant and clear up more than a half million dollars in unpaid taxes which the IRS has been pestering him about for some time now.

The Rule Of Law Is Dead.  Note that this is not just about possible security problems; there is apparently evidence that Hillary and Bill used their "family foundation" to sell influence including to foreign entities and in fact there are people speculating that she won't just be indicted related to mishandling classified information (which I remind you can and often does get people killed) but possibly on racketeering charges — that is, just like the mob!  Yet 71% of Democrat voters say this doesn't matter and she should keep running even if indicted on such charges.

50% Say Clinton Should Keep Running Even If Indicted.  Most continue to believe likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is a lawbreaker, but half of all voters also say a felony indictment shouldn't stop her campaign for the presidency.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters think Clinton should immediately stop campaigning if she is charged with a felony in connection with her use of a private e-mail server while secretary of State.  Fifty percent (50%), however, think she should continue running until a court determines her guilt or innocence.

Under investigation, Mayor de Blasio's administration is acting like it has plenty to hide.  As investigations of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio's administration deepen, his denials and obfuscations are becoming increasingly disconnected from reality.  The first-term Democrat is now retailing straight balderdash and trying to bluster his way through a thickening bramble of ethical questions.  The besieged mayor continues to defend his use of the Campaign for One New York, a nonprofit that took millions of dollars from his progressive allies, many of whom sought (and received) favors from the city.

Why Are the Clintons Always Under Investigation?  [Scroll down]  The Clintons, it might be noted, are not the only ones to be involved in a fresh time of troubles.  They extend to their former consigliere Terry McAuliffe, who is Governor of Virginia and former head of the Democratic National Committee.  McAuliffe was a dynamo as a fundraiser for the Clintons.  Now he's under federal investigation for campaign contributions.  The Justice Department, as part of its investigation, is apparently examining McAuliffe's work as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, itself a dubious organization that has accepted contributions from some very questionable customers.  Apparently 120 donors gave to both McAuliffe and the Clinton foundation.

FBI investigation of McAuliffe leaked: why?  The stunning news that the FBI has been investigating Virginia Governor (and key Clinton Machine operative) Terry McAuliffe for a year is widely seen as an ominous sign for Hillary Clinton's campaign. [...] A former chair of the Democratic National Committee, McAuliffe raised a then-unprecedented $275 million for the Clintons in the 20th century, and set a record for a single night fundraiser with $26 million.  He also personally guaranteed the mortgage on the Chappaqua mansion purchased by the Clintons for their post-presidency residence, when they were, according to Hillary, "dead broke."  The term "bagman" has been applied to him for years, particularly since he has made no secret of his pattern of mixing politics and his personal business interests.

McAuliffe: That Donation from a Chinese Parliament Member Was Totally Legal!  Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe said his reaction was "shock" when he learned the FBI was investigating donations to his 2013 campaign.  He must be the only person in Virginia who was.

McAuliffe Shields Clintons: 'This Has Nothing to Do With the Clinton Foundation'.  The governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, is responding to news of him being under federal investigation by shielding his close associates, Hillary and Bill Clinton.  McAuliffe told reporters, "this has nothing to do with the Clinton Foundation.  This was an allegation of a gentleman who gave a check to my campaign.  I didn't bring the donor in.  I didn't bring him into the Clinton Foundation.  I'm not sure if I've ever met the person."

First 'Clinton Cash' Domino to Fall:  FBI Investigating Hillary Bagman Terry McAuliffe.  Close Clinton operative Terry McAuliffe is under federal investigation for campaign contributions from a Chinese billionaire who has also donated $2 million to the Clinton Foundation.

People Putting 'Huge Amounts of Money' In Clintons' Pockets Had 'Strong, Rich Ties With Oppressive Forces'.  [Scroll down]  [Stephen K.] Bannon added a hat tip to [Peter] Schweizer by pointing out that Clinton Cash was also released about four weeks before the FBI investigation began, putting years of research on the Clinton's financial dealings into the public domain.  "We like to think that the two are connected, and the areas of investigation hit on the exact point that we reported on in Clinton Cash, which is that money flows to the Clintons in exchange for official favors," Schweizer agreed.  "I think that the leak Terry McAuliffe is under investigation is only the beginning, and I have always believed that the email investigation is important, but really that is just an ancillary to the larger question of the Clintons getting paid off," he said.

Virginia Gov.  Terry McAuliffe under federal investigation for campaign contributions.  Virginia Democratic Gov.  Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say.  The investigation dates to at least last year and has focused, at least in part, on whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law, the officials said.  McAuliffe wasn't notified by investigators that he is a target of the probe, according to the officials.

Virginia Gov.  Terry McAuliffe under investigation by DOJ over possible illegal campaign contributions.  Federal officials are investigating whether Virginia Gov.  Terry McAuliffe's 2013 campaign accepted illegal campaign contributions, sources familiar with the investigation confirmed Monday [5/23/2016] to Fox News.  The Democratic governor and Clinton ally is the target of a Justice Department investigation into whether he violated campaign finance laws.  The probe, first reported by CNN, involves a $120,000 donation from Chinese businessman Wang Wenliang through his U.S. businesses.  U.S. election law prohibits foreign nationals to donate to political races.

13 Incompetent Failures in the Obama Administration.  [#4] Well before he became secretary of State, John Kerry profited from the Obama administration.  While he was helping to craft Obamacare, the Massachusetts senator bought stock in a pharmaceuticals company which would benefit from the law.  He also bought shares in a medical device manufacturer — a company whose stock rose 71 percent when the bill passed.  Finally, Kerry and his wife sold off their investments in United Health and Wellpoint, two of the healthcare providers which ended up losing big from Obamacare.

De Blasio shields cronies in 'corruption' coverup.  Besieged by federal and state investigators, Mayor Bill de Blasio turned Nixonian Thursday and declared five of his closest outside confidants exempt from public disclosure laws when they advise him on running the city.  His administration extended the stunning "agents of the city" privilege to BerlinRosen co-founder Jonathan Rosen; Hilltop Public Solutions partners Nicholas Baldick and Bill Hyers; and AKPD partner John Del Cecato.  All four worked on de Blasio's political campaigns.  Also included was Patrick Gaspard, US ambassador to South Africa and a former political operative at SEIU Local 1199.

Pa. Democrats set to host national convention amid 'endemic' party corruption in state.  Pennsylvania Democrats, no strangers to corruption, are surpassing their own dirty reputations as they prepare to host the Democratic National Convention this summer in Philadelphia.  There's Rep. Chaka Fattah, an 11-term Democrat from Philadelphia whose trial opens Monday [5/16/2016] in federal court on charges of bribery, concealment of unlawful campaign contributions and theft of charitable and federal funds.  Voters took the rare step in the Democratic primary last month of voting out Mr. Fattah, the longest-serving black congressman in Pennsylvania's history.

Alan Grayson Loses it on MSNBC Host for Bringing Up Ethics Violations.  Alan Grayson is a hero of online liberals — or at least, he was the last time I read a liberal blog, which has been some years. [...] He's also running for the Florida Senate Seat as an "insurgent" candidate against establishment favorite Patrick Murphy.  Grayson went on MSNBC today with how Joy Reid — hardly a hostile interview for liberals — and absolutely lost his smarmy mind when Reid asked him some basic questions:  [Video clip]

Flint: Never let crisis dollars go to waste.  Death and taxes are said to be life's only certainties, but you can also pretty much count on bureaucrats to care little about doing their jobs well and on politicians to cash in on every crisis.  Government had already let down Flint, Mich. badly enough.  But a new lawsuit alleges that Mayor Karen Weaver, hailed as a champion for her city during its water crisis, siphoned money out of a pool intended to fix the city's tainted water problem into her political action committee.  This accusation will be tested in court.

Feds want corrupt ex-Sen. John Sampson to spend 87 months in jail.  Federal prosecutors are recommending a jail term of 87 months for ex-state Sen. John Sampson when he is sentenced next week in Brooklyn Federal Court.  The once-powerful Democrat was convicted last year of obstructing a mortgage fraud probe involving a deep-pocketed crony of Sampson's who had loaned money to the Brooklyn politician, and lying to the FBI.

Corruption probe into Cuomo, de Blasio expands.  There'[s] been an interesting twist in the ongoing corruption investigation swirling around New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The Mayor has apparently had enough of all these pesky questions and he's no longer going to cooperate with any such lines of inquiry.  That might not normally be newsworthy since these are no doubt uncomfortable questions to answer, but the unique aspect of the story is who the Mayor is blaming.

Ex-NY Speaker Sheldon Silver sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption.  Sheldon Silver, longtime Democratic politician and former speaker of the New York State Assembly, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption by a federal judge on Tuesday [5/3/2016].  Silver was also ordered to pay $1.75 million in fines.  The 72-year-old lawyer and longtime representative of Lower Manhattan was found guilty last November of fraud, extortion and money laundering.  In addition to trading favors with local real estate developers, it was determined that Silver found jobs for two women he had extramarital affairs with.

From Albany to Prison:  Ex-Lawmakers on Life Behind Bars.  In May, three more corrupt New York State lawmakers are expected to join the jumpsuited ranks, three more cautionary tales from a State Legislature with no apparent shortage of them.

De Blasio staffers slapped with subpoenas as scandal deepens.  Mayor Bill de Blasio received a rude awakening from federal investigators — who slapped City Hall, including three members of Hizzoner's inner circle, with subpoenas amid a growing probe of his shady fundraising, sources confirmed to The [New York] Post on Wednesday [4/27/2016].  De Blasio's most trusted aide, Emma Wolfe, his top fundraiser, Ross Offinger, and a consulting firm that has run his campaigns were all served with the legal papers, sources said.

How de Blasio ran political campaigns out of City Hall.  Bill de Blasio and his team brazenly ran political campaigns straight out of City Hall, according to state investigators.  The administration was still reeling Saturday from a state Board of Elections memo that alleged City Hall made "willful and flagrant" violations of campaign finance law by steering unions and deep-pocketed donors to indirectly funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to three upstate Democrats running for the state Senate.  The big-money donors would cut six-digit checks to county Democratic committees, which would then send the money to the campaigns, thus circumventing legal caps on contributions.

The mayor is going down!  Less than a week ago, Mayor de Blasio was offering aid to Ecuadorians after the earthquake there.  Now a political earthquake is rocking City Hall and the mayor is the one who needs help.  The report from the state Board of Elections that accuses him and his team of "willful and flagrant" violations of campaign-finance laws immediately changes everything.  The veneer of business as usual is shredded.

De Blasio team skirted campaign donation limits; investigators found 'willful and flagrant' violations 'warranting prosecution'.  The head investigator for the state Board of Elections probed the 2014 fundraising efforts by Mayor de Blasio and his team on behalf of the Senate Democrats and found enough "willful and flagrant" violations to warrant a criminal referral to the Manhattan DA's office.  The Daily News obtained a bombshell memo state Board of Elections Chief Enforcement Officer Risa Sugarman sent to the board's four commissioners on Jan. 4 recommending the referral.

Ex-Congressman Mel Reynolds, facing tax charges, gets locked up.  A misdemeanor tax case against an ex-congressman delivered yet another twist Wednesday [4/20/2016] when a federal judge locked up former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds.  U.S. District Judge John Darrah gave Reynolds six days last week to find a place to live where he could be put on electronic monitoring.  Reynolds said Wednesday he had failed to do so, but he asked for time to keep looking.  He also announced plans to represent himself.

NYPD officers shared prostitute in private jet funded by businessman in corruption probe, reports say.  Several New York police officials have been accused of having sex with a prostitute dressed as an air hostess while travelling on a private plane paid for by a city businessman at the heart of a federal corruption probe.  The prostitute is said to have enacted a "Coffee, tea, or me?" routine during both legs of a return trip to Las Vegas, informed sources told the New York Post.  The private plane was reportedly paid for by Jona Rechnitz, one of two businessmen with ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio who is being investigated over gifts made to five high ranking police officers.

City Hall squirming as corruption scandal widens.  Well, that didn't take long:  Mayor de Blasio has now lawyered up in the ever-widening federal corruption probe by US Attorney Preet Bharara.  To be sure, attorney Barry Berke officially represents the mayor's 2013 election campaign, and he was officially asked only to reach out to Bharara's office and offer to help "in any way that we can.  But it's another sign that things may be getting increasingly uncomfortable for the folks at City Hall.

De Blasio handling corruption scandal like a true scoundrel.  [Scroll down]  Cops are all-too familiar with double standards.  They're usually held to the highest test of integrity while also considered the most expendable in a political crisis.  That strikes me as foolishness compounded.  Yet corruption has little to do with fairness and everything to do with power.  And to hear de Blasio talk, he is far too big to be held to the same rules as the little people, cops included.

NYPD corruption scandal leads straight to de Blasio.  As Bob Dylan told us long ago, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."  These days, a foul wind blows from City Hall.  With subpoenas issued, investigations spreading and at least one federal grand jury at work, the question isn't whether Bill de Blasio's administration has a corruption problem.  The questions are how big is the problem, how many agencies are tainted and how high up the pecking order does it go?  The preliminary answers are worrisome.  A small army of investigators, including the FBI, is on the hunt, and all roads appear to lead straight to Mayor Putz.

Office of Congressional Ethics calls for full investigation of Alan Grayson.  Last month Ed [Morrissey] noted that the House Ethics Committee was opening an investigation into apparent moonlighting by Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson.  Tuesday, the Office of Congressional Ethics published a 74-page report detailing its findings recommending the committee undertake a full investigation of multiple allegations against Grayson.

Ethics report: Florida Democrat Grayson likely violated House rules.  A congressional review panel said Tuesday [4/5/2016] that Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson likely violated House rules in his business activities and use of congressional staff, as the separate House Ethics Committee moved to extend its probe.  Grayson, who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by ex-GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio, is being scrutinized regarding a hedge fund he started when he was not a member of Congress and for allegedly using his congressional staff for unofficial business.

Dem Donors Plead Guilty to $33 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme.  Five individuals who have donated to Democratic politicians pleaded guilty to a scheme that drained Medicare out of $33 million dollars.  Two physicians and three owners of hospice and home care companies based out of Detroit, Mich., were charged on June 18, 2015 as part of the largest Medicare fraud case in history for submitting fraudulent claims for home health care and hospice services that were either not provided or deemed medically unnecessary.  The elaborate operation revolved around Muhammad Tariq, Shahid Tahir, and Manawar Javed — the owners of the home health care and hospice companies — paying kickbacks and bribes to physicians for referrals to their companies that included A Plus Hospice and Palliative Care, At Home Hospice, and At Home Network Inc.

Clinton superdelegate disbarred while awaiting prison sentencing - still a superdelegate.  Just a quick update on the superdelegate situation for the Democrats this evening.  Normally we'd be talking about which of the army of superdelegates is backing which candidate or how they might make the process a tad bit more democratic in nature, but this story has to do with who will (or more to the point, won't) be attending the festivities in Philadelphia.  You may recall that we earlier talked about one of Hillary Clinton's long time friends and supporters who also happens to be a superdelegate, Sheldon Silver.  The disgraced former Speaker of the State Assembly in New York was previously convicted of a raft of corruption charges and is currently awaiting sentencing where he could receive up to 130 years behind bars.

Australians say they were paid by Labor Party to work for Sanders.  Young Australians say they are being paid to work for Sen. Bernard Sanders' campaign by the Australian Labor Party in what appears to be a violation of U.S. election law, according to an undercover video released Thursday [2/25/2016].  The footage captured by Project Veritas Action shows three campaign volunteers discussing how they received compensation from the Australian Labor Party — including airfare, housing and a daily stipend — in order to help Mr. Sanders' bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Feds Flag Thousands of Illegal Bernie Sanders Contributions.  Thousands of contributions to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign in January violated federal campaign finance laws, election regulators said on Thursday [2/25/2016].  The Federal Election Commission sent a letter to the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign committee on Thursday with a 90-page spreadsheet listing 3,457 "excessive, prohibited, and impermissible contributions."  The campaign's January financial disclosure filing listed contributions from foreign nationals and unregistered political committees, the FEC said.  Other contributions came from donors who exceeded the $2,700 per-election limit.

The H-Factor in voter turnout.  Think about this situation:  not only do the Democratic Party insist on running a candidate who is hands down the most reviled woman in America, but they insist on doing so in the face of revelations that would already have required any other candidate to step down and retire from all politics.  But those Democrat power brokers are so hell-bent on their party electing the first female president that they'll even support a candidate who, were she Jane Doe, would be facing multiple federal felony charges and likely serious prison time.  Hillary has had a lot of time since Bill left office to make lucrative promises to a lot of powerful people, so that those folks have a clear interest in seeing her made president, criminal or no — in fact, probably even better if she is, because she'll be easier to manipulate.  And that, folks, is who the Democrats think should be our next president.

Ex-Calif. State Sen. Leland Yee, gun control champion, heading to prison for weapons trafficking.  On the surface, the story of Leland Yee looks like a precipitous fall from grace.  The 67-year-old had risen steadily in the ranks of Bay Area politics since the late 80s, when he was elected to the San Francisco School Board.  He then went on to sit on the city's Board of Supervisors and in the state Assembly.  The latter role saw him become the first Asian American speaker pro tem in 2004, making him the second-highest ranking Democrat in the California assembly at the time.

Ex-state Sen. Leland Yee gets 5 years in prison in corruption case.  A federal district judge sentenced former state Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat, to five years in prison Wednesday [2/24/2016] for trading political favors for campaign contributions.  He was also fined $20,000.  Yee admitted in a plea deal that he was part of a racketeering conspiracy that involved exchanging official acts for money, conspiring to traffic in weapons and money laundering.  Specifically, Lee promised an undercover FBI agent favors in return for campaign contributions.

Iowa Democratic party altered precinct's caucus results during chaotic night.  In Grinnell Ward 1, the precinct where elite liberal arts college Grinnell College is located, 19 delegates were awarded to Bernie Sanders and seven were awarded to Hillary Clinton on caucus night.  However, the Iowa Democratic party decided to shift one delegate from Sanders to Clinton on the night and did not notify precinct secretary J Pablo Silva that they had done so.  Silva only discovered that this happened the next day, when checking the precinct results in other parts of the county.  The shift of one delegate at a county convention level would not have significantly affected the ultimate outcome of the caucus, but rather, it raises questions about the Iowa Democratic party's management of caucus night.

That Smell Isn't the Ethanol.  Sixteen years after the chad-diviners of Florida we now have the coin-flippers of Iowa.  The Des Moines Register, which endorsed Hillary Clinton pre-caucus, is post-caucus calling for a "complete audit" of the vote to establish whether she actually won it — as the maniacal cackler has been going around bragging about ever since.  I would say it is almost certain that she did not win it.  But whether anyone can know for sure is more doubtful.  The Democrats run their end of the Iowa caucus as a folksier version of the union block vote in the old British Labour Party.  No actual vote tallies are released, just the numbers of SDEs — or "state delegate equivalents".

The Iowa Democratic Party Chair Refusing To Review Caucus Results Is A HUGE Hillary Supporter.  The Iowa Democratic party chair who is refusing to release raw vote totals from Monday's state caucuses is a long-time Hillary Clinton supporter who donated to the politician's various campaigns and who reportedly drives a Buick with the license plate "HRC 2016."  Dr. Andrea "Andy" McGuire has shot down calls to review vote tallies from Monday's contest despite Clinton's razor-thin win over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.  The former secretary of state squeaked by the democratic socialist, hauling in 49.9 percent of state delegate equivalents versus Sanders' 49.6 percent.

The Bill Clinton effect: Behind the left's sex-harassment problem.  News of rampant sexual harassment at a leading progressive public relations firm seems to have surprised some on the Left:  How can enlightened liberals, so staunchly committed to women's equality and progress, allow old-school sexism and abuse of power to persist?  How could FitzGibbon Media, which represented MoveOn.org, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the AFL-CIO, have a CEO sending text messages asking for dirty pictures from female underlings?  Conservatives shouldn't start throwing stones:  There are plenty of cads in every political party.  Yet progressives really shouldn't be surprised that such behavior exists in liberal enclaves; in fact, there's reason to suspect there may be more mistreatment of women by the Left than the Right.  It's a phenomenon I call "the Bill Clinton effect."

The Clinton Curse returns.  The FBI's investigation is finding so much additional evidence of wrongdoing by the Clintons and their Clintonistas that the copious evidence is actually impeding the bureau from recommending indictments.  No sooner does the bureau think it has wrapped up one set of indictments than it trips across another category of malfeasance.  For instance, it seems that the FBI has now found the Clintons to have co-mingled their foundation's interests with Hillary's State Department work, and then there is her campaign fundraising, Bill's exorbitant lecture fees, and — who knows — the needs of the Clinton Library.  If Hillary and Bill are lucky, the FBI investigations will be mired in new evidence for months to come.

90 percent of New Yorkers think Albany is corrupt.  Ninety percent of New Yorkers believe Albany is corrupt and two-thirds believe there are problems with the elected officials representing their hometowns and cities. [...] Some 84 percent of voters want to take pensions away from pols who are convicted of crimes related to their official obligation to serve the public.  Sixty-two percent of voters polled want the state to close an LLC loophole that allows companies to skirt campaign contribution limits by setting up shadowy limited liability corporations that donate to candidates and increase influence on lawmakers.

Supreme Court will review corruption conviction of former Va. governor Robert McDonnell.  The Supreme Court will decide whether former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell was rightly convicted of corruption for his efforts on behalf of a businessman who bestowed money and gifts on the governor and his family.  The court announced Friday [1/15/2016] that it would intervene in the long-running saga of McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, and the case provides the justices a fresh opportunity to define what kind of political conduct crosses the line into criminal behavior.

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Prosecutors will drop case against former Va. governor Robert McDonnell.  Federal prosecutors will not attempt to retry former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on corruption charges, ending a years-long saga that rocked the commonwealth's political class and cut short the rise of a Republican Party star.  The conclusion came unceremoniously, as prosecutors filed one-paragraph documents telling a federal appeals court they would move to dismiss the indictments.  It means that the McDonnells — who have always maintained they did nothing illegal — will avoid criminal convictions and prison time.

Sanders and Wife Steered Campaign, Nonprofit Money to Family and Friends.  Bernie Sanders and his wife have on numerous occasions steered money from organizations under their control to friends and family members, public records show.  The payments benefitted the wife of the Democratic presidential candidate, his stepdaughter, and the son of a former colleague in city government whom Sanders has described as a close friend.  Sanders, a self-described socialist, is now running for the presidency on an anti-corruption platform, decrying public officials' attempts to use their positions for personal financial gain.  Following 16 years as a member of the House, Sanders was elected to the Senate in 2006.  His political campaigns were an early vehicle for payments to his family members.  According to Jane O'Meara Sanders, the senator's wife, Sanders' House campaigns paid her more than $90,000 for consulting and ad placement services from 2002 to 2004.  She pocketed about $30,000 of that money.

Clinton donors use Maine Democrats to skirt campaign cash limits.  A Cuban-born sugar tycoon.  A California-based registered foreign agent for the government of Sri Lanka.  A Chicago billionaire.  All of them are recent large donors to the Maine Democratic Party via a complex fundraising scheme called the Hillary Victory Fund.  The fund exploits recent court decisions and weakened campaign finance laws to maximize political contributions and funnel them to the Democratic National Committee.

Liberalism and Optional Law.  The sad reality is that rule of law — that the laws apply equally to all Americans — no longer exists in America.  Obama's imperial presidency, sanctuary cities, and the liberal establishments refusal to enforce laws they don't like means that the law does not apply equally, even in principle, to all Americans.  Some cite the Constitutional remedies such as impeachment but the reality is that the liberal politicians have no honor and will support their own no matter what, as they did when Bill Clinton committed perjury to protect himself from sexual-harassment charges.

How Political Machines End.  Ross Douthat, writing in the New York Times ruefully writes "I simply do not believe that the Obama Justice Department is going to indict the former secretary of state and Democratic front-runner for mishandling classified information, even if the offenses involved would have sunk a lesser figure's career or landed her in jail."  The observation is almost tantamount to arguing that the rule of law no longer exists; that the political class can literally do whatever it wants.

Albany's protection racket could be straight out of the Mafia.  New Yorkers who are cynical about the cesspool otherwise known as Albany are getting vindication these days.  The separate but simultaneous corruption trials of the former leaders of the Legislature are revealing a culture even more rotten than we knew.  Democrat Sheldon Silver, the former speaker of the Assembly, and Republican Dean Skelos, the former Senate majority leader, stand accused of being greedy serial manipulators who used their power to enrich themselves and their families.

Morning Joe Panel Says [the] DNC [is] Rigging [the] Primary for Hillary Clinton.  The panel on MSNBC's Morning Joe harshly criticized the Democratic National Committee on Monday [11/21/2015] for trying to protect Hillary Clinton and ensure she receives the Democratic party's presidential nomination.  While discussing Saturday night's Democratic presidential debate, co-host Mika Brzezinski asked, "There isn't really a nomination fight, is there?  The way this is set up."  Her co-host Joe Scarborough shook his head in agreement before saying to BBC's Katty Kay, "If the Democrats, I think, for the first time in the history of modern politics — and I'm serious — you had a political party take every measure they could for Americans not to see their candidates."

Dean Skelos, Ex-New York Senate Leader, and His Son Are Convicted of Corruption.  Dean G. Skelos, the former majority leader of the New York Senate, and his son were found guilty of federal corruption charges on Friday [12/11/2015], a quick and devastating follow-up punch to the State Capitol, which has seen two entrenched leaders convicted and removed from office in less than two weeks.  The jury in Federal District Court in Manhattan took roughly eight hours over two days to reach its verdict against Senator Skelos, 67, and his son, Adam B. Skelos, 33, finding them guilty of all eight bribery, extortion and conspiracy counts.

New Mexico secretary of state resigns, enters guilty plea.  New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran pleaded guilty to embezzlement and other charges Friday after abruptly resigning amid a fraud investigation that alleges she siphoned thousands of dollars from her election account and withdrew the money at casinos around the state.

The So-What Democrats Shrug Off A Serious Charge.  Hillary Clinton has not been charged with a crime.  But the appearance of wrongdoing is strong enough to warrant an investigation.  Yet Democrats just brush it all off, saying there's nothing here to see. [...] Even if Democrats believe Clinton did nothing wrong with her email, shouldn't they have some concerns about how she handled the terrorist attacks in Benghazi?  They should.  But they don't.

Why isn't this a bribe?  This story has all the elements of Democrat establishment corruption:  an entrepreneur seeking affirmative action preferences, a congressman who is also a preacher, and a nonprofit organization receiving the money.

America's Six Worst Attorneys General.  State attorneys general (AGs) are their state's chief lawyer, tasked with representing state agencies in court, defending state laws, and giving legal advice to state officials.  But in recent years, many AGs have taken on a role as self-serving politicians who neglect these duties and instead seek to expand their own power — from using their office to enrich themselves or their trial lawyer friends to filing lawsuits attacking political opponents or law-abiding businesses.  These and other AG abuses are chronicled in the Competitive Enterprise Institute's latest report, The Nation's Worst State Attorneys General 2015, which names six of the worst offenders.

Has the DOJ Silenced Bob Menendez on the Iran Deal?  On Monday night [8/24/2015], the Department of Justice brought the hammer down on Senator Bob Menendez.  Reportedly in response to the senator's frequent dismissals of the indictment against him as being based on flimsy evidence and FBI's systematic efforts to mislead a New Jersey grand jury, the DOJ submitted a blistering filing that could — and quite possibly should — imperil the Garden State senator's career.

DOJ: Menendez corruption 'clear and unmistakable'.  The Justice Department is slamming Sen. Bob Menendez's push to get corruption charges against him dropped, saying that the "quid pro quo outlined in the indictment is clear and unmistakable."  "The charges in this case are the result of a careful and professional investigation," federal prosecutors said in court documents submitted Monday [8/24/2015].

Something's Happening Here.  Clinton is now immersed in what could very well be the scandal of the century.  There's no way to wriggle free of the mishandling of classified data.  You can finesse financial laws and ethics rules.  You can't finesse this stuff.  News reports suggest there may be dozens of people who have violated the law and conspired to hide their involvement.  This is Watergate level stuff given her position.

Group accuses McCaskill of violating federal campaign finance laws.  A conservative group filed a complaint against Sen. Claire McCaskill on Thursday [8/13/2015], accusing her of violating federal campaign finance laws to beat Todd Akin in Missouri's 2012 Senate race.  The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, a conservative government watchdog group, submitted a complaint to the Federal Election Commission saying that McCaskill attempted to illegally influence who would be her opponent in the Senate race by sharing valuable polling data with the Akin campaign.

Group backing Clinton gets $1M from untraceable donors.  Hillary Rodham Clinton told a cheering crowd at her largest rally so far that "the endless flow of secret, unaccountable money" must be stopped.  Two weeks later, the main super PAC backing her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination accepted a $1 million contribution that cannot be traced.

Corruption probes hitting Dems across the country.  A wave of corruption arrests and investigations is roiling Democratic politicians, posing a potential image problem in an election year.  The latest were a pair of arrests earlier this week, snagging Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, who later resigned, and California state Sen. Leland Yee.  The latter involved a tangled web of allegations including claims that the gun control-pushing lawmaker tried to connect an undercover agent with an international arms dealer.  So far, these cases are confined to the state and local levels, so it remains to be seen whether Democrats running in the congressional midterms will be tarnished.

Pennsylvania's top prosecutor arraigned on criminal charges.  Pennsylvania's top prosecutor barely spoke at her arraignment Saturday on charges including a felony count of perjury, but her attorney stressed afterward that she has no plans to resign, despite growing pressure even among her fellow Democrats.

Kathleen Kane charged with perjury, obstruction of justice, abuse of office.  Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is being charged with perjury, obstructing administration of law and other charges that allege she orchestrated a campaign to leak secret information, then lied to a grand jury about it.  Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman said Kane is accused of a scheme in which "we allege she orchestrated to leak confidential investigative information and secret grand jury" information, then lied to a grand jury about that.  Kane, a Democrat who swept into office in 2012 in a decisive victory, has been mired in skirmishes with former staffers and faced a grand jury investigation into leaks of sealed information from her office.

Feds Indict Pennsylvania US Rep. Fattah in Racketeering Case.  A longtime Philadelphia congressman who was indicted Wednesday [7/29/2015] paid off a campaign loan with charitable donations and federal grants, funneled campaign money to pay down his son's student loan debt and disguised a lobbyist's bribe as payment for a car he never sold, federal prosecutors said.  Democratic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and four associates were charged with racketeering conspiracy.  They also were charged with bribery, conspiracy to commit wire, honest services, bank and mail fraud, and money laundering, among other things.

Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah Indicted in Racketeering Conspiracy.  The Justice Department indicted Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania and four of his associates for their involvement in a racketeering conspiracy "to further their political and financial interests," U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said Wednesday [7/29/2015] at a press conference for the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  The charges within the 29-count indictment include accepting illegal contributions, bribery, creating sham contracts, and misappropriating campaign funds to pay off Fattah's son's college loans.

Drip, Drip, Drip.  With the drip, drip, drip of the many conflicts of interest which enrich the Clinton family and bedevil Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, one refrain remains constant among the liberal punditry:  "These stories are not hurting Hillary's support among Democrats."  Even if the claim were true — which appears increasingly dubious — what does persistently strong support for Mrs. Clinton in the face of endless stories of the Clinton Foundation accepting money from foreign countries that had important business before Hillary's State Department say about Democratic voters?

Democrats criticize government audit of Healthcare.gov.  Ordinarily you would think that members of Congress would be happy when the federal auditor, the General Accounting Office, reveals that a program is vulnerable to fraud of Biblical proportions. [...] If the program we're talking about is ObamaCare, you would be wrong.  It is the signature program of The LightWorker, their Precious, and therefore, it is beyond criticism.

Former mayor of Pa. capital charged with 499 criminal counts.  The former longtime mayor of Harrisburg, Pa., was arrested Tuesday [7/14/2015] and charged with nearly 500 criminal counts, in part stemming from allegations he illegally used hundreds of thousands of dollars from city agencies to purchase historical items, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported.  Stephen R. Reed, 65, whose term as Democratic mayor of Pennsylvania's capital city spanned nearly three decades, was arraigned on 499 counts stemming from 17 criminal charges before Magisterial District Judge William Wenner.

Former Illinois congressman Reynolds indicted on tax charges.  Former U.S. Representative Mel Reynolds, already convicted of having sex with an underage campaign worker, was indicted again for failing to file income tax returns for 2009 through 2012, federal prosecutors said on Friday [6/26/2015].

The Show Me the Money State.  Missouri's second highest elected official blasted Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon for accepting lucrative union campaign donations after vetoing right to work legislation.  Nixon received $50,000 from the United Auto Workers union just days after vetoing legislation that would have ended the practice of coercive unionism in the state.  Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder demanded a refund, criticizing the seeming quid pro quo.

Massachusetts House Launches Investigation Into Deval Patrick's Hidden Accounts.  Massachusetts House investigators are looking into whether former Gov. Deval Patrick diverted state money to secret funds for travel, advertising and other off-the-books expenses.  The Boston Herald first broke the story of the money transfers earlier this week.

Heilemann: If A GOPer Had Written Bernie Sanders' Rape Tale, It Would Be A 'Huge Scandal'.  Heilemann also told "With All Due Respect" co-host Mark Halperin that journalists need to hold Sanders to the "same standard" as a Republican and ask him "tough questions" about the essay.  "I know we both agree about this, which is that if a Republican, any Republican candidate wrote an essay like this, whether they were 16 years old and high on dope or whether it was two weeks ago, it would be a huge scandal," Heilemann said.  "So I think we need to hold Bernie Sanders to the same standard, and people need to ask him tough questions about it."

Judge Roy Moore: Impeach Ginsburg for Marrying Two Men Ahead of SCOTUS Ruling on Gay Marriage.  On May 17, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated the marriage of two men and used the occasion to cite her constitutional right to do so.  In June, the high court — including Ginsburg's vote — will announce its decision on whether homosexual marriage is guaranteed by the Constitution.  That's grounds for impeachment, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore told CNSNews.com in an exclusive interview.

Green Car Co. Tied to Visas Obtained Under False Pretenses - and Democrat Operatives.  GreenTech Automotive.  Backed by the political elite (Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's brother Anthony Rodham, former Louisiana Governor Katherine Blanco, and former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour) funded by foreign nationals (namely exiled Chinese businessman Charles Wang), and nearly as profitable as Solyndra.  Yes, that Solyndra.  But it gets worse.

Exclusive: Bernie Sanders' Wife May Have Defrauded State Agency, Bank.  Documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation indicate that the wife of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may have been able to use her clout to get away with loan fraud, nearly bankrupting the small college she was president of and collecting a sizable severance package in the process.  These revelations come amid growing speculation that Sen. Sanders, a self-described socialist who has blasted the U.S. government as an oligarchy run by billionaires and railed against the golden parachutes received by top corporate executives, will contend for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Role of Hillary Clinton's brother in Haiti gold mine raises eyebrows.  Drive down the rutted dirt road a couple of miles to the guardhouse, then hike 15 minutes up to the overgrown hilltop, and there it is:  a piece of 3½-inch-wide PVC pipe sticking out of the ground.  This is what, at least for the time being, a gold mine looks like.  It also has become a potentially problematic issue for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she considers a second presidential run, after it was revealed this month that in 2013, one of her brothers was added to the advisory board of the company that owns the mine.

Rand Paul: Foreign donations to Clinton Foundation [are] 'thinly veiled bribes'.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told POLITICO on Friday that foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation are "thinly veiled bribes," and said Hillary Clinton should return any donations from Saudi Arabia or other countries that abuse the rights of women.  "The normal Clinton response is to cover up, deny, refuse to acknowledge," Paul said in a telephone interview as he was being driven through New Hampshire.  "But the question is whether the country will rise up and respond to the unseemly nature of accepting foreign donations. "

Dianne Feinstein's Husband Awarded Massive Fortune in Rail Boondoggle.  What a remarkable coincidence.  A guy who was just handed $1 billion of other people's money in the latest rail boondoggle happens to be married to someone we know: [...] The purpose of government spending in a socialistic corruptocracy like ours is to "spread the wealth around" — i.e., confiscate it from those who create it for redistribution to our rulers and those in their favor.  For this reason, it is totally unnecessary for rail and green energy projects to make any economic sense whatsoever.  All by itself this explains why capitalism works and socialism does not work.

Dianne Feinstein's husband wins near-billion dollar California 'high speed rail' contract.  To the surprise of absolutely no one familiar with the ways of Corruptifornia, the one-party state completely in the hands of the Democrats, a consortium whose lead firm is controlled by Richard Blum, husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, was awarded a nearly billion-dollar contract for the construction of the first phase of the so-called high-speed rail line to link San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Those paying attention to the project call it the "half-fast" rail line because it will share trackage with conventional commuter rail trains in the sprawling Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, lowering its average speed to levels achieved by American railways a century ago.

Elijah Cummings is Knee Deep in IRS Scandal.  Cleta Mitchell, who is representing True the Vote, has filed an ethics probe against Elijah Cummings on February 6th (2014) with the Office of Congressional Ethics.  Last fall, True the Vote started receiving 8 and 9 page letters from Cummings, claiming he was conducting an investigation of their organization as part of the House Oversight Committee.  One problem.  The House Oversight Committee is only allowed to investigate government agencies.  Going after a private citizen is illegal.  Mitchell wants to find out if Cummings is responsible in part or completely for the harassment of Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote.  After Cummings launched his "investigation", Engelbrecht had her business audited twice, her personal taxes once, two visits from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, a surprise visit from OSHA, seven visits from the FBI.

Jane Harman: $500K Unreported Donation to Clintons 'Got Lost In System'.  Former Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-CA) takes a "guess" on Fox News Sunday, that the unreported $500,000.00 Algerian donation to the Clinton Foundation "got lost in the system," and was never submitted to the State Department for approval.  Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State at the time, and the buck would have, or should have, stopped at her desk for final approval, had it been questionable, which it surely was.  Political candidates are not allowed to take money from foreign governments.  Algeria is "foreign," is 99 percent Sunni Muslim with 99 percent Berber/Arab ancestry.  She was not a political candidate, at the time, you are saying?  Hillary Clinton has been a political candidate since she followed Bill into the White House in January 1993.

Virginia Dem Party Chair Arrested for Trying to Hire Hit Man to Kill Girls He Molested.  The former Chairman of the Falls Church, Virginia Democrat Party who has been charged with sexually molesting two young girls is now also accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill the young girls before they could tell police their story.  Loudoun County prosecutors say that Democrat Michael Gardner, who is about to stand trial for the molestation charges, tried to find a hit man while in prison.

NY prosecutor basically calls Governor Cuomo a liar.  As we recently discussed, there's a bit of a tug of war going on inside New York's state government, as Governor Andrew Cuomo dodges around to stay out of the corruption investigation net which has already swept up former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.  While there is no word as to whether or not Silver will roll for the prosecutors and give up the governor, the media has gotten essentially nothing from the big guy.

John Kitzhaber controversy: Cylvia Hayes fighting order to release her emails.  Former Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes declared Wednesday that she will go to court to block a state order requiring her to turn over emails related to her public service.  Portland attorney Whitney Boise, representing Hayes, notified The Oregonian/OregonLive and the state Justice Department of her intent to sue in Marion County Circuit Court.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber submits resignation.  Long-time Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has announced his resignation amid allegations his fiancée used her relationship with him to enrich herself.

The Tree-Hugging Femme Fatale Who Brought Down Oregon's Governor.  By now, you may know that disgraced Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, was brought low this week by a scandal concerning his fiancée's dealings with green energy groups.  You may not be aware, however, of exactly the extent to which Kitzhaber's fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, is a corrupt, serial-marrying tree-hugger with a background of scandals galore.  The green energy scandal involved consulting and policy work conducted by Hayes.

Dems urge Oregon governor to resign, top official reveals 'strange' behavior.  Embattled Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber faced stiff pressure from top-ranking fellow Democrats to resign on Thursday [2/12/2015], shortly after the state's No. 2 official issued a statement describing the governor's recent behavior as "strange" and contradictory.  The latest calls to resign — in the wake of influence-peddling allegations involving his fiancee Cylvia Hayes, a green-energy consultant — came from the upper echelons of Oregon's government.  Senate President Peter Courtney told reporters Thursday afternoon that he and House Speaker Tina Kotek have asked for Kitzhaber to step down.

John Kitzhaber must resign.  No doubt, the governor does intend to do the job Oregonians gave him, which, simply put, is to pursue the interests of his constituents.  That intention, however, is no match for an ugly reality of his own making, whose sordid elements keep surfacing with dispiriting regularity, most recently this week thanks to the work of Nick Budnick and Laura Gunderson of The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Oregon's largest newspaper calls on governor to resign over fiancée controversy.  The Oregonian, the largest newspaper in the state, said in an editorial on Thursday that Gov. John Kitzhaber "can no longer lead Oregon effectively and should resign."  Kitzhaber, a Democrat in his fourth term as governor, has been under attack since revelations that his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, was being paid to lobby on behalf of the clean energy industry while at the same time holding the title of Oregon's first lady and filling the role of unpaid policy adviser in the Kitzhaber administration.  The Oregon Government Ethics Commission is investigating whether Hayes' consulting work was a conflict of interest, but the Oregonian says the evidence is clear.

Oregon AG: Allegations Against Governor Are 'Troubling' And 'Very Serious'.  [Governor John] Kitzhaber, naturally, is refusing to step down.  He's probably convinced himself that he genuinely hasn't done anything wrong.

Tom Steyer's Deep Ties to Oregon Corruption Scandal.  An executive at one of Steyer's nonprofit groups and a political vendor who has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the hedge fund manager's political operations helped run the group, which is accused of influencing state energy policy through undisclosed payments to Oregon's first lady.  The controversy centers on Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancée, Cylvia Hayes.  She was paid $118,000 by the Clean Economy Development Center (CEDC) to advocate for environmentalist policies in Oregon.  Hayes never disclosed those payments, despite acting as an informal adviser to the governor as he pushed a low-carbon fuel standard for the state.

Oregon's juicy governor/girlfriend scandal: Why the media yawned.  Imagine the following scenario:  The governor of New York is mired in a scandal.  Not just any scandal, but one that turns on humiliating revelations involving his girlfriend.  The governor is embarrassed as it turns out his fiancée has been married before and didn't bother to tell him.  Worse, it was a sham marriage to get a green card for an Ethiopian immigrant, which netted her $5,000.  Then it turns out that the governor's fiancée was lobbying him for the green energy interests she represents as a consultant, and may not have disclosed all her fees.

Kitzhaber Scandal Exposes The Seedier Side Of Clean Energy.  The story of the fallen Oregon governor is an account of corruption and a revelation into the nasty affairs of renewable energy. John Kitzhaber resigned this week from the governorship under a cloud of scandal that was darkened by his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, who, according to Politico, has "earned at least $213,000 on contracts closely tied to her work in the Kitzhaber administration."

Dem Mega Donor Tied to Oregon Governor Scandal.  Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber was forced to resign over allegations that his fiancee received money from green organizations and companies who wanted to influence the state's environmental policies.  The Washington Free Beacon has uncovered a web of connections between some of those green organizations and Democratic Party mega donor Tom Steyer.  The hedge fund billionaire funded at least one of the groups seeking contracts from the state of Oregon, and several of his associates worked for the organization implicated in the scandal.

Dem Lawmakers Accept Most Private Trips in 2014.  Members of Congress embarked on the most privately funded trips last year since the practice was curtailed in response to a high-profile lobbying scandal, and Democratic lawmakers topped the list, Roll Call reports.  Private groups financed 1,942 trips — some domestic and others overseas — for lawmakers and their staffs last year, which cost a total of $5.1 million.  Congress put more restrictions in place on such trips in 2007 after lobbyist Jack Abramoff was convicted of bribing public officials.  Rep. Mike McIntyre (D., N.C.), who retired last year, accepted the most trips with a total cost of $67,295.

Albany's Corruption Cauldron.  The federal corruption case against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has prompted more calls for reform of the legislature, which has seen more than two dozen members (and counting) leave office under ethical or criminal clouds in the past 15 years.  With U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara hinting that more state officials may be in hot water, the bandwagon is likely to gain even more momentum.  But what, exactly, would effective "reform" entail?  Good-government groups such as Citizens Union have a standard checklist, including more thorough disclosure of outside incomes, greater transparency in state grant-making, a ban on the use of campaign funds for legal fees and other personal purposes, and tougher penalties for violations of the public trust.

Why Is the United States' Economic Freedom Ranking So Low?  Every year, the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal release a detailed, country-by-country policy guide known as the Index of Economic Freedom.  The news for the United States had been getting a little worse each year over the last several editions.  Notice I said "had."  The steady decline charted by the United States since 2008 was, I'm glad to report, halted this year.

Sheldon Silver gave horndogs free rein.  In the end, it was money, not sex, that brought down New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.  And that's a giant slap in the faces of women who've toiled long and hard in the state capital in Albany.  "Don't our lives matter? one female Albany veteran asked me.  Of course not!  Over the decades, Silver, who plans to step down from his powerful post as speaker, likely on Monday [2/2/2015], orchestrated payoffs to four women who accused his pals and cronies of sexual harassment or egregious intimate abuse.  But this series of scandals (Silver has been accused of enabling, not committing, sexual offenses) had nothing to do with his fall from grace.  This proves that our Legislature remains a sexual sewer.

A Criminal Organization Masquerading as....  One of the reasons is that Democrats and Leftists in general have a high tolerance for corruption as long as it benefits their side; they're a "party" with no principles except personal self-enrichment and the acquisition of power in order to boss other people around.  They dismiss wrongdoing with a good-natured shrug and a "whaddya gonna do?" smirk on their lips.

The most corrupt states in America
Here Are The Most Corrupt States In America.  A new chart sheds light as to how corrupt state governments are in four different categories.  The list documents: corruption convictions (1976-2010), convictions per capita (1976-2010), ratings according to political reporters who cover each state, and quality of anti-corruption laws in each state.

Who's running the Illinois Lottery? No one seems to know.  Who's in charge of the huge Illinois Lottery — and under what contract terms are they working?  Anyone who knows the answer to those questions isn't answering them today in the wake of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's surprise move Jan. 23 to scuttle a "termination agreement" between the Lottery and Northstar Lottery Group, the private firm that manages its operations.  Madigan said in her opinion that the termination pact, announced in the final days of Pat Quinn's administration, was illegal and would have cost taxpayers millions in extra fees and charges.  But the opinion omitted lots of details about who, what and how much.

Everyone knew about Silver, but no one cleaned it up.  The Empire State's capital is corrupt to the core, and has been for a very long time. Virtually nothing happens there that isn't driven by self-dealing.  It is a cesspool unworthy of respect or trust and now stands naked in disgrace.  The roster of convicted crooks is approaching 40 public officials, but Silver's case is unique.  As speaker for 20 years, he was at the center of every piece of legislation written and every taxpayer dollar collected and spent.  He ruled the Assembly like a private fiefdom, and, governors notwithstanding, he was called the most powerful man in the state for good reason.  Nothing moved without his say-so, and according to the federal charges, he turned that power into personal wealth.

Sheldon Silver arrested for corruption.  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver lined his pockets with nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks in a stunning abuse of power dating to at least 2000, federal authorities charged Thursday [1/22/2015].  The Manhattan Democrat, acknowledged as the second-most powerful Democrat in the state, was hit with five felony charges involving fraud, extortion and conspiracy that each carry up to 20 years behind bars.

Sheldon Silver, New York Assembly Speaker, Faces Arrest on Corruption Charges.  Federal authorities are expected to arrest Sheldon Silver, the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, on corruption charges on Thursday [1/22/2015], people with knowledge of the matter said.  The case is likely to throw Albany into disarray at the beginning of a new session.

Law Firm at Center of Silver Scandal Donated Huge Sums to Dems.  The plaintiffs law firm Weitz and Luxenberg, which employed Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, is said to have provided Mr. Silver with $5.3 million in referral fees, despite his having "never performed any legal work whatsoever," according to the prosecutors.  If millions of cash for no work sounds like a generous arrangement, it's not the first time the firm has shown its generosity.

NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver indicted in $6 million bribery and kickback scheme, taken into custody.  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver declared his innocence Thursday [1/22/2015] after facing bombshell federal corruption charges of soliciting $4 million in dirty money over the last 15 years.  "I am confident that after a full hearing and due process, I will be vindicated of these charges," a relaxed Silver announced after his release on $200,000 bond following a Manhattan Federal Court hearing.

Sheldon Silver's Arrest Leaves Cuomo in a Tough Spot.  On Wednesday [1/21/2015], Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo unleashed a lengthy and aspirational oration laying out an ambitious social agenda for his second term.  In 84 minutes, he devoted only about 40 seconds to the issue of cleaning up Albany.  The next morning, Sheldon Silver, the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly who sat next to Mr. Cuomo before his speech, was in handcuffs, accused by federal prosecutors of abusing his powerful post to obtain $4 million in payoffs.

Silver's law firm rakes in millions from judges he controls.  Sheldon Silver has perverted the courts as well as the Capitol.  His law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, gets its asbestos cases — and paydays — moved more quickly than those of other attorneys, and reaps a fortune from favorable rulings by friendly judges, charge lawyers and tort-reform advocates.  Silver's East Village firm handles more than half the cases in a special section of Manhattan Supreme Court called NYCAL (New York City Asbestos Litigation).  So dominant is the firm, the court's Web site refers to cases as "Weitz" or "non-Weitz."

Perjury, obstruction among charges recommended against Kathleen Kane.  A grand jury has recommended Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane face charges of perjury, false swearing, official oppression, obstruction of law, according to court records.  The records, ordered unsealed late Tuesday [1/20/2015] by the state Supreme Court and obtained this morning, were related to legal filings in which Kane's defense team asked the state Supreme Court to quash the grand jury.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband is about to make $1B off a government real estate deal.  I know all of you are fans of capitalism in general, and just love seeing hard work and inspiration pay off for the little guy who makes it big.  With that in mind, who wouldn't feel their heart melt over the story of a spunky gal from the left coast who rises from humble roots and winds up helping her husband tuck away a few dollars for retirement?

Ever Wondered How Senators Retire Rich? Dianne Feinstein Shows Us.  It's no secret that many politicians enter Congress humble, fiscally challenged servants of the people, and eventually, as if by some strange magic, retire fabulously wealthy.  One of the examples of this wonderful life lotto machine that Washington, D.C., has become is California Senator Dianne Feinstein.  What's the secret to her financial success?  Why, it's her politically connected husband, Richard Blum.  One of the ways Blum has enriched himself is by bidding on Federal government contracts on behalf of his companies.

Corruption won't be tolerated. Unless it's massive and benefits the Left.  [I]t seems pretty obvious that if [Former Virginia Governor Bob] McDonnell should face time in the cold stony for making a phone call to a state agency after receiving a few thousand dollars in gifts, then what about Barack Obama steering billions of taxpayer dollars into businesses run by political cronies who donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaign?  Or, the Obama administration awarding key policy positions to executives from Goldman-Sachs after receiving hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions?  Or how about Mrs. Hillary Clinton, bopping around the country giving speeches at $300,000 a pop that everybody knows are actually campaign contributions?  What about MSDNC host and Obama Advisor Al Sharpton, who owes over $3 million in back taxes?  I don't see the Obama DoJ or IRS going after him.

Two Pennsylvania Democrat Politicians Indicted for Taking Bribes to Oppose Voter ID Laws.  Two Pennsylvania Democrat state lawmakers have been indicted for taking bribes to oppose the state's voter ID laws, a report says.  The Philadelphia district attorney issued the charges after Obama's Department of "Justice" refused to prosecute the lawmakers for their lawbreaking actions.  Acting in a purely political manner — as they always do — Obama and Holder cared more that an indictment would hurt their case for voter ID laws than they did about prosecuting real lawbreakers.

Message From The Mayor: Vote Early — And Often.  The Democrats say that there is no reason to require voters to present identification, nor is any other measure to curb voter fraud needed.  They should meet one of their own, Opelousas, La., Mayor Don Cravins Sr.  While speaking on Nov. 3, the day before the midterm elections, Cravins told a gathering, "If you 'early voted'" for Sen. Mary Landrieu, "go vote again tomorrow.  One more time's not going to hurt."

Federal probation office recommends 10-12 years for McDonnell.  Former Gov. Bob McDonnell faces a prison term of just over 10 years to 12 years and seven months under federal sentencing guidelines as determined by the U.S. probation office.  A source familiar with the guideline range in a pre-sentence investigation report filed on Dec. 2 confirmed the figures first reported Friday [12/12/2014] by The Washington Post.  McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted of 11 and nine corruption charges, respectively, following a six-week federal trial that ended in September.

Hagan Put Judge Up for Federal Appointment As Judge Ruled on Husband's Million-Dollar Lawsuit.  Just a week after Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) recommended a North Carolina judge to President Barack Obama for a seat in the U.S. District Court, the judge ruled in favor of a company partially owned by Hagan's husband.  The senator's husband, Charles T. "Chip" Hagan, was a managing member of Hydrodyne Industries LLC when it sued a regional water authority for drawing water out of a river that had one of its hydroelectric dams built on.  The lawsuit sought millions of dollars in damages and was carried out by Chip Hagan's legal firm.

Obama Donor Blocks Access to Hagan Stimulus Records.  An incumbent senator voted for a massive taxpayer stimulus that just happened to benefit businesses owned by that senator's immediate family members.  That same senator later recommended someone to lead a government agency that is currently stonewalling journalist requests to obtain documents related to that stimulus funding.  Some would call that cronyism.  Either way, it looks pretty bad for Senate Kay Hagan (D., N.C.).

Charlotte's ex-mayor to spend 44 months in prison.  Charlotte's former mayor was sentenced Tuesday [10/14/2014] to three years and eight months in a federal corruption case that stunned North Carolina's largest city.  In a deal with prosecutors, Patrick Cannon, 47, pleaded guilty in June to one count of honest services wire fraud, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  Prosecutors say Cannon accepted nearly $50,000 in bribes between January 2013, when he was a city councilman, and February, three months after he was elected mayor.

Hagan Husband Pocketed Stimulus Savings.  A company owned by the husband of Democratic senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina received taxpayer money for a green energy project through the federal stimulus of 2009, later revising down the project's estimated cost and keeping the difference.

Hagan Passed North Carolina Law that Aided Family's Solar Company.  Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) fought for the passage of legislation in both the state General Assembly and the United States Congress that has financially benefitted her relatives.  As a member of North Carolina's General Assembly in 2007, Hagan helped pass legislation that required all investor-owned utilities in the state to utilize renewable energy resources for 12.5 percent of their energy needs.  Hagan used her work to pass the law as proof of commitment to renewable energy such as solar panels

Hagan's Husband Used Stimulus Money To Hire His Own Company.  Sen. Kay Hagan's husband and son created a solar energy contracting company in August 2010, and then, using $250,644 in federal stimulus grant funds, her husband hired that same company to install solar panels at a building he owns.  Public records show that Green State Power was formed seven weeks before JDC Manufacturing — a company owned in part by Greensboro attorney Charles "Chip" Hagan III, Sen. Hagan's husband — received the stimulus grant for the solar project at a 300,000-square-foot facility in Reidsville, N.C.

Nunn-Linked Group Under Investigation for Voter Fraud Starts Handing Over Documents.  Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp launched the investigation of the New Georgia Project earlier this month after receiving "numerous" complaints regarding applications submitted by the group, including forged signatures and applications.  The investigation has turned up 33 fraudulent applications thus far, ahead of the thousands of pages of documents set to be turned over.

Officials' kin on public housing dole.  A Michigan public housing commission is shot through with conflicts of interests, including two top officials with family members benefiting from the federal program, according to a government watchdog.  "The board president had a relative who participated in the program, and the board vice president was a landlord in the program," the Department of Housing and Urban Development said in a report made public Tuesday [9/16/2014].  The Pontiac, Mich., Housing Commission's five-member board oversees that city's federally funded Section 8 voucher.  Besides the top two board members' conflicts, the HUD IG found that three housing specialists employed by the program had relatives participating in it.

America's First Soviet Attorney General Steps Down.  Of all the malfeasances of William Jefferson Clinton the one that would have most justified a removal from office was not the Monica hijinks, even with the attendant lying under oath and absurd parsings of the word "is," but the pardoning of Marc Rich — the billionaire international commodities trader and mammoth contributor to, er, Clinton.  Luckily for Bill, this action occurred on the last day of his presidency, making anything like impeachment moot, even though it was an example of political corruption that would have made Boss Tweed envious.

Ex-Sen. Roland Burris accused of shake down in court documents.  Former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris tried to "shake down" a business for a $250,000 a year job as a financial consultant in return for Burris' help promoting the business' products to the U.S. military, court documents in a trial due to start next week allege.  The explosive allegations emerged Friday at a hearing ahead of the trial of South Sider C. Gregory Turner, who is accused of illegally trying to help lift U.S. sanctions against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's regime.

How Sen. Kay Hagan's husband won stimulus cash.  When Kay Hagan voted for President Barack Obama's 2009 economic stimulus package, the Democratic senator hailed it as "the best way forward for working families across North Carolina."  One of the families that later benefited is her own.

The Plot to Create a Permanent Democratic Majority.  President Obama and his fellow Democrats are scheming to use immigration and housing policy to fulfill their dream to fundamentally transform America forever. [...] There are clues to this plan in the lax enforcement of our immigration laws, the targeting of states and law-enforcement officials that are trying to enforce those very laws, and the abuse of "prosecutorial discretion" to hand out get-out-of-jail-free cards, as well as tax dollars, to lawbreakers.

RNC Chair Priebus to Landrieu: Open Your Books or Pay Taxpayers Back for Private Flights.  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is demanding embattled Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) either come clean on dozens of allegedly improperly billed private charter flights or reimburse taxpayers for hundreds of thousands of dollars she spent on private jets at taxpayer expense.

Luis Gutierrez, Obama's Poster Boy for Amnesty, and His Unique Family "Fundraising" Business.  Gutierrez's reputation in Chicagoland's politics is not untarnished.  There's that sweetheart deal he got from Tony Rezko in the purchase of a condo for his daughter.  There's the $500,000 plus he paid in taxpayer money over 10 years to a Chicago lobbyist to advise his congressional staff.  And, the 2004 allegation that Gutierrez lobbied Mayor Daley for a residential development owned by a man who loaned Luis $200,000.  The developer was later federally indicted concerning the same development.

Dem Senator's Small Business Experience Was Co-Running Store that Sold Stolen Goods.  Throughout her political career, including during her current race against former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) has touted her experience as a small business owner.  Shaheen's small business "experience" was co-running a store that once sold thousands of dollars-worth of stolen jewelry.  "As the former owner and manager of a small retail business, Senator Shaheen knows what it's like to worry about meeting payroll and inventory costs to keep a business going," the Issues section of her Senate website declares. Her Senate biography also describes her as a "former small business owner."  This week, the Shaheen campaign asked voters to compare Scott Brown's small business record against her own.

Ransom: Dems sold top House positions for $100,000; $200,000 for legislation.  House Democrats, panicked after Newt Gingrich and the GOP shocked Washington by winning the House in 1994, became so obsessed with raising money to take back the chamber they even sold off top leadership jobs, according to a longtime Democratic fundraiser.  In an explosive book out next month, Lindsay Mark Lewis said that former House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt's team set a price of $100,000 to be the top Democrat on every House committee, $100,000 on a trade deal and $200,000 for a tax proposal to be considered by the House Ways and Means Committee.  They also demanded that members raise money 12 hours a week and collect $1.5 million per election cycle or be put on a "deadbeat list."

State Sen. Rod Wright Gets 90 Days for Perjury.  Democratic State Senator Roderick Wright was sentenced on Friday [9/12/2014] to 90 days in jail, three years of probation, and 1,500 hours of community service after being convicted on federal perjury and voting fraud charges in January.  Wright is also banned for life from holding public office.

Rep. Stacey Abrams investigated for voter fraud.  An investigation is underway into claims of voter fraud involving the state's highest ranking Democratic elected official.  The Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office launched an investigation after they allegedly received complaints of possible voter fraud from election offices in nearly a dozen counties.  "Our investigators were talking to the counties and to individuals who'd had their names forged on voter registration documents," Kemp said.  "You know that's fraud."

A Crook as the Face of the Democratic Party.  By the standards the establishment media set in covering Todd Akin in 2012 and Christine O'Donnell in 2010, the new national face of the Democratic party should be an 87-year-old, crude, crass crook who sold snake oil to his state's poor while leaving them impoverished.  In an action of gobsmocking amorality, the Louisiana Democratic Party officially has endorsed the felonious former governor Edwin Edwards for Congress in Louisiana's Sixth Congressional District.  This was not a reluctant acceptance of a popular vote, mind you, but a deliberate choice by the party's state committee, even though two other Democrats are running in the jungle primary and the party was not obliged to weigh in at all.

Landrieu claims parents' home as her own, raising questions of Louisiana residency.  In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill.  Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own.  She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu's federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records.

Another Nail in the Dems' Senate Coffin?  Just when pundits were starting to agree that the odds are tipping in favor of the Republicans winning control of the Senate this November, reports of inquiries about potential misconduct by Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu may make the embattled Red state Democrat's re-election fight may be another nail in her party's midterms coffin.  The story, published Friday night [8/15/2014] by the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reveals that in response to charges from her Republican challengers that she has been paying for campaign expenses, including flights, from official government funds rather than her private account, the senator has ordered an inquiry into the records of her office during the last 18 years she has been in the Senate.

Major Car Trouble for Ohio Dem.  Ohio police caught Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald driving a woman around at 4:30 in the morning without a license two years ago, and FitzGerald now calls the incident "a silly mistake." [...] Police found FitzGerald and the female passenger, who was not his wife, talking in an empty parking lot.  "I let my driver's license expire," he admitted to NBC 4.  "I did, I sure did."  "For five years?" the anchor exclaimed.

The Three Faces of Cronyism.  [R]ampant cronyism is one of the most insidious outgrowths of a government gone wild, and has become a swirling vortex of self sustaining and systemic corruption.  Thus, the focus on cronyism is necessary — but missing from the conversation seems to be a distinction among the three very different genres of cronyism.  And there are at least three very different varieties.

Senator Manchin: What My Daughter Did Should Be Illegal.  You're a United States senator from a state struggling to compete in the world economy.  Your daughter runs a giant drug company with roots in your state, and the firm makes a fortune from taxpayers via Medicare and Medicaid.  Everything's cozy and connected and perfectly Washington — until your daughter renounces the firm's U.S. citizenship to reduce its U.S. taxes.  What do you do?  If you're Joe Manchin, you duck a reporter's telephone call for six days, then emerge for an interview in which you vow to make your daughter's actions, from this day forward, illegal.  Sort of.

Felon, Former Black Panther Party Leader Hosts Fundraiser for Democratic Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn.  The suggested contribution amounts for entry to a Capitol Hill fundraiser held Tuesday evening for Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn rose to $2,600 a head.  The special guest advertised on the invitation was former Democratic senator Sam Nunn, the candidate's father, who represented Georgia in Washington for over two decades.  There was another guest, however, who probably turned more heads.  Among the co-hosts of the of the event was Virtual Murrell, an early leader of the Black Panther Party during its militant phase and later a political consultant who, in the mid 1990s, spent time in jail for using his perch in city government to extort local businesses.

Immigration Criminal Voted for Gun Ban.  Democratic Assemblywoman Rosa — a foreigner, an illegal alien, and now an admitted criminal — co-sponsored and voted for the law that destroyed the Second Amendment rights of 20 million New Yorkers.  Rosa is the fifth Democrat who voted for the law to be indicted or convicted.  Pro-amnesty Republicans who think that illegal aliens are nascent conservatives-in-waiting who will uphold the Constitution and traditional American values are simply barking mad.

Shaheen support, ties to breast cancer research scrutinized.  Senator Jeanne Shaheen has been a strong advocate for spending government money to fight breast cancer.  The New Hampshire Democrat has signed letters since she entered the Senate five years ago seeking $150 million to maintain a Defense Department breast cancer research program — despite objections by some other lawmakers — and last year, she endorsed an initiative to "end breast cancer" by 2020.  But Shaheen has also had a family financial stake in the research.  In 2009, her husband, William, became an adviser to a Southern California startup, Ultrawave Labs Inc., that was developing new imaging technology to detect breast cancer and acquired stock options in the firm.

Maryland's Endemic Corruption: An Object Lesson for the Nation.  Maryland is one of the most corrupt states in our nation.  Nowhere is this fact more evident than with the state's treatment of illegal aliens.  Maryland politicians have literally become lawless in their efforts to cultivate illegals, and this lawlessness flows downhill from the very top.  I will focus on a few of the more egregious examples.  In 2011, we published a report on CASA de Maryland, a Silver Spring-based illegal immigrant advocacy group that parrots ACORN in both its methods and associates — which include the Communist Party USA, FMLN, (a former Salvadoran communist guerilla group, now a political party), ACORN and others.  Yet it is one of the most influential organizations in the state.

Reid and Pelosi Go To The Movies.  Just when you think the Democrats' Koch addiction can't get any crazier, they surprise you.  As it happens, we know all about "Koch Brothers Exposed," which Robert Greenwald released in segments in 2011 and then combined into a single internet video.  Greenwald is a failed Hollywood director whose most famous film, "Xanadu," was one of the biggest flops ever.  He is now reduced to making far-left propaganda videos, financed by a secret group of rich leftists. [... But] using the Visitor Center to screen the Greenwald video is illegal unless both the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration and the House Committee on House Administration have adopted rules permitting use of the Visitor Center for showing partisan propaganda films.  I am skeptical that those committees have done any such thing, and I can't find any public record of such action.

Lawless Order Is How This White House Always Operates.  Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., told a Senate subcommittee Monday [5/19/2014] that until an amnesty-based immigration "reform" gets passed, "every institution in America, including our military, must work around the inability of our federal government and the U.S. House of Representatives to fix our immigration system."  Gutierrez is another Chicago community organizer-turned-politician, and has represented one of the most shamelessly racially gerrymandered congressional districts in the country. [...] According to Gutierrez, illegal aliens are "'Dreamers,' who are American in every way except for a piece of paper."  It's no surprise he wants the U.S. government to violate laws, since he himself was arrested repeatedly during pro-amnesty demonstrations at the White House during Obama's first term.  But as a scofflaw, Gutierrez is minor league compared with this administration.

I'm Sick To Death Of Bill And Hillary.  I am an optimist where the Clintons are concerned.  By that I mean that I am among those who still believe that in the end civic virtue will prevail and justice will be served.  In other words, I remain hopeful that Bill and Hillary will spend their twilight years together in a federal penitentiary.

Voter Fraud: An Existential Threat to America.  It is difficult to describe the enormity of the crime being committed by the Obama administration and their Democratic allies.  They flagrantly flout the law, while simultaneously turning it into a weapon against political opponents, use government agencies to target innocent Americans, attempt to create legal voters through amnesty, and undermine voter integrity measures to facilitate vote fraud, while denying it even exists.  In short, they are corrupting the entire process.

Pennsylvania Democrats Walk Out of Hearing on Members Accused of Taking Bribes.  This morning, the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee held a hearing on the case of the Democrats caught accepting bribes in exchange for voting against voter ID in the state.  The case against the Democrats is well-documented, yet Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, scuttled it shortly after she took office.  Kane also accused the career investigators who built the case of racism.  That charge doesn't stand up to any level of scrutiny.  The investigation targeted Republicans and Democrats, male and female, black and white.  As it so happens, only Democrats chose to accept the bribes, and those members who did happen to be black.

House ethics panel extends Gutierrez review.  The House Ethics Committee said Monday it would continue to review Rep. Luis Gutierrez's hiring of an Illinois lobbyist who was paid more than $590,000 to perform extensive duties for his congressional office.  The lobbyist, Doug Scofield of The Scofield Company in Oak Park, for years was Gutierrez's chief of staff in Congress.  He left in 2002 to work briefly for Rod Blagojevich when he first won the Illinois governor's job.  But Scofield soon quit and in 2003 began assisting Gutierrez as a contractor paid from $4,500 to $6,000 a month.

Two Dems Accuse Party Leaders in CA-33 of Changing Rules to Favor Wealthy Insiders.  Two Democratic Party candidates in the primary race for California's 33rd congressional district in West Los Angeles have accused local party officials of using an arbitrary fundraising minimum to favor established insiders — then raising that minimum at the last moment to exclude them from a recent candidates' forum.

Elijah Cummings: Obstruction of Justice.  The back-and-forth drama on the House Oversight Committee has gotten heated over the past few months.  Last month, Elijah Cummings threw a fit when Issa shut down a hearing after retired IRS Director Lois Lerner plead the Fifth Amendment.  Issa fired off a personal letter at Cummings, claiming that he and his attorneys were frustrating the fact-finding mission of the Oversight Committee.  Following revelations that Cummings' staff was working with the IRS to get information on True the Vote, the same group Cummings tried to shame into silence through the race card, further evidence indeed suggests that Cummings was shaking down and intimidating the group, with the help of the IRS.

Hillary's glass jaw.  Do you remember Webb Hubbell, the McDougals, the missing Rose Law firm billing records, Travelgate, or Hillary's surprise acumen at high-risk commodities trading?  Super PACs and other groups will remind voters of all of these case studies of corruption if Hillary proceeds with a campaign.  Democrats are terrified of this likelihood, not because it points to Hillary's distant past, but because it helps illustrate her more recent corrupt behavior — and that of the elite political class she represents.

Major Democratic donor indicted over campaign contributions.  A hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser has pleaded guilty in New York to witness tampering and conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws.  Hampshire Hotels chairman Sant Singh Chatwal appeared Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn.  The candidates were not identified.  Chatwal, whose firm runs hotels around the world, had raised at least $100,000 for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign against Barack Obama.

Hotel Magnate Pleads Guilty to Campaign Finance Fraud.  Hotel magnate Sant Singh Chatwal, who has lavished campaign cash on everyone from Hillary Clinton to Mayor Bill de Blasio, pleaded guilty today in Brooklyn federal court to campaign finance fraud and witness tampering, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch announced.  Mr. Chatwal, 70, who runs a chain of luxury hotels and other companies, allegedly broke federal law by using straw donors — whom he called "conduits" — to make more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three candidates in an effort to gain access and influence federal regulations, according to a federal complaint.

Vote Fraud is a Venerable Tradition.  Barack Obama accuses Republicans of threatening the right to vote.  Standing alongside Al Sharpton — the FBI snitch who aided Tawana Brawley's hoax and probably sparked an anti-Semitic riot, Obama spoke before Sharpton's National Action Network.  Obama allegedly said, "[t]he right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago."  He also declared that, "[a]cross the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, to vote."  What are those rascally Republicans doing?  Efforts to require photo IDs in order to vote are probably uppermost in Obama's mind.  He might also have been thinking about moves to limit the times polls are open, cut back on early voting, especially on weekends, curtail the mailing of absentee ballots, and require proof of citizenship in order to vote.  These and other changes to American voting practices are anathema to Democrats, who claim they are efforts to suppress voting by minorities and the poor.

Begich Earmarked Millions for Bankrupt Green Energy Company.  As Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska) seeks to shore up his energy policy credentials, a now-bankrupt green energy company to which he steered federal subsidies could cloud his message.  Begich received campaign contributions from a lobbyist for an Alaska geothermal plant after helping the company obtain federal financing.  The company is now bankrupt, but Begich continues touting his support for alternative energy.

Progressive Insurance.  Three miscreant California Democratic state senators — two charged with multiple felonies, one convicted of them — have only recently been put on leave.  They are still receiving their state salaries.  Since they are left-wing and of minority status, the scandals will soon be off the front pages, and calls for their resignations will be muted.

Rizzo gets 12 years in prison, marking end to scandal that rocked Bell.  Rizzo's total compensation as Bell's city manager was roughly $1.5 million — the highest municipal salary in California, and probably the nation.

The Terrifying Implications of the IRS Abuse-DOJ Connection.  [Hooray] for Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George.  His investigation of what turned out to be the IRS abuse scandal may well have saved the Constitution and the nation.  For his fair and impartial investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's abuse of Americans who dissent from President Obama's agenda, Democrats have called for an investigation of him.  George should not be investigated, but perhaps the Democrats who want him investigated — Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) — should be.  Their call for an investigation of the investigator might constitute interference with the ongoing investigation of the IRS abuse scandal.  That would be obstruction of justice, in what may turn out to be the most widespread and damaging scandal in American history.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush faces ethics inquiry.  An attorney for Rep. Bobby Rush said Wednesday that the South Side Democrat is cooperating with an inquiry by the Office of Congressional Ethics.  Scott E. Thomas, a Washington lawyer, said Rush had retained his firm, Dickstein Shapiro, and "asked that we be cooperative and provide the information requested."  Thomas, a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, did not disclose the subject of the inquiry.  But he did say:  "We believe that the circumstances being reviewed do not warrant any ethics sanctions, and we are hopeful that this inquiry will be concluded relatively soon."  At the Office of Congressional Ethics, spokeswoman Kelly Brewington had no comment Wednesday.  Rush's spokeswoman, Debra Johnson, did not respond Wednesday to calls and emails from the Tribune.

How Comcast Bought the Democratic Party.  The communications giant Comcast announced in February that it would buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, creating the largest cable provider in America, with more than 33 million customers.  That is about one third of the U.S. cable- and satellite-television market.  FCC approval is required for the merger to go into effect.  Critics of the deal say it would lessen competition and lead to even shoddier customer service.  They are probably right, as all of us will soon find out, because there is little chance the merger will be stopped.  Comcast, Time Warner, and their political fixers have spent years preparing for this moment — by buying off the Democratic party.

California Democrats Await Fallout After 3 Are Caught Up in Scandals.  One state senator was charged with conspiring to traffic in arms from the Philippines, and taking bribes from undercover F.B.I. agents including one who posed as a marijuana dealer.  Another was accused of taking bribes from federal agents impersonating Hollywood film executives.  And a third was convicted of perjury and voter fraud after lying about where he lived when he ran for office.  All three are Democratic state senators from California, and their recent legal problems have brought rare bad news to a party that has come to thoroughly dominate politics in this state but now looks besieged by high-profile corruption cases.

Leland Yee's interesting history of cash for votes.  Ever since the recent revelations regarding California state senator Leland Yee's allegedly somewhat unusual approach to capitalist endeavors — to put it charitably — the media has begun digging more deeply into the elected official's past.  And as the LA Times reports, there are more than a few curious votes in Yee's legislative record which, by some amazing coincidence, seem to line up with large political contributions he received.

The poster boy for liberal hypocrisy ignored by national media, but outrages San Francisco.  The liberal media are trying to ignore his arrest, but California State Senator Leland Yee is such an amusing piñata of liberal hypocrisy that even his home town liberal newspaper is joining in the mockery fun. [...] Outlets like CNN which ignore this embarrassment to liberals do so at their peril.

Indicted Charlotte mayor used access to White House in making plans for pay-offs.  Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was indicted on federal corruption charges last week and immediately resigned his position.  Cannon had replaced former Mayor Anthony Foxx, who was tapped in 2013 by the Obama administration to lead the Department of Transportation. News of Cannon's indictment got only passing mention in national news, along with a handful of other corruption charges for Democrats.

Corruption Costs Dems Their Supermajority in California.  Two years ago, California Democrats celebrated victory in a decades-long struggle to win a supermajority in the Legislature, where a two-thirds majority is required for any tax increase.  It was the latest chapter in a long descent into inconsequence by California Republicans, who hold no statewide offices and party registration of only 29.3 percent of the voters.  But corruption has achieved what the Republicans could not.  The supermajority is now down the drain as three of the Golden State's 27 Democratic state senators have within the past two months been convicted or indicted on charges ranging from bribery to gun-running.

Scandal-Weary Voters Boot DC Mayor From Office.  Reeling from allegations by federal prosecutors that he knew about the dirty tricks that helped him get elected four years ago, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray tried to rally his base.  But his core supporters weren't nearly enough, as a scandal-weary electorate rallied behind a much-younger challenger who promised honest and ethical leadership.

Democrats behaving badly: Scandals taint party in a tough election year.  In a week Democrats won't soon forget, the Democrat-dominated California Senate took the unprecedented step Friday of voting 28-1 to suspend with pay three state senators in their own party accused or convicted of criminal conduct.  State Sen. Leland Yee was arrested Wednesday on federal gun trafficking and corruption charges.  Sen. Ron Calderon pleaded not guilty Feb. 24 to charges of influence-peddling, and Sen. Roderick Wright was convicted Jan. 28 of perjury and voter fraud.

 

Dirty Democrats.  On Wednesday, the FBI raided the offices of three Democrat politicians coast-to-coast on corruption charges.  They include Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, a Friend of Barack, who allegedly took more than $48,000 in bribes — including $20,000 in cash from an undercover agent, who delivered the bribe, "American Hustle"-style, inside a briefcase in the mayor's office.

Gun Rights Advocates Pretty Impressed with the Mindblowing Scale of Leland Yee's Hypocrisy.  By day, California Democrat Leland Yee was an outspoken gun control advocate.  But by night, he is alleged to have been a broker for Russian arms dealers to arm Islamic militants, for piles of cold, hard cash.  That dual life hasn't been lost on Yee's enemies on gun control. [...] Isn't Leland Yee an excellent argument for keeping and strengthening the Second Amendment?  The Second Amendment is not and never was about hunting.  It's about an armed populace being a check on out-of-control, tyrannical government and also about national defense.  This is a man who used his political power to disarm Americans, while he was allegedly arming America's enemies.  It's treasonous.

Dem gun control advocate charged with gun-running.  The irony police are going to need reinforcements to handle the tsunami being generated in San Francisco.  State Senator Leland Yee appeared in federal court yesterday in shackles, and faced a lengthy indictment for a series of corruption charges, including shocking allegations of gun-running — including shoulder-fired rocket launchers.  An undercover FBI agent met repeatedly with Lee, a prominent gun control advocate who had authored legislation to expand the definition of "assault weapons."

The Big Dreams of Corrupt Politicians.  [Patrick] Cannon was elected mayor of Charlotte in November, which incidentally happened to be almost a year into the FBI's investigation of him.  A former city councilman, it is alleged that the North Carolina Democrat took cash and gifts in exchange for helping with real estate developers secure prime properties along the city's expanding light rail system.

Why did the FBI take so long on Cannon investigation?  As the corruption investigation of former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon went back underground Thursday [3/27/2014], a nagging question hung over his embarrassed city:  Couldn't this have been known before he was elected mayor in November?  According to an affidavit released this week, the FBI became aware of possible illegal activity of then-City Council member Cannon as early as August 2010.  By the time Cannon was sworn as the city's top elected leader, undercover agents posing as real estate developers had flown him and his wife to Las Vegas and paid him almost $30,000 in bribes, prosecutors say.

Democrats sinking in sea of charges.  Right now, a crime wave is sweeping the nation, and everyone in this out-of-control mob has a D after their names, even if most of the media are loath to report it.  If you are a low-information voter, a [Boston] Globe subscriber, say, you have been told endlessly that the root of all evil in American politics is the Tea Party, better known in your moonbat media as "teabaggers."  Oddly, however, the hacks rounded up over the last few days, well, let's put it this way.  They voted for Obama 100 percent.  They think Obamacare's great.  How could they possibly be guilty as charged?

Calif. state senator arrested for alleged gun-running was gun-control advocate.  California state Sen. Leland Yee (D) was arrested Wednesday at his home in San Francisco and accused of — among many, many other things — offering to procure some seriously illegal weapons.  The irony:  Yee was one of the driving forces behind some of the toughest gun-control legislation in the country during his tenure in the state Senate.

FBI Raids Assemblyman Bill Scarborough's Office.  Federal agents today raided the Albany and city offices of Queens Democratic Assemblyman Bill Scarborough, the FBI confirmed this afternoon.  "The FBI conducted searches today of the Albany and New York City Offices of New York State Assemblyman William Scarborough," FBI Albany spokesman Paul Holstein said in a statement.  "At this time, no further information is being released."

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon resigns after arrest on corruption charges.  Patrick Cannon, who rose from public housing to become mayor of North Carolina's largest city, was charged Wednesday by federal authorities who said he accepted tens of thousands of dollars in bribes — including $20,000 in cash delivered in a briefcase last month to the mayor's office in a meeting where he solicited $1 million more.  Cannon, a 49-year-old Democrat who took office only four months ago, was arrested when he showed up at a luxury apartment in SouthPark for yet another payoff from what he thought were businessmen needing his influence in city matters, a source confirmed.

California state senator arrested in FBI raids along with Asian gang leader known as 'Shrimp Boy'.  State Sen. Leland Yee and Raymond Chow, were taken into custody after a series of raids by federal and gang task force officials, but the charges against them remained undisclosed.

California state senator Leland Yee arrested in FBI sweep.  A longtime California politician who was praised for his efforts to make government more transparent and authored gun control legislation was arrested Wednesday, accused of conspiracy to deal firearms and wire fraud.  The allegations against State Sen. Leland Yee were outlined in an FBI affidavit in support of a criminal complaint against him and 25 other people.  The affidavit was unsealed on Wednesday, as Yee was scheduled to appear in court.

FBI says Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon took bribes.  Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday on public corruption charges, with the FBI alleging he took tens of thousands of dollars in bribes — including $20,000 in cash delivered in a briefcase last month to the mayor's office where he also solicited $1 million more.  Cannon resigned Wednesday evening [3/26/2014].  In return for the money, trips, hotel rooms and access to a luxury SouthPark apartment, Cannon promised to help agents posing as potential commercial investors with zoning, parking and other city-related issues.

California state senator arrested in FBI sweep.  A prominent California lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday in an FBI sweep that netted 26 people, a high-profile case that could affect statewide elections and brings to three the number of Democratic state senators who face criminal charges this year.

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon arrested on corruption charges.  Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday [3/26/2014] on public corruption charges, with the FBI alleging he took tens of thousands of dollars in bribes — including $20,000 in cash delivered in a briefcase last month to the mayor's office where he also solicited $1 million more.  In return for the money, trips, hotel rooms and access to a luxury SouthPark apartment, Cannon promised to help agents posing as potential commercial investors with zoning, parking and other city-related issues.  According to officials, Cannon turned himself in to federal marshals after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

Big political corruption arrest in California.  There are encouraging signs that the very corrupt Democrat political machine in the California state legislature may be finally getting exposed, indicted, and, God willing, destroyed.  The state of California is a corrupt banana republic, run by Democrats, and spending a yearly budget in excess of a hundred billion dollars a year.  Evidently, the FBI and federal prosecutors have taken notice, and the arrest last month of powerful Democrat state Senator Ron Calderon was this morning [3/26/2014] followed by the indictment and arrest of another Democrat powerhouse, state Senator Leland Yee.

'A Criminal Organization Masquerading as a Political Party'.  Certainly, at a minimum it's safe to say that Democrats were rather active on the nation's police blotters today.  Since this is one narrative the MSM will never assemble (as they're in on the fun), it's up to the Blogosphere — so here we go.

ABC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS All Skip Political ID for 'Shocking' Corruption By Democrat Mayor.  ABC, CNN, MSNBC and PBS on Wednesday and Thursday all covered the "shocking" corruption involving the Democratic mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Yet, while talking about the tens of thousands of dollars in bribes he sought, none of these networks identified Patrick Cannon's political party. Only a Fox News host referred to him as a Democrat.

No Justice Department Charges Against Ohio Woman Who Voted Six Times for Obama.  Last week Al Sharpton embraced convicted vote fraudster Melowese Richardson at a "voting rights" rally in Cincinnati.  The United States Department of Justice under Eric Holder has done nothing to Melowese Richardson 410 days after she admitted on camera that she committed multiple federal felonies by voting six times for President Obama's reelection.  Federal law makes it a felony to vote more than once for President.  In fact, 42 U.S.C. Section 1973i(e) subjects Richardson to twenty-five years in federal prison for her six votes for Obama.

Philly DA Blows the Whistle on Pennsylvania's State AG.  Prosecutors almost never go to war against each other.  But in Pennsylvania, Democratic attorney general Kathleen Kane is being brutally criticized by Seth Williams, Philadelphia's district attorney and a fellow Democrat.  Williams is upset that last year one of Kane's first acts in office was to decline to prosecute four Philadelphia state legislators and other government officials.  In a sting operation, all had been caught accepting cash or Tiffany jewelry in exchange for votes or favors.  Kane, who is white, has defended herself, saying that the investigation was badly managed and tainted by racism.

Unethical Media Helps Sweep Democrat Bribe-Taking Under the Rug.  So far, the big three networks have yet to cover the major bribery scandal unfolding in Pennsylvania.  In that scandal, state investigators targeted Republicans and Democrats in the legislature and offered them bribes.  But only a few of the Democrats accepted bribes.  The investigation began under a Republican attorney general, but when Democrat Kathleen Kane won the state attorney general's office in 2012, she quickly scuttled that investigation.

Authorities Just Raided The Office of Rhode Island's House Speaker.  FBI, IRS, and Rhode Island law enforcement officials entered the Rhode Island State House on Friday [3/21/2014], apparently to collect evidence from the offices of Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox.  A spokesperson for the Democrat's office said to the AP that his staffers weren't informed why they were asked to leave the premises by state police.

Rhode Island House Speaker resigning after fed and state police raid.  The most powerful politician in my former home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is not the Governor.  It's the Speaker of the House.  And Mr. Speaker, Gordon Fox, is stepping down as Speaker after the feds and state police raided his office and home yesterday [3/21/2014].

Bribe-taking convict and accused fraudsters run for office in Illinois Democratic primary elections.  A convicted bribe-taker in President Barack Obama's political backyard, and at least two other public servants accused of felonies, are seeking office in Tuesday's Illinois Democratic primary elections.  Former Chicago city alderman Isaac 'Ike' Carothers spent 28 months in prison for taking bribes, and was released in March 2012.  He's running for commissioner of the Cook County board, among the most powerful positions in the Chicago metropolitan area.  Carothers followed the family legacy established by his father, who once held the same position before going to prison for official corruption.

PA Democrats Took Bribes to Oppose Voter ID: Where is Holder?  Pennsylvania Democrats were caught on surveillance tape reportedly accepting cash bribes in return for opposing voter ID in the Pennsylvania legislature.  Gifts of Tiffany's jewelry were also given to Democrat legislators from Philadelphia, reportedly in exchange for "NO" votes on a Pennsylvania voter ID bill that passed in 2012.  Despite this evidence, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has not charged any officials.  Kane is a Democrat.  Kane's excuse for her inaction?  Racism:  some of the legislators caught on tape accepting bribes were black Democrats from Philadelphia.

Report: Pennsylvania Dem took bribe to oppose voter ID law, but never got charged.  Pennsylvania Democrats reportedly were caught on tape accepting cash bribes, including one lawmaker who was paid to vote against a state voter identification law, but Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane shut down the investigation.  "Before Kane ended the investigation, sources familiar with the inquiry said, prosecutors amassed 400 hours of audio and videotape that documented at least four city Democrats taking payments in cash or money orders, and in one case a $2,000 Tiffany bracelet," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Kane shut down sting that snared Philadelphia officials.  The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office ran an undercover sting operation over three years that captured leading Philadelphia Democrats, including four members of the city's state House delegation, on tape accepting money, The [Philadelphia] Inquirer has learned.  Yet no one was charged with a crime.  Prosecutors began the sting in 2010 when Republican Tom Corbett was attorney general.  After Democrat Kathleen G. Kane took office in 2013, she shut it down.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane lawyers up.  The decision of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to drop the investigation and potential prosecution of Philadelphia Democrats who were recorded accepting cash, money orders, or jewelry certainly seems suspicious.  According to news reports, investigators collected over 400 hours of audio and video of five Democrats, including four state lawmakers, before Kane, also a Democrat, secretly killed the investigation last fall.  When confronted with this troubling story by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kane cited racism and mismanagement in the investigation, but the detailed descriptions of the recordings certainly seem to indicate that the payments were made.

Dem Who Pled Guilty to Illegal Fundraising for D.C. Mayor Also Contributed to Hillary; Nets Ignore.  A prominent Democrat who illegally funneled $660,000 into the mayoral campaign of Vincent Gray in 2010 also contributed to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, according to the Washington Times.  All three networks on Monday night and Tuesday morning ignored the story.

Federal jury convicts former Arkansas treasurer.  A jury convicted former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner of federal bribery and extortion charges Tuesday [3/11/2014], saying her acceptance of $36,000 from a bond trader who did business with the state was a felony rather than just a lapse in ethical judgment.

Democratic Donor Pleads Guilty to Illegal Campaign Donations.  A major Democratic donor pleaded guilty on Monday [3/10/2014] to funneling millions of dollars in illegal campaign donations to federal and local politicians, including an unnamed 2008 presidential candidate believed to be Hillary Clinton.  District of Columbia businessman Jeffrey Thompson, who federal prosecutors say financed a "shadow campaign" for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in 2010, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws.  Thompson claimed some of the candidates, including Gray, were aware of the illegal fundraising.

A Real New Jersey Scandal Tied to Democrats Being Ignored by Media.  Even as Newark, New Jersey was laying off policemen and was pleading for more tax money and state bailouts, it has now been discovered that a heavily employed city contractor was stealing millions from the city with crony deals and bribery and it's all tied to people appointed by Cory Booker — the man many Democrats think might be the "next" Barack Obama.  There is even no-work jobs to buddies and other such criminal waste.  All this comes from investigations into a city agency called the Watershed Conservation Development Corporation, an entity that supposedly monitored and managed the city's 35,000 acres of reservoirs and other water resources.

How Cory Booker's Cronies Made Out Like Bandits.  New Jersey state senator Ron Rice, a Democrat, calls it "Newark-gate."  He is referring to a state comptroller's report that details how a contractor swindled the city out of millions in public funds, and to the larger culture of "white-collar crime" that he says former Newark mayor Cory Booker allowed to flourish on his watch.

Don't Give Booker a Pass.  Cory Booker may be the most puzzling man in the Senate.  We don't know where he lives.  We don't know whom, if anyone, he lives with.  And he's been caught in lie after lie about his heroics.  Yet, this enigma of a man has emerged as the king of odd-couple bromance, using selfies and Instagram posts to burnish his stardom even as he appears surprisingly vulnerable in his upcoming bid for reelection.

'Torquemada' John Dingell.  At the height of his powers as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in October 1991, Representative John Dingell (D., Mich.) was feted by 800 Washington lobbyists — representing Morgan Stanley, AT&T, Merck, and more — who laid out $600,000 to honor the ruthless congressman nicknamed "Torquemada."  I was a young journalist in D.C., and the glitzy Washington Hyatt Regency event was called a "Tribute to John Dingell."  Any other town might have called it a shakedown.

Dewhurst: Investigate Battleground Texas Immediately.  Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst issued a letter to Secretary of State Nandita Berry today [2/21/2014] urging her office to immediately turn over all complaints of Battleground Texas' violations of election law to Attorney General Greg Abbott.  The scandal was revealed after Breitbart Texas released the latest James O'Keefe undercover video on what appeared to be a Battleground Texas illegal voter data-mining operation to help elect Wendy Davis.

Conservative activist claims Rep. Cummings tried to 'intimidate' her, files complaint.  A conservative activist targeted by the IRS and other agencies claimed Thursday [2/6/2014] that Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings also tried to intimidate her, filing a formal complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics alleging an "abuse of power."  Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote and the King Street Patriots, aired the allegations during a hearing hosted by the committee on which Cummings sits.  An attorney working with her also questioned whether Cummings might have encouraged the IRS and other agencies to target her groups.

Tea Party Leader Filing Ethics Complaint Against Dem Rep.  One of the most high-profile victims of the IRS Tea Party targeting scandal is planning to unveil surprising new allegations about the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at a hearing this morning.  Catherine Engelbrecht, the head of election integrity group True The Vote and Tea Party group King Street Patriots, alleges Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) demanded information from her group in a similar manner to the IRS, according to her testimony.

Source: Rob Andrews to leave Congress.  South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews will resign from Congress later this month to take over as head of government affairs at prominent Philadelphia law firm Dilworth Paxson, Andrews announced Tuesday morning [2/4/2014].  Andrews, a Democrat in his 24th year in the House, will leave office Feb. 18. [...] Andrews, 56, has faced an expensive House ethics probe into his use of campaign money for a family trip to Scotland.  The investigation has gone on for more than a year.

Michigan House bill would force candidates to reveal felony convictions.  The new bill, which passed the committee on a 9-0 vote, would add a requirement that any felony convictions from the prior decade be disclosed as a matter of transparency.  Juvenile convictions would not have to be listed.  The bill would not have identified two Flint City Council members who were elected last year without the public being aware that one had been convicted of manslaughter and the other of felonious assault.  Both convictions were more than 20 years old.  But it would have affected state Rep. Brian Banks, D-Harper Woods, who has eight felony convictions, mostly for writing bad checks and credit card fraud, dating to a period of time in 1998-2004.

California Sen. Rod Wright convicted of perjury, voter fraud.  A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday convicted state Sen. Roderick D. Wright on all eight counts in his perjury and voter fraud trial.  The Inglewood Democrat was indicted by a Los Angeles County grand jury in September 2010. [...] In a trial that began Jan. 8, prosecutors accused Wright of faking a move to a rental property he owned in Inglewood so he could run in what was then the 25th Senate District.  They accused him of lying on voter registration and candidacy documents and of casting ballots in five elections he was not entitled to vote in from the Inglewood address.

The art of stealing elections.  Stealing elections is an old game politicians play.  Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president, got to the U.S. Senate in 1948 by "winning" the closest race in Texas history by a margin of 87 votes out of more than a million cast.  An election judge in tiny Alice, Texas, said he counted more than 200 names on the voting roll for Box 13 that were written in alphabetic succession in the same hand, same color of ink.  When a federal court subpoenaed Box 13, it was discovered to be "lost."  LBJ took his seat in the Senate.

Neighbors: Cory Booker never lived in Newark.  As Cory Booker looks set to win the junior Senate seat in New Jersey Wednesday, his supposed neighbors in Newark say Mayor Booker doesn't live in the Gateway City.  Multiple residents of Newark told The Daily Caller that the longtime mayor doesn't live at any of the addresses he has claimed as home.  The mayor is believed to live in New York even though he is registered to run for New Jersey's special senate election.

Clinton, Reid, DNC took campaign contributions from deathbed identity thief.  Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Preibus called for Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to return campaign donations they received from a man who pled guilty to identity theft of the terminally ill.  Clinton, Reid, and the DNC all received donations from Joseph Caramadre.  Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe invested $47,000 in an illegal business in which Caramadre applied for annuities and bonds with the stolen identities of dying people.

Robert Rizzo must come clean on Bell corruption, activists say.  If Robert Rizzo wants to "make amends" to the city of Bell — as his attorney said Thursday [10/3/2013] — then members of a local activist group are expecting him to disclose more information about corruption in the city and others who may have participated in it.

Bell's Rizzo to serve prison time.  Robert Rizzo, the central figure in the scandal that made the working-class city of Bell a national symbol for government graft, effectively admitted for the first time Thursday [10/3/2013] his role in the corruption scheme.  On the eve of his trial, Rizzo made a surprise appearance in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom and pleaded no contest to 69 felony charges of misappropriating public funds, hiding and falsifying records, perjury and other crimes.

Dangerous Times: The Crisis-Monger.  The Center for Policy Studies has now exposed secret money streams from the Muslim Brotherhood to the Democrats.  That hidden flow of cash explains everything that made no sense before, going back to 9/11/01.  The MBs run layers of shell corporations to hide money for the Democrats from the IRS — which isn't looking very hard.  The Clinton Center is one major conduit.  The Obama campaign is another.

Fmr. Chicago Alderman Convicted of Third Corruption Charge.  Former Chicago Democratic Ald. Ambrosio Medrano was convicted of a third corruption charge Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported.  Medrano pleaded guilty "in a 2010 bribery scheme to influence a bandage contract."

For Those Who Don't Believe in Election Fraud.  "Yes, the Rizzo-Royster race turned on vote fraud," admitted the Kansas City Star's Barbara Shelly in a crow-eating column nearly three years after it would do any good.  For years the Star has routinely mocked anyone who dared suggest vote fraud was a problem.  Among those mocked was Will Royster, a retired Navy fighter pilot who seemingly lost in a northeast Kansas City Democratic primary for state representative in 2010 by the final count of one single vote.  The seeming victor, endorsed by the Star, was neophyte J.J. Rizzo, the son of Democratic machine honcho, Henry Rizzo.

The Clintons Can't Shake Their Reputation for Ethical Shadiness.  Last week, businessman Troy White pleaded guilty to federal charges arising from a Clinton for President campaign scheme hatched five years ago with the help of key Clinton supporter Jeffrey E. Thompson.  The scheme was designed to assist Hillary's ground game in the run-up to the March 2008 Texas Democratic Primary — which she ultimately won.  According to the underlying legal documents, more than $608,000 was channeled to White to hire "street teams."  But the saga didn't end with White or Thompson.

Jeffrey Thompson's Tentacles.  National media tend to ignore the corruption that passes as local D.C. politics.  As a consequence, it's missed a city scandal that is now cascading onto the national political scene, with potential fallout for the 2016 presidential election, federal and state politicians, and even the government.

Former Bergen County Democratic chairman indicted on racketeering charge.  Joseph A. Ferriero, the former chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization, was indicted today [9/11/2013] by a federal grand jury for allegedly running a racketeering scheme in which he paid lucrative kickbacks to a public official, solicited more than a million dollars in illegal payments and extorted companies wanting to do business in Bergen County.

Grimes Won't Call for Democratic State Rep. Arnold's Resignation.  Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is declining to call for Democratic State Rep. John A. Arnold to resign, leading her opponents to call her less than genuine about "fighting for Kentucky women."  Arnold is currently facing formal complaints from three employees for sexual harassment.

Senators who backed Syria resolution got 83 percent more defense lobby money than those who voted against it.  Wednesday's 10-7 vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee supporting an authorization of military attacks on Syria may have been affected by varying levels of financial support the senators got from political action committees representing the defense industry, and from the companies' employees.  On average, a 'yes'-voting senator received 83 percent more money from defense contractors than one who voted 'no.'

Arrests of 3 Mayors Reinforce Florida's Notoriety as a Hothouse for Corruption.  Even by Florida standards, the arrests of three suburban Miami mayors on corruption charges within a month were a source of dismay, if not exactly a surprise. [...] Not that such situations are unusual in Florida, which led the country in convictions of public officials — 781 — between 2000 and 2010, according to Department of Justice figures.

Democrats and Lawlessness.  President Obama has already seized the power to rule by decree, and is doing so virtually every day now. [...] He is now regularly exercising the power to legislate directly himself, either by announcing on his own supposed authority changes in existing laws that Congress has already passed, or by announcing that he will carry out entirely new laws that Congress never passed, or even refused to pass.  These actions are brazen, lawless violations of the Constitution.

Obama stays silent on Dems mired in scandals.  When President Barack Obama ran for re-election last year, he and his advisers were quick to condemn comments from Republicans that were deemed offensive or demeaning to women.

Democrats' 'war on women' boomerangs as Obama, top leaders fail to condemn bad boy behavior.  Democrats launched the "war on women," but they didn't first sweep their side of the battlefield for land mines.  Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner have dominated the headlines for their atrocious disrespect and sexual harassment of women.  Yet the Democratic leadership is hiding in a foxhole.

Detroit Ran Into The Inviolable Rule Of Economics.  [Detroit's] Cause of death?  Corruption, both legal and illegal, plus a classic case of reactionary liberalism in which the governing Democrats — there's been no Republican mayor in half a century — simply refused to adapt to the straitened economic circumstances that followed the post-World War II auto boom.  Corruption of the criminal sort was legendary.  The former mayor currently serving time engaged in a breathtaking range of fraud, extortion and racketeering.  And he didn't act alone.  The legal corruption was the cozy symbiosis of Democratic politicians and powerful unions, especially the public-sector unions that gave money to elect the politicians who negotiated their contracts — with wildly unsustainable health and pension benefits.

'Culture of Corruption' boomerangs on Democrats as scandals blossom nationwide.  The Democratic Party is battling scandals from New York to San Diego and from city hall to Capitol Hill, as the party finds itself on the defensive over embarrassing lapses ranging from sexual misconduct to multiple scandals ensnaring the Obama administration.  President Obama on Wednesday [7/24/2013] denounced what he called "phony scandals" and "an endless parade of distractions" blocking progress on the economy and other issues, but critics say the controversies underscore the missed opportunities for the president and his party to live up to pledges to clean up politics and break traditional patterns of money, influence and privilege in government.

Only in Chicago ... and the Obama White House.  Each [Chicago] Alderman receives about a million dollars for an "Aldermanic menu" — part of city budgeting for decades.  It's a great slush fund that Aldermen usually use to reward friends and remove annoyances that make voters mad.  There is virtually no accountability and voters have no say in how the money is spent. 

Nancy Pelosi, Creep Enabler.  The most powerful female Democrat on Capitol Hill has turned her back on women.  Again.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, entrenched 13-term incumbent, refuses to say whether creepster San Diego Mayor Bob Filner should resign amid an avalanche of longstanding sexual harassment allegations, staff resignations and now a lawsuit.  "What goes on in San Diego is up to the people of San Diego.  I'm not here to make any judgments," declared the very same feminist crusader who has spearheaded unabashedly judgmental nationwide attacks on the so-called "Republican War on Women."

High-profile Dems reluctant to weigh in on San Diego mayor groping claims.  Democrats who accused Republicans of being anti-women during last year's campaign are strangely silent now that one of their own — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner — is accused of groping and sexually assaulting women.  "Don't identify him as my former colleague," an agitated House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi reportedly said Thursday night [7/18/2013] when asked about the claims against Filner.  Pelosi worked alongside Filner for 10 years in Congress.

Chicago whistle-blower implicates top state Democrat.  A former Chicago-area executive is blowing the whistle in the latest case to showcase what is derisively known as the "Illinois way" — politicians' practice of doing business by dishing out favors to friends who contribute generously to their campaigns.  This time, a top-ranking Democrat has been implicated.  The case involves Illinois' most powerful Democratic leader — state House Speaker Michael Madigan — and the former head of the Chicago area's commuter rail service, Metra.

How Obamacare Is Being Used to Create a Permanent Democratic Majority.  To a remarkable degree, liberalism has been institutionalized as an official ideology, funded by your tax dollars.  [A recent] editorial in Investors Business Daily explains, in shocking detail, how Obamacare is being used to fund Democratic Party operatives and drive Democratic Party enrollment.

California state senator is targeted in FBI searches.  FBI agents searched offices in the Capitol on Tuesday [6/4/2013] — the first such raid in 25 years — serving warrants and carting away evidence in what law enforcement officials said was a corruption probe that began in Los Angeles County.  As the agents combed the offices of state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and the Latino Legislative Caucus into the evening, a federal law enforcement source said Calderon, a member of the caucus, was "the focus of the investigation."

Nev. developer guilty of illegal campaign contributions.  Harvey Whittemore, once the most powerful lobbyist in Nevada and the head of a billion-dollar development company, was convicted Wednesday [5/29/2013] of using family and employees to funnel illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2007.  Whittemore, 59, could face a combined maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and $750,000 in fines on the three felony charges.

All in the Family.  A nonprofit connected to Rep. Corrine Brown (D., Fla.) and run by a local political power player overbilled Medicaid by nearly $1.4 million, the Florida Times-Union reported.  According to an audit by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the Community Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville overbilled Medicaid by nearly $1.4 million.

McCaskill: Fire Everyone Involved in Obama's IRS Scandal.  Let's be honest:  There's not a single Democrat in Congress who cares if the Obama Administration uses the IRS to target its political enemies.  We're the bad guys to them and they're willing to do anything they can get away with to stick it to us.  That's why nobody at the IRS had been punished for this scandal before it went public and blew up like a nuclear bomb.  However, the situation has now changed because the scandal is getting traction with the public.

A Brief History of Slimy Dem Snoops and Dumpster Divers.  It's always the "low-level" peon's fault, isn't it?  When Democrats get caught red-handed abusing government powers and bullying their political enemies small and large, nobody at the top knows nuttin'. [...] While they pretend to champion privacy rights, top left-wing operatives have routinely ransacked and plundered through the private documents and personal records of conservative groups, business owners and public figures.  Through it all, those on the right standing against government tyranny have refused to stand down.

Dem Candidate Listed Twice on Ballot in South Carolina Special Election.  Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, the Democratic nominee for the South Carolina First Congressional District special election, is listed twice on today's ballot.  Colbert-Busch is also the nominee of the Working Families party.

Dianne Feinstein's Husband Bags High-Speed Rail Construction Contract.  Sen. Diane Feinstein's husband Richard Blum won a construction contract for California's high-speed rail project, reports the California Political Review.  Author Laer Pearce says Perini-Zachary-Parsons, a construction group partially owned by Blum's investment firm, Blum Capital, and their investors, bagged the nearly billion dollar contract.

Junk politics.  So Anthony Weiner is thinking about running for mayor.  The guy's a contemptible liar, a creepy egomaniac and a man of seriously flawed character.  In other words, politics is the perfect profession for him.  Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks, who failed to report (at least until the FBI began an investigation) that he took $40,000 from a felonious businessman who was convicted of running a $50 million fraud scheme, remains in office.  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington placed Meeks on its list of the most corrupt congressmen.  And Meeks last fall was re-elected to an eighth term in Congress with 75% of the vote.

Soviet Agent Award for Mother Jones Reporter.  As new developments in the McConnell story seem to indicate a political espionage operation against the Senate Republican leader, the prospect of being linked to those behind a campaign on behalf of Bradley Manning — on trial for espionage against the U.S. — could become a public relations nightmare for [David] Corn.  That is, if the media cover the scandal.

Alleged McConnell Bugger Visited White House.  The head of a group accused of illegally taping private meetings of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign visited the White House days before the group's Twitter account began actively attacking the Kentucky Republican, according to White House visitors logs.

Democrat changes story of Progress Kentucky members taping McConnell meeting.  The Democrat who implicated two members of the liberal super PAC Progress Kentucky in the secret taping of a campaign strategy meeting for Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is changing his story.

Still OK to withdraw welfare benefits at ATMs in Colorado strip clubs.  An attempt by Colorado lawmakers to ban welfare recipients from withdrawing their benefits at ATMs located inside strip clubs was killed by Democrats Thursday night [4/4/2013], even though the state House's third-ranking Democratic legislator supported the measure.

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It is not difficult to restrict the use of food stamp cards in specific ATMs, if the state government wants to do so.  Apparently the Democrats do not want to establish such restrictions.  The message is clear:  This is no longer a program to temporarily help hungry people.  It is an unmitigated handout which the recipients can use for anything at all, and it is provided by politicians who are shamelessly buying votes.

EPA Corruption and Scandal.  The EPA and Ms. Lisa Jackson, its chief, have committed extensive violations of law that should receive in-depth scrutiny from Congress, law enforcement and the American people.  Yes the Obama administration has yet another serious scandal on their hands.  The scandal features a fantasy administrator, 'Richard Windsor', and 'his' email account.  The account was established and used by Ms. Jackson to camouflage controversial EPA processes, discussions, decisions and accountability.

Levin's Last Stand.  Carl Levin's retirement announcement today [3/7/2013] was delicious.  The millionaire Michigan senator who gifted himself a $7,500 tax break to buy his $40,000 2012 Chevy Volt said his Number One priority in his last two years in office is cleaning up fat-cat tax breaks.

The Mysterious Office on Metrocentre Boulevard.  The offices of Dr. Salomon Melgen raided by the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services last week served as the postal address of 11 mysterious companies linked to the ophthalmologist, who is now the subject of two federal investigations into allegations of Medicare fraud and public corruption.

The Democratic Disgrace.  [Scroll down]  A decade later, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held Attorney General Holder in contempt for his cover-up of the Fast and Furious gun-running operation that led to hundreds of deaths.  That made Holder the first sitting cabinet member to be held in criminal contempt of Congress and in another administration that might have led to his dismissal. During the Bush Administration, cabinet members had resigned for much less, but the Democrats had given up even maintaining the pretense of being a law-abiding party.

N.H. Dem Delinquent on Taxes.  Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D., N.H.) owes nearly $11,000 in overdue property taxes on her two homes, according to WMUR New Hampshire's Political Scoop.

4 of Illinois' last 7 governors went to prison.  Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan will be leaving prison and heading to a halfway house after serving more than five years for corruption.  His departure from prison follows a rich, if ignominious, history in Illinois of ex-governors arriving in and departing from prison.

Va. lawmaker who brandished AK-47 during legislative session was disbarred following assault, death threat.  A Virginia lawmaker who drew gasps from his colleagues when he brandished a borrowed AK-47 during an anti-gun speech Thursday [1/17/2013] was found guilty in 2002 of committing a vicious 1999 assault, was sanctioned for legal misconduct while prosecuting a rape case, spent six months in jail for contempt of a federal court, and saw his law license revoked in 2003.  Democratic Delegate Joseph Morrissey brought the rifle to the floor of the House of Delegates to demonstrate how easy it is to carry firearms in Virginia.

Mass. Dem Resigns after Pleading Guilty to Voter Fraud.  WBZ Boston reports Massachusetts State Rep. Stephen Smith resigned Monday [12/31/2012] after pleading guilty to voter fraud.

Democrat Officials in Maryland, NJ, NY and Massachusetts Face Prison Time for Voter Fraud.  Democratic Congressional candidate Wendy Rosen dropped from her race against Republican Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) in September after it was discovered she had been voting in two states in recent elections — Maryland and Florida.  Rosen said she was saddened to leave the race in Maryland.  She still received 92,000 votes in November.

2012 Illinois Political Hall of Shame: A Bakers Dozen.  Naturally these selections are based upon my own opinions.  But I believe most people would agree that these 13 public figures are at least somewhat indicative of what is wrong with our politics in the State of Illinois; i.e. political corruption, nepotism, ethical lapses and even outright malfeasance. [...] Democrats pretty much act with impunity due to their near absolute power.  And because of that they also happen to take up the most newsprint when it comes to scandals.

Obama Admin Protected Sex Offender, Helping Re-election.  In a new low for Obama corruption, AP reports that the Homeland Security Department "several times" protected a Democratic senator's registered sex criminal aide from arrest before November's election.

Kathleen the Terrible.  Among the gifts Nancy Pelosi brings to the House of Representatives is her ability to draw a hearty guffaw from the most jaded observer of American politics.  This talent for comedy was on display last Wednesday [12/12/2012] when she told a group of toadeaters disguised as journalists that she belongs to the anti-corruption party.  The Orwellian absurdity of the claim, combined with her trademark vapid expression, was enough to make a cat laugh.

Nancy Pelosi pushes Democrats as the anti-corruption party.  How well did Pelosi succeed in "ending the culture of corruption"?  Rep. Shelly Berkley, D-Nev., is leaving D.C. after losing a Senate campaign largely because of ethical problems, including how she used her position as lawmaker to prevent the closure of a kidney care center — a kidney care center that paid her husband almost three quarters of a million dollars a year.

Clayton Luckie: 45 Days in Office with 45 Felony Charges.  Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett called on leaders in the Ohio Democratic Party to force disgraced Democrat State Representative Clayton Luckie to stop drawing a taxpayer paycheck and resign, as this week will mark day 45 Luckie has received a paycheck while under indictment.  Luckie is under federal indictment for 49 counts of criminal activity in one of the largest FBI investigations of the Ohio Democratic Caucus in Ohio legislative history.

Convicted former Rep. Mel Reynolds wants Jackson seat in Congress.  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 [11/28/2012] for the seat held by Jesse Jackson Jr., who has resigned.  At a downtown hotel news conference, Reynolds acknowledged having made "mistakes" in the past.

Useful Liberal Idiots and Vote Fraud.  Among the responses to my recent article on Democrat vote fraud were those of liberals who were happy to hear no evil, see no evil — and be the evil.  Their rationalization-aided attitudes ranged from accusing traditionalists of being sore winners to equating 2012 with Bush-Gore in 2000 to simply denying hard evidence.  Does it matter at all to you, liberals, that Democrats were actually caught on video facilitating and promising to engage in vote fraud?

Trial set for next fall for indicted lawmaker.  Newly elected state Rep. Derrick Smith could serve nearly a year in office before he has to face trial on federal bribery charges. [...] Smith was expelled by the House after he was indicted on the federal charges.  But the Democrat was easily elected last week, defeating an independent candidate.

Vast Majority of Voters Concerned About Federal Government Corruption.  The Breitbart News/Judicial Watch survey of election day voters released today [11/8/2012] showed that the vast majority of voters are concerned about government corruption, but that this issue did not give the Republicans an advantage on Election Day.  Surprisingly, slightly more voters had confidence in the ability of the Democratic Party to limit corruption in Washington than the Republican Party.

Is voter fraud being committed in Ohio?  Two volunteer poll workers at an Ohio voting station told Human Events that they observed van loads of Ohio residents born in Somalia — the state is home to the second-largest Somali population in the United States — being driven to the voting station and guided by Democratic interpreters on the voting process.  No Republican interpreters were present, according to these volunteers.

New Undercover Video: Did Congressman's Son Commit Voter Fraud?  James O'Keefe has struck again. [...] O'Keefe may be controversial in some circles and his tactics have been criticized by some, but you can't argue with the fact that he gets people's attention.  With the liberal mainstream media lacking when it comes to true investigative journalism, these type of videos will become the norm sooner rather than later.

Congressman Jim Moran's son caught on tape teaching vote fraud techniques.  A new undercover video from James O'Keefe and Project Veritas shows Pat Moran, son of longtime incumbent congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) and field director for his father's re-election campaign, instructing a supporter in how to use fraudulent documents to cast a hundred illegal votes.

Pat Moran Relied on Civil Rights Lawyers for Voter Fraud.  Now we know why civil rights groups like the NAACP, ACLU, and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights are so upset about election integrity groups like True the Vote monitoring the polls on November 6.  Pat Moran gave us a clue yesterday [10/24/2012].  Moran revealed on James O'Keefe's undercover video why these groups have been so dishonest, ugly, and desperate to smear True the Vote and keep them out of the polls.  Simply, the "election protection" operation of these civil rights groups was seen, at least to Moran, as the final step in committing voter fraud.

Congressman's son resigns after voter fraud video.  The field director for Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran — his son Patrick Moran — has resigned after being secretly recorded seemingly advising a conservative journalist masquerading as a supporter that utility bills could be used to aid in voter fraud.

Rep. Moran's son caught on tape, quits staff.  Rep. James P. Moran's son Patrick resigned from his father's campaign after being caught on camera earlier this month appearing to give advice on how to commit voter fraud to a conservative video journalist.  Project Veritas, the group headed by conservative activist James O'Keefe, circulated the video Wednesday.  Patrick Moran, who had been serving as field director for his father, a Virginia Democrat, said in a statement that he never took the person videotaping him seriously and was simply humoring him.

Rep. Moran's son resigns from father's campaign amid voter fraud scandal.  Patrick Moran, the son of Virginia Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and the field director for his father's reelection bid, resigned abruptly Wednesday after a video linked him to voter fraud.

Dem Caught Red-Handed Promoting Election Fraud.  A high-ranking official with Congressman Jim Moran's re-election campaign was recently caught on video encouraging an undercover reporter to forge documents in order to cast phony ballots in the upcoming Virginia election.  The incident is particularly compromising for Congressman Moran, as he has been a vocal opponent of the state's voter ID law, which is designed to protect against voter fraud.  More hypocritically, Moran had been previously caught on film demanding that constituents show their IDs at a local town hall meeting.

Connecticut Democrat jokes about corruption:
Murphy Visits Bridgeport Vote Factory.  Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch is at it again.  The Democrat who presided over a 2010 vote casting and counting scandal in the tight race for governor was caught on video Friday [10/12/2012] guaranteeing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Christopher Murphy a big result in the state's largest city — even if it takes days to count.  Bridgeport provided a crucial and dubious margin of victory to Democratic and Working Families Governor Dannel P. Malloy in 2010 amidst unprecedented chaos at the city's polling places.  The 2010 Bridgeport assault on democracy included photocopied ballots, altered hours at polling places, a mysterious bag of votes and Finch's abuse of the city's emergency notification system to increase turnout on Election Day.

Probe: Sebelius broke the law by campaigning for Obama reelection.  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated federal law by using her Cabinet position to campaign for President Obama, federal investigators said Wednesday.  The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) said Sebelius broke federal law by saying in a February speech that it is "imperative" to reelect President Obama.  She also used the speech, delivered at a Human Rights Campaign event in Charlotte, N.C., to plug local Democrats.

Pro-Obama speech ruled Hatch Act violation, Sebelius repays travel costs.  The White House stood by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius after federal investigators reported Wednesday that she unlawfully stumped for President Obama while delivering a speech earlier this year.  The Office of Special Counsel found Mrs. Sebelius violated the Hatch Act in February, when she told attendees at a Human Rights Campaign gala in North Carolina that re-electing Mr. Obama was "hugely important."  The law prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity in their official capacity.

Strictly a local problem?  A candidate for Congress drops out the race because of a scandal and the story goes no further than the local section of the Washington Post.  I suppose it's an improvement that the Democrat is labeled as such in both the headline and the lead paragraph but notice this.  Her wrongdoing is something the media insists is not a real problem — vote fraud.

Candidate Rosen out after voter fraud allegations.  The Democratic candidate scheduled to challenge Congressman Andy Harris in November's election was forced to resign Monday [9/10/2012] amid allegations of voter fraud.  Wendy Rosen was asked to step down as the 1st Congressional District candidate by the Maryland Democratic Party after members allegedly found evidence Rosen registered and voted in more than one state during past elections.

Nationally-acclaimed Arts & Crafts hawker resigns congressional race over serious voter fraud allegations.  Ironically, Rosen is a former Republican, who switched her registration to Democrat in protest of George W. Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Making the situation even worse for the Democrats, the Party cannot replace her on the ballot.  Party lists of candidates were officially certified by the State Board of Elections on Sept. 5.  The only option left for the MD Democrat Party is to run a write-in campaign.

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That's interesting.  She changed her party affiliation because of President Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but doesn't seem to mind Obama's wars in Libya, Yemen, and Afghanistan.

Maryland Democrat quits congressional race amid vote fraud allegations.  A Maryland Democratic candidate quit her congressional race Monday after her own party told state officials that she had committed fraud by voting in both Maryland and Florida in recent elections.

Maryland Democrat Quits Amid Revelations That She Voted in Two States.  Remember when Eric Holder dismissed video evidence of how easy it was to perpetrate voter fraud by calling it 'manufactured'?  A Maryland Democrat was recently revealed to have manufactured the ability to vote in two separate states — Maryland and Florida.  That is illegal.  It is fraud.  And she should be charged.

Congressman took family on $30k trip to Scotland to attend a wedding — and billed it to his campaign.  A New Jersey congressman is under investigation for using campaign funds to cover personal expenses for a luxurious vacation in Scotland for his wife and two daughters.  U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1st Dist.) splashed out more than $30,000 to attend the wedding of an unnamed donor — an expense that was vetted by his wife who serves as a volunteer compliance officer for the politician.

Whistle-blower, documents: Illinois state workers forced to attend Pelosi, Jesse Jackson Jr. event on taxpayer dime.  Documents and a whistle-blower affidavit obtained by The Daily Caller charge that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., participated in an unethical — and possibly illegal — effort to force 76 employees of an Illinois state agency to engage in political activity on the taxpayers' dime.  According to the whistle-blower, Rev. Jackson also encouraged the government employees to load first-generation and low-income college students up with student loan debt — because Democrats in Congress, he allegedly promised, would eventually pass laws to forgive that debt later.  "[T]hose people will continue to vote Democratic," Jackson Sr. said, according to the whistle-blower.

U.S. Congressman 'spent $97,000 of campaign money on 18 trips to California.  A congressional ethics panel says it is looking into the activities of U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews of New Jersey, who has reported using campaign money to pay for at least 18 trips to California, where his teenage daughter has a fledgling career as a singer and actress.  The House Ethics Committee released a statement Tuesday [7/17/2012] saying it would issue a decision regarding Andrews by August 31.  It was the first time the committee has acknowledged a probe of Andrews, a Democrat from Haddon Heights.

Rep. Capps rented room to staffer for years, didn't report income to IRS for over a decade.  In a possible congressional ethics violation, California Democratic Rep. Lois Capps rented a room in her personal home to one of her congressional staffers for years and did not report the income to the IRS — during that time, or for more than a decade — until 2012.  Capps also withheld that information from the proper congressional authorities for five years — from 2001 until early 2006.  The staffer in question was Jeremy Tittle, a "case worker" in Capps' district office from late 2000 until late 2004.  According to Federal Election Commission records, Tittle was also a staffer for Capps' political campaigns from as early as 2001 to as late as 2004.

FBI agents 'all over the building' at Trenton City Hall.  FBI agents flooded into City Hall on Thursday, searching offices throughout the building a day after raiding Mayor Tony Mack's Berkeley Square home.  One city employee said finance department workers were told to turn on their computers and leave the office, but FBI agents also were seen entering other departments.

Feds raid City Hall of New Jersey capital.  Federal agents raided City Hall in New Jersey's capital on Thursday [7/19/2012], one day after they swarmed the home of the city's mayor, his brother and a campaign supporter.  "The FBI is executing search warrants at various offices at Trenton City Hall, pursuant to an ongoing investigation," said FBI spokeswoman Barbara Woodruff.

Ethics Committee launches probe of Dem Rep. Robert Andrews.  The chairman of the Camden County Republican Party in New Jersey asked the Ethics Committee and the OCE to investigate Roberts last November, following a series of articles that appeared in the Newark Star Ledger.  The articles allege the lawmaker used more than $9,000 in campaign funds to pay for a trip to Scotland with his wife and two children, and more than $10,000 to host a party at Andrews' home celebrating his Congressional service and his daughter's graduation.  The paper also stated that Andrews' campaign made a $12,500 donation to a local theater gala, in which his daughter was performing.

In Support of Voter ID.  The only political party sure to benefit from allowing anyone and every one to vote, whether they are dead or alive, citizen or non-citizen, or have voted numerous times at widely separated polling places — is the Democratic Party.  Everybody knows that!  But the stakes for the democrats are so high, they do not seem to mind making complete fools of themselves running a transparent con game right before the eyes of the nation.

Ethics Committee to investigate Rep. Shelley Berkley.  The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it will formally investigate Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) over allegations she violated House rules by using her position in Congress to benefit her husband's medical practice.  The decision could have serious repercussions for her Senate bid.  She is challenging incumbent Dean Heller (R-Nev.), and Republicans have hammered her repeatedly on the issue.

Show solidarity for targeted conservative bloggers.  Over the past eight years that I've been blogging and operating Internet media companies, I've witnessed or experienced firsthand some of the most unhinged behavior against conservatives — from individual harassment and intimidation, to e-mail bombs and e-mail hackings, to troll infestations, distributed denial of service attacks, coordinated spam block attacks, and death threats.

Bomber Turned Left Wing Activist, Brett Kimberlin, Tries to Silence Conservative Opposition.  Tip of the hat to Michelle Malkin, whose May 23 column does one of the best jobs I've seen of laying out the convoluted tale of a low-level Democratic activist named Brett Kimberlin and his attempts to shut down those who criticize him.  She applies the "disinfectant of sunshine" to a seamy story that deserves mainstream play.

Brett Kimberlin and the Hall of Fame of Leftist Terrorists.  The Left has a long history of embracing unrepentant, manipulative sociopaths, felons, terrorists, and mass murderers — anything goes, provided that they share the same political ideology.  In fairness, most liberals do not feel affection for the worst of the worst among leftists such as Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, Che Guevara, or Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones.  But there are a few domestic radicals who have attained a kind of folk hero status in left-wing circles.

The Conservative Blogosphere Introduces Kimberlin 2012.  The conservative blogosphere today launched a version of the Kony 2012 tactic, introducing readers to a man named Brett Kimberlin and his fellow far-leftists. [...] There is an organizational effort by the institutional left — of which Kimberlin is a well-connected part — to silence conservatives, both in the "real" world and through social networks like Twitter.  As these bloggers note, the best disinfectant is sunlight.  The story is complex and required reading.

A Brownshirt by Any Other Name.  The Patterico outlines a truly shocking campaign of intimidation against him, Stacy McCain, and other bloggers by a leftist convicted felon named Brett Kimberlin, whose non-profit group is funded by George Soros, Teresa Heinz-Kerry, Barbra Streisand, et al.  I'd seen references to this creep, but the story was convoluted and posts on it seemed to start in mid-story, which is why I was glad to see Mark Tapscott at the Examiner offer a brief introduction to Kimberlin's villainy, while Michelle Malkin has aggregated links.

The Left's National Vote Fraud Strategy Exposed.  The Left seeks fundamental structural change to our entire form of government.  In keeping with their amoral, means-justifies-ends philosophy, they will register any voters, dead or alive, legal or illegal, who will then vote as many times as possible, in order to establish a "permanent progressive majority."  As two New York Democrats recently caught in a vote fraud scandal told police, "voter fraud is an accepted way of winning elections..."

Soros' Tides Canada Under Investigation.  George Soros' Tides Foundation in Canada is under investigation by the Canada Revenue Agency after members of the Conservative Party labeled the organization a foreign-funded radical group.

Issa: We have the 'most corrupt' government in history.  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said he is putting his foot down on "corrupt" government financial dealings in the wake of scandals at the Secret Service and the General Services Administation (GSA). [...] "We are busy in Washington with a corrupt government, with a government that I said perhaps because of the money, the amount of TARP and stimulus funds, was going to be the most corrupt government history, and it is proving to be just exactly that.  "This money going though the hands of political leaders is corrupting the process, whether it is Solyndra, GSA, or a number of other scandals."

Deval Patrick: Taxes are my business.  The governor has steadfastly declined to open up his books since he first ran for governor in 2006.

Leaked Stratfor Emails: Democrats Manipulated The 2008 Election Results.  John McCain's 2008 campaign staff allegedly had evidence that Democrats stuffed ballot boxes in Pennsylvania and Ohio on election night, but McCain chose not to pursue voter fraud, according to internal Stratfor emails published by WikiLeaks.

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Next time, let's nominate somebody who wants to win.

Project Veritas Proves How Easy Voter Fraud Is Without ID.  There are a lot of liberals who think, probably correctly, that the Democratic Party benefits from voter fraud.  They figure it pads their totals across the country on election day by tens of thousands of votes and probably swings a handful of close races their way.  Undoubtedly, they're right about that.  So, in an effort to keep legitimate votes from being cancelled out by fraud, Republicans have started making a concerted push to put voter ID laws in place.

More about Voter ID laws.

The Democrats' Election Forgery Racket.  This week, four Democratic officials in Indiana were hit with felony charges related to petition fraud in the state's 2008 primary.  The prosecutions are a result of the local South Bend Tribune newspaper's investigation last fall into "hundreds of county residents' signatures" forged on petitions used to put Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic primary ballot.  At least two whistle-blowing government officials came forward to expose the forgery racket, which court documents say was formulated by Democratic Party officials inside local party headquarters.  A veteran county Democratic Party chair, Butch Morgan, resigned in October over the scandal; three employees in the St. Joseph County voter registration office reportedly helped Morgan execute the scheme.

Election fraud 2010:  A repository of the fraud & dirty tricks used by Democrats during the 2010 election cycle.

Former SEIU Member Registers 23,207 Fraudulent Voters.  Former Service Employees International Union (SEIU) member Steve Caddle of Houston, Texas has been caught registering 23,207 fake voters in Harris County alone due to the hard detective work of Catherine Engelbrecht and her "True the Vote" project.  This is one of the best examples of what good citizen activism inspired by Tea Party principles can do for their community.

It's official: Chicago is nation's corruption capital.  A University of Illinois study has found what many probably already suspected:  Chicago is the corruption capital of the nation.  The study — published Wednesday [2/15/2012] as the details of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Colorado prison assignment emerged — showed that the federal court district that includes Chicago has had 1,531 public corruption convictions since 1976, more than any other district in the nation.

Chicago Called Most Corrupt City in the Nation.  A former Chicago alderman turned political science professor/corruption fighter has found that Chicago is the most corrupt city in the country.  He cites data from the U.S. Department of Justice to prove his case.  And, he says, Illinois is third-most corrupt state in the country.

Global Warming Lefties Commit Identity Theft to Target Conservative Think Tank.  Wednesday [2/15/2012], two left-wing blogs posted confidential information supposedly obtained from the Heartland Institute, a free-market, non-profit think tank with a particular focus on battling global warming hysteria.  They posted supposed donor information, inside financials, and even a "confidential memo" on the Institute's climate strategy — which is a "complete fake," according to a statement from The Heartland Institute.  The way they got the information was blatantly illegal.

Not Just A Democrat Dirty Trick, But A Crime.  A few years ago, as part of its strategy of facilitating voter fraud as a means of winning close elections, the Democratic Party undertook a campaign to secure as many Secretary of State offices in swing states as possible.  From those perches, the Democrats would be in a position to oversee elections and enforce (or decline to enforce) election laws.  That strategy has been quite successful, but the Democrats suffered a setback in Iowa in 2010 when conservative Republican Matt Schultz won an upset victory in the Secretary of State race.  Since then, Iowa Democrats have targeted Schultz.  That targeting has taken a sinister turn — a criminal one, in fact — as the Des Moines Register reports.

Former Obama Staffer Busted for Stealing Iowa Secretary of State's Identity.  Barack Obama's 2008 Iowa New Media Director was arrested Friday for attempting to use the identities of Secretary of State Matt Schultz, and/or his brother Thomas, with the intent to falsely implicate the Secretary Schultz in illegal or unethical behavior.  Zach Edwards, 29, of Des Moines, currently works for Link Strategies, a Democrat-affiliated organization with ties to Iowa Senator Tom Harkin.

Does Iowa Electoral Fraud Scam Lead To White House?  The fact that Soros and various other Democratic heavy hitters made it a priority to take over secretary of state offices suggests that larger forces may be at work.  If Democrats do not come clean on this, immediately, this could well mean that people are being protected.  If they are, we are looking at some of the highest political crimes ever.  Stealing an election by toppling a secretary of state is fundamentally anti-democratic.  A full investigation by a special prosecutor is in order.  If evidence is found of a conspiracy to defraud democracy, someone should go to jail for this, and we aren't just talking about Edwards.

Dead People and Other Voters.  Years ago the Democrats learned that the surest way to win a tight election was to have just the right number of dead people ready to vote.  It worked in Texas in 1948 and Illinois in 1960 and may have worked in South Carolina in 2010 if Attorney General Eric Holder hadn't left well enough alone. ... Holder may soon regret his action which, like nearly everything else done by the Obama Administration these days, is intended to help get Mr. Obama reelected.

Democrats Embrace Voter Fraud.  Already, Team Obama is putting voter fraud policies in effect to tilt the election.  Eric Holder's stance on the right of individual states within the U.S. to require voter identification is the most obvious example.  Several court cases have already upheld the states' right to require voter identification.  Furthermore, many studies have shown that requiring voter identification prevents voter fraud and is no more illegal than requiring identification to obtain Medicare or Medicaid or social security payments. ... More recently, Team, Obama is speeding up the immigration process and rushing illegal aliens to citizenship, often ahead of those who have waited, patiently and legally, for years.

Federal grand jury indicts Indianapolis councilman.  A federal grand jury in Indianapolis on Tuesday [12/20/2011] indicted a City-County Council member and two associates linked to a foundation under investigation for more than two years on multiple counts of wire fraud and money laundering.

Officials Plead Guilty in New York Voter Fraud Case.  A total of four Democratic officials and political operatives have now pleaded guilty to voter fraud-related felony charges in an alleged scheme to steal a New York election.  The latest guilty pleas expose the ease with which political insiders can apparently manipulate the electoral system and throw an election their way, by the forging of signatures of unsuspecting voters that are then cast as real votes.

Voter fraud is real.  The state chairman of Indiana's Democratic Party resigned Monday [12/12/2011] as a probe of election fraud in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary widened.  State law requires a presidential candidate to gather 500 valid signatures in each county to qualify for the ballot.  Barack Obama may not have met it.  Investigators think 150 of the 534 signatures the Obama campaign turned in for St. Joseph County may have been forged.  Yet Democrats say that measures to guard against vote fraud are racist Republican plots to disenfranchise minority voters.

Indiana Democratic Party Head Resigns as Fraud Probe Heats Up.  The chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party announced his resignation Monday [12/12/2011], as investigators probe allegations of election fraud stemming from the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.  Dan Parker, who served for seven years, did not cite the scandal as a reason for his decision.  But the uproar over possible fraud in a race for the White House has already claimed the job of one county Democratic Chairman, who sources say was forced out because of the allegations.

Why It's So Easy To Destroy Republicans.  If one examines the voting patterns over the last few decades it appears that Republican voters are particularly picky and principled about whom they vote for.  Democrats on the other hand are more interested in what's being promised to them than in a candidate's character. ... There is no other explanation for the long careers of Ted Kennedy, (Chappaquiddick - Google it), Barney Frank, Chris Dodd (Countrywide - Google it) Charlie Rangel and last but certainly not least, William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton.  They elected and reelected a president that had more question marks on his character than all the GOP candidates combined and it made no difference at all.

Richardson inquiry quietly brewing.  A federal grand jury said to be investigating former Gov. Bill Richardson is expected to meet again next week in Albuquerque.  After battling repeated scandals in the latter years of his eight-year tenure, the globe-trotting Richardson is back under the microscope.  This time, several news outlets report that the two-term Democratic governor and onetime Cabinet secretary for President Bill Clinton faces accusations that he raised $250,000 from supporters to quiet a woman who had threatened to file a sexual-harassment complaint.

E-mails questioned huge contract for firm with ties to Obama administration.  A series of e-mail exchanges between officials at the Department of Health and Human Services shows growing alarm at the amount of projected profit from a government contract for a drug company whose controlling shareholder is a longtime Democratic Party activist.

Pelosi Leads List Of Conflict Of Interest Dems.  The brewing scandal is complicated, but here's the Reader's Digest version:  After a Pelosi staffer left to lobby on behalf of credit-card giant Visa, Pelosi delayed bringing to the House floor a bill to end lucrative "swipe fees" for Visa and other credit providers.  The bill couldn't have come at a worse time for Visa.  It planned to launch an $18 billion public stock offering, so stalling Hill action became a priority.  The San Francisco-based company curried favor with Pelosi by pumping cash into her re-election efforts, earning its CEO a rare one-on-one meeting with the speaker.  At the same time, Visa offered her husband a VIP cut of the IPO.

Mass GOP to Kerry: 'Come clean'.  The Massachusetts Republican Party today lashed out at Senator John Kerry, saying he should provide a better explanation of stock trades detailed in a recently released book about insider trading by members of Congress.  The book by a conservative researcher at the Hoover Institution says Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, made hundreds of thousands of dollars from trades of shares in medical companies at the same time Kerry was working on health care legislation on Capitol Hill.

'Throw them all out' sounds like a good start.  Hoover Institution scholar Peter Schweizer is making huge waves this week with advance coverage of his book "Throw Them All Out" on "60 Minutes" and in a Newsweek piece by Peter Boyer.  CBS and Newsweek focused on Schweizer's contention that because Congress exempts itself from laws it imposes on the rest of us, senators and representatives can engage in insider stock trading with impunity.  Among the most outrageous examples, according to Schweizer, is that of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who, with her millionaire husband, bought between $1 million and $5 million (members of Congress only have to report such investments in broad categories rather than nickels and dimes like the rest of us) in an initial public offering from Visa.

Comptroller John Liu's fundraiser arrested on fraud charge.  The feds today busted a New Jersey man for allegedly steering illegal contributions to city Comptroller John Liu.  Xing Wu Pan is accused of using phantom or "straw" donors to conceal illegal contributions that that exceeded limits for citywide office, according to the complaint filed by Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara and New York FBI Director Janice Fedarcyk.  Pan is charged with attempted wire fraud and conspiracy.

Pelosi's investments questioned in CBS report.  [Steve] Kroft asked Pelosi why she and her investor husband, Paul Pelosi, bought an initial public offering of stock in Visa, the San Francisco-based credit card company, in March of 2008.  The same month, former House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., introduced the Credit Card Fair Fee Act, which would have given merchants the power to negotiate lower fees with credit card companies.  The bill, hostile to the credit card industry, was passed by the committee but never brought to the floor.  Pelosi was speaker at the time, and controlled which legislation came to a vote.

Shredding Kathleen Sebelius.  If a private health insurer had engaged in the kind of criminal obstruction that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been tied to in her home state of Kansas, it would be a federal case.  Instead, it's a non-story in the Washington press.

California Democrat Party Loses Millions to Fraud.  California Democrat uber-finance guru, Kinde Durkee, apparently has been practicing accounting methods of the Solyndra kind.  As a result, she's been accused of fraud for potentially misappropriating as much as $7.5 million in campaign funds for as many as 53 liberal candidates and issues committees in the Golden State.  The amount is the difference between what California Democrats says has been reported by the bank, and the amount that was reportedly raised by the various campaigns that Durkee was treasurer for.

Fraud Case Rocks Democratic Party.  Kinde Durkee was arrested Sept. 2 and accused by federal authorities of stealing campaign funds and using the money to pay for an array of personal expenses, including mortgage payments, cosmetics and nursing-home care for her mother.  Based in Burbank, Calif., the 58-year-old had long managed money for scores of Democratic campaigns.

The Fall of California Democratic Campaign Treasurer Kinde Durkee.  How did Kinde Durkee, described by Rep. Loretta Sanchez as 'one of us,' go from managing the campaign funds of top Democrats in her state to charges of stealing $7 million from those accounts?

DOE in the headlights.  The Obama administration made $533 million disappear by giving it to a " green" company named Solyndra.  Next came a "green" company named SunPower that manufactured photovoltaic solar panels.  This time the money was upped to $1.2 billion of taxpayer money.  This company was supposed to manufacture photovoltaic solar panels for its California solar valley ranch.  Amazingly it just happens to be that the company had converted an old auto plant to a manufacturing plant for the panels.  Guess where the plant was located, of all things, in the Congressional District of a strong supporter, Rep. George Miller, D.-Calif.  Another surprise was that the lobbyist for SunPower just happened to be the son of Rep. Miller.  But of course that did not influence the senior Miller as he advocated for the loan.

Did someone mention Solyndra?

Pelosi's disclosure belated in husband's land deal.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's husband, a real estate developer and investment banker, stands to make millions of dollars in a previously undisclosed residential real estate project in California as a partner with the father of a woman Mrs. Pelosi helped become ambassador to Hungary, records show.  Paul F. Pelosi's investment in Russell Ranch is worth at least $5 million and possibly as much as $25 million in a deal put together by his friend and longtime business associate, Angelo Tsakopoulos, patriarch of a multimillion-dollar real estate development firm, according to Mrs. Pelosi's latest personal-disclosure statement.

More solar companies led by Democratic donors received federal loan guarantees.  A Daily Caller investigation has found that in addition to the failed company Solyndra, at least four other solar panel manufacturing companies receiving in excess of $500 million in loan guarantees from the Obama administration employ executives or board members who have donated large sums of money to Democratic campaigns.

Campaigning Philadelphia judges say Democrats sought $10,000 donations.  The city's Democratic Party organization invited 27 Philadelphia judges to a buffet breakfast this week and asked them to pay $10,000 each to assure party support when they face yes-or-no retention votes in November, according to judges who attended.  The figure is double what the party asked from sitting judges two years ago.

$737 Million Green Jobs Loan Given to Nancy Pelosi's Brother-In-Law.  It's increasingly hard to tell the government's green jobs subsidies apart from the Democrats' friends and family rewards program.

Wind Power's Political Payoff.  Tom Carnahan, of the Missouri Carnahans, arguably that state's most prominent political family, is listed on President Obama's campaign website as a host of the St. Louis fundraising extravaganza amid widespread unemployment and tanking markets.  Coincidentally, of course, Carnahan's energy development firm, Wind Capital Group, is the recipient of a $107 million federal tax credit to develop a wind power facility in his state.

Solargate Unraveled.  Corruption is not an energy policy.  Emails released to the Washington Post before Wednesday's hearings on the $535 million stimulus loan guarantee issued to now-bankrupt Solyndra Inc. reveal the extent of, and resistance to, White House pressure to get the loan approved so Vice President Joe Biden could announce it at a Sept. 4, 2009, groundbreaking event.  The White House has denied applying pressure or even monitoring the review process, saying the stimulus loan guarantee was a good "investment."

Is LightSquared the New Solyndra?  Last week, Air Force General William Shelton, Commander of Air Force Space Command, told Congressional leaders in a closed-door session that the White House tried to pressure him to change his testimony to favor a company that turns out to be a major donor to the Democratic Party. ... LightSquared is funded by Harbinger Capital, a hedge fund owned by Philip Falcone, a major donor to the Democratic Party.  LightSquared's CEO, Sanjiv Ahuja, is also a major donor to the Democratic Party.

Document suggests witness tampering by Sen. Tom Harkin's office.  A top aide to Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin supplied an answer last year to a thorny question a friendly witness would face the next day at a pivotal hearing on for-profit colleges, raising questions of witness tampering, an email obtained by The Daily Caller shows.

Election commission rules Edwards must pay back $2.3 million.  Former Presidential candidate John Edwards will have to pay back over 2 million dollars in federal matching funds given to his 2008 campaign for president, the Federal Election Commission ruled on Thursday.  The commission voted 6 - 0 against Edwards and contends his campaign was in "excess of the Candidate's entitlement."

Obama's Suspicious Connections to Clean Tech Companies Receiving Federal Money.  Having friends in Washington is one of the quickest and dirtiest paths to success, but when President Barack Obama is the one helping you out by discriminately favoring your company's products over others, very few in the media seem to care.

Is Another Ballot Heist Coming?  The integrity of American elections ought to be above reproach.  Unfortunately, recent history suggests that when candidates are desperate, serious hanky-panky is not out of the question.  The 2000 Florida Presidential election was severely marred by Al Gore's botched election robbery.  The massive vote fraud in Palm Beach County stands as immutable proof of the extent that crooked Democrats will go to steal an election.  After botching the robbery in "ballot box boiler rooms," the Democrats resorted to stall tactics, the courts, and endless recounts to steal the election for Gore.  The only mistake the voter frauds made is that they did not destroy enough valid votes.

Cars owned by inmates now belong to Commissioner Price.  In the wake of an FBI investigation of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, documents uncovered by [WFAA] raise questions about how Price obtained a large number of expensive vehicles, many previously owned by county inmates. ... With at least eight of Price's vehicles there were questions as to who owned the car — questions resolved by a secretive county board that issued him clear title.

Organized medical fraud in Wisconsin.  "Primum nil nocere."  First, do no harm.  This bedrock principle in medicine is a foreign language to most politicians and, sadly, to some Wisconsin doctors, who have violated their oath and the public trust as they have defrauded Wisconsin taxpayers.  Several University of Wisconsin family physicians donned their sacred white coats and were caught distributing fraudulent "sick notes" free for the asking quite literally by the boxful — I wonder who paid for that printing — to teachers and others who skipped work to engage in political protest at the state Capitol in Madison.  Whatever the merits of the teachers' protest, there's a word for what these doctors and teachers are perpetrating:  fraud.

Safeguards must be installed to prevent voter fraud.  [Scroll down]  Of course, voters had solid reasons for doubts for some time before the last two elections.  In the state of Maryland, for example, the voter rolls do not seem to be routinely purged and it is illegal to ask a voter for proof of identity.  Any attempt to add reliability to the system is resisted in Annapolis by the (lamentable and apparently permanent) Democratic majority.  Resistance to reliable electoral reforms is widespread.

Moseley Braun says 'no more drilling down' on her finances despite questions.  Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun today [1/7/2011] said there will be "no more drilling down" about her tax returns despite unanswered questions about where she gets her money and the troubled state of her finances.

Look Who's Counting Votes in California.  The race to determine who will be the attorney general of California is still too close to call.  Democrat Kamala Harris, San Francisco's district attorney, leads Republican Steve Cooley, the DA for Los Angeles County, by 31,000 votes out of nearly nine million cast.  And there are more than 750,000 ballots left to count.  The tabulation process has led to a full-fledged food fight between the candidates and has roped in Dean Logan, the controversial voter registrar of Los Angeles County.

Maryland politician allegedly caught flushing money down the toilet.  Talk about wasteful spending.  A Maryland politician accused of flushing tens of thousands of dollars down the toilet told reporters he was innocent on charges he'd taken kickbacks for years — and he has the facts to prove it.  Jack Johnson, a former prosecutor who has served as the executive of a suburban county near Washington D.C. for the past eight years, is accused of accepting kickbacks after a four-year FBI investigation caught him taking tens of thousands of dollars from real estate developers.

Did widespread corruption cost Democrats the election?  While seemingly everyone is lining up to offer explanations for Democrats' historic defeat last Tuesday, one seemingly obvious reason for the GOP landslide has gone unremarked upon:  Widespread, systemic corruption in the Democratic Party.  Unlike the 2006 election, when Republicans were reeling from major scandals, we heard next to nothing this year about "a culture of corruption," thanks to a Democrat-friendly media and the fear of being publicly called racist for pointing out that the Congressional Black Caucus has a lot of bad apples.  But it's hard to deny an overwhelming amount of scandal during the last year.

ACORN's Get-Out-The-Vote Operative Under State Felony Charges.  Many might recall that Congress turned off the spigot of federal funds flowing into the coffers of the organization responsible for federal election law crimes all across the country.  Many might all recall that ACORN itself eventually said it would shutter its operations.  But even with all that recent history, ACORN's Project Vote is still in operation and one of its main directors is a woman under a cloud of criminal charges in the state of Nevada.

More about ACORN.

Kentucky Scandal:  Did Democrat Conway Tip His Brother About Drug Probe?  The Senate race in Kentucky has been rocked by revelations that Democrat state attorney general Jack Conway's brother was the target of a drug investigation — but no charges were filed against Matt Conway, and two Louisville detectives have been placed on leave after being accused of leaking information about the investigation.

Jack Conway may have tipped brother off about drug investigation.  Jack Conway, the Democratic attorney general of Kentucky who is running for U.S. Senate, says he was not involved in a recent criminal investigation involving his brother and drug trafficking.  But it appears he — along with other law enforcement officials — tipped his brother off about the investigation.  The campaign made a statement distancing Conway from his brother's investigation in a Saturday [10/23/2010] story in Louisville's Courier-Journal.

LMPD probes detectives who tipped off prosecutor under investigation.  A Jefferson County prosecutor was tipped off by Louisville narcotics detectives twice in the past two years that he was under investigation for possible drug use or trafficking, according to police records obtained by The Courier-Journal.  When investigators learned of the leaks and interrogated the two detectives and the prosecutor last March, all three initially gave false or misleading statements about what happened, those records show.

Newly nativist Democrats and their own foreign funny money.  [Scroll down]  In the meantime, GOP candidates who face this ridiculous onslaught must remind voters of all the shady foreign cash that the Democrats and their deep-pocketed donors have pumped into the political system.  Strike back twice as hard:  Remember Obama/Hillary/Democrat top fund-raiser and convicted fraudster/campaign finance crook Norman Hsu.  Remember Obama/Hillary/Democrat top fund-raiser and convicted fraudster/campaign finance crook Hasan Nemazee.  Remember soft-on-China Obama Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, shady Buddhist temple cash collector.  Remember Senate Democrats raising funds in Canada.  Remember Obama's presidential campaign soliciting foreign donations on its website.

In New Jersey, corruption is just another normal day.  In most places, three unrelated, high-profile political corruption trials on the same day would be pretty big news.  New Jersey is not most places.  As politicians from north to south sat in courtrooms Monday [10/4/2010] facing accusations of lining their own pockets, stealing or destroying ballots, and billing personal expenses to City Hall, there was barely a ripple through a state numbed to political corruption.

Prosecutors detail steps Bell leaders allegedly took to hide high salaries.  Court documents accuse former City Administrator Robert Rizzo of ordering an employee to draft false contracts and other records to conceal how much he and council members made.

'Calculated greed' at heart of Bell criminal case, D.A. says.  Eight current and former Bell city leaders were arrested Tuesday [9/21/2010] on charges of misappropriating more than $5.5 million from the small, working-class community as prosecutors accused them of treating the city's money as their personal piggy bank.

This Bell Is the Chime of Freedom.  The saying goes, you get what you pay for.  To the working class citizens of Bell city, California, their hard-earned cash got them a sleazy, overpaid and corrupt government run by Democrats.  The government officials got rich.  Today [9/21/2010], thankfully, eight of them — every single one a Democrat — also got arrested.

Media white-washes Bell, California jail-birds' party status.  They're gone, wearing jumpsuits, all eight former officials of Bell, the modest California city whose citizens, for 25 years, were plundered by shamelessly corrupt Democrats.

Bell, California Corruption — Not a Single Mention of Party Affiliation From Media.  Today, eight city council members were arrested in Bell, California for what Los Angeles County District Attorney labeled "corruption on steroids."  Thus far, every major news outlet that has reported on the story has omitted the fact that all eight individuals arrested are Democrats.  These glaring omissions come only weeks after NewsBusters reported that of the 351 stories on the then-brewing controversy, 350 had omitted party affiliations, and one had mentioned they were Democrats only in apologizing for not doing so sooner.

How Privileged Democrats Pay for Their Houses.  Former senior senator from Delaware and current Vice President Joe Biden has a custom-built house in Delaware's ritziest Chateau Country neighborhood.  It is now worth at least $2.5 million and is the Bidens' most valuable asset.  Biden tapped campaign funds to pay for his compound's lawn needs.  He secured the new estate with the help of a corporate executive who worked for Biden's top campaign donor, credit card giant MBNA.  In 1996, Biden sold his previous mansion to MBNA Vice Chairman John Cochran.  The asking price was $1.2 million.  Cochran forked over the full sum.

The Party of the Rich.  At this moment, two of [the Democratic Party's] leaders from a supposedly disadvantaged minority are about to be tried for ethical transgressions (read: thievery) even Congress couldn't sweep under the rug.  Never mind that these transgressions mostly exploit the very minority these people purport to represent.  It's part of the game.  Convince minorities they should act like victims.  Extort guilt payments from the majority and keep the change.  Meanwhile, nothing improves for the minority because it would interrupt the system.

Rangel Scandal Reveals the Extent of Capitol Corruption.  Four years ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised to "drain the swamp" of corruption in Washington, D.C., but after failing miserably to do so it now appears she's choosing to ignore it — while letting her colleagues sweep it under the rug.

Working 'Sham'-ilies.  A former employee of the Working Families Party says he was so disturbed by the labor-backed group's practices that he walked out after only one week on the job.  In an exclusive interview, Brooklyn resident Patrick Crooks said he was encouraged by higher-ups to falsify names and addresses on sign-up sheets supporting the left-wing party's push to repeal a state law that took rent regulation out of the city's hands and gave it to the state.

Gov wife's biz gets $297M no-bid deal.  Gov. Paterson's administration awarded a $297 million federal contract without competitive bidding or public notice to GHI, the health-care provider whose parent company employs his wife, The [New York] Post has learned.  Legislative investigators are now looking into the huge, 3½-year contract that subsidizes insurance for uninsured individuals with pre-existing health problems — part of President Obama's health-care reform act, state officials concede.

Congress for sale.  As the Senate last week moved to pass President Obama's financial-regulation overhaul, word came that the Countrywide VIP loan scandal on Capitol Hill had just gotten a whole lot bigger.  And that congressional ethics probers are looking into the dealings of eight House members — including New York Reps. Joseph Crowley and Christopher Lee — who raised significant sums of Wall Street money in the 10 days prior to voting on their version of the reform bill.  Any wonder why voters are cynical?

Controversy Surrounding Bank with Obama Ties Grows.  Controversy continues to swirl around the Obama administration's bailout of the politically connected community lender ShoreBank, with new calls for an investigation into how the bank was able to secure tens of millions of dollars in Wall Street cash to stay alive, FOX Business has learned.

Holder ignoring bribes under his nose.  Last fall, the Denver Post reported that somebody in the Obama White House offered a plum job to former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff on the condition that he drop his Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Michael Bennett.  Then in February, Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., told a talk radio program that somebody in the Obama White House had offered him a job in exchange for dropping his Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter.

More about President Obama's Culture of Corruption.

Obama's Treachery:  Election tampering by Obama treads upon the very foundation of American exceptionalism — free elections in a representative democracy. ... Election tampering and transparent corruption are not business as usual unless you're a Democrat.  Whether it be suppression of the black vote in the south for a hundred years after the Civil War, Tammany Hall politics at the turn of the 20th century in New York, machine politics in Chicago, or bribes and payoffs for votes on health care and stimulus funding, the failure to prosecute polling place intimidation by the Black Panthers in Philadelphia or Acorn voter registration fraud, this is the Democratic Party Way, the Obama Way.

Dereliction of Duty.  The 1974 Budget and Impoundment Act requires Congress to pass a budget resolution by May 15 of each year.  Congress hasn't done so yet in 2010.  But that isn't so unusual.  Delays are common.  They are usually the result of interparty or intercameral disputes.  But this year is different.  Congressional Democrats aren't simply delaying, they're deliberately refusing to offer a budget until after the November elections.  They're simply choosing to ignore the law.

If You Can't Budget, You Can't Govern.  "If you can't budget, you can't govern," Rep. John Spratt Jr., D-S.C., proclaimed in 2006 when the House GOP leadership chose to dispense with passing a budget resolution.  Now that the Dems run the House, Spratt is chairman of its Budget Committee and the April 15 deadline for passing a budget resolution is a niggling detail, easily ignored.  House Democrats have decided to not even try to pass a budget resolution before this fiscal year expires on Sept. 30 — and may well delay passage until after the November elections.

The Senator from Sandy Berger.  In 1934, "Boss" Tom Pendergast handpicked a Jackson County administrative judge to be the next United States Senator from Missouri, and for the next ten years Harry Truman wore the tag, "The Senator from Pendergast."  Truman began to find his own footing after Pendergast was shipped off to nearby Leavenworth in 1939, but until then, he pretty much carried Pendergast's water in Washington.

Deep Cover at Organizing for America.  [Scroll down slowly]  Notice, too, the use of the phrase "take ownership of the community."  Evanston borders Chicago on the north, and they speak the same political language.  In Democrat-ese, "owning the community" means that if you got a problem with trash pickup, talk to the Democratic precinct captain.  If you have a kid who needs a job, talk to the Democratic precinct captain.  If you have trouble with delivery trucks getting ticketed for double-parking in front of your shop, talk to the Democratic precinct captain.  If you need a block party permit, a one-day liquor license, or a building code violation overlooked, talk to the Democratic precinct captain.  Democrats own the community.

Lobbyist bundling:  Money pipeline for Democrats.  Lobbyists bundling campaign contributions, often from clients, to pass on to powerful politicians is exactly the sort of corruption Democrats came to power promising to fight.  But the lobbyists doing the most bundling, and the politicians pocketing the cash, tend to be Democrats, a recent study shows.  A study by the Center for Public Integrity finds that the top four lobbyists in terms of bundling contributions for federal candidates and committees are powerful Democrats who contributed and raised cash exclusively to elect Democrats.

From Watchdog to Lapdog.  David Axelrod ran the Obama campaign via AKP&D Message and Media, and Ask Public Strategies, two Chicago firms with overlapping employees and his son as a manager.  In his first financial disclosure that summer, Axelrod disclosed he had sold the companies and would be receiving $3 million from his former partners in installments over the next five years. ... Imagine if [Karl] Rove were still getting paid by his old firm while he sat in the White House and as the GOP sent business to the Texas firm.

Democrats Awash in Corruption Scandals.  Seven months before the November midterm elections, the Democrats are awash in ethics and corruption scandals in Congress and among the nation's biggest governorships.  The major networks' nightly news shows have largely ignored or played down the mounting allegations, charges and investigations targeting Democrats, but they are becoming a major issue in key campaigns that could help the Republicans make large gains in the House, Senate and state capitals.

Draining the Swamp?  Before Rep. Nancy Pelosi became speaker of the House, she promised during the Bush administration that if voters allowed Democrats to regain a congressional majority Democrats would establish "the most ethical Congress in history."  Pelosi pledged to "drain the swamp" of corruption in Washington.  Not only has the swamp not been drained, Democrats have begun treating it as a hot tub.

Disorder in the House.  The fleeting tenure of Fortney Hillman Stark Jr., Congressional class of 1972, is destined for the historical footnotes, though it's also further evidence of the dysfunction of modern liberal governance. ... Mr. Stark has also been pursued by questions surrounding his 2007 rental of a Capitol Hill row house to a lobbying firm that represented clients including the pharmaceutical trade group and the drug makers Merck and Amgen.

Rash of Scandals Tests Democrats at Sensitive Time.  The ethical woes facing Democrats are piling up, with barely a day passing in recent weeks without headlines from Washington to New York and beyond filled with word of scandal or allegations of wrongdoing.

Ex-Mayor Gets 15 Years for Bribery; City Pays Price.  Residents here [in Birmingham, Alabama] were not terribly surprised on Friday [3/5/2010] when Larry Langford, the former mayor, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined $360,000 by a federal judge, ending a long-running bribery case that shook local government and state Democratic politics.

Change, loose change, spare change, and crooks:  [Scroll down]  Last week, the House ethics committee released a 305-page report on its investigation into seven congressmen — Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), James Moran (D-Va.), Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.), Bill Young (R-Fla.), and the late John Murtha (D-Pa.) — suspected of trading earmarks for campaign contributions.  In 2008, these congressmen provided various interests $112 million worth of federal funding and received over $350,000 back in campaign contributions.

Clinton fundraiser admits $292 million fraud.  A wealthy businessman who raised money for leading Democratic Party politicians, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, pleaded guilty on Thursday [3/18/2010] to defrauding three major banks out of $292.2 million in loan transactions.

Obama, Clinton Money Man Guilty Of Major Fraud Scheme.  The shady Iranian fundraiser who for years donated lucrative sums to top Democrats — including the president, vice president and secretary of state — has pleaded guilty to a major bank-fraud scheme that could land him in jail for nearly two decades.

Clay County precinct worker testifies she stole votes.  A former Clay County precinct worker testified Friday that top election officers in the county taught her how to change people's choices on voting machines to steal votes in the May 2006 primary.  Wanda White testified that Clerk Freddy Thompson — the county's chief election officer — helped show her how to manipulate voting machines along with Charles Wayne Jones, the Democratic election commissioner.

Obama, Pelosi, Rangel, Geithner, Holder on Judicial Watch 2009 Most Corrupt List.  Judicial Watch issued its Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2009" list a couple of weeks ago and I've been waiting for MSM coverage of this story — as President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Tim Geithner, Eric Holder, Charles Rangel, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, John Murtha, Roland Burris, Rep. Jesse Jackson, and John Ensign are this year's trophy winners.  For the record, Ensign is the only Republican and President Bush has never been on the list.

No one punished under congressional ethics rules.  Nearly three years after Congress approved sweeping ethics rules to "drain the swamp," as incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put it, no member of Congress has been punished for wrongdoing.  In that time, allegations of sexual misconduct and financial impropriety have been lodged against lawmakers.

Ending Corruption in Washington.  [Scroll down slowly]  The only way to get rid of such corruption is to deprive Congress of its vast regulatory powers.  There is truly no reason why politicians should superintend any portion of the private sphere.  Finance, health care, energy, housing, farming, and all the rest should be left wholly to the market, since the market invariably delivers goods and services in the most economical and cost-efficient manner.  Every time politicians decide to regulate, they only make matters worse.

Surprise:  Leading Obamacare economic advocate was being paid by Obama administration.  Jon Gruber, a prominent MIT economist who's been been one of the country's leading advocates of Democratic health care reform legislation.  Except it now appears that Gruber didn't do a very good job of disclosing an enormous conflict of interest, according to Firedoglake...

Rep. Gary Ackerman may have broken House ethics rules.  U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman hosted a meeting between Israeli officials and a defense-contracting firm in which he had invested money — and made a big profit, a [New York] Daily News probe has found.  The Queens Democrat put no money down when he obtained private stock in the company, Xenonics Inc., relying on $14,000 borrowed in 2002 from the company's top shareholder, a longtime friend.

Reid gets his 60 votes for Obamacare — the Chicago Way.  Yesterday morning, while Washington, DC was getting blanketed with a record snowfall, Senate Democrats treated the entire United States to what may be the greatest snow job of all time.  Biggoverment.com calls it "the most corrupt piece of legislation in our nation's history," and indeed it is. ... This latest development demonstrates once again that, when it's a choice between principles and dollars, Democratic politicians reliably choose the latter.

Former CIA boss booted for security breach named to defense intelligence panel.  John M. Deutch, the former CIA director who was stripped of his security clearance after it was discovered he downloaded classified information on his home computer, has been appointed by the Obama Administration to another high-level board that serves the Department of Defense.

Impeachment appears imminent for federal judge.  Witnesses in the congressional impeachment case against U.S. District Court Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. paint a jarring portrait of the former Louisiana state judge appointed to the federal bench in 1994 by President Clinton.

Draining the Democratic swamp.  When the Democrats retook Congress in 2006, incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi promised the "to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history."  So how's that promise working out?  Let's start with four developments from the last week...

Coal Towns Mired In Public Corruption .  A third Pennsylvania judge has pleaded guilty to corruption this week, making him one of nearly two dozen officials embroiled in a widespread federal investigation of government and court agencies in a county of former coal mining towns.  Earlier this year two of his Luzerne County bench colleagues (Mark Ciavarella and Michael T. Conahan) were each slapped with seven-year prison sentences for operating a multi million-dollar kickback scheme to funnel youth offenders to a private detention center.

Martha Coakley:  Too Immoral for Teddy Kennedy's Seat.  In Tuesday's primary election, Massachusetts Democrats chose as their Senate nominee a woman who kept a clearly innocent man in prison in order to advance her political career.  Martha Coakley isn't even fit for the late Teddy Kennedy's old seat. ... Anyone with the smallest sense of justice cannot vote to put this woman in any office.  If you absolutely cannot vote for a Republican on Jan. 19, 2010, write in the name "Gerald Amirault."

Soros Eyes Secretaries.  History's most notorious Georgian-turned-Russian, the politically astute Joseph Stalin once remarked, "The people who cast the votes decide nothing.  The people who count the votes decide everything."  The lesson has not been lost on the increasingly notorious Hungarian-cum-American George Soros.  A group backed by Soros is gearing up to steal the 2012 election for President Obama and congressional Democrats by installing left-wing Democrats as secretaries of state across the nation.  From such posts, secretaries of state can help tilt the electoral playing field.

A Bunch of Hypocrites?  Nancy Pelosi likes to brag that she's "drained the swamp" when it comes to corruption in the House, but ethics problems could come back to haunt Democrats in 2010.  Democrats are currently the subject of 12 of the 16 complaints pending before the House ethics committee.

Tincture of Lawlessness.  The Obama administration's agenda of maximizing dependency involves political favoritism cloaked in the raiment of "economic planning" and "social justice" that somehow produce results superior to what markets produce when freedom allows merit to manifest itself, and incompetence to fail.  The administration's central activity — the political allocation of wealth and opportunity — is not merely susceptible to corruption, it is corruption.

Beam Me Up, Jimbo.  Few politicians have earned a reputation equally colorful as it is criminal as former Rep Jim Traficant (D-OH), who is expected to be released from prison today [9/2/2009].  Though seven years may have passed since Traficant was convicted of racketeering, bribery and fraud, among other gems, the area he represented hasn't changed much since their Congressman was first elected in 1984.

Is the White House for Sale?  Obama supporter Lanny Davis says the president has little choice but to continue business as usual — even though Obama as candidate implied things would be different.  "When it comes to fundraising I never heard Barack Obama say 'I believe in unilateral disarmament.'  So long as Republicans are raising money we have to raise money, and we won the White House, we ought to take advantage of that," Davis said.

The Obama White House: Bundlers' Paradise.  Perks for deep-pocketed donors?  Presidential meetings for sale?  The stale Chicago odor of pay-for-play wafting from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?  Knock me over with a feather.  Despite the president's claimed distaste for the campaign finance practice known as "bundling" (rounding up aggregate contributions from friends, business associates and employees), the House of Obama has been a campaign finance bundlers' paradise from Day One.

Net Neutrality For Campaign Donors.  Just how far is the Obama administration willing to go to reward big donors?  In the wake of yesterday's explosive report regarding "scores of top Democratic donors" being rewarded with "VIP access to the White House, private briefings with administration advisers and invitations to important speeches and town-hall meetings," it's a question that's on the minds of many politically-engaged Americans...

Barack Obama accused of 'selling' access to the White House.  President Barack Obama has been accused of betraying his campaign promise to change the culture of Washington by "selling" access to the White House to prominent donors.  Leaked Democratic National Committee documents showed the party had offered up to four briefings a year from senior presidential advisers in exchange for a personal donation of $30,400 or a commitment to raise $300,000 for the 2010 midterm elections.

West Virginia Watchdog exposes another Mollohan earmark scam.  West Virginia Watchdog Steve Allen Adams has uncovered another wrinkle in Rep. Alan Mollohan's earmark-based fiefdom — companies that rent office space in the office park named after the Democrat congressman not only have to write that monthly check, they also pay hefty campaign donations to you know who.

Carter lapse won't slow Rangel hunt.  House Republicans say they'll press on with their efforts to dethrone House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel — despite the fact that the Republican leading their charge now faces ethical issues of his own.  Rep. John Carter failed to disclose nearly $300,000 in profits from oil stock sales in 2006-07, Roll Call reported Thursday [10/22/2009].

The Editor says...
Throw them both out!

Follow the Money.  We have yet to see a bill from the Democratic Congress or the Obama White House that is not actually a payoff to a key constituency.  The tsunami of dollars unleashed by the Obama Treasury Department in coordination with the Fed has obscured the fact that many of those dollars are ending up in the pockets of Friends of Obama or Friends of Nancy or Friends of Harry.

Voter fraud probe nets a fifth suspect.  An investigation into the stuffing of ballot boxes in Essex County continues to widen, with a fifth person indicted yesterday for election fraud.  The criminal probe by the state Division of Criminal Justice and the Essex County prosecutor has been focusing not only on campaign workers, but on county workers as well as it examines dozens of absentee ballots cast in the 2007 election of state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex).

The K Street Tax Cheat Who's Lobbying to Save Obamacare.  Tom Daschle is the human toe fungus of Washington — a persistent infection that may disappear from time to time, but always comes back with a vengeance.  Despite abandoning his secretary of health and human services nomination in disgrace in February 2009, the K Street tax cheat who evaded IRS rules for years remains a top White House confidante and policy strategist.

Dirty Money Watch:  Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.).  [Scroll down]  Multiple officers and members of these unions, including division presidents, secretary-treasurers and business managers, have been convicted since 2001 of felonies ranging from embezzlement, falsifying official reports to government, mail fraud and conspiracy.  The Communication Workers of America and The American Federation of Government Employees have had eight convictions, the Service Employees International Union has had nine convictions and the Boilermakers have had 10 convictions, while the IBEW has had 14 members convicted.  The United Steelworkers of America has had 30 convictions among its membership.  The amounts of embezzled funds range from over $5,000 to over $100,000.

Mayors, rabbis arrested in corruption probe.  The New Jersey officials and their associates charged in a federal probe of public corruption exchanged hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in parking lots, restaurants, boiler rooms and bathrooms, an acting U.S. attorney said Thursday [7/23/2009].  The investigation netted 44 defendants — 29 on corruption charges and 15 for alleged money laundering, acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra Jr. said at a news conference.

44 Charged by U.S. in New Jersey Corruption Sweep.  The case began with bank fraud charges against a member of an insular Syrian Jewish enclave centered in a seaside town.  But when that man became a federal informant and posed as a crooked real estate developer offering cash bribes to obtain government approvals, it mushroomed into a political scandal that could rival any of the most explosive and sleazy episodes in New Jersey's recent past.

Kosher Nostra & Dirty Jersey.  Everything was for sale — from politicians to kidneys.  Separate federal probes targeting rogue rabbis in Brooklyn and corrupt public officials in New Jersey led to the arrests yesterday [7/23/2009] of 44 people, including three mayors and five religious leaders. ... All are Democrats except for [Assemblyman Daniel] Van Pelt, a Republican.

In New Jersey, Ideal Conditions for Corruption.  Cash in an envelope.  In return, a promise that a development project will speed along, unhindered by bureaucratic delays.  A handshake to seal the deal.  It is the most clichéd, unimaginative form of corruption — and its persistent hold on New Jersey's elected leaders seems unrivaled in American government.

New Mexico Roiled By Fresh Graft Case.  Elected officials in New Mexico are renewing calls for an ethics overhaul after the state's attorney general this week unveiled the latest in a long string of political-corruption cases.  Longtime Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron, who left office in 2006, has been indicted on 50 felony counts of embezzlement, tax evasion and money laundering in an alleged scheme to siphon off at least hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal election funds.  Ms. Vigil-Giron, a Democrat...

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Democratic Fundraiser Charged in Citigroup Fraud.  The U.S. attorney in New York on Tuesday charged a New York investor and major Democratic fund-raiser with a $74 million scheme to defraud Citigroup.  Hassan Nemazee, 59, was charged with one count of bank fraud, and faces up to 30 years in prison plus a fine.

Legislators Framing Climate Bills Hold Energy Stock.  As Congress moves ahead with climate-change legislation touching almost every corner of the energy industry, a number of lawmakers shaping the debate have investments in companies that would be affected by the results.  Rep. Edward J. Markey (D., Mass.), one of the lead authors of a House bill that would favor alternative-energy sources, had investments of between $51,000 and $115,000 in the Firsthand Technology Value Fund at the end of last year.  Three of the top 10 holdings in the Ohio fund are solar-energy manufacturers.

Valley Rep. Kino Flores indicted.  State Rep. Ismael "Kino" Flores, D-Palmview, has been indicted for failing to disclose more than $800,000 in income as well as assorted high-value gifts and properties, Travis County prosecutors said Friday [7/17/2009].  A grand jury returned six separate indictments against the 12-year legislator, each relating to required financial statements filed yearly since 2004.

Rep. Dicks boosts funds for son's project.  Rep. Norm Dicks, the House Democrat in charge of spending for the environment, is proposing a dramatic increase in funding for a water-cleanup program in Washington state that's run by his son.

Dems put CBC member in charge of CBC investigation.  The House ethics committee is investigating a Caribbean trip taken last year by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, but they put a fellow CBC member in charge of the probe.  Among those on the trip was House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., who is already the subject of an ethics probe over nonpayment of taxes and other issues.

Senator's husband's firm cashes in on crisis.  On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband's real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms.

Bay State run by men of steal.  This isn't a democracy, it's a kleptocracy.  Three in a row — three House speakers in a row indicted, and two convicted.

Sen. Roland Burris (D-Blago).  We don't know where to begin with the latest mess that has ensnared Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.).  No, "ensnared" isn't the right word.  That would imply that he's blameless for his troubles, which isn't the case.

Elected, Not Redeemed.  Kevin Johnson grossly misused federal funds.  The standard penalty is a common sense one — he shouldn't be entrusted with federal funds for at least some time.  That he is now mayor of the capital of California doesn't change that.  Winning an election does not have some sort of sanctifying effect.  A man who misuses funds and is then elected mayor is now a mayor who has misused funds.  And those who voted him into office should expect to have to live with the consequences of their decision.

Culture of Corruption II.  When in the last election Democrats spoke of a "culture of corruption" in Washington, few realized they were making a promise.  The Obama Administration is not yet three weeks old but already features a growing collection of ethically challenged officials.

Bye-bye, "culture of corruption".  You may want to look fast, but the Democratic National Committee's website still has a "Republican Culture of Corruption" page, implying that by installing the Democrats back in the congressional majority, we'll have a virtual monastery of ethical restraint in Washington — with leaders like Patrick Kennedy setting the example.

House Democrats Accused of Corruption, Too.  Democrats, quick to invoke the alleged "Republican culture of corruption," have a few members of their own party to worry about.

The Democrats' Culture of Corruption:  Did you notice the stories about Illinois Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky's husband being sentenced to prison for a check-kiting scheme involving millions of dollars?  Probably not.  It got little attention.

Why the Truth Doesn't Matter:  Because you won't find an "R" after any of their names, Charles Rangel still faces no consequences for his actions, Tom Daschle was forced to pay his back taxes — but only the magnitude of his oversight made him withdraw his name from consideration with no further condemnation nor consequences — and Turbo Tax Timothy Geitner is now the head of the U.S. Treasury in charge of collecting the taxes he originally decided not to pay.  And this doesn't even take into consideration the ability of a Democrat Congressmen to keep his seat in Congress after the Feds found $90,000 in illegal campaign contributions hidden in his New Orleans house.

The price is right (Ellison hajj edition).  We've written several times about Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison's hajj to Mecca ... A spokesman for Ellison, the first Muslim congressman, first told the Star Tribune that Ellison paid for the pilgrimage himself.  The Star Tribune subsequently reported that the Minnesota chapter of the Muslim American Society paid for Ellison's hajj.  MAS spokesman Mahdi Bray heatedly denied the report, describing it as a "myth" and "urban legend" that couldn't possibly be true because "that would be a breach of congressional ethics."

Putting the mice in charge of the cheese:
Pornography Advocate at DOJ?  It's been a taxing two weeks for President Obama and his nominees.  And there's another nominee with bigger disqualifiers than unpaid taxes.  Imagine.  A veteran pornography defense attorney takes a top spot at the agency charged with enforcing the nation's child pornography and obscenity laws.

Obama's porn king at Justice.  Under President Obama, it was expected that porn pushers might find a sympathetic ear, given the smut industry's generous support of liberal politicians and causes.  But the fox is no longer circling the henhouse.  He's made it inside.

Democrats are opposed to coal-fired power plants — unless they own them.
Green lobby guides Democrats on climate bill.  Democratic lawmakers who spent much of the Bush administration blasting officials for letting energy lobbyists write national policy have turned to a coalition of business and environmental groups to help draft their own sweeping climate bill.  And one little-noticed provision of the draft bill would give one of the coalition's co-founders a lucrative exemption on a coal-fired project it is building.

Assemblyman Charged with Graft.  A Democratic leader in the New Jersey Assembly has been charged with public corruption for allegedly abusing his former position as Perth Amboy's mayor by using city money for personal expenses such as his son's basketball camps and refreshments served after his father's funeral.  Prosecutors also accuse Joseph Vas of rigging a lottery so his driver would win.

Fumo guilty of all 137 counts.  Vincent Fumo, once one of the most powerful figures in Pennsylvania politics, was convicted today [3/16/2009] of more than 130 counts of corruption for schemes that defrauded the state Senate and others of more than $3.5 million and allowed him to live a lavish lifestyle.

Ex-Pennsylvania senator convicted of 137 corruption counts.  Vincent Fumo, once one of the most powerful figures in Pennsylvania politics, was convicted Monday [3/16/2009] of more than 130 counts of corruption for schemes that defrauded the state Senate and others of more than $3.5 million and helped pay for his lavish lifestyle.  The 65-year-old former state senator was found guilty of all 137 counts against him, which also included obstruction of justice for destroying e-mail evidence.

Guilty plea coming in vote-buying case.  The former judge-executive of Perry County plans to plead guilty in a federal vote-buying case.  The attorney for Sherman Neace filed a motion Thursday [9/10/2009] seeking a hearing for Neace to be rearraigned, meaning to enter a guilty plea.  The hearing has not been scheduled.

Democrats are hypocrites when it comes to paying taxes.  Daschle's hardly alone.  The recently confirmed Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, also failed to pay taxes he owed (even though he surely must have known he owed them) until it became politically expedient to pay them.  Now he runs the IRS.  Take that, suckers.  Meanwhile, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the supreme tax-writing body in the United States, the House Ways and Means Committee, is under investigation for, among other things, dodging taxes.

Obama's Toxic Assets:  It has happened again!  Another Obama appointee has admitted to tax problems.  Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius has admitted to irregularities in her tax returns extending over the past three years. ... According to my calculations that makes five Obama nominees who have reported similar tax irregularities, none of which was discovered until they began making preparations for their confirmation hearings. ... Two other Obama Administration nominees withdrew from consideration when their tax problems were discovered.

Secretary Geithner's Got Some Explaining to Do.  Just about everyone has had something to say about [the AIG] bailout — mostly that it was an ugly but necessary step to stave off a domino effect that would have brought the world's financial system to its knees.  But what we have not yet heard is just how Treasury Secretary Geithner, as then-head of the NY FED, got away with taking ownership of 77.9% of AIG's equity and voting rights in clear violation of the law.

FBI investigates lobbying firm that is generous donor to Dicks, Murray.  Congressman Norm Dicks has never been shy about accepting campaign donations from favor seekers.  Now the FBI is investigating one of Dicks' most generous donors — the powerhouse lobbying firm PMA Group.  Questions have been raised about whether some PMA-related campaign contributions were actually given by the people listed as donors.  For example, thousands of dollars in contributions to Dicks, Washington Sen. Patty Murray and other lawmakers came from a sommelier and a golf-club employee who were identified as PMA officials on some campaign-finance reports.

Cabinet of the corrupt.  First Tim Geithner.  Now Tom Daschle?  Who's Obama's next cabinet pick — Wesley Snipes?  Dianne Wilkerson?  Not to upset the loyal O-Bots out there, but the last guy from Chicago to have this much income tax trouble was Al Capone.  And at last report, he still had an outside shot at getting Commerce secretary.  President Obama pledged to change Washington, and he has.  Before Obama, tax cheats used to lose jobs.

McClain, Pettagrue guilty on all counts.  Alabama state Sen. E.B. McClain and the Rev. Samuel Pettagrue were found guilty today [1/21/2009] on all 48 counts of bribery, money laundering and mail fraud after a trial before federal Judge Karon Bowdre.  McClain was accused of taking more than $300,000 of the $758,245 he obtained for Pettagrue's community outreach programs, including an online GED program.

Texas fundraiser convicted on 14 counts.  The South Texan who once lavished fundraisers on Democratic politicians and whisked employees of his law firm off for Las Vegas weekends in a private jet was convicted Thursday of 14 counts of impersonating a lawyer.  Mauricio Celis, the 37-year-old founder of Corpus Christi-based CGT Law Group International, falsely represented himself as a lawyer while raking in millions of dollars in attorney's fees in recent years.

Accused fraudster gave big to Dems.  The Texas financier accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday of "massive ongoing fraud" was a generous political donor who gave more heavily to Democrats.  Since 2000, R. Allen Stanford, the chief of the Stanford Financial Group in Houston, his wife and company gave $2.2 million in political contributions — $1.7 million to Democratic candidates and committees — according to Federal Election Commission records.

Hartford, Conn., mayor arrested on bribery charges.  Eddie Perez, a one-time gang leader who turned his life around to become Hartford's most powerful mayor, surrendered to police Tuesday to face a bribery charge for having a city contractor renovate his home and not paying for it until after being confronted by investigators.

Portland mayor to decide soon whether to resign.  About 400 supporters gathered Friday night outside City Hall to urge Portland's mayor to stay on the job despite an intensifying political storm over his sexual relationship with a legislative intern nearly four years ago.  Mayor Sam Adams has admitted lying about the affair with the young man to cover it up during last year's mayoral campaign.

Profiles in corruption.  Whether it's a California congressman driving around in a Rolls Royce and living in a palatial home, the result of about $2 million in bribe money; a Louisiana congressman caught by the FBI with $90 thousand worth of bribes in his freezer, or an Illinois Governor caught trying to sell a senate seat, the fact is that some people have the idea that their office is for sale to anyone with enough cash to buy their appearance of integrity.  Political power is a formidable weapon that can be used to alter the events of history in a positive way, or it can be used to enrich the bank accounts of the ethically challenged reprobates whose lack of character mysteriously transmogrifies their fingers into money-grubbing appendages.

More Proof the Inmates Are Running the Asylum.  In Congress, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), after having violated about half of the federal tax laws, is staying on as chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.  Meanwhile, Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank, the king and queen of congressional oversight of the banking industry, are still in charge of running their respective asylums.  Frank, whose boyfriend ran a prostitution ring out of the congressman's townhouse back in 1990, and who more recently was involved in a homosexual affair with an official of Fannie Mae, one of the bankrupt quasigovernmental entities Frank oversees as head of the House Financial Services Committee, sees no conflict between his public and personal life.

Who is Barney Frank?  In 1991, Barney Frank received an official reprimand for reflecting "discredit upon the House."  The reprimand came as a result of his relationship with a man named Steve Gobi, a male prostitute whom Frank initially paid $80 for sex.  Frank later took Gobi to live with him in his home, making him a personal aide.  He paid him $20,000 in compensation (unreported to the IRS) and let him use his car.  Subsequent investigation revealed that in the course of their relationship, Frank used his congressional office and stationary to fix Gobi's 33 parking fines.  Frank also used his congressional letterhead to write a reference letter to Gobi's probation officer — Gobi was under court supervision as a convicted felon with a prison record — in which he gave false information.  Most damningly, the investigation found that Gobi ran a prostitution ring from Frank's home.  In his defense, Frank asserted he knew nothing of Gobi's illicit enterprise.

Fox and Foes.  Back in 1990, the police raided Barney Frank's home because his lover, Steve Gobie, was running a male prostitution ring out of his condo.  In 2007, the police raided the home of James Ready and arrested him for possession of marijuana.  Ready, who is Barney's main squeeze these days, didn't just smoke the weed, Farmer Ready was growing the stuff.  The congressman was there at the time of the raid but denied he had any idea that those plants in the backyard weren't rhododendrons.

Democrats sleeping with the enemy.  For all their railing against the evils of big bad banks, Democrats aren't shy about jumping into bed with them when the price is right.  And they don't much care whether taxpayers lose out in the process.  Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, and his cohort Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, are leaders in making support for delinquent banks into a respectable progressive cause.

Pennsylvania judges accused of jailing kids for cash.  For years, the juvenile court system in Wilkes-Barre operated like a conveyor belt:  Youngsters were brought before judges without a lawyer, given hearings that lasted only a minute or two, and then sent off to juvenile prison for months for minor offenses.  The explanation, prosecutors say, was corruption on the bench.  In one of the most shocking cases of courtroom graft on record, two Pennsylvania judges have been charged with taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers.

Did The Philadelphia Inquirer tell you they were Democrats?  To which political party do the two judges belong?  Naturally, upon reading this, I had to wonder:  were these crooks Republicans, or were they Democrats?  The information wasn't easy to find, but it did exist.

2 Pennsylvania judges sued in kickback scheme.  A lawsuit has been filed against two Pennsylvania judges accused of taking more than $2 million in kickbacks to send youth offenders to privately run detention centers.  The suit names Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan and 14 other defendants.  It was filed in federal court late Thursday [2/12/2009] on behalf of hundreds of children and their families who were alleged victims of the corruption.

Shady Island 'House' Party.  High-ranking members of Congress were flown to a lush Caribbean resort this month for a three-day conference planned and paid for by several of the country's most powerful corporations — a violation of federal ethics rules, critics say.  Six members of the Congressional Black Caucus attended the 13th annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference in sun-drenched St. Maarten, including embattled Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel and New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne.

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, arrested, jailed on federal charges.  Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was arrested this morning on federal charges and is being held at the federal courthouse, the FBI and other federal officials confirm.  A special grand jury for several months has been investigating county bond deals and Langford's financial dealings.  Langford was Jefferson County Commission president 2002-06.

Update:
Birmingham Mayor Convicted on All Counts.  Larry Langford, the controversial and flamboyant mayor of Birmingham, Ala., was convicted of multiple counts of bribery in a federal corruption trial in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday [10/28/2009].

Sex sting to keep Wisconsin mayor from inauguration.  Racine Mayor Gary Becker's plans to attend Tuesday's inauguration have been canceled after he was charged in an Internet sex sting.  Becker had planned to attend a U.S. Conference of Mayors event in Washington over the weekend and then stay for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

The Editor says...
There's one little detail missing from this story:  He's a Democrat.  The same detail is also missing from these articles covering the same story:  [1] [2] [3]

Wisconsin mayor resigns after sex-sting arrest.  The mayor of Racine, Wis., resigned Tuesday, days after being accused of trying to arrange a sexual encounter with someone he thought was an underage girl.  Mayor Gary Becker resigned in a one-sentence letter that made no reference to the six felonies he faces.

An elaborate FBI sting snares politicians in Massachusetts.  For 18 months, the operation targeting former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson played out in upscale restaurants and scruffy eateries, through the marbled halls of the Massachusetts Statehouse and Boston City Hall.  Along the way, the probe dragged in dozens of unwitting side players, from the mayor and City Council president to Wilkerson's Senate colleagues.  It also led to corruption charges against a five-term city councilman.  Wilkerson, who resigned last month after being indicted on eight federal counts of attempted extortion, has maintained her innocence.

Another salon, another indictment.  Try not to let this destroy your faith in the integrity of the Massachusetts Legislature.  Look on the bright side:  Only 5 percent of the state Senate has been indicted this year ... .

Culture of Corruption: Obama and the Teamsters.  The Wall Street Journal recently reported that last summer, Illinois Senator Barack Obama told officials in the Teamsters union that he favored ending the Independent Review Board (IRB) that was created in 1989 by the federal government to rid the union of organized crime.  Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for Obama, confirmed the story, saying that the candidate believed that the IRB had "run its course" because "organized crime influence in the union has drastically declined."  The Teamsters subsequently endorsed Obama for president, in late February.  Obama and the Teamsters bristled at suggestions that any deal was made.

Judge Elizabeth Halverson permanently removed from bench.  [Scroll down]  "The damage resulting from her antics and willful misconduct will be felt by the judicial system for a significant future period of time," said the commission.  The judge had continued to receive a $130,000 annual salary during the suspension.  With her removal, Judge Halverson can never serve on the judicial bench again.

They've Got Mail!  As an army of Democratic operatives looks for dirt in Alaska, Gov. Sarah Palin's e-mail account is hacked into.  It seems Barack Obama's supporters haven't given up the politics of personal destruction.

FBI serves search warrant against UT student in Palin case.  The FBI is stepping up its investigation into the possibility that a University of Tennessee student hacked into the personal e-mail of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.  A person who identified himself as a witness tells 10 News that agents with the FBI served a federal search warrant at the Fort Sanders residence of David Kernell early Sunday morning.  Kernell lives in the Commons apartment complex at 1115 Highland Ave.  David Kernell is the son of Mike Kernell, a Democratic state representative from Memphis.

FBI searches apartment of alleged Palin hacker.  Federal authorities are ramping up an investigation of a 20-year-old college student for allegedly hacking into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's e-mail account.  The FBI searched the apartment of alleged hacker David Kernell on Sunday morning [9/21/2008], and three of Kernell's roommates could testify this week about the case before a grand jury in Chattanooga, according to local news reports.

UT student David Kernell pleads not guilty in Palin e-mail hacking.  David Christopher Kernell walked into federal court this morning in handcuffs, shackles and tennis shoes to plead not guilty to hacking Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account.  He can stay out of jail for now as long as he stays off his computer.

Alleged Palin hacker indicted.  A 20-year-old college student suspected of hacking into one of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's e-mail accounts was indicted Tuesday [10/7/2008], a district court has announced.  David Kernell, a University of Tennessee student and son of Democratic Tennessee state representative Mike Kernell, turned himself into federal authorities and will be arraigned Wednesday before Judge C. Clifford Shirley in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Pelosi's Bill Could Benefit Husband's Stock Holding.  On July 27, 2007, 28 executives of the Thousand Oaks, Calif., pharmaceutical firm Amgen contributed more than $20,000 to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) campaign.  On Aug. 2, Pelosi (D-Calif.) reintroduced the Early Treatment for HIV Act, a bill that could boost Medicaid coverage of HIV-related drugs, including Procrit, which is manufactured by Amgen and marketed by a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, a firm in which Pelosi's husband owns at least $250,000 in stock, according to Pelosi's disclosure forms.

Pelosi paid husband with PAC funds.  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.  Financial Leasing Services Inc. (FLS), owned by Paul F. Pelosi, has received $99,000 in rent, utilities and accounting fees from the speaker's "PAC to the Future" over the PAC's nine-year history.

House Speaker Pelosi Used Political Donations to Pay Husband's Firm.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid her husband's real estate and investment firm nearly $100,000 from her political action committee over the past decade, a practice that she voted to ban last year and that her party condemned as part of the "culture of corruption" when Republicans did it.

A failure to lead.  "For six years, Pelosi served on the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (the Ethics Committee)."  Six years later, what do we have?  Indicted Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson, who maintains his House seat in the middle of a corruption trial, without so much as a reprimand from Mrs. Pelosi.  Neither did she issue a single admonition to Rep. Charles Rangel, New York Democrat and Ways and Means Committee chairman, for his apparent failure to pay income taxes.

McCain/Palin Could Win this Election by Exposing the Trillion Dollar Scam.  This is a trillion dollar scam, and all the politicians in Congress, the ACORN mafia, the people who played the market on unsecured mortgages, and the scam artists who were hired by Freddie and Fannie — they all knew it.  In case you haven't been watching, that includes all of Barack Obama's "home mortgage advisors" — Franklin Raines, Jim Johnson and Jamie Gorelick.  It includes Senate Banking Committee members like Chris Dodd.  It includes House members like Barney Frank.

History of Rewarding ACORN.  Between ACORN and the Democrat National Committee we are truly witnessing a culture of corruption.  Remember the Marxist adage:  Accuse others of what you do.  This is the M.O. of the Democrats and their lapdogs in the news media.  While they accuse the GOP of "disenfranchising" voters, it is the liberal-left thugs who are disenfranchising citizens by registering illegal aliens and corpses to vote.  Meanwhile, conservative groups are on the alert in order to prevent military voters from being disenfranchised since polls regularly show soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines overwhelmingly vote for Republican candidates.

Vote-fraud-seeding ACORN deserves a good cracking.  It used to be that Americans — even American political candidates — would simply accept the little Election Day miracles and move on.  When the dead rose in Chicago to put John F. Kennedy in the White House, Richard Nixon said one of his many goodbyes and faded into the wallpaper for eight years.  When residents of a certain precinct in Texas voted in alphabetical order to send Lyndon Johnson to the U.S. Senate — hey, it could happen.  Right?  Then Al Gore lost in 2000 and John Kerry lost in 2004 and the conspiracy theorists decided it was time to build a conspiracy that could win for them.

Chicago politics at the retail level.  When I lived in Chicago, I joined a neighborhood association with the intent of meeting neighbors, and ended up meeting political sleaze.  The association dealt with police, school, park district, and other issues in a city where, I learned, even garbage cans are political.  You can't buy them; they're a special, rat-proof type only available 'free' from the City.  If you need one, you call your Alderman's office ... .

Illinois most corrupt?  Try 18th on list.  As I wrote during the presidential campaign, political corruption is the dirty little secret not of just Illinois politics but American politics.  True, it isn't on such a gargantuan scale as to create an entirely dysfunctional society as is the case for so many developing nations.  But it exists to such a degree in so many places that U.S. Attorneys who handle public corruption cases are probably among the few Americans with real job security these days.

Pennsylvania Democrats charged with stealing public funds.  A state lawmaker, a former legislative leader and 10 other people connected to the state House Democratic caucus were charged Thursday over allegations that millions of taxpayer dollars were illegally siphoned to underwrite political campaigns.

Bill Clinton's $700,000 stock windfall:  The spring before his wife began her White House campaign, former President Bill Clinton earned $700,000 for his foundation by selling stock that he had been given from an Internet search company that was co-founded by a convicted felon and backed by the Chinese government, public records show.

Bill's Mystery Millions:  Another day, another reason for Democratic primary voters to demand complete financial transparency from Bill and Hillary Clinton.  And, it seems, another reason for the Clintons to shudder at the prospect.

Beg Your Pardon?  If a Democrat is elected President of the United States, former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, a Democrat, might be pardoned.  There might even be pressure on a President Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton to appoint this former Alabama Attorney General as a federal judge or a U.S. Attorney.  In 2005, jurors in Montgomery found Siegelman guilty on seven counts of bribery, conspiracy, mail fraud and obstruction of justice.

'Find Out Where His Kids Go to School'.  "Former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel was caught on tape last week telling a crowd in Washington, D.C., that they should harass a federal prosecutor who helped bring criminal contempt charges against a Palestinian activist," Fox News reports.  The "Palestinian activist" in question, Sami Al-Arian, had been charged with aiding Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a theocratic terror group.

Alabama County Is On the Brink of Bankruptcy.  Alabama's largest county appears headed for the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a $3.2 billion mess created by the nation's credit crunch and a colossal, corruption-riddled sewer project.

A Criminal Case Possible Under the Mann Act.  Governor Spitzer, in the wake of the disclosure that he patronized a prostitute last month, now risks criminal prosecution, legal experts say.  For now, federal prosecutors are likely launching a wide investigation into Mr. Spitzer's finances to determine whether any public funds, property, or employees were used during any encounter between Mr. Spitzer and a prostitute, several former prosecutors say.

Dirty money trail that exposed Mr Clean:  The paper trail that led detectives to the door of a New Jersey-based prostitution service began when they noticed a stream of strange bank payments flowing from the accounts of the governor of New York state, Eliot Spitzer.  Tax officials raised the alarm after noticing odd transactions during what they told the New York Times were routine inspections.  Their initial suspicion was that the governor may have been involved in some form of corruption, bribery perhaps or manipulation of political funds.

Scandal Confirms Gov's Astonishing and Endless Hypocrisy.  A disgraced Gov. Spitzer has been publicly and privately described for more than a year by New York's top political figures as a ruth less, sanctimonious, amoral man whose righteous public persona was regularly contradicted by the realities of how he conducted his political life.

Records reveal lucrative dealings for Memphis mayor's friend.  When it comes to landing City Hall subcontracting jobs, Reginald French has a golden touch — a $1.4 million touch.  A close friend of Mayor Willie Herenton, French has been paid at least that much, and possibly much more, for a variety of jobs, including a particularly fortuitous deal to install fiber-optic cable at two city police stations.  Newly disclosed records tell how French, a onetime prison guard, landed the $68,000 cabling job in 2006 despite lacking experience or equipment for the work.  Undaunted, French then hired a cable installation firm — for $30,000 — to perform the work.

State raids mayor's home.  Maryland state prosecutors raided the home of Mayor Sheila Dixon yesterday [6/17/2008] as part of an investigation into past spending practices at City Hall, the most aggressive move so far in the years-long probe. … Investigators have been examining spending irregularities at City Hall since a March 2006 series of articles in The Sun that detailed questions about the role of Dixon — then council president — in approving contracts that benefited her sister's employer.

Mayor Sheila Dixon indicted.  Baltimore Mayor Sheila A. Dixon was charged today [1/9/2009] with 12 counts of felony theft, perjury, fraud and misconduct in office, becoming the city's first sitting mayor to be criminally indicted.  The case stems in part from at least $15,348 in gifts Dixon allegedly received from her former boyfriend, prominent city developer Ronald H. Lipscomb, while she was City Council president.

Update:
Convicted Dem Mayor of Baltimore Resigning; BaltSun Leaves Out Party Affiliation.  Criminally-challenged Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon (D) today announced her resignation from office effective February 4.  Nowhere in their 9-paragraph breaking news article filed at 3:44 p.m. EST today did Baltimore Sun reporters Liz F. Kay and Liz Bowie note Dixon is a Democrat, even though her party has a monopoly on the city's elected officials and has for decades.

Georgia Rep. Ron Sailor Resigns After Pleading Guilty to Money Laundering.  A Georgia lawmaker who said deep debts caused him to violate federal law agreed Tuesday [3/18/2008] to resign as part of a guilty plea to federal money laundering charges.  Meanwhile, federal officials said the case against state Rep. Ron Sailor Jr. has opened up a broader public corruption probe in Georgia, and warned other public officials who have broken the law to turn themselves in rather than be arrested.

Former state Sen. Ford is guilty again.  In the end, former state Sen. John Ford's disclosures, the ones he revealed and the ones he tried to hide, led to the downfall of the once-powerful Memphis Democrat, who was convicted Friday [7/18/2008] on federal corruption charges.  A federal jury convicted Ford on two counts of wire fraud and four counts of concealing material facts stemming from the secret payments he took from two TennCare contractors while he was in the Tennessee Senate.

Officials Investigate Three Alabama Counties in Voter Fraud Accusations.  Federal and state authorities are looking into accusations of voting fraud in three largely black counties of Alabama, including Perry and Lowndes Counties, which played a historic role in the struggle for black voting rights in the 1960s.  In May, a local citizens group gathered affidavits detailing several cases in which at least one Democratic county official paid citizens for their votes, or encouraged them to vote multiple times.

Prominent Democrat is charged with voter fraud.  Todd Stuart McGuire, a longtime Jefferson County Democratic Party supporter, was charged July 2 with voter fraud.  He's accused of either repeating a vote or impersonating his wife, Rebekah, by casting her ballot in a Feb. 6, 2007, special election.  Both charges are Class C felonies and carry a maximum penalty of five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine, according to charging documents.

Gov. Paterson says he may have used campaign cash for hotel hookup.  Gov. Paterson admitted Wednesday [3/19/2008] he may have improperly billed his campaign for at least one hotel tryst with a girlfriend.  The hotel tryst was apparently listed as "constituent services."

Hot-Sheets Gov Puts $$ Back 'Inn'.  Gov. Paterson is reimbursing his state Senate campaign for stays at a Manhattan hotel, as his aides revealed he'd also improperly used the account to buy suits, furniture and a dinner with his dad. … It is also a violation of state election law to falsely label the reason for the campaign expenditure.

Paterson Billed Taxpayers for Albany Hotels.  State records seem to conflict with Governor Paterson's claim that a busy schedule as lieutenant governor required him on more than a dozen occasions to spend the night at expensive hotels in Albany on the taxpayer's dime rather than at his home in the suburbs.

Four indicted on voter fraud.  Four Duval County residents were charged Thursday with illegally handling ballot applications and mail-in ballots that belonged to other voters during the 2006 primary election.

Jefferson Saga Continues to Vex Democrats.  Since the news broke in 2005 that FBI agents found $90,000 in cash in the freezer of Rep. William J. Jefferson's home, House Democrats have not known quite what to do about the Louisiana lawmaker.  The latest embarrassment arose Wednesday, when Democrats delayed action on placing Jefferson on the Homeland Security Committee after Republicans said they would demand a recorded vote.

Editor's note:
Much more material about Congressman Jefferson's case can be found here.

Disgraced judge has his criminal record expunged.  C. Hunter King, the disgraced Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge who in 2001 forced his employees to sell $250 fundraising tickets or risk losing their jobs, now has a clean record.  Having admitted in May to conspiracy to commit public payroll fraud, King was granted expungement of his criminal arrest and conviction after successfully completing six months of probation.

South Texas Democrat, businessman indicted.  A major contributor to Democratic causes and political races was indicted Friday [11/16/2007] on charges of falsely holding himself out as a lawyer and impersonating a public servant.  Mauricio Celis, a Corpus Christi businessman, has a controlling interest in the CGT Law Group of Corpus Christi even though he is not a lawyer.  Now, he's being accused of practicing law without a license.

Agents raid Texas Democrat's offices.  Authorities raided the offices of an influential Democratic donor on Friday [1/4/2008], prompting accusations by the donor's attorneys that the raid was politically motivated.  The state attorney general's office said it was assisting the Nueces County district attorney in the criminal investigation of Mauricio Celis, 36, who has given money to major Democratic candidates including Hillary Clinton and is the subject of numerous ongoing lawsuits and charges.

Are Democratic Convention Superdelegates Up for Sale?  The Democratic presidential nomination could be decided by the so-called "superdelegates."  Now one study is revealing that elected officials who serve in that capacity have received at least $890,000 in campaign contributions from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the last three years.

The gig is up for Berry.  After nearly a quarter century of mischief-making at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Chairman Mary Frances Berry is on her way out the door.  Few government officials in the nation's history have managed to hold on to power for so long or wielded it as autocratically and in pursuit of such radical aims as has Dr. Berry.

Another dictator toppled (here at home).  Mary Frances Berry, chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, is resigning.  Those scratch marks on the floor may be from her fingernails as they dragged her from the building by her feet.  Berry has been a member of the commission for 24 of its 47 years. ... Berry departs with allegations of mismanagement swirling about her head.  The commission is small potatoes, Washington-wise, with a budget of only $9 million and a staff of only 70.  But no one knows how that money has been spent over the past 12 years, while Berry has presided with an iron hand.

It's hard to imagine a two-year-old opening a checking account.
As Campaigns Chafe at Limits, Donors Might Be in Diapers.  Elrick Williams's toddler niece Carlyn may be one of the youngest contributors to this year's presidential campaign.  The 2-year-old gave $2,300 to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).  So did her sister and brother, Imara, 13, and Ishmael, 9, and her cousins Chan and Alexis, both 13.  Altogether, according to newly released campaign finance reports, the extended family of Williams, a wealthy Chicago financier, handed over nearly a dozen checks in March for the maximum allowed under federal law to Obama.

Hillary Clinton:  Shill for the pill.  Last year, just as Andrew von Eschenbach's name was being floated for FDA director, Barr CEO Bruce Downey cut a $1,000 check to Clinton's campaign.  A couple of weeks later, Hillary announced her hold on Eschenbach's nomination and introduced her Plan B subsidy bill.  This year, the day after Clinton introduced her Plan B awareness bill, Barr Executive Vice President Frederick J. Killion donated $1,000 to her campaign.  Although the timing is interesting, those paltry contributions from Barr hardly give Clinton a reason to push Plan B.  Boosting Planned Parenthood's bottom line, however, certainly serves Hillary's purposes.

New House rules don't stop travel.  [Scroll down] The Michigan Democrat stayed overnight at the Gaylord Palms Resort near Orlando.  Her trip was one of 30 trips taken by lawmakers this year under an exemption in the new House travel rules that allows for one- or two-night stays sponsored by companies that employ lobbyists.  Most of the trips were to resort areas, including eight to Florida and three to Las Vegas.  In all, 22 House Democrats and three Republicans accepted nearly $40,000 in travel under that exemption, according to reports filed with the House ethics committee.

FEC Fines Group Allied With Democrats.  A union-financed advocacy group that played a major role in the 2004 elections has agreed to pay a $580,000 fine after the Federal Election Commission concluded it illegally ran advertising against President Bush and in favor of Democrat John Kerry.

The Democratic Mega-Money Mega-Scam.  On Wednesday [8/29/2007], the Federal Election Commission slapped America Coming Together with a $775,000 fine — the third-largest such penalty in history — for violating campaign-finance laws in the 2004 election.  Now largely defunct, America Coming Together was the biggest of the so-called "527" groups that took in millions from donors like George Soros for the purpose of defeating George W. Bush.

Soros-linked group hit with huge fine.  The Federal Election Commission has fined one of the last cycle's biggest liberal political action committees $775,000 for using unregulated soft money to boost John Kerry and other Democratic candidates during the 2004 elections.  America Coming Together (ACT) raised $137 million for its get-out-the-vote effort in 2004, but the FEC found most of that cash came through contributions that violated federal limits.

FEC Fines Political Group From 2004 Race.  An independent political group allied with Democrats has agreed to pay $775,000 in penalties to the Federal Election Commission for violating campaign laws during the 2004 presidential campaign.  The penalty, announced Wednesday, is the third largest fine ever levied by the FEC.  The group, America Coming Together, was an influential player in the 2004 election cycle, spending millions of dollars to mobilize voters in support of Democrats in key states.

Big Source of Clinton's Cash Is an Unlikely Address.  One of the biggest sources of political donations to Hillary Rodham Clinton is a tiny, lime-green bungalow that lies under the flight path from San Francisco International Airport.  Six members of the Paw family, each listing the house at 41 Shelbourne Ave. as their residence, have donated a combined $45,000 to the Democratic senator from New York since 2005, for her presidential campaign, her Senate re-election last year and her political action committee.

A Bundle of Trouble:  Take the Paw family of Daly City, Calif., which is headed by a mail carrier who makes $49,000 a year.  Members of the family have given almost $300,000 to politicians, including Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama, since 2004, often on or about the same days that Mr. Hsu gave money.  The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether any Hsu donors were illegally reimbursed for their contributions.

Did someone mention Norman HSU?



Note:  Instead of creating a subsection about Yung Yuen "Norman" Hsu, I have moved all of the news and commentary about Hsu to this page.



James Indicted on 25 Counts.  Sharpe James, who for two decades reigned as the mayor and indelible face of Newark, was charged yesterday [7/12/2007] with fraudulently billing the city for lavish vacations he took with female companions and arranging for one to buy valuable municipal land at a steep discount.  In an 86-page indictment, prosecutors and the FBI portrayed James as an elected official who considered no personal expense too great or too small for his city-issued credit cards, charging everything from movie tickets and meals at McDonald's to airfare and luxury hotels in five countries.

That wasn't bling on his wrists and ankles.  Mayor Sharpe James stepped into the courtroom carefully yesterday because his legs were in irons.  When he sat at the defense table, he put his hands on his lap, hiding his handcuffs from the overflow crowd that could hardly believe what they were witnessing.

Sweetheart deals for mayor's friend are key to charges.  Tamika Riley, a woman with a flair for fashion and an appetite for finery, appeared to be flat broke.  Her Newark clothing boutique had gone belly up.  She needed public assistance to help pay the rent on her Jersey City apartment.  She wanted a Mercedes, but her credit was so bad a friend had to sign the lease for her.  Then, in the late 1990s, she met Newark Mayor Sharpe James, and her fortunes turned.

Former N.J. mayor pleads not guilty.  Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James pleaded not guilty Monday to federal corruption charges stemming from the last few years of his two decades running city hall.  James, 71, faces multiple fraud counts accusing him of using city-issued credit cards to pay for $58,000 worth of personal trips and expenses.

Sharpe James is due in federal court.  Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James is scheduled to appear in federal court today [2/26/2008] for the first of two federal corruption trials.

Judge upholds convictions of ex-Newark mayor.  A federal judge on Wednesday upheld the corruption convictions of former Newark Mayor Sharpe James and his one-time mistress, but indicated that James probably will get less than the 15- to 20-year prison sentence prosecutors are seeking.

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Former Newark Mayor Is Sentenced to 27 Months.  A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Sharpe James, Newark's towering yet controversial former mayor, to prison for 27 months at a simmering five-hour hearing in which he rebuked the prosecution for "heartlessly" adhering to a bureaucratic form of justice.

Culture of corruption continues in D.C..  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, for instance, is planning a lavish golf trip to a resort in Puerto Rico.  More than 100 rooms have been booked for the event, according to a report by American Public Media's "Marketplace."  Hoyer will be surrounded by lobbyists as they experience what the resort promises will be a "sensual awakening." ... Democrats were supposed to rein in the "culture of corruption," not hide it behind a curtain.

NJ Clean Energy Program Under Investigation.  New Jersey's Clean Energy Program (CEP), responsible for promoting energy conservation and the use of renewable energy in the state, is coming under heavy criticism for accounting irregularities, apparent cronyism, and gross mismanagement.  The latest salvo was fired on October 16 [2006] when Bob Ingle, the Trenton bureau chief for Gannett New Jersey newspapers, called for a stepped-up investigation of financial irregularities associated with the program.

Expanding probe hits office of governor.  The federal investigation of the state's secretive budget process reached into the governor's office yesterday, as prosecutors subpoenaed three years of records involving nearly $1 billion in special interest grants.  The subpoenas, covering the administrations of three governors, sought budget records, computer files, reports and letters to determine what the state's top elected officials knew about the so-called "Christmas tree" awards.

Bill's Ugly Buddy:  Payments from Scandal-tied Firm.  Every year since he left the White House, former President Bill Clinton has been paid by InfoUSA — an Omaha, Neb., company now identified as a key provider of databases that enable criminals to defraud the unsuspecting elderly.

Top Clinton Donor Helps Defraud Elderly.  The mainstream media coverage of a company being federally investigated for selling databases of sick and unsuspecting elderly to scam artists conveniently fails to mention that the firm's owner has given Bill and Hillary Clinton millions of dollars over the years.  The wealthy Nebraska entrepreneur, Vinod Gupta, owns the Omaha-based marketing database company called infoUSA Inc. which happens to be one of the nation's largest compilers of consumer information that is later sold to marketing firms.

Getting Out the Vote, Democrat Style.  It doesn't seem to matter to Democrats if the voters turn out to be fraudulent.  The history of the Democrat party in this regard is scandalous.  As far back as before the John F. Kennedy run for the presidency, the city of Chicago was known for its fraud.  The city was run by Democrats and used a reward system for voting Democrat.

Felony charges filed against 7 in state's biggest case of voter-registration fraud.  King and Pierce County prosecutors filed felony charges today against seven people who allegedly committed the biggest voter-registration fraud in state history.  The defendants, who were paid employees and supervisors of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, concocted the scheme as an easy way to get paid, not as an attempt to influence the outcome of elections, King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg said.

ACORN falls again:  The worst case of voter-registration fraud in Washington state history.  Guess which left-wing group is at the center of the worst case of voter-registration fraud in Washington state history?  Yep, you guessed it:  ACORN.  The same ACORN tied to massive voter fraud in Missouri.  And Ohio.  And 12 other states.

Voter fraud charges deserve investigation.  They very well may be innocent coincidences, but voter confidence in the integrity of elections is too important to allow the Palm Beach County Republican Party's allegations of double-voting go without a thorough investigation.  Local party leaders say they found 60 instances in which people with the exact same name and birth date voted both in Palm Beach County and in New York in the November elections.

New Mexico Governor Gets More Tainted Money.  Returning tainted campaign cash — only after being exposed by the media — has become an annual ritual for a Democratic governor who hopes to become the nation's next president.  New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who raised $6 million in the first quarter of his presidential campaign, gave about $24,000 to charities last year after it was made public that the money was donated by a shady securities broker implicated in a state kickback scheme.

Bill Richardson tarnished by scandal.  Over the span of just three months, Bill Richardson has gone from being on the shortlist for secretary of state to late-night punch line, a breathtaking descent that has tarnished his once-sparkling career.

Panel calls for suspension of Judge Nettles-Nickerson.  Ingham County Circuit Judge Beverley Nettles-Nickerson should be immediately suspended from the bench, a state panel says.  The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission on Wednesday [5/16/2007] released a 40-page complaint with a laundry list of charges of both official and unofficial misconduct.  It says Nettles-Nickerson did too little work, committed fraud in filing for divorce outside of Ingham County, had improper communications with attorneys with cases before her and showed a willingness to "play the race card" to her advantage.

Attorney Firing Precedent.  Democrats should be wary of pressing Bush too far because there is ample precedent on their own side of Democratic presidents who fired U.S. attorneys and other high-ranking officials just to halt investigations of their political allies.  For example, two Democratic presidents — Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman — worked for years to protect a notorious racketeer named Thomas Pendergast because he ran a Democratic machine in Missouri.

Hands Off My Fridge, Meathead.  This is not the commission's only questionable contract.  First 5 [an unelected commission to promote children's health that he's headed for six years] has received to date $800 million — about 20% — of the tobacco proceeds that Mr. Reiner convinced California voters to impose on themselves in a 1998 referendum.  Of this, the commission has awarded contracts totaling about $230 million to firms or individuals known to Mr. Reiner — some of them without competitive bidding.

Philadelphia Senator Vincent Fumo Indicted For Stealing From Charity.  The charges mark the third time that Vincent Fumo, a Democrat state senator from Philadelphia, is indicted in his storied political career.  In 1973 he was indicted for voter fraud and in 1980 for putting ghost employees on the state payroll, for which he was convicted.  In anticipation of his third indictment, Fumo resigned from a key senate committee post earlier this week.

Pennsylvania Senator Indicted on 139 Counts.  State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, one of the most powerful figures in Pennsylvania politics, was indicted Tuesday [2/6/2007] on 139 federal counts alleging he used a nonprofit group for personal and political gain and defrauded the state Senate out of $1 million.  Many of the charges stem from Fumo's ties to a nonprofit agency in his South Philadelphia district. … The Philadelphia Democrat, who has beaten two previous indictments, promised to clear his name.

Ex-Party Boss in Brooklyn Guilty of Corruption.  Clarence Norman Jr., the deposed Democratic assemblyman and party leader from Brooklyn, was convicted today on charges that he shook down judicial candidates seeking party support, in his fourth corruption trial in two years.  In the latest case, Mr. Norman was found guilty of attempted grand larceny in the fourth degree by extortion; grand larceny in the third degree by extortion and coercion in the second degree.

Transcript of 'Lou Dobbs Tonight' on CNN:  The Democrats vow to take on the culture of corruption in Washington, but are they just part of it?  The Democratic congressman likely to head the committee that overseas the FBI budget is himself under investigation by the FBI.  And the congressman who was found with $90,000 in his freezer [is] headed for another term after being re-elected to the House.

Identity of Edwards Home's Buyers Veiled.  When former North Carolina senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards finally succeeded last month in selling his imposing Georgetown mansion for $5.2 million after it had languished on the market, the names of the buyers were not publicly disclosed.  At the time, Edwards's spokeswoman told reporters that the house had been sold to an unidentified corporation.  In reality, the buyers were Paul and Terry Klaassen, according to several sources and confirmed by Edwards's spokeswoman yesterday [1/18/2007].

FBI Probing Edwards Senate Campaign Donor.  The FBI is investigating five-year-old contributions by the family of a Mississippi trial lawyer to former Democratic Sen. John Edwards.  The investigation into lawyer Paul Minor — part of a long-running and controversial federal case — has come to Washington in recent weeks, where four former fundraising aides to Edwards have spoken voluntarily to FBI agents.

Flight could cause problem for Edwards.  With John Edwards under investigation by a federal grand jury, two former prosecutors say a trip he made to the home of a wealthy supporter — and possible witness — could raise legal questions.  On Friday [12/11/2009], a Raleigh TV station showed Edwards at the Raleigh-Durham airport walking off a plane belonging to Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a wealthy heiress who supported the former Democrat's presidential candidate's campaign.

A sweet deal for 'official' felons.  James A. Traficant Jr., the former Democratic congressman convicted of racketeering and taking bribes, is wiling away prison time painting colorful pictures but also able to collect a congressional pension of nearly $40,000 a year.  He is one of about 20 former senators and congressmen with felony rap sheets who can receive the taxpayer-financed benefit.

Reid of the Ritz.  Senator Reid, the Democratic Party's leader in the Senate, will reimburse his campaign fund for $3,300 that it spent on Christmas bonuses for workers at the Ritz-Carlton luxury condominium where he lives in Washington, the Associated Press reported yesterday.  Which raises the question:  The Ritz-Carlton?  The Democrats, who tout themselves as the party of the common man, are rapidly turning into the party of the plutocrats.

Head of Nation's Largest Municipal Labor Council Arrested in NYC.  A seven-term Democratic state assemblyman who also is president of the nation's largest municipal labor council was arrested on federal racketeering charges Tuesday, accused of stealing more than $2 million from the state, labor unions and even a Little League fund.

Swift Boat Vets, Moveon.org, Conservation Group Fined $630,000.  Three groups that played a prominent role in the 2004 presidential election agreed to pay almost $630,000 in fines for campaign finance violations, the Federal Election Commission announced today [12/13/2006].  Swift Boat Veterans for Truth will pay $299,500, the League of Conservation Voter Fund $180,000 and Moveon.org Voter Fund $150,000.  They failed to register as political action committees as required for those campaigning for or against a particular candidate and thus should have been barred from accepting contributions greater than $5,000, the FEC said.

Democrats need to act on Black.  If state House Democrats look the other way in the latest Jim Black scandal, every single one of them should be voted out of office.  The Raleigh News & Observer uncovered the latest news about the House Speaker, and it's typical Black sleaze.  The newspaper reported Friday that Ann Lassiter, Black's coordinator for teenage House pages, was having some pages room with her son, a felon with a history of drug and alcohol problems.

The Democrats' Bad, Bad Boy:  Democrat Jim Moran's troubled and troubling career in government has gone largely unnoticed outside the Beltway.  The six-term congressman, up for re-election this fall, ought to be one of the media's top poster boys for abuse of power.

John Conyers And The Muslim Caucus.  The likely new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he's just fighting bigotry in leading a Democrat jihad to deny law enforcement key terror-fighting tools.  But he is in the pocket of Islamists.  John Conyers, son of a leftist Detroit union activist, represents the largest Arab population in the country.  His district includes Dearborn, Mich., nicknamed "Dearbornistan" by locals fed up with cultural encroachment and terror fears from a steady influx of Mideast immigrants.

Donkeys misbehavin'.  A refreshing book, low in rhetoric and high in historical fact (with over 600 footnotes), Donkey Cons chronicles crime after crime committed by the Left and how its representatives are seemingly immune to judgment, never held accountable, and actually rewarded for their crimes by moving to some of the most powerful positions in the party (eg. Teddy Kennedy, Hill and Bill Clinton).

Trustee:  Sen. Clinton's brother owes debts to carnival operators.  Tony Rodham, the brother of Democratic presidential contender Sen. Hillary Clinton, is being asked again to appear in court on debts owed to a Tennessee carnival operator whose owners received presidential pardons from President Bill Clinton.

Pardon Scandal Still Looms for Sen. Clinton's Brother.  A court-appointed bankruptcy trustee asked a federal judge this week to schedule a new court date in a case against Tony Rodham, the brother of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., accused of failing to repay $109,000 in loans from a carnival company whose owners received controversial pardons issued by President Bill Clinton in the last hours of his presidency.

Update:
Clinton's Brother Near Legal Settlement.  A lawyer for the brother of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said he's confident he can avoid a trial next week and settle a lawsuit that accuses Tony Rodham of failing to repay debts to a Tennessee carnival operator.  That should be a relief to Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign since the case could have revived stories about how her brothers accepted money from people pardoned by her husband, President Bill Clinton.

'Hooligans' nail O'Donnell's HQ.  Vandals hit Republican Rick O'Donnell's campaign headquarters sometime Tuesday night [10/03/2006], defacing a sign and littering the parking lot with nails.

GOP Congressman's N.J. Office Vandalized.  Authorities say Congressman Chris Smith's Hamilton offices were vandalized, possibly by a group who barged in to protest the Iraq war.  Some computers were damaged and others had wires disconnected.

Global Warming Hypocrites.  I've come to the conclusion that many of these people are mentally ill.  They won't accept any rational opposition, scientific or otherwise, that refutes the global warming theory.  Drew Johnson reported that after his organization first revealed Al Gore's electric bill to the general public, his group received a number of death threats.  Their computers were hacked.  Phoned obscenities were common.

Hillary's Texas Money Bundler.  [George Berham] Parr's most ominous pistolero was his six-gun totting enforcer, Luis Salas.  Days after the polls closed, Salas added 200 votes for [Lyndon] Johnson to Ballot Box 13 in Jim Webb County.  The fact that all the votes were recorded in the same handwriting was a clue.  But the box was never examined by those who adjudicated the election results; it had disappeared by then.  Revised returns gave Johnson a 3,000 vote margin of victory in Hidalgo County. … It all makes the chads and dimples show of South Florida look like child's play.

Moral corruption in Illinois:  Declaring the imposition of the death penalty to be "arbitrary, capricious — and immoral," Illinois' exiting, scandal-plagued Gov. George Ryan commuted the death sentence of every rapist-murderer and child-killer in the state.

Illinois Governor Condemns Ryan for Freeing Killers:  Gov. Rod Blagojevich said his disgraced predecessor, Republican George Ryan, was guilty of "gross injustice" for granting blanket clemency or pardons to all the prisoners on death row before he left office.

Jury Finds Former Ill. Gov. Ryan Guilty.  Former Gov. George Ryan was convicted of corruption Monday [4/17/2006] in the scandal that ended his political career in 2003 at the same time he was winning international acclaim for commuting the sentences of everyone on Illinois' death row.

Ex-Governor, Now in Prison, Sees Case End.  The United States Supreme Court announced Tuesday [5/27/2008] that it would not hear an appeal by former Gov. George Ryan of Illinois of his 2006 racketeering and fraud conviction.  The decision ended the judicial process for Mr. Ryan, and hours later his lawyer said he would probably seek a commutation from President Bush of what is left of his more-than-six-year federal prison sentence.

House Democrat Committed 250 Ethics Violations, Group Says.  The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) filed a complaint with the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia on Feb. 28, alleging that [U.S. Rep. Alan] Mollohan failed to disclose and grossly underreported his assets, loans and interests in certain companies.

Shadow Warriors:  [Harold] Ickes watched with astonishment as the compassionate conservative became what he considers an extremist.  He was also stirred by a new campaign-finance law, passed by Congress in 2002, that banned the parties from raising "soft money" — i.e., huge contributions of up to a million dollars or more at a time.  Most Democrats supported the theory behind the law—namely, that such donations (say, a million dollars from Denise Rich) risked a corrupting influence on officeholders (say, a Bill Clinton pardon for Marc Rich).

Former Daley aide sentenced to 46 months in hiring fraud.  A former high-ranking aide to Mayor Richard M. Daley was sentenced Monday [11/20/2006] to almost four years in prison for engineering a fraud scheme to cover up political patronage hiring at City Hall.  Robert Sorich, 43, showed no emotion as federal Judge David H. Coar also fined him $10,000 and delivered a sharp tongue-lashing before imposing the minimum 46-month sentence federal guidelines prescribe.  "The offense is corruption — corruption with a capital C," Coar said.

NJ Clean Energy Program Under Investigation.  New Jersey's Clean Energy Program (CEP), responsible for promoting energy conservation and the use of renewable energy in the state, is coming under heavy criticism for accounting irregularities, apparent cronyism, and gross mismanagement.  The latest salvo was fired on October 16 when Bob Ingle, the Trenton bureau chief for Gannett New Jersey newspapers, called for a stepped-up investigation of financial irregularities associated with the program.

The Clinton Presidency:  The Most Corrupt in American History.  History does repeat itself.  On November 5, [1996] the American people re-elected Bill Clinton to a second term in the face of allegations of serious abuses of power by the President and members of his administration. … Partly — indeed, largely — due to the successful efforts of Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media to "stonewall" the issue, which they misleadingly called a question merely of "character."

Clinton Fund-Raiser Pleads Guilty to Felony Mail Fraud.  A top fund-raiser for Senator Clinton's 2000 campaign and self-described "dear friend" of President Clinton pleaded guilty to a felony mail fraud charge in federal court in Chicago yesterday [12/6/2006].  James Levin, 47, admitted to involvement in a scheme to convince contracting officials at the Chicago Public Schools that his fencing companies ... were subcontracting work to businesses owned by minorities or women when, in fact, Levin was simply paying those firms for use of their names.

Virtual Fence = Virtual Corruption?  Speaker Pelosi's post-Hastings fallback choice to head the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, voted against building the 700 mile border fence.  He prefers a system of video surveillance cameras, apparently.  And gee, it seems that his daughter works for a firm that won a government contract to provide such surveillance services!

Publish the Barrett report now.  At issue was the publication of a report by David Barrett, an independent counsel who has spent the better part of a decade looking into some of the most hair-raising allegations of presidential malfeasance in American history. ... [Barrett] was assigned the duty of looking into whether former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros committed tax fraud in trying to cover up payments to a former mistress.

Flashback to 2001:
Survey shows 96% of respondents want IRS Commissioner Rossotti brought to justice.  An overwhelming number of respondents believe that IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti should be criminally prosecuted for conducting politically-motivated audits for the Clinton Administration.  IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti conducted several audits of Clinton's opponents, including women associated with [Clinton] and several non-profit conservative organizations.

Senator's Indictment Causes Concern Among Democrats.  Although state Senator Efrain Gonzalez Jr. has represented the Bronx in the Legislature for 17 years, his name did not become widely known until Friday [8/25/2006] — and it was not for a legislative initiative, because there have been none, but for his indictment by the federal government.  Mr. Gonzalez, 58, is accused of looting a Bronx not-for-profit corporation, the West Bronx Neighborhood Association, for his personal benefit.  He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Bronx Would Make Plunkitt Proud.  George Washington Plunkitt, the state senator and Democratic Party leader of a century ago, would be proud.  Today's Bronx politicos have taken his concept of "honest graft" and kicked it up a notch.  As the Bronx continues to deteriorate, seemingly stuck in a permanent mode of decay and depression, political leaders find new ways to line their pockets as their constituents suffer.

Bronx state Sen. Efrain Gonzalez Jr. goes under the "pork" microscope.  The often discussed culture of corruption that engulfs Albany's body politic reared its very ugly head last week, when for the second time in less than a year Bronx state Sen. Efrain Gonzalez Jr., was indicted on corruption charges.  To be specific, Gonzalez has been charged, along with three others, with funneling more than $400,000 worth of taxpayer money through a network of not-for-profit organizations and then back to his own pocket.

Florida Democrats rally around senator who is convicted felon.  Democrats in the Florida Senate are raising money to help re-elect fellow Democratic Sen. Gary Siplin, the Orlando legislator convicted earlier this year of felony grand theft.  Senate Minority Leader Steve Geller of Hallandale Beach and seven other Democratic senators are named as hosts on invitations that have been sent out to lobbyists and others for an evening fundraiser on Siplin's behalf.  The event will be at a bar a block from the Capitol when legislators return to Tallahassee next month for committee meetings.

Lawmaker:  Give Felons Voting Rights.  An unlikely lawmaker is taking the lead to change Florida law to restore voting rights to convicted felons.  Orlando state Sen. Gary Siplin [Democrat], a convicted felon himself, has sponsored Senate Bill 466, which automatically restores voting rights a year after the felon's sentence is completed. … State Sen. Mandy Dawson, D-Fort Lauderdale, has sponsored identical legislation.

Nancy Pelosi May Not Be Only Democrat "Tuna Helper".  The largest employer in American Samoa is Del Monte Foods' StarKist Tuna, home to over 75% of the island's workforce.  Del Monte Foods, as it turns out, is headquartered in the District of the new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.  Smelling a whiff of impropriety, House Republicans have thrown up some serious questions about the exemption and who inserted it into the bill.

Senate's wage bill still exempts Samoa.  The Democrat-controlled Senate took up a bill yesterday [1/22/2007] that would raise the minimum wage across the United States and its territories but exempt American Samoa, where tuna canneries pay workers $3.26 an hour.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters less than two weeks ago that she would close the loophole after coming under criticism from Republicans for what they termed a "fishy favor" to StarKist Tuna.  StarKist has lobbied for years against raising the minimum wage in American Samoa, and its parent, Del Monte Corp., is based in Mrs. Pelosi's San Francisco district.

FNC Reports Speaker Pelosi's Star-Kist Gap in the Minimum Wage Hike.  Over at The Corner, Kathryn Jean Lopez reported GOP Reps. Eric Cantor and Patrick McHenry have found there's a loophole in the new minimum-wage increase:  no hike for American Samoa.  Why?  Star-Kist Tuna is a major employer there, with its headquarters in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's district.  Will the media notice?

In '88, Pelosi Voted to Impeach Hastings — Will She Support Him Now?  On August 3, 1988, the House of Representatives voted on a resolution, co-sponsored by Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, to impeach Alcee Hastings, the federal judge in Florida accused of conspiring to take a bribe. … And now, because incoming Speaker Pelosi has apparently ruled out the appointment of next-in-line Rep. Jane Harman to chair the House Intelligence Committee, Hastings appears to be headed toward the top position on that panel — one of the most sensitive and responsible posts on Capitol Hill.

Speaker Pelosi's Ethics.  Ethics in politics is not the same as ethics in real life.  Ethics in politics is a martial art.  The biggest mistake you can make is thinking that the ethics package proposed by new Speaker Nancy Pelosi is mainly about "cleaning up" politics.  Maybe.  But it's first of all about cleaning the clocks of the Republicans.

Pelosi's message to voters?  Ethics, shmethics.  All of the exit polls in this month's election showed that there was one overwhelming issue on the minds of the voters who returned the Democrats to power in the House and Senate:  ethics — specifically, the Democratic charge of a Republican culture of corruption. … If the Pelosi-led House Democrats name [Alcee] Hastings as House Intelligence chairman — especially after Pelosi championed [John] Murtha for majority leader — the 2006 election victors will be torching the voters' mandate.

All Rise For Her Ethicalness.  "We are going to have the most ethical Congress in the nation's history."  So said House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi in the afterglow of the Democrats' Congressional election victory.  As it turns out, ethics are malleable.  They are in the eye of the beholder.  She pulled out all the stops last week to get the Democratic caucus to elect Rep. John Murtha as Majority Leader of the House.  Stories surfaced about Murtha's involvement in the Abscam caper of 1980.


Rep. Corrine Brown

Ex-Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown sentenced for mail, wire and tax fraud involving sham charity.  Former Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for mail, wire and tax fraud involving a sham charity.  A jury convicted Brown of stealing money from a bogus charity, One Door For Education, which purported to give scholarships to poor children but instead filled the coffers of Brown and her associates.  Federal prosecutors said she and a top aide commited fraud by using donations for lavish parties and trips.  The aide and another official later accepted a plea deal and testified against Brown, who served in Congress for nearly 25 years.

Former Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown sentenced to five years in prison in corruption case.  A judge sentenced former Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) Monday to five years in prison for fraud and tax crimes, including funneling money she raised for a fake children's charity into her personal bank accounts, according to the Florida Times-Union.  According to WJXT-TV, a jury convicted Brown in May of raising funds for One Door for Education — a sham charity that told supporters it would provide educational opportunities for children in need — and using those funds for personal expenses like travel and tickets to a Beyoncé concert and football games.

Crooked Democrat Corrine Brown Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison.  Corrine Brown blamed her corruption charges on racism.  Unfortunately that race card couldn't keep poor Corrine out of jail.

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown to be sentenced today.  A federal judge on Monday [12/4/2017] sentenced former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown to five years in prison on fraud and other charges related to a purported charity for poor students that she used as a personal slush fund.

Former Democratic congresswoman begs to avoid jail time for charity theft.  Former Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown asked for leniency from a federal judge in Florida on Friday.  She faces a lengthy prison term after being convicted of stealing thousands of dollars that were meant to go to charity.  In May, a jury convicted Brown of 18 felony counts, including filing false tax returns, mail fraud, and working with others to run a fake non-profit group.  Her conviction represents a major fall from political grace.  Brown was one of the first black elected officials to be elected to federal office in Florida in 1992.  She represented the Jacksonville, Florida area in the U.S. House of Representatives for over 20 years as a Democrat before losing a party primary in 2016.  The vote came shortly after she was indicted.

Democrat Rep. Corrine Brown Found Guilty: 18 Counts of Fraud, Conspiracy and Obstruction.  Former U.S. Democrat Representative Corrine Brown was found guilty on 18 of 22 charges for fraud and tax evasion during trial verdict Thursday [5/11/2017] in federal court in Jacksonville.  Brown was found guilty of taking tens-of-thousands of dollars from her One Door for Education Foundation, a charity for poor and impoverished children, and putting the money into her personal accounts for use in maintaining an indulgent lifestyle.  She was also found guilty of conspiring within the scheme to defraud donors to the foundation, and guilty of attempts to impede/obstruct the investigation.

Corrine Brown Found Guilty On 18 Of 22 Charges.  Former Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida was found guilty Thursday [5/11/2017] of 18 of the 22 charges brought against her in a corruption case.  The charges include conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, lying on financial disclosure forms, obstructing the IRS, taking money from a charity that claimed to be providing scholarships to underprivileged students and falsifying information on tax returns.

Corrine Brown found guilty on 18 charges.  Former U.S. Rep Corrine Brown is now a convicted felon 18 times over after she was found guilty Thursday in her federal corruption trial related to the theft of money from an unregistered Virginia-based charity.  Brown, who listened in stunned silence as the verdicts were read, was convicted of conspiracy, five counts of mail fraud, seven counts of wire fraud, one count of scheme to conceal material facts, one count of obstruction of IRS laws and three tax fraud charges.

Prosecutors: Ex-Congresswoman Ripped Off Own Charity To Fund Lavish Lifestyle.  Federal attorneys on Wednesday [4/26/2017] opened their case in the trial of Corrine Brown, who from 2013 to 2017 was the Democratic representative from Florida's 5th congressional district.  Brown stands accused of multiple fraud and conspiracy charges for allegedly funneling contributions from the scholarship charity she started, One Door for Education, to her personal bank accounts.  Between 2012 and 2016, Brown and two close associates raised more than $800,000, much of which they transferred to their personal accounts, prosecutors say.  The trio allegedly spent the money on vacations, luxury goods and tickets to a Beyonce concert, among other expenses.

Former Rep. Corrine Brown Blames Corruption Charges on Redistricting and Racism.  Former Rep. Corrine Brown (D., Fla.) blamed the federal corruption and conspiracy charges against her on redistricting and racism.  In a Wednesday interview with Summer Knowles of WESH2 news, Brown claimed her reputation was ruined.  "They have just taken my name and destroyed it.  My name is all I have," she said.  Brown said she will plead not guilty to the charges centering around a charity called One Door Education.  The charity was supposed to give scholarships to students, but investigators say it was used as a personal fund for Brown, her chief of staff, and the charity's president, according to WESH2 News.

Former state Sen. Al Lawson beats longtime U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown in Congressional District 5.  Embattled U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown lost her bid for a 13th term in Congress on Tuesday [8/30/2016], outpolled by former state Sen. Al Lawson while a federal fraud trial loomed ahead of her.

Congressional Black Corruption.  I invite radical racial identity warriors to join me in taking on the black political elites selling out their people.  Help expose the most crooked members of the caucus of Congressional Black Corruption:  [For example,] Corrine Brown:  This 12-term Democrat from Florida received a 24-count federal indictment last week while her Congressional Black Caucus colleagues tried to drown out the news with diversionary gun-control theatrics.  Brown and her chief of staff are charged with creating a fraudulent education charity to collect over $800,000 in donations from major corporations and philanthropies for their own private slush fund between 2012 and early 2016.  The director of the hoax group, dubbed One Door for Education, Inc., pleaded guilty last year to fraud and conspiracy.

Indicted Fla.  Rep. Trashes Feds for Investigating Her Instead of Orlando Terrorist.  Politicians have a well-earned reputation for being sleazy, but a corrupt Florida congresswoman is in a class of her own for suggesting that federal agents could have prevented the Orlando terrorist attack if they weren't preoccupied investigating her.  Last week the veteran lawmaker, Democrat Corrine Brown, and her chief of staff were slapped with a 24-count federal indictment for using a phony education charity as a "personal slush fund."  The disgraced legislator, who is black, also played the race card by comparing her indictment to the recent fatal police shootings of two black men that have ignited nationwide civil unrest.  First elected to Congress in 1992, Brown represents Florida's fifth district which spans from Jacksonville to Orlando.  The 69-year-old lawmaker and her trusted assistant, Elias Simmons, used a fake charity that was supposed to give scholarships to poor, minority students to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, according to the feds.  Brown used her position as a congresswoman to solicit charitable donations from corporate entities that she "knew by virtue of her position in the U.S. House of Representatives," according to federal authorities.  The money was used to pay for lavish receptions, luxury boxes for a Beyonce concert and a professional football game, repairs to Brown's car and several vacations.  More than $735,000 of the charitable contributions went to pay a close family member for a job in Brown's office that involved no work, the indictment states.

Media Out To Lunch on Fraud Indictment of Democratic Congresswoman.  Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown was indicted on 24 federal charges on Friday [7/8/2016] related to a "fraudulent education charity," as CNN.com put it on Friday.  However, viewers of CNN's on-air coverage, as well as those who watch MSNBC and the Big Three networks' morning and evening newscasts, would know nothing of this indictment, as these TV outlets have yet to cover it, as of Monday morning.  Meanwhile, NBC Nightly News aired a full report on a new exhibit at a Philadelphia museum; while ABC's GMA devoted a full report on Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's final appearance in the play.  To their credit, PBS NewsHour devoted an 18-second news brief on the fraud charges against the Florida politician: [...]

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Representative Corrine Brown — Corruption, Fraud, Conspiracy are Likely Charges.  It has just been reported that Jacksonville Florida Congressional Representative Corrine Brown has been indicted by a federal grand jury and is expected to turn herself in to federal law enforcement tomorrow at the Jacksonville Courthouse.  Representative Brown has been controversial as an advocate for various grievance causes; and is recently well known for her advocacy surrounding the Trayvon Martin shooting.  The federal indictment is still under seal until tomorrow when it is expected Brown will turn herself in, therefore the details of the charges against her are not specifically known.

Indicted politician says she's being 'persecuted' because she's black.  A Florida congresswoman indicted on fraud charges is telling supporters she's being "persecuted" by federal authorities because she's black.


Senator Robert Menendez

Supreme Court refuses to dismiss Menendez corruption charges.  The Supreme Court has rejected Sen. Bob Menendez's attempt to throw out the bribery and corruption charges against him, setting the stage for a trial for the New Jersey Democrat this fall.  With Monday's [3/20/2017] announcement, Menendez can no longer block the proceedings against him from moving forward, a major setback for his efforts to avoid criminal trial.

SCOTUS green-lights Menendez corruption trial.  The Supreme Court has dashed Robert Menendez' last hope to prevent the first trial of a sitting US Senator for corruption since Ted Stevens in 2008 (which was posthumously vacated). The top court refused to take the appeal of a Third District appellate ruling that refused to overturn Menendez' April 2015 indictment on the basis of constitutional privilege under the Speech or Debate Clause.

Menendez lawyers accuse Justice Department of misconduct.  Lawyers for Sen. Robert Menendez accused federal prosecutors and FBI agents Monday of lying to win a corruption indictment against him this spring, saying the Justice Department would "stop at nothing" to try to convict the powerful lawmaker.  The allegations are included in more than 400 pages of legal arguments filed to try to persuade the court to dismiss the case against Menendez (D-N.J.) and a longtime friend and donor, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, who is accused of buying favors from the senator with gifts and vacations.

Dr. Salomon Melgen Held Without Bond Despite 'Friends' Harry Reid and Robert Menendez in High Places.  Dr. Salomon Melgen is being held in a Florida jail without bond on a second set of charges.  The Florida ophthalmologist is one of three men involved in an August 2012 meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  That gathering is at the center of criminal charges of corruption brought by a New Jersey federal grand jury against Melgen and one of the other two key players, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

New Jersey is #1 in the country in criminals per politician.  There are a lot of theories about why politicians from New Jersey are particularly prone to corruption, now running rampant with the announcement on Wednesday [4/1/2015] that Sen. Robert Menendez (D) had been indicted.  (Not that the indictment was in any way a surprise.)  At the Daily Beast, Olivia Nuzzi offers a litany of explanations, all without using the word "Mafia" even once.

Sen. Robert Menendez to face corruption charges.  Federal prosecutors charged Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez on Wednesday [4/1/2015], with using his Senate office to push the business interests of a friend and donor in exchange for gifts, according to the Justice Department.  The case, brought by the Justice Department's public integrity unit, sets up a high-stakes battle between a New Jersey senator who has fought off investigations for years, and federal prosecutors and the FBI who have spent years pursuing him.

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges.  Sen. Bob Menendez has been charged with using his office to improperly benefit a Florida eye doctor and political donor.

Democrats Have a Corruption Problem.  Senator Bob Menendez will soon be indicted on corruption and obstruction of justice charges stemming from his relationship with Salomon Melgen, a West Palm Beach eye doctor. Melgen thought he could get away with Medicare fraud because he gave Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's Super PAC $700,000 and lavished Menendez with private jet flights to his luxury resort.  Given the known public facts, Harry Reid should return Melgen's money to the taxpayers he stole it from and should ask Menendez to resign.

Despite High Powered Lawyers and Intervention by Reid and Menendez, Controversial Doctor Still Owed $8.9 Million for Overbilling Medicare.  Six years and five levels of appeal after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) first determined that Senator Robert Menendez's (D-NJ) close friend and major contributor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, owed $8.9 million for overbilling Medicare in 2007 and 2008, the initial determination held up.  Remarkable as it may seem, Melgen's medical practice, incorporated as Vitreo-Retinal Consultants of the Palm Beaches (Florida), may face additional Medicare overbilling charges covering the period from January 2009 to June 2013 that could reach many millions of dollars more.  Though a staggering number, the scale of Melgen's practice is extraordinary.

Vindictive Charges Against Menendez Stink Of Chicago Politics.  Sen. Bob Menendez has wallowed in New Jersey's Democratic political swamp for years.  So it's peculiar for the Justice Department to ready corruption charges right after he dissents with Obama's policies.  Just who do these people think they are fooling?

Why Are The Feds Closing In On A Top Democratic Senator?.  [Scroll down]  None of this would have been much of a problem for Menendez had he not reciprocated Melgen's kindness by allegedly using his clout as a senator to repay him with legislative favors, two of which in particular are now the likely focus of the imminent criminal charges.  When it was revealed that Melgen received the third-highest Medicare reimbursements of any doctor in the country in 2012, $21 million, some wondered whether he was trying to pull one over on the government.

DOJ to Bring Charges Against Menendez or What Happens When You Cross Obama.  In what could be Attorney General Eric Holder's last act in office, the Department of Justice is planning to bring corruption charges against New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez.  Senator Menendez has been under federal investigation for nearly two years concerning his alleged advocacy of the business interests of a Miami based ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen.  The DOJ is preparing charges against Menendez because the statute of limitations on these charges are near their expiration date.

Who is Sen. Menendez's friend and donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen?.  Salomon Melgen was generous with his money, and expected to be rewarded for it.  He was not happy, then, when President Barack Obama gave him scant attention at a 2010 fundraiser the Florida ophthalmologist co-hosted to benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.  Melgen, 59, had forked over some $30,000 to the DSCC, after all, to be able to don the title of co-host.

Report: Dem Sen Menendez to Face Criminal Corruption Charges — After Opposing Obama.  CNN reports that the Justice Department plans to bring criminal corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). [...] The potential indictment comes after Democrat Menendez publicly disagreed with the Obama administration on two high profile issues:  its Cuba policy and its Iran policy.

Democrat Senator Bob Menendez to Be Indicted on Corruption.  According to an exclusive report published first by CNN, Democrat Senator Bob Menendez will be indicted by the Department of Justice on federal corruption charges.

Defiant Sen. Menendez declares, "I am not going anywhere".  A defiant Sen. Robert Menendez declared, "I am not going anywhere," Friday night as the Justice Department prepares to charge the New Jersey Democrat with corruption counts over allegations he used his office to help a Democratic donor.  The Justice Department is expected to bring criminal charges against him in the coming weeks, following a federal grand jury purportedly finding Menendez took official action on behalf of himself and that he received gifts from wealthy friend Dr. Salomon Melgen.

Letter: Menendez Must Be Investigated.  New Jersey Republicans are accusing Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) of having violated Senate ethics rules by failing to disclose or seek Senate permission for air travel and lodging provided by a wealthy campaign donor. [...] Records indicate Menendez made at least four trips on a corporate jet owned by Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who has donated more than $220,000 to Democratic candidates and committees since 1993.  Melgen gave at least $12,600 to Menendez during that period.

What Was Indicted Doctor Hoping to Buy With $100k Donation to Harry Reid's Super PAC?  In its indictment of Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida opthalmologist, the Department of Justice cites Melgen's $600,000 donation to Senator Harry Reid's (D-NV) Senate Majority PAC in 2012.  That money, the feds charge, was earmarked for the successful re-election of Menendez, and was part of "hundreds of thousands of dollars and contributions to entities that benefitted MENENDEZ's 2012 Senate campaign, in exchange for specific requested exercises of MENENDEZ's official authority."  The indictment makes no mention of the additional $100,000 Melgen contributed to the Senate Majority PAC a mere two weeks before Reid arranged an August 2, 2012 meeting among himself, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and Menendez.

Federal Probe into New Jersey Sen. Menendez Is Widening.  The federal criminal investigation into New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is broader than previously known, NBC 4 New York has learned.  The Department of Justice is investigating Menendez's efforts on behalf of two fugitive bankers from Ecuador, multiple current and former U.S. officials tell NBC 4 New York.  The probe into Menendez's dealing with the bankers comes as federal authorities are also investigating his relationship to a big campaign donor from Florida.


Senator Harry Reid

Salt Lake Tribune:  Prosecutor Wants DOJ to Investigate Possible Harry Reid Connection to Suspected $2M Bribe.  A Davis County prosecutor is asking whether the Department of Justice and the FBI backed away from investigating a possible connection between a potential $2 million bribe and Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Exit the rancid Harry Reid.  Harry Reid is winding up his tenure in office as Senator and Senate Minority Leader.  He seems to me a vile human being and a rancid senator.  He has degraded the Senate as an institution.  He has misused his office in the service of narrow partisan purposes.  He has lowered the tone of our public life.  He is a one man wrecking crew.  This past May, Senator Tom Cotton took to the floor to denounce him:  "As a junior Senator I preside over the Senate, I usually do it in the morning, which means I am forced to listen to the bitter vulgar incoherent ramblings of the Minority Leader."  He also observed:  "The happy byproduct of fewer days in session in the Senate is that this institution will be cursed less with his cancerous leadership."

Good riddance Harry Reid.  In a Thursday op-ed in the New York Times, Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada wrote ruefully on the occasion of his retirement, addressing what many liberals have described as the "post-truth" world.  After all, how else could they have lost the 2016 election?  "Much of the responsibility for separating what is real and what is fake," Reid solemnly asserted, "will fall on Democrats."  What claptrap!  And how ironic!  For Reid will be best remembered not for his parliamentary skill, not for any bill he sponsored, not even for the controversial way in which he changed the rules of the Senate.  Rather, he will be remembered for the amoral dishonesty of a hoax he played on the Senate floor, for which he remains completely unrepentant to this day.  This is fitting, because there is no incident in Reid's career that better exemplifies the cynical leadership he brought to his party as its Senate leader.

If the House and Senate had term limits, they'd all be "unleashed" all the time.
Harry Reid unleashed:  Election shows America is 'hate and bigotry'.  Other Democratic lawmakers are being gracious in defeat, but retiring Sen. Harry Reid unleashed fury on Donald Trump and the country Friday [11/11/2016], saying his election confirms the ascendance of "hate and bigotry in America." [...] He said racial, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities and children of illegal immigrants all have reason to be afraid.  "Winning the electoral college does not absolve Trump of the grave sins he committed against millions of Americans.  Donald Trump may not possess the capacity to assuage those fears, but he owes it to this nation to try," Mr. Reid said.

The Editor says...
Harry Reid is sowing the seeds of fear among the people who don't do a lot of rational evaluation.  By the time there's another presidential election, Harry Reid will be long ago forgotten.

Sen. Manchin calls Harry Reid 'absolute embarrassment' for anti-Trump rant.  Sen. Joe Manchin delivered a sharp rebuke Friday to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid for denouncing Americans who elected Donald Trump.  "Senator Harry Reid's statement today attacking President-elect Trump is wrong!  It is an absolute embarrassment to the Senate as an institution, our Democratic party, and the nation," Mr. Manchin, West Virginia Democrat, said in a statement released late Friday [11/11/2016].  "I want to be very clear, he does not speak for me," said Mr. Manchin, one of the most conservative Democrats in the upper chamber of the U.S. Congress.

ICE Whistleblower Fired After Refusing DHS Hush Money.  The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday [2/4/2016] dismissed an ICE whistleblower it was secretly smearing to reporters after she testified before Congress about her troubles with the agency.  Special Agent Taylor Johnson — who had a storied career until she irked Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid by objecting to a visa program for foreign investors tied to the senator's son — says she declined to take a $100,000 severance package because it included a non-disclosure agreement.

Voter Fraud: We See Dead People.  It's true, folks. Patriot sister Sharron "Braveheart" Angle has taken on battling voter fraud, sounding the alarm that it is running rampant in America.  What good is winning the hearts and minds of voters if we allow Democrats to steal elections?  Sharron suffered the devastation of election corruption when she almost defeated Harry Reid in 2010.  Illegals voted for Harry Reid.  There is evidence that Reid possibly stole the election from Sharron Angle using dead voters, people in prison, and illegals.

Harry Reid Under Investigation for Bribery in Utah.  The retiring senator from Nevada, Harry Reid is being investigated in the state of Utah for bribery.  He is being implicated in the investigation and prosecution of two former Attorney Generals of Utah in a pay to play scheme.  The two former AGs are Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow.  The case is being investigated by Davis County District Attorney Troy Rawlings.  Rawlings made the announcement after he was asked about the investigation by a local paper.  The case was originally investigated by the DOJ, but since Reid is not a republican, they refused to prosecute.  Apparently, they determined Reid was as innocent as Hillary Clinton and Lois Lerner.  They are also refusing to give information to Rawlings from their investigation.

Why is Sen. Harry Reid being investigated in Utah?  A Utah county prosecutor said Wednesday [11/18/2015] he is investigating U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada in connection with a pay-to-play scheme involving two former Utah attorneys general.

Harry Reid, beaten to a pulp, suing exercise machine company.  If you were beaten to a pulp, lost an eye, and had your ribs broken, wouldn't you want to pursue justice against the one responsible?  Harry Reid does.  After being badly beaten up "by his exercise machine," he is suing for his injuries.

Harry Reid Suing Exercise Equipment Firm Over Eye Injury.  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and his wife, Landra, are suing the manufacturer of the exercise band that slipped or snapped, leading to the Nevada Democrat's eye injury.  According to court documents filed in Clark County, Nev., Reid alleges that the injury resulted from a faulty exercise resistance band, causing more than $50,000 in damages.

Harry Reid Lawsuit Against Exercise Band Manufacturer 'Opens the Doors' To His Bathroom, Medical and Bank Records.  Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of an exercise band that he claims "broke or slipped" while "mounted to a sturdy object in his bathroom" as he used it on January 1, causing injuries that blinded in him one eye.  "The lawsuit is really going to open the doors if the company's defense counsel wants to go after Harry Reid," an attorney and expert on product liability tells Breitbart News.

The Editor asks...
Did the exercise band break, or did it slip?  It wouldn't be a difficult thing to determine, so why claim that it "broke OR slipped"?

Guy Who Punk'd Right Wing Media About Harry Reid Has Many Tricks Up His Sleeve.  Last weekend, a Las Vegas man named Larry Pfeifer came forward to claim credit for spreading a rumor that the facial injuries sustained by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid were not caused by an exercise mishap as the senator had claimed but were instead the product of a beating by Mr. Reid's brother.  According to Mr. Pfeifer, he made up the story as a ruse to reveal how gullible the right-wing press is and to prove that they'd spread rumors about a prominent Democrat no matter how outlandish or unproven the story.

The Editor says...
Mr. Pfeifer's story is more believable than Mr. Reid's account of the incident; that is, Mr. Reid's injuries are much more consistent with the Pfeifer story than with Reid's version.  Mr. Pfeifer's retraction is about as credible as Mr. Reid's original story.

Harry Reid is the poster child for why our Constitution must be changed.  Harry Reid is the reason why senators and representatives should no longer be given absolute immunity for the reckless and venomous words they spew on the floor of Congress.  For too long, they have abused the privilege and trust granted them by the Framers of the Constitution.  The law must now be changed.  No more legal protection from slander.

Harry Reid Knocks Limbaugh for Suggesting He Got Beaten Up.  Going ten rounds with CNBC's John Harwood, outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he didn't care who the GOP nominee ended up being, because "they're all losers," and called his replacement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) a "lump of coal" — though he "didn't mean to be mean-spirited."  But Reid reserved most of his ire for Rush Limbaugh, whom he accused of starting a rumor that there was more to his eye injury than meets the eye.

Reid Relieved He Didn't Suffer Brain Damage in 'Freak Accident'.  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said his brain is learning to adjust to the injuries he suffered over the winter holiday break.  Reid still wear sunglasses around the Senate and has undergone surgery to repair a fractured eye socket.  "Things happen.  This was a freak accident and I'm not blind in my right eye.  But I'm so grateful that it didn't do any damage to my brain, almost got smacked in the temple there," Reid said of what he says was an accident with home workout equipment.  He also suffered fractured ribs.

Man Claims He Concocted Story of Harry Reid Getting Beaten Up to Test Media Gullibility.  A Las Vegas man told the Las Vegas Sun he concocted a story about Harry Reid getting beaten up by his brother to test right-wing media gullibility, which he claimed worked like a charm.  Larry Pfeifer said he made up a story about Reid's eye injury, which the senator incurred during an admittedly-bizarre exercise accident, after reading an unsubstantiated rumor in a conservative blog of Reid being beaten up by the mafia.  Using a pseudonym, Pfeifer contacted the blogger John Hinderaker and spun a tale of a drunken fight between the Reid brothers, seemingly corroborated by Larry Reid's DUI arrest around that time.

The Editor says...
This is a very common Democrat tactic:  They will say something outrageous, and if there are any objections, follow up a few days later with, "Can't you take a joke?"  Examples:
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Harry Reid's Latest Explanation of His New Year's Day Injuries Falls Apart in His Bathroom.  Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) is presenting a new explanation of how he acquired those gruesome injuries on New Year's Day.  During an interview with CNBC, Reid says he was hurt in his own bathroom.  But that explanation doesn't hold up. [...] "Why in the world would I come up with a story that I got hurt in my own bathroom with my wife standing there?  How could anyone say anything like that?  I think a lot of people that I read kind of don't like me as a person.  I think that's unfortunate," Reid says.  Conveniently, the incurious Harwood fails to ask Reid any follow up questions.

The Editor says...
If his wife was "standing there," why wasn't she able to help mitigate his fall?  On the other hand, who does exercises (or anything else) in the bathroom with his wife present?

Harry Reid Changes His Story On How He Sustained New Year's Day Injuries.  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is changing the story about how he sustained those gruesome New Year's Day injuries that have left him blind in one eye.  Previously, Reid claimed that an exercise band he was using "broke." [...] But now, in an interview conducted by Fusion (a joint venture between ABC and Univision), excerpts of which have been released today, Reid tells Univision anchor Jorge Ramos that the exercise band "slipped," rather than "broke."  "[T]he [elastic band] strap had no handle on it, slipped, spun me around, uh, about, oh I guess four feet (Reid points with his right hand to the wall of the interview room) and so I smashed my face into a cabinet," Reid tells Ramos.

Treason and Corruption.  [Scroll down]  [E]ven in the murk of the Obama sewer, the case of the retiring Senate Minority Leader is curious.  Harry Reid is apparently now blind in one eye because of an accident with his "resistance band" while "working out" on New Year's Day.  If this is true, why are Democrats not calling for federal regulation of resistance bands and mandatory licensing of resistance-band users after three years of training?  Reid's story is obviously bunk, and always was.  And then, three months after somebody takes the resistance band to him, the second most powerful Democrat in Washington, and the very definition of the careerist timeserving hack who'll stay in "public service" until they carry him out by the handles, mysteriously decides it's time to hang up his boots.  So whoever did this to him managed to take out the Senate Minority Leader.

Harry Reid Beaten By His Brother Larry?  Against the backdrop of Larry Reid being arrested for being drunk and disorderly — he also hit a cop — an interesting side story comes to the surface about Senator Harry Reid's previous injuries.

Troubled Capitol Police Withholding Information about Harry Reid's Injuries.  The leadership of the troubled, 1,800 person Capitol Police force is withholding information about the circumstances surrounding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) gruesome New Year's Day injuries.  Breitbart News poked holes in Reid's story that the injuries resulted from a home exercise accident that occurred when the exercise band that he attached to the shower door in his bathroom "broke and spun me around and I crashed into these cabinets and injured my eye," as he claimed.  Breitbart News has also reported that virtually all of the information concerning the events surrounding the New Year's Day injury and Reid's subsequent hospital treatment that day has originated from Reid's office.

The Editor says...
Consider the amount of tension required to snap an exercise band.  It can't be easy, or such a product wouldn't be sold.  Then ask yourself if a 75-year-old man could exert that much tension on such a product.  After that, ask yourself if the handle on your shower door would withstand more stress than an exercise band — even a defective one.  Then consider the probability of such an event causing a face-first pirouette into a nearby cabinet.  And who does an exercise-band workout in his bathroom?  Is your bathroom that big?  The story is already hard enough to believe, and in light of the wall of secrecy that has been constructed around the event, it becomes impossible to believe.

Why Harry Reid's Home Exercise Accident Story Does Not Add Up.  From the moment the story broke, many have been highly skeptical of Reid's claim his injuries came from a home exercise accident.  Most of this skepticism — based mostly on speculation and the gruesome nature of the injuries — led some to offer a version of an alternate theory that somebody beat up Senator Reid.

Harry Reid Justifies Lying About Romney's Taxes from Senate Floor: 'He Didn't Win, Did He?'.  Harry Reid said he has no regrets for polarizing the Senate, attacking the Koch brothers, and falsely accusing Mitt Romney of not paying taxes. [...] Reid appeared to take some joy of being a part of the Democrat machine that took down Romney in 2012.  "Let him prove that he has paid taxes, because he hasn't," Reid said on the Senate floor without any evidence to back his accusations.

Harry Reid Unapologetic over Lying about Romney, Because Obama Won.  The activist Left has given us ample evidence over the last several months that the narrative is more important than the truth, and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) all but confirms this in his latest interview.

Harry Reid, partisan brawler, gets pattycake treatment from the press.  Harry Reid has just pulled off a triple coup.  He got to make his own retirement announcement without having it leak in advance.  He essentially got to anoint his successor.  And despite years as a bare-knuckled partisan warrior who makes incendiary comments about the other side, he's gotten a pretty nice media sendoff.  Usually when a 75-year-old lawmaker gets knocked out of the majority and then suffers a terrible accident, there's all kinds of media speculation about whether he'll hang it up.  But who ever thought the Nevada Democrat would relinquish power voluntarily?

Harry Reid's Long, Steady Accretion of Power & Wealth.  Last month, as the Senate was busy negotiating the final details of its Ukraine aid package, Majority Leader Harry Reid became temporarily distracted with a campaign finance issue.  Since winning re-election in 2010, Reid's campaign had purchased gifts for supporters and donors from vendors like Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, Nordstrom, and the Senate gift shop, among others.  But one round of spending was directed to a less recognizable firm:  Ryan Elisabeth, a jewelry line.  In 2012 and 2013, the campaign spent $31,267 purchasing gifts from the company, which is owned by Reid's granddaughter, Ryan Elisabeth Reid.  All told, she took in nearly seven times more cash than all vendors of donor gifts combined during that period of time.

Good Riddance, Dirty Harry.  Harry Reid is retiring.  Whatever happens to his Senate seat in 2016, this is good news for Republicans and it is good news for America.  Good riddance, Harry.

The Real Reason Harry Reid is Retiring.  [Scroll down]  But the real reason Reid is retiring may have nothing to do with any of these excuses and everything to do with his concerns that a possible Republican Presidential victory in 2016 would lead to the appointment of a Republican Attorney General in January 2017.  A Republican Attorney General would be almost certain to initiate a criminal investigation into Reid's abuse of his political power in a brazen intervention in the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) issuance of EB-5 visas to investors in a Las Vegas casino and hotel that was represented by his son, Rory Reid, as was highlighted in a report released by the Inspector General of DHS last week.

What really happened to Harry Reid? Part 2.  When a guy shows up at a Las Vegas emergency room on New Year's Day with severe facial injuries and broken ribs, and gives as an explanation the functional equivalent of "I walked into a doorknob," it isn't hard to guess that he ran afoul of mobsters.  Yet the national press has studiously averted its eyes from Reid's condition, and has refused to investigate the cause of his injuries.  To my knowledge, every Washington reporter has at least pretended to believe Reid's story, and none, as far as I can tell, has inquired further. [...] The deliberate blindness of Democratic Party reporters hasn't stopped people from speculating about what really happened to Harry Reid, but so far, at least, it has prevented the story from exploding into a major scandal.

"Rush: 'I Don't Believe For A Minute' Harry Reid Was Injured On Exercise Machine.  Harry Reid may be retiring, but the questions about him never stop coming from Rush Limbaugh. [...] "Does anybody believe that Harry Reid really had an accident with his exercise machine?" Limbaugh asked after touching on Reid's announcement.  "Does anybody really believe that's why Harry Reid is still bruised and is still wearing dark glasses, what, months after this accident with his exercise machine?"

President Obama On Harry Reid Retirement: 'The Senate Will Not Be The Same Without Him'.  President Obama praised Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid today after the Nevada Democrat announced he won't run for re-election in 2016.  "Harry Reid is a fighter," Obama said, praising Reid for his efforts to pass Obamacare and other Democratic policies.

Harry Reid to step down, says not due to "exercise accident".  Until today [3/27/2015], New York Times reporter Carl Hulse reminds us, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has insisted he's running for reelection.  In the video below, however, Reid announces that he will not face the voters again next year.  He will step down from his Senate seat. [...] Reid has demonstrated an infinite capacity for disgrace, dishonesty and hypocrisy.  He has made himself the true face of the Democratic Party in the Age of Obama.

IG Report: Reid More Involved in Visa Controversy Than Previously Known.  The Senate's top Democrat was more deeply involved than previously known in an effort to secure U.S. visas for Chinese investors in a Las Vegas casino despite the concerns of career federal officials, according to an inspector general report released on Tuesday [3/24/2015].  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and his staff received weekly updates from top officials at U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) regarding the status of visas for investors in the SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, the report reveals.  Executives at the casino's parent company, a client of Reid's son Rory, donated thousands of dollars to Reid's campaign after he helped speed consideration of its applications for visas for its Chinese investors.

Harry Reid Secured Subsidies for Aides' Donors.  Corporate donors to a green energy nonprofit operated by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D., Nev.) former staffers and a current campaign operative have received billions of dollars in federal loan guarantees and grant money as a result of Reid's advocacy.  Fulcrum Bioenergy began contributing to the Clean Energy Project (CEP) in 2013.  One year later, the Nevada Democrat steered tens of millions of dollars in federal grant money to the California biofuel company.  Fulcrum is one of at least nine corporate donors to the Clean Energy Project (CEP) that have secured federal financing for themselves or a client due in part to Reid's behind-the-scenes advocacy — activity that watchdogs warn could be construed as unethical.

Watchdog Accuses Harry Reid of Ethics Violations.  Sen. Harry Reid (D., Nev.) illegally used official Senate resources for political purposes, according to an ethics complaint filed this week.  A reported meeting between Reid and his caucus in which the Nevada Democrat promoted his 2016 reelection campaign violated Senate ethics rules, the complaint alleges.  "Senator Reid's actions appear to make a mockery of both the Senate Ethics Rules and federal law," the complaint states.  "He reportedly announced his reelection campaign from the confines of an official Senate meeting room located mere steps from the Senate floor."  The complaint was filed on Tuesday by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a new conservative ethics watchdog group run by former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker.

Reid Chief of Staff Was a Comcast VP.  Democratic members of Congress and the Obama administration have extensive ties to Comcast and Time-Warner, the two cable giants currently awaiting approval from the Federal Communications Commission on a $45 billion merger.  One that has gone mostly overlooked: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D., Nev.) chief of staff, David Krone, is Comcast's former senior vice president for corporate affairs.

Poof: Casino ethics complaint against Reid disappears.  Nobody is saying "cover-up" just yet, but an ethics complaint against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid received by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics nearly a year ago has mysteriously disappeared, and the panel claims it never received it despite a signed receipt.  The conservative watchdog group Cause of Action said that it has had to refile the complaint that alleges Reid pressured the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to hasten EB-5 visa application reviews for overseas investors in the SLS Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Ethics Complaint Targets Harry Reid for Abuse of Power.  Tea Party Patriots filed an ethics complaint against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., alleging he has abused his power in a campaign to smear conservative donors.  The complaint, filed Monday with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, alleges Reid has purposely tried to damage the names of Charles and David Koch, prominent conservative donors whom Reid has publicly criticized for running advertisements attacking Democrats.  It also cites Reid's partisan campaign activities, which allegedly violate Senate rules and federal law.

The Senate Jumps the Shark.  Current Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) rarely talks directly to Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Reid has used his position less to engage debate and more to rail against his opponents.  He even used the Senate floor during the last presidential election to assert (falsely) that Republican candidate Mitt Romney paid no taxes for 10 years.  Reid has been a partisan more than a leader.  Last year, he insisted on using the "nuclear option," reversing centuries of precedent and Senate rules to deny the right of 40 senators to block action approving presidential appointees.  And he decried American businessmen Charles and David Koch more than 130 times on the Senate floor.  His most pernicious action has been to deny Republicans any chance to support amendments on legislation.

Harry Reid Sinks Deeper Into the Abyss.  Harry Reid's obsession with the Koch brothers has made him a figure of fun, but frankly, it has gotten past the point where anyone is laughing.  After Reid's foray onto the Senate floor today [5/7/2014], his family, friends and colleagues should be concerned about his mental health. [...] "Pollution" isn't causing global warming, the Koch brothers are not the "two richest people in the world," and the idea that the brothers are somehow one of the "main causes" of climate change is delusional, even if you buy into the anthropogenic global warming theory.

Harry Reid's Curious Soft Spot for Sheldon Adelson.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid takes regular swipes at multibillionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, but Nevada's top political figure hasn't mustered a whisper of protest for a Republican mega-donor standing in his own front yard:  outspoken casino king Sheldon Adelson.

Does Harry Reid Own 93 Acres Near Bundy Grazing Land?  It seems another piece of the puzzle has been found to explain why the BLM wanted that grazing land so badly.  A corporation, named the Reid Bunkerville L.L.C., owns 93.3 acres right next to the government parcel where Bundy grazes his cattle.

Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are America's great dividers.  Harry Reid's hometown newspaper — the Las Vegas Review-Journal — recently offered an important observation:  "As majority leader of the U.S. Senate, Harry Reid is supposed to lead.  The Nevada Democrat should be focused on the concerns of Americans and on shaping debate on important matters of national interest.  Sen. Reid is doing neither.  In fact, he's working so hard to ignore the taxpaying public's priorities that he has become a parody of his position."

It Isn't Just the Bundy Ranch.  The Bundy Ranch incident, which threatened to escalate into a shooting war, collapsed when reports surfaced that the ulterior motive behind the attempted BLM takeover was an deal set up by Harry Reid to place solar panels on the land; something from which we can expect he stood to profit handsomely, and very likely under the table.  It appears likely that the reports were correct, or else the standoff would have escalated.  Confronted with the truth, the BLM backed down, but promised that this wasn't the end.  It appears that this may be correct because various western state governments are now convening to take control of the "federal" lands.

New Probe Confirms Harry Reid's Long History of Corruption.  The seemingly Teflon senior senator from Nevada, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has been forced to respond to charges made in a two-part investigation into his dealings published last week at RealClearPolitics.  The initial investigation looked into multiple claims of corruption, and responses from Reid's PR people failed to deflect them.

Dirty politics clog Keystone XL pipeline.  The decision to yet again delay the final permit for the popular Keystone XL pipeline was made not in the White House or at the State Department, but in a posh private residence in the Sea Cliff neighborhood in northwestern San Francisco.  It was there on February 19 that former vice president Al Gore and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the pilgrimage to Tom Steyer's home to kiss the ring of the hedge fund-billionaire turned super-donor, in exchange for $400,000 that night and a promise of $100 million more to come.  Steyer's sole demand?  Stop the pipeline.

Harry Reid's Long, Steady Accretion of Power & Wealth.  Harry Reid has spent more than 40 years in government, starting as a small city's attorney and eventually becoming the most powerful senator in the country.  He has raised tens of millions of dollars in political contributions, established himself as an institution in Nevada politics along the way, and made himself a very wealthy man.

GOP Savages Harry Reid.  The Republican National Committee has released a brutal memo on Senate majority leader Harry Reid, savaging him for repeatedly lying.  The memo, under the name of press secretary Kirsten Kukowski, is titled "Nothing's Too Unethical for Harry Reid."

Harry Reid: From Cowboy Poets To Crooks and Terrorists.  So, Maj. Nidal Hasan was merely guilty of "workplace violence" when he murdered 13 and wounded dozens more in a Ft. Hood rampage while shouting "Allahu Akhbar!"  But, according to Reid, 67-year-old Nevada rancher Bundy is the real terrorist.  Rory Reid, Harry Reid's son, who represents a Chinese company that wants to build a solar farm in the pristine Nevada desert that is home to the allegedly endangered desert tortoise, thinks Bundy is also a crook for disputing who the grazing fees should be paid to.  Of course Rory had no problem when Dad's campaign cut checks of $5,417 and $11,370 to his granddaughter and Rory's daughter, Ryan Elisabeth, last October for "holiday gifts."

Some Lessons from Cliven Bundy.  Removing Cliven Bundy's cattle and killing them was not about "the public good."  It wasn't even really about "protecting the turtles."  Instead, it was about clearing off land so that Chinese land developers in league with Harry Reid's son Rory could use the land as a remediation site connected with a solar power panel farm they wanted to build further north as part of a $5 billion development deal.  In other words, it was about using public land so that the Reid family and foreign developers could make a pile of money — which makes the Senator's complaints about Bundy "profiting off of public lands" just a bit hypocritical.

Harry Reid's website attack on Koch brothers may have violated Senate rules.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may have broken Senate ethics and Internet rules by using his official website to attack libertarian campaign donors Charles and David Koch, a possible violation of the chamber's prohibition on "partisan" material on members' publicly funded webpages.

Harry Reid's Kryptonite.  Never before has a politician with so much disdain for the media, and so little understanding of it, ascended to such power.  So when Reid's normally top-notch team bungled the response to the FEC inquiry, they not only let what should have been a one-day story become a multi-day Reid-bashing extravaganza — they also revealed just how much trouble the majority leader can get himself into when his safety net fails him.

Harry Reid lets Obama, Eric Holder cover up IRS scandal.  Nobody was surprised when Attorney General Eric Holder decided the special prosecutor requested by Sen. Ted Cruz to investigate the IRS scandal isn't needed.  Why?  Because Holder and his boss in the Oval Office refuse to make the same mistake that led to Richard Nixon's undoing in the Watergate scandal. [...] President Obama and Holder have done a masterful job of what Nixon could not — containing an official corruption investigation so that it never gets to the full truth.

Why Is Obama's DOJ Shielding Reid From Corruption Probe?  On Thursday [3/13/2014], ABC News and the Washington Times reported that local Utah prosecutors had found evidence pointing to possible illegal campaign contributions and other questionable financial deals involving both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Utah's junior Republican senator, Mike Lee.  But despite working with the FBI, they've been blocked from moving that case forward by a Justice Department that has sat on it for months, refusing to let the FBI empanel a federal grand jury or issue subpoenas to determine if Reid or Lee broke any federal laws.

Harry Reid's casino luck.  In a just world, no politician would leave office wealthier than on the day he takes the oath of office.  We don't live in a just world, alas, and the rags-to-riches life stories of more than a few U.S. senators strain credulity.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, once an officer of the Capitol Police, joined the ranks of multimillionaires during his four decades on the public payroll.  He says he's a good investor, and no doubt he is, but the watchdog group Cause of Action wants the Senate Ethics Committee to inquire as to whether and how he used his office to pad his campaign war chest.

Harry Reid on the hot seat: Ethics probe demanded by watchdog group.  A conservative-leaning watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint against Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, accusing him of violating the chamber's code of conduct by pushing to help a politically connected Las Vegas casino project get visas for foreign investors.  The complaint, filed with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics by Cause of Action, is based in part on a Washington Times investigation last year.

Reid Supporter Whittemore Gets 2 Years in Campaign Cash Case.  Ex-Nevada power broker Harvey Whittemore admitted he was "arrogant and naive" but insisted "I'm not greedy" before a judge sentenced him Monday to two years in prison for funneling more than $130,000 in illegal campaign funds to Sen. Harry Reid's re-election committee in 2007.

Harvey Whittemore gets 2 years in prison; appeal promised.  Calling the case "an incredibly criminal, intentional act," a federal judge on Monday [9/30/2013] sentenced fallen Nevada power broker Harvey Whittemore to two years in prison and fined the former multimillionaire $100,000 for using family and employees to make illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Harry Reid: I did not take a bribe.  Jeremy Johnson claims that he agreed to pay Reid $600,000 in 2010 to make a federal investigation go away.  "The truth is the worst thing I think I've done was I paid money knowing it was going to influence Harry Reid," Johnson told the Salt Lake Tribune.  "So I've felt all along that I've committed bribery of some sort there."  Reid denies the accusation.

Reid Denies Role in Attempt to Block Federal Investigation.  Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson, who pled guilty last week to charges of bank fraud and money laundering, is claiming he made a deal in 2010 to pay Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada $600,000 to stop a federal investigation into Johnson's business.

Democratic Party Becomes Party Of Corruption.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was accused of bribery last weekend, while two Obama Cabinet officials are leaving amid a trail of broken laws and squandered cash. Which, again, is the party of corruption?

Indicted UT Businessman Links Harry Reid To Bribery Attempt.  Embattled St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson says new Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped broker a deal in 2010 in which Johnson believed he was to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid $600,000 to make a federal investigation into Johnson's company go away.

Why can't Senator Reid be forced to submit a budget?  It's the law of the land that the Senate must submit a budget by April 15, but the last time Harry Reid was in compliance was 2009.  Why isn't Reid being punished for being a budget scofflaw?

Why can't Republicans enforce law against Harry Reid?  The answer is the law requiring Congress to pass an annual budget, the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, doesn't have an enforcement mechanism.  Lawmakers are required by law to pass a budget each year by April 15, but there's no provision to punish them, or even slightly inconvenience them, if they don't.  In Reid's case, the Senate last passed a budget in April 2009, 1,351 days ago as of Wednesday [1/9/2013].

What Crime Has Harry Reid Committed?  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.

Harry Reid's Son Representing Chinese Solar Panel Plant in $5 Billion Nevada Deal.  The son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rory Reid, is the primary representative for ENN Energy Group, a Chinese energy company seeking to build a $5 billion solar panel plant on a 9,000-acre Clark County desert plot in Laughlin, Nevada.  ENN scored big when Clark County commissioners unanimously voted to sell the Chinese company the public land for just $4.5 million, despite the fact that it was appraised at $38.6 million.

Green Energy Cronyism: Harry Reid using political power to enrich his son's client.  For years, I have been saying that green energy is the place to look if you're looking for tales of cronyism, corruption, and corporate welfare.  It has all the elements: profits dependent on subsidies, customers that are often government-protected monopolies, deep involvement of finance types ranging from Goldman Sachs to politically connected VC, PE, and hedge funds.  And Harry Reid.

How Did Harry Reid Get Rich?  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 OpenSecrets.org.

Harry Reid Must Be Scrutinized in Berkley Ethics Investigation.  The consensus is in: Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV) is in serious trouble in her Senate race against Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV).  That's because yesterday [7/9/2012], the House Ethics Committee voted unanimously to open an investigation into Berkley's support for subsidies and tax breaks for the kidney health care industry, which directly benefitted her husband, a nephrologist who runs a kidney health center. [...] But there was one person who wasn't too concerned about Berkley's investigation:  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).  At least not publicly.

E-mail shows illegal activity in Reid's campaign.  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.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Christmas list should outrage all Americans.  Incidentally, Reid says this is the accepted norm for politics — wheeling and dealing conducted in backrooms.  It's also the very sort of thing Obama promised to fight.  Now, by pressing this bill forward, he has given tacit approval of what we might call shenanigans if they didn't reek so strongly of outright corruption.

Harry Reid Slapped With Ethics Complaint.  At issue is over $100,000 of campaign contributions made by Nevada defense contractor Arcata Associates to both Reid and the Nevada Democrat Party.  The small Nevada defense firm recently had a program terminated by the Department of Defense which was subsequently reinstated via an earmark request by Reid.

Harry Reid Can't Bleed.  Democrats across America are measuring the drapes for the majority in the House and the Senate, preparing to swear in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  One of their major talking points this year has been the Republican majority's "culture of corruption." … The Democratic National Committee even had a page on their website devoted to the "Republican Culture of Corruption."  But that "Culture of Corruption" page on the DNC home page has disappeared.  Something funny happened on the way to the polls this year.  The Democrats have shown they have their own contemporary ethical problems.

Senator's expenses questioned.  Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has been using campaign funds instead of his personal money to pay Christmas bonuses for the support staff at the Ritz-Carlton, where he lives in an upscale condominium.  Federal election law bars candidates from converting political donations for personal use.

Reid Decides to Amend Ethics Reports.  Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid announced Monday [10/16/2006] he is amending his ethics reports to Congress to more fully account for a land deal that allowed him to collect $1.1 million for property he hadn't personally owned for three years.  Reid acted several days after The Associated Press reported the senator didn't disclose to Congress that he first sold the land to a friend's company back in 2001 and took an ownership stake in the company.

Reid Land Deal Not Sexy Enough for Front Page.  The news that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) failed to disclose a land deal that earned him $700,000 — three years after he sold the land to a friend's company — isn't "sexy" enough for front page news, according to one political analyst.

Reid Accepted Free Boxing Tickets While a Related Bill Was Pending.  Senate Democratic Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) accepted free ringside tickets from the Nevada Athletic Commission to three professional boxing matches while that state agency was trying to influence him on federal regulation of boxing. … In an interview Thursday [5/25/2006] in his Capitol office, Reid defended his decisions to accept the tickets and to take several actions benefiting former lobbyist Jack Abramoff's clients and partners as they donated to him.

Update:
Reid says he won't accept free tickets.  Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid learned that what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas after all.


Representative Emanuel Cleaver

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver Earmarks $48 Billion to Pal.  Liberal Rep. Emanuel Cleaver proposed a whopping $48 billion earmark that would redistribute wealth to the inner cities and [give] money to the poor and thereby produce a much larger consumer class to buy the goods and services produced in this country. ... The $48 billion would go to Cleaver's friend, a gentleman named Lamar Mickens, president of the not-for-profit Quality Day Campus who runs the organization out of his Kansas City home.

Now for his side of the story...
Cleaver: I did not propose $48 billion earmark.  "Anybody up here who requests $48 billion should be impeached," Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri Democrat, told me when I asked him about reports that he proposed a $48 billion ear mark in the House spending bill.

The Editor says...
It doesn't matter if it's $48 billion or $48 million or $48 thousand or $48.  What matters is that it appears to be an attempt on the part of a Congressman to take the taxpayers' money and give it to his friends.

Bank of America Files $1.5 Million Suit Against Deadbeat Lawmaker Emanuel Cleaver.  Bank of America filed a $1.5 million suit against the head of Congressional Black Caucus this week for repayment of a delinquent 2002 loan.

Rep. Cleaver faces Bank of America suit, but could be bailed out by taxpayers.  Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), who is facing a lawsuit for failing to pay down a 2002 Bank of America loan that he used to buy a car wash in Missouri, could have a good chunk of the $1.5 million he owes paid off by taxpayers.  According to the Kansas City Star, the Small Business Administration (SBA) backed about three-quarters of Cleaver's 2002 loan, which means that if the loan goes bad, the SBA could pay off $1.1 million of that debt.

Taxpayers To Foot Bill for Rep. Cleaver's Car Wash.  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, owes up to $1.5 million to Bank of America, thanks to a loan he took out to buy a car wash.  So what, you ask?  You're paying for it.




New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin

Feds closing in on Ray Nagin.  A businessman pleaded guilty Wednesday [12/5/2012] to plotting to bribe an unidentified former New Orleans public official in a case that appears to be linked to a federal probe of former Mayor Ray Nagin.

Ray Nagin is focus of federal grand jury probe.  A federal grand jury is investigating whether city vendors gave former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin gratuities ranging from plane tickets to materials and equipment for his family's granite-countertop business and also helped the firm land an exclusive installation deal with a retailing giant while Nagin was in office, according to several sources close to the probe.

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin Indicted for Katrina Fraud.  I'm still waiting for the indictment of the media for its fraudulent Katrina reporting which depicted the hurricane aftermath as Mad Max on water, while refusing to report on the disastrous aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  Mayor Ray "Chocolate City" Nagin attacked Bush for not doing enough for New Orleans, but he was doing alright for himself.

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin charged with taking bribes, travel perks from city contractors.  On Friday [1/18/2013], the former mayor was indicted on charges he lined his pockets with bribe money, payoffs and gratuities while the chronically poor city struggled to recover from Hurricane Katrina's punishing blow.

Ray Nagin, former New Orleans mayor, charged with taking bribes while in office.  A federal grand jury charged former Mayor Ray Nagin Friday with 21 counts of corruption, including six counts of bribery, one count of conspiracy, one count of money laundering, nine counts of deprivation of honest services through wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns, alleging that while in office, Nagin took cash bribes and gifts from two city contractors.  Nagin's long-expected indictment arrived more than two and a half years after he left City Hall and relocated to the Dallas area.

Former Mayor of New Orleans Is Charged in Sweeping Corruption Case.  C. Ray Nagin, the former mayor of this city who fulminated against the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina but became for many a symbol of the shortcomings of government himself, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday [1/18/2013] on 21 counts including conspiracy, bribery and money laundering.

Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years in prison for public corruption.  Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced on Wednesday [7/9/2014] to 10 years in federal prison.  Nagin, 58, the two-term mayor who was the face of the city during Hurricane Katrina, joins a list of Louisiana elected officials convicted of misdeeds.  He is New Orleans' first mayor to be convicted and sent to prison for public corruption.  Nagin is set to report to prison on Sept. 8.  He could serve his term at a minimum security federal detention center in Oakdale, a city in central Louisiana.

Ray Nagin, corrupt ex-New Orleans mayor, sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.  A disgraced New Orleans politician is going from the Big Easy to the Big House.  Former Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison after being convicted earlier this year on 20 counts of bribery, money laundering, fraud and tax evasion.  The two-term mayor, who left office in 2010, was sentenced on the lighter side, said U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan.

Prison Is Just A Résumé Builder For Democrats.  Look for a Ray Nagin presidential run in 15-20 years, depending on the parole board.




Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's Campaign Disbursed Nearly $10K For Super Bowl Tickets.  The campaign of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee disbursed nearly $10,000 of its funds for Super Bowl LI tickets, according to Federal Election Commission filings.  This year's Super Bowl between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots, which took place on Feb. 5, was held at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.  Jackson Lee represents Texas's 18th Congressional District, which includes most of the central Houston area.  The congresswoman's campaign committee is shown to have made two separate transactions pertaining to Super Bowl tickets days before and after the event.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee confuses Wikipedia with WikiLeaks.  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, denounced the wrong website on Friday [10/21/2016] for releasing thousands of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta.  "You know that I'm going to first of all denounce the utilization of this intrusion by Wikipedia through the Russian intrusion," Jackson Lee said in an interview with MSNBC on Friday.  "This is what it's about.  Espionage just like what was said over these last couple of days.  We need to be concerned about the intrusion of Russia and Putin in these elections."

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee claims Constitution is 400 years old.  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat representing Texas, suggested during a recent address to congressional colleagues that the Constitution and the American system of governance has lasted about 400 years — insinuating that our guiding legal document was signed around 1614.  Her statements, as picked up [by] The Washington Free Beacon:  "Maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman and others, for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years, operating under a Constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not."

The Editor says...
If the Constitution "clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not," why do Sheila Jackson Lee's fellow Democrats claim is there a constitutional right to abortion, same-sex marriage, affirmative action, food stamps, Social Security, subsidized housing, education, medical insurance, and guaranteed employment?  None of that is mentioned in the Constitution.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's Staff Threatens Taxpayer For Asking About Her Impeachment Claims.  Congressional approval ratings are at a historic low, and after what has happened over the course of the last twenty four hours — I can see why.  On the House floor Wednesday [7/30/2014], longtime Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee made the startling claim that "We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had the authority."  These are the moments when you say "Really?"  The problem here is that Rep. Lee lied to the American People inside the People's House.  Good thing for her that when you make speeches on the floor of the House of Representatives you are not under oath or under the threat of perjury.

Democrat Election Fraud Openly Running Rampant.  Aided by Socialist Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and a George Soros funded group, WND advises that poll watchers are being threatened with, amongst other things, Obama's DOJ:  "Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who was seen inside the polling location electioneering and threatening to turn a poll-watcher's name to the Department of Justice for voter intimidation."  Note:  It appears that Michele Obama is not the only Marxist Democrat who is now allowed to illegally electioneer.

The Left's Voter Fraud Whitewash.  Denial isn't just a river in Egypt.  It's the Democrats' coping mechanism for midterm election voter fraud.  Faced with multiple reports of early voting irregularities and election shenanigans across the country, left-wing groups are playing dumb, deaf and blind.  Voter fraud?  What voter fraud?  More cunningly, these organizations are seeking to marginalize complaints about election integrity by casting citizen watchdog efforts as racist "scare tactics."

The Democrats' Final Recourse:  Massive Vote Fraud.  Boulder City, NV resident Joyce Ferrara says that when she and several others went to vote for Sharon Angle, they found that Senator Harry Reid's name was already checked off.  In Dallas County, TX's congressional district 30, Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson's name was the only one on the ballot in a few locations (no, she isn't running unopposed).  And some states have been late in mailing out military absentee ballots, whose recipients, interestingly, are known for their Republican leanings.  These happenings are generally referred to as "mistakes" and "glitches," but if that's all they are, then we're witnessing a truly historic anomaly.  Because either the mainstream media is now suppressing stories of mistakes and glitches benefiting Republicans, or the laws of probability have suddenly been rescinded and tossed coins are coming up donkey tails every time.

Poll Watcher Witnesses Misconduct in Houston.  We are hearing stories about voter fraud and leftist shenanigans from all over.  For instance, watch this video of a poll watcher's story about what she has seen during early voting in Houston, Texas.  This is eyewitness testimony to voter fraud in the form of a poll worker casting votes on behalf of voters...

On the Road With the King Street Patriots of Houston, Texas.  The left is in high dudgeon here in the 18th Congressional District in Houston, Texas.  Democrat Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, a long-time left-winger, has held this seat since 1995 and she isn't going to go away quietly.  She is quite upset at the gall of a new conservative group that launched a poll watching effort in her district.

Texas Patriots Facing The Left's Smear Machine.  True The Vote made news early this month when initiative Chief Catherine Engelbrecht discovered that a former Service Employee International Union (SEIU) member had turned in over 23 thousand fraudulent voter registration cards.  Englebrecht and the King Streeters then decided that they would initiate a grassroots poll-watching effort to make sure that the election was fair and that all laws and regulations were properly observed. ... Engelbrecht and the King Streeters fanned out across Harris County to observe — and report if necessary — any improprieties they encountered at voting places, many in minority communities.  The reaction was quick and virulently negative.

More about leftist voter fraud.

Caution:  This article is replete with profanity.
Congressional bosses from Hell: Sheila Jackson Lee.  Capitol Hill is famous for its demanding, insensitive bosses.  Yet even by the harsh standards of Congress, Sheila Jackson Lee stands out.  She may be the worst boss in Washington.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and racial harassment laws.  Press coverage of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Tex., usually focuses on her megalomania ("'I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen,' Jackson-Lee once said"), her race-baiting (like claiming the Tea Party is an offshoot of the Ku Klux Klan, and that the government's response to Hurricane Katrina was racist), and her amazing ignorance (like not knowing that astronauts landed on the Moon, not Mars; and not knowing what happened in the Vietnam War).  But being a race-baiting megalomaniac is no crime.  It is against the law, however, to racially harass your employees.

Sheila Jackson Lee: Privatizing Airport Security Means Another 9/11.  Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee apparently believes that unless you have unionized government workers deemed as "officers" feeling you up at the airport, another 9-11 is on its way.  No surprise coming from the Congresswoman who is exempt from the invasive procedures the rest of us have to go through just to take a flight.

The Editor asks...
She's exempt from airport searches?  Really?  Why wasn't Senator Rand Paul exempt on January 23?

Report says Sheila Jackson Lee steered more than $5 million to husband's employer.  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) steered more than $5 million in tax dollars to the University of Houston, where her husband is an official.  The Washington Post revealed in an investigative report dubbed "Family Ties" that Jackson ensured her husband's university was well subsidized.

Washington Post: Sheila Jackson Lee steered millions to UH while husband worked there.  A Washington Post report says Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee steered millions of tax dollars to the university where her husband worked.  The report says Jackson Lee helped send more than $5 million to the University of Houston while her husband was vice president of student affairs.

Sheila Jackson Lee Burned in New Book.  A new book portrays well-dressed Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee as a "woman of a certain rage," and discusses her annoying habits and disrespectful attitude.

Sheila Jackson Lee Declares Rodney King a 'Great Philosopher'.  On Friday [6/8/2012] in response to a Fox News reporter's question about Obamacare, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), a University of Virginia Law graduate, invoked the name of Rodney King calling him a "great philosopher."  Not since Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) expressed concern that the addition of 8,000 service personnel and their families onto the island of Guam might cause it to tip over have Americans heard such moronic craziness.  Do we really pay the Queen of Racism $174,000 per year?

Sheila Jackson Lee blames Bush for Fast and Furious.  "This Fast and Furious debacle started under the Bush administration," Jackson Lee declared.  "And it is been evidenced by various reports that it started under the ATL office in Arizona unbeknownst to leadership in Washington DC, at least leadership that came in under the Obama administration in this instance, Eric Holder."  Attempts by Democrats to pin the Fast and Furious operation on Bush, however, don't stand.

Finance filings show jet-setting on private groups' dime.  U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee traveled to Africa and Haiti last year on private groups' dime while a fellow Houston-area congressman, Ted Poe, stayed stateside. … Jackson Lee headed to Haiti in October as part of what the sponsor, The Institute of the Black World 21st Century, billed as a pilgrimage to bring economic revival to Milot, a town located at the base of a mountaintop fortress.

Congressional bully pushes anti-bullying legislation.  The congresswoman known for giving her staffers profanity-laced nicknames, throwing temper tantrums and, at times, throwing objects, has introduced anti-bullying legislation.  In March 2011, The Daily Caller ran an expose of Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's treatment of her staff, complete with tears, shouting, waiting, cursing and quitting (Jackson Lee has one of the highest turnovers on Capitol Hill).

By All Means, Let's Waste Money We Don't Have on Sheila Jackson Lee's Anti-Bullying Bill.  We're borrowing from China to deal with bullies on American schoolyards. [...] Democrats have no credibility on the subject of bullying, full stop.  Without bullying, they would hardly win any elections.  "Bullying is not just a schoolyard anymore, it is a crisis that's taking over our nation," she [Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee] said.  Yeah, it took over our nation in 2008.

Joe Biden's Gaffes Call For A Thorough Neurological Examination.  [Scroll down]  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) proclaimed on the House floor that "victory had been achieved" by the United States in the Vietnam war and that, "[t]oday, we have two Vietnams; side-by-side, North and South, exchanging and working.  We may not agree with all that North Vietnam is doing, but they are living in peace."  The reality is, of course, that since the withdrawal of the United States in 1975 — three years after Lee graduated from college (with a degree in Political Science) — what used to be North and South Vietnam have been united under a single communist government.  Rep. Lee is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.  It was also Rep. Lee who during a visit to the Jet Propulsion Lab asked a NASA scientist whether the Mars Pathfinder probe had photographed the flag that astronaut Neil Armstrong had left behind in 1969.

Shelia Jackson Lee warns 'rights' would be cut by Romney.  On MSNBC's Tuesday [9/4/2012] coverage of the Democratic National Convention, Texas Democratic Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee warned that social and civil rights could be denied for "promises" of economic rights if Mitt Romney defeats President Barack Obama in November.

Systemic Medicare Fraud Under Houston's Sheila Jackson Lee.  Will Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee have to distance herself from Houston's Riverside General Hospital now that top administrators have been caught in a major Medicare fraud scam?  Last week's roundup makes me wonder why the Obama administration is cracking down on Medicare/Medicaid fraud in the first place.  Aren't they the ones shelling out hundreds of millions to their Solyndra-like cronies with no consequences?

Politicizing other people's grief:
House Dem: 'Turn in your guns'.  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) on Wednesday afternoon urged people to turn in their guns, arguing it would be an appropriate response to last week's mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Bless her heart...
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Claims to be a 'Freed Slave,' Opposes All Government Spending Cuts.  Our Houston dynamo's understanding of economics, and history, needs a little work.  "I stand here as a freed slave because this Congress came together.  Are we going to be able to do it today to free America?"  Congress didn't "come together" to free the slaves.  Southern members of Jackson Lee's Democratic Party seceded from the union to preserve slavery, triggering a civil war.  Republican President Abe Lincoln freed the slaves, in whose number Lee never numbered as she was born nearly a century too late, via the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

Sheila Jackson-Lee: "Don't Condemn the Gangbangers. Blame the Guns.".  You have to ask yourself, how did this woman ever get elected to Congress?

Congresswoman's Round-the-World Trip Cost Taxpayers $23K.  The House Judiciary Committee reported Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, traveled around the world on an official trip in February that cost $23,646.  The Feb. 16-22 trip on commercial flights was to Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Black caucus member to GOP: 'You all do not care about the 47 percent'.  As lawmakers began debating the rules of debate on the bill, more liberal Democrats and members of the CBC lined up to read similar messages of opposition, saying that the new farm bill "hurts the children of America" or "increases hunger in America."  "Is this what you call compassionate conservatism?" Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) asked at one point.  CBC member Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said stripping food stamps from farm bill constituted the "ripping apart of our literal hearts."

Judge: Discrimination suit against Rep. Jackson Lee can proceed.  A judge has refused to dismiss a federal lawsuit accusing Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of discriminating against and mocking a disabled staffer — charges the Texas Democrat denies.  The two-year old suit, first reported by The Washington Times in 2011, was filed by former legislative director Mona Floyd, who declined to comment Tuesday [10/22/2013].  Ms. Floyd said in court papers that Mrs. Jackson Lee, a 10-term congresswoman from Houston, refused to accommodate her debilitating eye condition called monocular vision.

Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee Calls for Martial Law.  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is not known for being the sharpest tool in the shed.  She has said some pretty outrageous things in the past, most recently referring to herself as a 'freed slave'.  She's also known for being a far left, Obama defending, Progressive hack.  In addition, she came under fire for her atrocious treatment of her staff which led some to deem her the 'boss from hell'.  But, none of this compares to what Jackson Lee said on the floor of the House on Monday [10/7/2013].

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: Change the Word 'Welfare' to 'Transitional Living Fund'.  In a brief speech on the House floor Wednesday [1/8/2014], Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) hailed the war on poverty, endorsed government welfare programs, and said the "safety net has to be something for all of us."  "Maybe the word welfare should be changed to something of, 'a transitional living fund.'  For that is what it is — for people to be able to live," she said.

Change the Name to Change the Game.  While most see 1984 as a condemnation of massive state control, Progressive Democrats apparently look at it as sort of a user's manual.  Well, at least as far as the nomenclature used to describe government actions is concerned.  Think of Orwell's newspeak.  For instance, we don't have wars any more.  No, no.  We have "overseas contingency operations."  There is no longer any terrorism in the world.  That has been replaced by "man-caused disasters." [...] Sheila Jackson Lee must have brushed up on her Orwell just before the speech because she recommended a change in the term "welfare" to the phrase "a transitional living fund."

Democratic congresswoman boasts her new group's 'number one agenda' is to draft executive orders to help Obama circumvent Congress.  A top Democratic congresswoman from Texas boasted recently that a new 'Full Employment Caucus' of liberal lawmakers in Washington will make its 'number one agenda' providing the White House with ready-made executive orders that President Barack Obama can use to implement his agenda without seeking the approval of Republicans in Congress.  Sheila Jackson Lee, a far-left legislator who has served in Congress since 1995, said during a Jan. 29 press conference the new caucus will be working to 'give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength.'

Rep. Jackson Lee: 'We'll Give President Obama a Number of Executive Orders'.  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) says that the newly launched Congressional Full Employment Caucus will "give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign."  Jackson Lee made the statement while gathered with Democrats on January 29th to announce the establishment of the Full Employment Caucus.

New Congressional Caucus Wants To Make Law Illegally.  A new caucus believes its chief purpose is to provide the president with executive orders to sign.  That's not lawmakers' job, but in today's Washington, constitutional limits seem to mean little.  Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of the Congressional Full Employment Caucus says "we'll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength.  "I think that should be our number one agenda," she said.  "Let's write up these executive orders — draft them, of course — and ask the president to stand with us on full employment."

Sheila Jackson Lee: 'Be prepared' for immigration protests.  During a House panel hearing on asylum fraud, Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee warned her committee colleagues to "be prepared" for immigration protests. [...] At the beginning of the hearing, pro-immigration reform protesters shouted, "Citizenship now! Families together!" at lawmakers in the chamber before they were escorted out of the hearing room.  Reform Immigration FOR America and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement claimed credit for the disruption.

Meet Some Obamacare Navigators at Jackson Lee Event in Houston.  Houston residents will have an opportunity to meet some of Obamacare's mysterious navigators at a "Rock-Enroll" party tomorrow in Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's (D-Texas) district.  The navigators have been a key point of Republican criticism against the healthcare law's rollout.  "This is reported, interestingly enough, that in California with the so-called navigators, the people who are the certified navigators, over 40 of them are convicted criminals," Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said on the floor this week.  "Forty convicted criminals were hired and certified, certified, to be navigators in California in spite of the fact that people are being asked to give personal information, health information, financial information, to these navigators."  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said those reports "confirm my worst fears."

Obviously a public school student.
Sheila Jackson Lee Thinks the Constitution is 400 Years Old.  "Maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman and others, for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years, operating under a constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not," she said.

Sheila Jackson-Lee, performance artist?  Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee is at it again, this time claiming that the Constitution is 400 years old.

America's Dumbest Congresswoman?  Anyone who can't guess the age of the Constitution to within a century and a half and who habitually addresses a staffer as "you stupid m*****f*****" should probably be run out of office.  Fortunately for Sheila Jackson Lee, she's a Democrat, so she has no worries.

The Editor says...
I don't find her statements terribly alarming, because unfortunately Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee really does represent the residents of her district.

Dem wears flip-flops to House floor.  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee sporting a pair of white flip-flops with her pearls while on the House floor on Monday [9/8/2014].  While the Texas Democrat was all business on top — wearing a red suit jacket with a black and white scarf and pearl necklace — she was ready to hit the beach on the bottom, with her toe-baring shoes.  The House feed on C-SPAN did not capture the summer recess-worthy thongs.

Jackson Lee: GOP Opposition to Immigration Action 'an Insult to the American People's Intellect'.  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said the GOP is delivering "an insult to the American people's intellect" through its opposition to immigration reform.  Jackson Lee, the ranking member on the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee, rallied with local leaders in Houston on Sunday for President Obama's promised executive action on immigration.  The congresswoman argued that schools, hospitals, the arts, businesses and families were suffering because Congress hadn't passed comprehensive immigration reform.

Sheila Jackson Lee: 'Selfish' for America to Deny Illegals Amnesty, Work Permits.  On Tuesday [11/18/2014], Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said President Barack Obama's forthcoming unilateral action on immigration is not "amnesty" and declared that America would be "selfish" to deny illegal immigrants temporary work permits and amnesty.  Speaking on the House floor, Jackson Lee, who handed out candy to illegal immigrant juveniles this summer at detention centers, mentioned that Texas has 1.3 [sic] illegal immigrants and said she loves "living in a country that is known around the world for its humanitarian generosity."




Jon Corzine
Former US Senator from New Jersey


Former Dem Lawmaker Jon Corzine, MF Global Colleagues Reach $64.5M Settlement.  Jon Corzine, a former Democratic New Jersey senator and governor, agreed with fellow former directors and officers at MF Global Holdings to settle an investor lawsuit for $64.5 million, NJ.com reported.  In reaching the settlement, Corzine, who assumed the position of CEO at MF Global in 2010 and weathered the firm's bankruptcy proceedings until it eventually collapsed, and his fellow executives will resolve allegations made by investors that they made false claims about MF Global's control and liquidity in company filings.

Covering for Corzine.  It has been a year since trading firm MF Global — run by ex-Goldman Sachs CEO and Democratic New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine — collapsed, taking $1.6 billion in client funds with it.  Which raises interesting questions:  [starting with] Why has there been so little movement in the criminal probe of the collapse?

Why Is Jon Corzine Still at Liberty?  Jon Corzine, epitome of the .01%, former head of Goldman Sachs, former U.S. senator and governor of New Jersey:  why is he still at liberty?  Why is he padding about dispensing ridiculous economic advice to terminally credulous politicians like Joe Biden ("The first thing we did was call Jon Corzine," said our vice president within weeks of taking office). ... Who is more repulsive, Senator Corzine or Vice President Biden?  I'm not sure we have instruments accurate enough to measure that.

Friday News Dump: MF Corzine Actually Lost $1.6 Billion.  Hey, what's another $400 million when you're a well-connected liberal Democrat?

$600 million missing at MF Global.  A government regulator said in court Wednesday [11/2/2011] that roughly $600 million is missing from the books of bankrupt brokerage MF Global.  The firm, headed by former New Jersey governor and Goldman Sachs CEO Jon Corzine, filed for Chapter 11 protection on Monday following a panic from investors over its holdings of risky European debt.

Corzine, top Obama fundraiser, under FBI investigation.  Jon Corzine, now the center of an FBI investigation into the handling of hundreds of millions of dollars invested in his securities firm, was one of the leading Wall Street fundraisers for President Obama's campaign and suggested to investors that he might take a top administration post if the president were re-elected.

Corzine Out as Search for MF Global Funds Continues.  The missing customer money at MF Global is still missing.  On Friday [11/4/2011], funds from the bankrupt brokerage firm suddenly surfaced at JPMorgan Chase.  Washington and Wall Street, for a moment, were hopeful it was the money they had been searching for all week.  But then, just as quickly, nearly everyone agreed it was not the missing money, and the hunt was on again.

Corzine, cash & corruption.  New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine really has no shame.  Just hours after Bergen County's longtime Democratic machine boss, Joseph Ferriero, was convicted Thursday [10/22/2009] on three federal felony corruption counts — which could land him in prison for 20 years — New Jersey's governor proudly defended having written him personal checks totaling nearly a half-million dollars.  That's right:  Corzine, the Wall Street multimillionaire, and his family have funneled no less than $441,600 of their own money to keep Ferriero's arrogant political machine rolling.

Democratic Party Boss Convicted; Christie Accuses Corzine of Enabling Corruption.  Today a jury found Joe Ferriero, former chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization, guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud and two counts of mail fraud.  Guess how much money Jon Corzine and his family gave to Ferriero over the years?  $441,600.




Representative Laura Richardson

Democratic Rep Laura Richardson could face jail time for ethics violations.  New documents disclosed in a complaint from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) appear to show California Democrat Rep. Laura Richardson and her staff clearly violating congressional ethics rules and potentially federal law.  The documents show Richardson using official taxpayer resources for political events, including fundraisers.

House to launch ethics investigation of Rep. Laura Richardson.  The House Ethics Committee voted Thursday [11/3/2011] to launch an investigation into whether Rep. Laura Richardson pressured her congressional staff to work on her campaign, adding to her political troubles as she faces a tough reelection campaign next year.

Report: Ethics panel launches investigation into Rep. Richardson.  The House Ethics Committee announced on Friday [11/4/2011] that it has launched an investigation into Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.).  The investigative subcommittee is looking into whether the three-term lawmaker violated House rules and pressured her congressional staff to work on her campaign.  Richardson's investigation is the third probe into a black lawmaker that the secretive Ethics panel has launched this year.  Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) are also under investigation.

Rep. Laura Richardson charges ethics committee with discrimination.  Rep. Laura Richardson suggested Thursday [11/3/2011] that the House Ethics Committee is targeting non-white members of Congress following a decision by the committee to open an investigation into the California Democrat's conduct.  The committee voted unanimously Thursday to create an investigative subcommittee to probe complaints that Richardson threatened to dismiss members of her congressional staff if they did not work on her 2010 re-election campaign, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Rep. Richardson to Face Full Ethics Probe?  The House Ethics Committee may soon conduct a complete investigation of Congresswoman Laura Richardson (D-CA).  She has been under investigation for some time now for allegations that her staff undertook political activities while working on government time.  As reported this week by John Bresnahan in Politico, Ethics Committee staff members have been looking into potential Richardson violations since last year.

Ethics Committee finds Rep. Laura Richardson guilty on seven counts.  The House Ethics Committee issued a blistering report on Wednesday [8/1/2012] finding Rep. Laura Richardson guilty of improperly pressuring her official staff to campaign for her, destroying evidence and tampering with witness testimony.  In an unusually scathing 16-page report, the Ethics panel depicted the California Democrat as acting with "utter disdain" for the secretive committee, which Richardson has accused of evincing racist overtones in its investigation of black members.




Representative Alcee Hastings

Democrat Alcee Hastings Used $220,000 from Taxpayer Slush Fund to Pay Off and Settle Sexual Harassment Case.  Alcee Hastings, a far left Democrat from Florida used the tax payer funded slush fund to pay off a sexual harassment case made against him by a former staffer.  $220,000!  This is about three times the amount Republican Blake Farenthold used from that say tax payer slush fund to settle a similar claim.

Taxpayers Paid $220K to Settle Case Involving Rep. Alcee Hastings.  The Treasury Department paid $220,000 in a previously undisclosed agreement to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment that involved Florida Democrat Alcee L. Hastings, according to documents obtained by Roll Call.  Winsome Packer, a former staff member of a congressional commission that promotes international human rights, said in documents that the congressman touched her, made unwanted sexual advances, and threatened her job.  At the time, Hastings was the chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, where Packer worked.  Hastings has called Packer's charges "ludicrous" and in documents said he never sexually harassed her.

Democratic Lawmaker Maxes Out Congressional Salary for Girlfriend.  A Democratic lawmaker is paying his longtime girlfriend the maximum congressional staffer salary of $168,411, and she has collected more than $2.2 million working for him since 2000.  Rep. Alcee Hastings (D., Fla.) has employed his girlfriend, Patricia Williams, for more than 20 years.  Williams began working for Hastings as a staff assistant in 1993 and held this position until 2006.  She became his deputy district director in 2006 and currently works out of his district office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  Williams has been compensated handsomely for her work with Hastings, according to publicly-available information about congressional salaries on LegiStorm.

Clinton Pardoned Hastings's Co-Conspirator.   — The convicted felon who went to jail rather than testify against Alcee Hastings.

Conservative group files suit against Rep. Hastings.  Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest group, filed suit Monday against Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) on behalf a former female employee who claims she was sexually harassed by the Democrat.  In the lawsuit, a former staffer on the United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, Winsome Packer, alleges she was the victim of "unwelcome sexual advances" and "unwelcome touching" by then-chairman Hastings.

Rep. Alcee Hastings is now facing an ethics investigation.  Reaffirming the ongoing perception that sex scandals and Congress go together like bacon and eggs, Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings is now facing an ethics investigation over allegations of sexual harassment.  A congressional ethics panel investigation into the Florida congressman is in its early stages.  The inquiry reportedly began after Judicial Watch filed a law suit on behalf of a former female employee who was the alleged victim of Hasting's "unwelcome sexual advances," "unwelcome touching" and "retaliation."

Alcee Hastings faces congressional ethics probe.  Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings faces a House ethics investigation over sexual harassment charges made by a female former member of his staff.  An inquiry by the Office of Congressional Ethics began at least a month ago, Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, the conservative group that recently filed a lawsuit against Hastings on the charges, told POLITICO on Wednesday [6/22/2011].

Florida Lawmaker Faces Ethics Review.  A congressional ethics panel is investigating allegations that Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings sexually harassed a member of his staff, according to people familiar with the matter.  The investigation of Mr. Hastings is being conducted by the Office of Congressional Ethics, the House's independent ethics investigative arm, and it is at a preliminary stage.

Rep. Alcee Hastings (Democrat) Faces Sexual Harassment Charges.  I'm sure feminist Nancy Pelosi will jump right in and declare that Hastings should resign for the good of the People.

Did someone mention Nancy "drain the swamp" Pelosi?

Office of Congressional Ethics: 'Probable Cause' to Believe Rep. Hastings Sexually Harassed JW Client Winsome Packer.  Last week brought a stunning development in Judicial Watch's efforts to hold Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) accountable for sexually harassing Winsome Packer when they were both involved in the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, known as the Helsinki Commission.  (Hastings was the chairman and Ms. Packer was his employee).  The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) has concluded there is "probable cause" to believe Hastings "violated House rules, standards of conduct and federal law."




Representative David Wu

Rep. Wu Talks with Pelosi about Sex Allegation.  Congressman David Wu is facing calls for his resignation over a young woman's reported accusation that she had an "unwanted sexual encounter" with the Democrat three weeks after his election victory in November.

Pressure mounts for Oregon Rep. David Wu to resign.  U.S. Rep. David Wu spoke briefly to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi by telephone Saturday [7/23/2011] after Pelosi's meeting at the White House to discuss the federal debt ceiling.

Report: Rep. Wu accused of 'unwanted sexual encounter'.  Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) has been accused of having an "unwanted sexual encounter" with a young woman, the Oregonian reported Friday [7/22/2011].

Rep. Wu to Resign Following Accusations Over Sexual Encounter.  Democratic Rep. David Wu, facing eroding support from his party, plans to resign following allegations that he had a forced sexual encounter with a young woman last year.  The Oregon congressman said Tuesday [7/26/2011] that he would step down pending "resolution" of the debt-ceiling crisis.

David Wu resigns.  Democratic Rep. David Wu (Ore.) resigned from the House on Tuesday, just days after news broke that Wu had been accused of having an "unwanted sexual encounter" with a teenage girl.

Rep. David Wu could be eligible for $1M in pension, benefits.  Rep. David Wu could be eligible for pension and benefits worth more than $1 million in his lifetime, according to an analysis by the National Taxpayers Union.  Wu, D-Ore., first elected in 1998, announced Tuesday [7/26/2011] he will leave Congress.

A fitting end for Wu and his entourage.  [Scroll down]  No, I haven't forgotten that Bob Packwood was a red-blooded Republican, but his transgressions don't belong in the same conversation with the sordid adventures of Wu and fellow Democrats Sam Adams and Neil Goldschmidt.

A fitting end for Wu and his entourage.  [Scroll down]  No, I haven't forgotten that Bob Packwood was a red-blooded Republican, but his transgressions don't belong in the same conversation with the sordid adventures of Wu and fellow Democrats Sam Adams and Neil Goldschmidt.




Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Rep. Rodney Davis' bill would end Jesse Jackson Jr. workers' comp pay.  Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., is filing a bill on Wednesday [5/17/2017] to ban former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., from collecting about $100,000 a year in workers' compensation — for an unspecified job-related injury — because he was convicted of looting his campaign fund.  "We want to make sure that anybody convicted of a crime, be that Congressman Jackson or any member of Congress, is not able to submit a claim for workers' compensation at the same time," Davis told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Jackson Jr. copped to another possible crime, said he'd help feds.  While on home detention in 2015 for looting his campaign fund, former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. told prosecutors of other possible crimes "by him and others" and offered to secretly record conversations as part of a federal investigation, according to a Justice Department letter obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.  "Mr. Jackson has informed the government of potential violations of law by him and others," reads the Aug. 16, 2015, letter from Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel C. Richenthal in Manhattan to Jackson attorney John Colette.

Jesse Jackson Jr. says he and wife are $1.8 million in debt.  Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. on Tuesday [3/21/2017] said he and his estranged wife Sandi Jackson are $1.8 million in debt thanks to legal bills from their federal criminal prosecution and mounting fees from an acrimonious divorce playing out in courtrooms in two cities.

Jesse Jackson Jr. gets about $138.4K in annual benefits.  Records from former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s divorce case show the government has given him large benefit checks after he served time in prisons for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign fund.  Jackson receives about $138,400 annually, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Jesse Jr further disgraces Chicago and himself.  Last week the Chicago Tribune reported that Jackson, who served 22 months in prison for looting his campaign fund to purchase luxury goods and celebrity memorabilia, including items related to Bruce Lee and Michael Jackson, is collecting $138,000 in government benefits, including $100,000 in workers compensation for suffering from bipolar disorder and depression, which he is only entitled to if Junior's job caused those ailments.  And that is what his lawyer claims.  The $100K is not taxable while the remainder of his government cache, which comes from Social Security disability payments, is taxable.

Ethics panel extends Jackson probe.  The House Ethics Committee announced Friday [12/2/2011] that it needs more time to complete its review of ethics charges stemming from allegations that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) acted improperly in seeking appointment to President Obama's former Senate seat in 2009.

Ethics Committee decision may haunt Rep. Jackson reelection bid.  The House Ethics Committee will decide in less than three weeks whether to formally investigate Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) over allegations that he tried to improperly obtain President Obama's former Senate seat.  The secretive Ethics panel's decision — set to be made by Dec. 2 — could put the nine-term Illinois lawmaker in a highly precarious and dangerous position leading into his heated March 20 primary election.

Blago Gets 14 Years; Ethics Committee Must Now Act on Jesse Jackson, Jr.  Yesterday, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison for, among other things, attempting to "sell" the US Senate seat that was once held by President Barack Obama.  Blagojevich's punishment comes on the heels of the U.S. House Ethics Committee's decision to continue its investigation into Congressman Jesse Jackson's role in the same scheme.

Case of Jesse Jackson, Jr. is Test for House Ethics Commitee.  Last week, the United States House of Representatives Ethics Committee voted to end its temporary deferral of a case against Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL).  The US Justice Department had requested the deferral but has since withdrawn that request.  The case had been deferred for over two years.

Rep. Jackson may face new Ethics probe.  The House Ethics Committee could be probing a second allegation that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) broke House rules, according to the Chicago lawmaker.  Jackson, speaking before the Chicago Tribune's editorial board on Monday [2/6/2012], vehemently denied any wrongdoing, saying that a campaign donor's purchase of a plane ticket for a woman he had an extramarital affair with, though at his behest, did not break the chamber's rules.

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2011.  The House Ethics Committee announced on December 2, 2011, that it will continue its investigation into allegations that "Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. or someone acting on his behalf offered to raise campaign cash for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for a Senate appointment in 2008.  The committee also released an initial report from the Office of Congressional Ethics that said there was "probable cause" to believe that Jackson either directed a third party or had knowledge of a third party's effort to convince the since-convicted Blagojevich to appoint Jackson Jr. in exchange for campaign cash.  The evidence suggests Jackson, Jr. attempted to bribe his way into the U.S. Senate.

What happened to all that talk about draining the swamp, Nancy?
Pelosi endorses Rep. Jackson for reelection.  Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) has endorsed Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), whose reelection bid has been plagued by an ethics investigation.  Pelosi joins President Obama and several other top Democrats in their endorsement of the Chicago lawmaker as he goes up against former Democratic Rep. Debbie Halvorson (Ill.) in a fierce primary battle next month.

Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2011.  [Scroll down]  The House Ethics Committee announced on December 2, 2011, that it will continue its investigation into allegations that "Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. or someone acting on his behalf offered to raise campaign cash for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for a Senate appointment in 2008. [...] The evidence suggests Jackson, Jr. attempted to bribe his way into the U.S. Senate.

New wrinkle in timing of Jackson Jr.'s announcement.  The timing of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s announcement on Monday [6/25/2012] that he had begun a medical leave of absence two weeks earlier has taken on new significance.  Frank Watkins, his Washington spokesman, said the news was released just before 5 p.m. Central Time on Monday.  Five p.m. that day was the deadline for independent candidates to file nomination papers with the State Board of Elections for a spot on the ballot for the November election for the seat, said Rupert Borgsmiller, the board's executive director.

Did Looming Indictment Trigger Jackson Jr.'s "Mood Disorder"?  Could it be that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., a member of Judicial Watch's Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians list, is suddenly suffering from a "mood disorder" because he's on the verge of getting criminally indicted?  After all, the feds have been breathing down the Illinois Democrat's neck — and he's the target of a House Ethics Committee probe — for participating in a political scandal involving President Obama's old U.S. Senate seat.  Details first surfaced during the 2010 federal corruption trial of impeached/convicted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

World's smallest violin playing for Jesse Jackson Jr.  If you thought that Jesse Jackson Jr. had an easy life, growing up the son of a multimillionaire racism entrepreneur, with a seat in Congress virtually handed to him on a platter because of his father's position in Chicago black politics, think again.  It turns out, according to his mommy, that he has had a life of "enormous disappointment."  Poor Jesse!  Poor mommy, too, for now it turns out, according the Jacqueline Jackson, that she was "tricked" into speaking out publicly about her son's years of disappointment.

By the way, Jesse Jackson Jr. is still in hiding.  I realize it doesn't matter that Jesse Jackson Jr. has been in hiding for almost 6 weeks, because not only is he a Democrat, but his name is Jesse Jackson.  We're supposed to accept the explanation that he feels sad inside — sorry, he has a "mood disorder" — and his constituents don't deserve any further explanation for why he's not doing his job.

Report: Jackson allegedly improperly used campaign money to decorate home.  U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign finances are the subject of a federal probe after the congressman allegedly improperly used campaign money to decorate his home, according to a new report.

Report: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. nearing plea deal, jail time.  Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s 17-year career in Congress is coming to an end, and he will likely spend some time in jail as a result of a plea bargain, according to WBBM-TV2, Chicago's CBS News affiliate.  Former federal prosecutor Dan Webb is negotiating the deal on behalf of the Rev. Jesse Jackson's son.  Webb is now chairman of the law firm Winston & Strawn.

Who's next from Chicago's "rotten borough"?  Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. represents Illinois' Second Congressional District, which consists of portions of the South Side of Chicago and its suburbs.  The district isn't "rotten," but the representatives it sends to Congress sure are.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. likely to resign from Congress, looking at jail time in plea deal: report.  Although Jackson, who now receives treatment at the Mayo Clinic for bipolar disorder, won reelection easily, he faces jail and the loss of his pension over his misuse of campaign funds to decorate his home and splurge on a $40,000 Rolex for a female friend.

Report: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Won't Resign Until He Gets Guaranteed Government Income for Life.  Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was re-elected on Nov. 6 despite being both under ethics investigation and in rehab at the Mayo Clinic.  He has not actually been on the job in Congress for the better part of a year.  Now that the ethics investigation seems to be heating up again, he's negotiating for a way out that would put him on the dole, forever.

Chicago's Sandi and Jesse Jackson Jr. — the perfect "Machine" Democrats.  You remember Congressman Jackson don't you?  The congressman from Illinois who disappeared?  The scion of the Right Reverend Jesse Jackson?  The House Ethics Committee was investigating Congressman Jackson over various improprieties.  Then, when things looked grim and rough, he disappeared, poof, vanished into thin air.  First Jackson turns up in a rehab clinic in Arizona.  Then he turns up in the esteemed Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.  Who knows where he was or what he was doing while crisscrossing the country.

5 Signs Of Societal Degeneration In America.  [#4]  Politics: As a society, we moved from expecting politicians to be better than the rest of us to expecting them to be more degenerate than the rest of us.  Ted Kennedy left a woman to die in a tidal pool and was reelected.  Marion Barry was reelected after being caught smoking crack.  Barack Obama is the first President to be elected after admitting he used cocaine.  Barney Frank had a prostitution ring run out of his apartment.  Just this last election cycle, Jesse Jackson, Jr. was reelected from the Mayo Clinic.  Because of the partisan leans of states and gerrymandering, for a majority of politicians, they have lifetime appointments and elections are mere formalities.

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Resignation Could Cost Taxpayers $5.1 Million.  Jesse Jackson Jr.'s resignation from the House could cost Illinois taxpayers more than $5.1 million, according to the state elections board.  Jackson, Jr. offered his resignation today [11/21/2012] to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.  Jackson has been absent from the Capitol for months while undergoing treatment for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic.  In addition, his use of campaign funds is being investigated by federal authorities.

Why Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Leave of Absence Was Allowed.  Pressured by federal investigators, Jesse Jackson Jr.'s final congressional act exhibited some decency toward his constituents.  They'll finally have actual representation again next spring, after a special election and months of a no-show Jackson. [...] President Obama's home state has not merely lost another congressional seat due to population decline.  It also has Jackson's South Side district that will go unrepresented for another five months and a senator who hasn't been to work in nearly a year.

Jockeying under way to replace Rep. Jackson Jr.  The House Ethics Committee is investigating his dealings with [former Gov. Rod] Blagojevich, who is serving a prison sentence for trying to sell President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.

Jackson Jr. shielding wife.  According to campaign finance disclosures, Sandi Jackson has been drawing $5,000-a-month payments from her husband's main campaign fund through her firm, J. Donnatella and Associates.  Her company has been on the Jackson campaign payroll for years, and it is located, according to FEC records, in the couples' Washington red-brick rowhouse off DuPont Circle.

After Jesse Jackson Jr. quit, Sandi changed campaign reports.  Five days after Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress, his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson, filed a series of amendments to her ward committee's campaign fund, revealing dozens of previously undisclosed transactions that went back three years.  That includes at least $13,000 in previously undisclosed transfers from her husband's congressional account into her ward organization account, a Sun-Times review of campaign records show.

Jesse Jackson Jr. Signs Plea Deal In Federal Probe.  It's been nearly three months since Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress, but now NBC News confirms that Jackson has signed papers in a plea deal within the past several days.  Jackson's case is being handled by the US Attorney's office in Washington DC.  While no public announcement is expected today, those with knowledge of the investigation believe the loose ends now deal with Jackson's wife, former Alderman Sandi Jackson, and whether or not she is ultimately charged.

Feds Investigating Sandi Jackson: Report.  Former Congressman Jesse Jackson isn't the only member of the house getting looked at by the feds, according to one published report.  The Chicago Sun-Times, citing sources, reported Monday that federal investigators are also taking an independent look at former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson.

With Plea Deal, Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Fall From Grace Seems Complete.  Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. agreed Friday to plead guilty to charges of misusing campaign funds, in an apparent bid to an end a federal investigation that threatens to also implicate his wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson.  Both had resigned their offices in recent months, reportedly as part of the congressman's negotiations with prosecutors.

Jesse Jackson Jr. charged with conspiracy, fraud, other counts.  The downward spiral for former congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr. took another dramatic turn Friday [2/15/2013] when federal prosecutors in Washington laid out their criminal case against the once-promising Illinois Democrat, accusing him of misusing campaign funds to benefit himself and his wife.

Jesse Jackson Jr. Charged With Blowing $750,000 in Campaign Cash; ABC Allows 18 Seconds.  Former Democratic Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was charged on Friday with improperly spending $750,000 of campaign funds on items such as Michael Jackson and Bruce Lee memorabilia (among other things).  Yet, ABC's World News did not cover the story at all.  On Saturday, Good Morning America allowed the news a mere 18 seconds.

Doing the Chicago Shakedown, Starring the Jacksons.  Jesse Sr. (The Right Reverend) and his son (the erstwhile congressman) have done a lot more taking than giving.  "Taking" may be too charitable a word.  Shaking down and wheedling may be better descriptors for the Chicago Jacksons' acts.  Parasitism is a fancier way to say it.

Jackson Graft Case Further Indicts Black Caucus.  Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s guilty plea to fraud charges raises fresh questions about the Congressional Black Caucus.  It's a group with many laudable goals, but why do so many in it succumb to corruption?

Inside the Jackson Scheme.  How did Jesse Jackson Jr. manage to illegally accumulate so much stuff over a seven-year period?  Finally brought to justice, Jackson summarized his scheme for the judge:  "I used monies that should have been used for campaign purposes."

MSNBC's Jansing, Roberts Note Jesse Jackson Jr. Guilty Plea, Omit Party Label.  Twenty minutes into her February 20 Jansing & Co. program, MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing noted that former Illinois Democrat Jesse Jackson was entering a federal courtroom later that hour to plead guilty to campaign finance violations.  Only Jansing left out the part about Jackson being a Democrat.  What's more, while Jansing noted that Jackson's wife Sandi was answering charges of filing false tax returns, she failed to note that Sandi Jackson, also a Democrat, resigned her seat as Chicago city alderman in January.

Broadcast Networks Largely Ignore Jesse Jackson, Jr. Indictment.  A survey of the big three networks showed news coverage of the indictment of former Chicago Democrat Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. was sparse to non-existent for the first three days after the indictment was made public.  Even when his trouble was reported, the fact that he is a Democrat went unmentioned.

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. sentenced to 30 months in prison.  Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday [8/14/2013] after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on TV's, restaurant dinners, an expensive watch and other costly personal items.

Both Jacksons get prison terms; he'll serve first.  The end of the Jackson family political dynasty arrived Wednesday as a Chicago power couple ready-made for the cameras learned the next few years of their lives will be spent taking turns in prison.  Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., the civil rights leader's son who once dreamed of becoming mayor or senator, and his wife, former 7th Ward Ald. Sandi Jackson, were tripped up by a taste for luxury that was bankrolled with $750,000 from campaign funds.

Jesse Jackson Jr. gets 30 months in prison for misusing campaign funds.  Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., once a rising Democratic star whose political fortunes imploded over the use of campaign finances to support lavish personal spending, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Wednesday.

Jesse Jackson Jr. to Grab $8,700 Per Month in Disability, Plus Pension In Prison.  That generous $8,700 in disability comes thanks to Jackson's sudden development of a "mood disorder" as the federal government began looking to indict him.  Jackson, who was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, had no history of mental illness during his prior 17 years in Congress.

Ex-U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. reports to federal prison.  Jackson's guilty plea in February was for misusing about $750,000 in campaign funds on such luxuries as fur capes, celebrity memorabilia, mounted elk heads and a Rolex watch.

Jackson Jr. assigned to minimum security section of prison.  Jackson, 48, a South Side Democrat, served in Congress nearly 17 years before he quit last November amid a federal corruption probe.  In August he was sentenced to 30 months in prison for looting his campaign fund of $750,000.




Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives.  Longtime Dallas congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson has awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four relatives and a top aide's two children since 2005, using foundation funds set aside for black lawmakers' causes.  The recipients were ineligible under anti-nepotism rules of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which provided the money.

Texas Dem under fire for nepotism.  Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson has steered thousands in scholarship dollars to relatives and the children of top aides, a Texas newspaper reported today [8/29/2010].  The Dallas Democrat, a nine-term member of the House, awarded 15 Congressional Black Caucus scholarships to her grandchildren and great-nephew, among others, The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday [8/29/2010].

Watchdogs not sure Johnson will face ethics probe over scholarship scandal.  Watchdogs are divided over whether the ethics committee should immediately investigate Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas).  Johnson has been accused of awarding thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four relatives as well as the child of a top aide over the past 5 years.

Eddie Bernice Johnson:  'I never heard the rules' on scholarships.  Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson broke her silence in a scholarship scandal this morning, insisting that she had no idea the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation had rules against awarding college aid to her own relatives.

Eddie Bernice Johnson says chief of staff reviewed scholarship applications.  Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson offered a new line of defense late Thursday [9/2/2010], blaming her chief of staff for failing to adhere to Congressional Black Caucus Foundation rules that would have precluded her from awarding college aid to her relatives and those of another top staffer.

Letters bearing Eddie Bernice Johnson's signature ask that scholarship money be sent directly to her grandsons.  Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson apparently asked the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to send scholarship funds directly to her grandsons and great-nephews, rather than to their colleges, according to letters released today [9/7/2010] by her GOP challenger.

Johnson's scholarship committee developing blueprint to evaluate future applications.  The committee formed by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson to review student scholarships says it is working to "develop a blueprint" for evaluating applications, but is waiting for more details from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.  "We're taking our time in developing because we want to be a model for the nation," said Roscoe C. Smith, a former educator who previously worked as director of Johnson's district office.

D/FW airport official put on leave after daughter got scholarship from Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson.  Troubles involving Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson's scholarship awards spread Tuesday [10/12/2010] to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, where the head of minority contracting has been put on leave amid questions about college aid that Johnson gave his daughter.

Scholarship for airport official's daughter probed.  The head of minority contracting at Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport is the latest focus of ethical questions tied to scholarships awarded by U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson.

Scholarship recipient's mother says D/FW Airport executive had nothing to do with award.  The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport executive facing questions about a scholarship Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson gave his daughter had nothing to do with the award, the girl's mother said Wednesday [10/13/2010].  "Don was not involved.  We have been divorced 16 years.  He was not involved in filling out the application.  My children live with me," Donna O'Bannon said.

More Corruption from Congressional Black Caucus.  U. S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Dallas Democrat, is one of the nation's foremost practitioners of old-style cronyism and race-based politics.  But even though her current bid for a tenth term has drawn the notice of both Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, most Americans have never heard of her.  That should change.

Dreaming of an Unimaginable Upset in Dallas?  As you know, TX-30 is a heavily gerrymandered "majority minority" district in the southern half of Dallas County that has been represented by Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson since its creation following the 1990 census.  I don't want to "bury the lead" so here it is:  campaign staff for the Republican challenger, Pastor Stephen Broden, are quietly claiming that they have a recent internal putting them only 6% behind "EBJ."  If true, this is nothing short of remarkable.



Representative Maxine Waters

What Does Maxine Waters Actually Do In Congress?  Maxine Waters (D-CA) has rebranded herself in the Trump Era as a strong public servant standing up to the corrupt, demagogic president.  Repeatedly, she has harangued the president during speeches that range from AIDS fundraisers to LGBT Gala award dinners.  Today in Michigan, Waters led a raucous chorus at a women's rally, chanting "Impeach 45! Impeach 45!"  But, people would be wise to remember that her career is one of corruption and failure.  Rep. Waters has passed just three bills in her 27 years in Congress.  That means on average, Waters produces something noteworthy for constituents every 9 years.  One of the bills was renaming a Post Office.  Impressive stuff.  In the interim, she is busy making money for her family and allies.  Her family has accrued more than a million dollars during her time in the House, according to Red Alert Politics.  Furthermore, the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has given Rep. Waters the most corrupt member of congress four separate times.

Maxine Waters Starts 'Impeach 45' Chant At Women's Convention.  California Rep. Maxine Waters led a loud chant of "Impeach 45" during her speech at the Women's Convention Saturday [10/28/2017].  Waters, the headlining speaker for the Women's March event, devoted part of her speech to leading the female attendees into a chant calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.  Video footage shows women on their feet with their fists in the air shouting "Impeach 45! Impeach 45!"

ARREST HER! Maxine Waters threatens Trump assassination.  California Congresswoman Maxine Waters has made a name for herself since President Donald Trump was sworn into office.  Waters travels the country and never misses the opportunity to promise the impeachment of the president — including during her friend's eulogy.  Last week, Waters took her anti-Trump hysterics to the next level and vowed to "take Trump out" to a cheering crowd of Democrats.

Maxine Waters Makes Threat She Will 'Take Trump Out'.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) is no fan of President Donald J. Trump, but at a recent awards gala for LGBT youth, the bombastic Democrat made a disturbing claim that she would "take Trump out."  Kyle Olson of the American Mirror reported the statement on Friday [10/20/2017], but Youtube pulled down the original video.  At the Ali Forney Center gala in New York City, Waters jumped right into the liberal audience's applause by making the off putting, only a mere four months after multiple Republican members of Congress were gunned down by a democrat mad-man who actually wanted to take them out.

Rep. Maxine Waters: 'Housing Is a Necessary Human Right'.  Prominent liberals, Sen. Bernie Sanders among them, insist that health care is a human right, and the same can be said about housing, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said on Thursday [10/12/2017].  Waters, the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, was among several African-American Democrats on the committee who blasted HUD Secretary Ben Carson as uncaring and incompetent because he supports the Trump administration's budget cuts.  "In the face of the immense housing needs in our country, President Trump chose Dr. Ben Carson to serve as the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development," Waters said in her opening statement at the HUD oversight hearing.

Maxine Waters Goes on Anti-Trump Rant During Eulogy at Dick Gregory's Funeral.  Some people have little to no class at all.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is one of those people.  Waters was invited to deliver a eulogy at the funeral for civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory.  However, instead of merely remembering and celebrating the life of Gregory, Waters decided to railroad President Trump, because — well, she's Maxine Waters.  "I'm cleaning out the White House," Waters said in her typical arrogant fashion.  "We're going to sanitize the White House."

The Editor says...
The time to sanitize the White House was the day after Bill Clinton's last encounter with Monica Lewinsky.

Crazy Maxine Waters Pushes Trump Impeachment — During a Eulogy!  This is your 21st century version of the Democrat party.  Maxine Waters, who may run for POTUS in 2020 (we are all hoping she does and becomes the nominee) is now pushing the impeachment of Donald Trump during a eulogy!

Democratic Congresswoman Lumps In Ben Carson With White Nationalists.  You already know that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has gone off the deep end on a consistent basis, whether it is peddling conspiracy theories about Rep. Jason Chaffetz's (R-UT) resignation from Congress, or pushing for Donald Trump's impeachment, she's a politician who [doesn't care about] achieving her goals.  [Indeed], you saw the shameless side when Water [sic] said it wasn't fine for Trump to fire James Comey from the FBI, but she would have been okay with it if Hillary had won the election and done the exact same thing [...] Now, there's a new circle of nutty.  Waters has called Ben Carson a white nationalist.

Maxine Waters Won't Rule Out All-Black Party.  California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters wouldn't rule out the concept of an all-black political party when asked about it on Monday [8/7/2017].  Waters joined "The Breakfast Club" radio show on Monday morning and was asked if it was time for black people to form their own political party.  "No, not at this point," Waters said.  "You have to show that you're willing and you're able to put the numbers together and exercise your influence."

Where Does Maxine Waters Get Her Money?  Bloomberg reporter Anna Massoglia recently "fell down a rabbit hole" when she began looking at California Democrat Maxine Waters' recent tax filings.  Massoglia stared at the paperwork for hours and simply could not make the math work.  Between high priced dinners, paying her daughter exorbitant amounts, and paying for big fundraising events it seemed that Mad-Max-ine should be broke — but she's not.

Tucker Carlson to Keep Asking Maxine Waters 'Where Did the Money Come From?'.  Tucker Carlson says he's not going to stop asking Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) how she became one of the richest members of Congress — even if she keeps calling him "racist."  Monday [7/24/2017] on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Host Carlson lashed out at Waters for claiming he was "racist" for asking "Where did the money come from?"  In particular, Carlson questioned how Waters, who represents one of the poorest districts in California, lives in a $4.3 million home.  "We're not alleging wrongdoing here, but really, how did this happen?" he asked.

NH Dems ban mainstream media from Maxine Waters appearance!  New Hampshire Democrats are trying their best to keep Mad Maxine Waters's wild conspiracy theories hidden from the public today [7/23/2017].  According to WMUR, the party has banned the media from covering the Strafford County Democratic Committee's annual picnic this afternoon, where "Great Autie" Maxine will be serving up red meat to the liberal audience.

'Resistance Hero' Maxine Waters Pulls in Only $22K in Individual Contributions.  Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.), who has been considered a leader of the movement within Congress to "resist" Donald Trump, has received a little more than $20,000 in individual contributions to her campaign so far this year despite her elevated profile.  Waters is also $100,000 in debt to her daughter, who runs a lucrative endorsement mailer operation for the campaign, filings show.  Citizens for Waters, Rep. Waters' campaign committee, reported receiving just $12,600 individual contributions throughout the second quarter, which runs between April 1 and June 30.  During the first quarter, which spans from Jan. 1 to March 31, the campaign reported $9,508.79 in individual contributions.  Waters has now pulled in just $22,108.79 in total individual contributions.

Tucker: How Did Maxine Waters Afford a $4.3M Mansion?  How did Rep. Maxine Waters afford a 6,000-square foot, $4.3 million mansion in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles after working 40 years in government?  [Video clip]

Mouthy Maxine Part 1.  [Scroll down]  To understand what these progressive/socialists really intend let's take a look at one who is being called a "rockstar" by the media.  Congresswoman Maxine Waters.  "Auntie Maxie", as she is being called by the media and supposedly millennials (although I have yet to meet one who even knows who she is), is front and center in the resistance, she combats hate by hating those that disagree with her and is a main point in what she calls the "counterinsurgency" as shown to the American people by groups like antifa and BlackBloc.  Maxine Waters have served 37 years in office, and just what has she accomplished?

Mouthy Maxine Part 2.  California Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters has been in a shrieking mode since Donald Trump refused to release his tax returns.  She is screaming about how we can't be sure that Donald Trump has no conflict of interest with business dealings he may have with Russia.  She has gone so far as to call for impeachment numerous times because of Trump not releasing his tax returns because, well, you know, RUSSIA!  It makes as much sense as the other reasons she had dredged up from the recesses of her fevered mind devoid of reasoning.  On an almost daily basis, the reason for impeachment expand to cover everything and anything President Trump says or does.  But there are things that Congresswoman Waters also needs to explain.

Madness: Maxine Waters Leads 'Impeach 45' Chant, Says We're On Verge Of Revolution.  Last Wednesday [7/5/2017], Maxine Waters railed at the California African American Museum in LA against President Trump and they cheered her.  She called over and over for Trump to be impeached.  She led her infamous 'Impeach 45!' chant and then claimed we are on the verge of a revolution.  Sedition anyone?  She also called Trump crazy... I guess she would know.  She's moonbat crazy and is really piling on to dredge up hatred against Trump for her political agenda.

Maxine Waters as Resistance Leader?  What a Joke.  Thirteen-term Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters, Beltway barnacle permanently affixed to USS Government, is now the fresh-faced "rock star" of the Democratic party. [...] Waters has spent 37 years in office — many of those years as head of the Congressional Black Caucus — promising to make life better for constituents in economically ravaged South Central Los Angeles.  What do the denizens of her district have to show for it?  Staggering levels of persistent unemployment, poverty, and gang violence as the 25th anniversary of the L.A. riots looms this coming weekend.  What does Representative Waters have to show for it?  She's earned a lifetime of left-wing adoration for whitewashing the deadly riots as a "rebellion," excusing the week-long shooting, looting, and arson orgy as "a spontaneous reaction to a lot of injustice and a lot of alienation and frustration," and coddling Crips and Bloods gang members — with whom she performed the Electric Slide as part of her "fearless support and understanding of young people and their efforts at self-expression."

Angry Trump Supporters Lay Siege to Welfare Queen Maxine.  Congresswoman Maxine Waters, aka Welfare Queen Maxine, held her second town hall.  This woman has taken out-of-touch insanity to a whole new level.  She still demands the impeachment of our president, even though the fired FBI Director admitted that he was leaking classified data to the press, and both sides of the aisle now acknowledge (Republicans knew it all along) that Trump and Russia never colluded to fix the election.  But that has not stopped Waters from lying repeatedly to her constituents.

Maxine Waters flees reporter asking about her financial ties to Russia.  Earlier this month, a citizen journalist caught up with Rep. Maxine Waters, the California Democrat obsessed with impeaching Donald Trump over a tinfoil-hat conspiracy theory that the president colluded with Russia to win last year's election.  But when the citizen journalist asked Waters about her financial ties to Russia, she stormed off.  [Video clip]

Maxine Waters Melts Down In Outburst Against Conservative Voter.  Maxine Waters (D-CA) lashed out at a Trump supporter and constituent this past weekend, dismissing her as just "one of 700,000" voters, blasting the President as a "horrible man," and claiming that she, as a member of Congress, can't be impeached.  Video of the incident has been posted online, and it's clear that the 'new face of the Democrat party' is bringing crazy back.

Maxine Waters meltdown: 'You can't impeach a woman of Congress!'  Is all the impeachment talk boomeranging on Maxine Waters?  A constituent filmed an encounter with the California Congresswoman on Monday [5/29/2017] and the two clashed before Waters declared that a member of Congress couldn't be impeached.

Video: Maxine Waters confronted by constituent who vows to work for her impeachment.  On Monday [5/29/2017], Josh Caplan, editor-in-chief of Vessel News, posted a video to Twitter of a conversation between Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and a Trump-supporting constituent who wanted to know why she is so obsessed with impeaching the president.  Waters responded with a string of mostly fact-free talking points and conspiracies, including one in which she claimed Trump and Putin are working to bring America down over oil.

The Rosenstein Doctrine.  First of all, now that we know we can have Special Prosecutors without there being any meaningful evidence of a crime, or in fact any evidence at all of a crime besides gossip and endless political campaigning, let's have a Special Prosecutor for Maxine Waters.  She's the screaming voice of the most anti-Trump, shrillest slice of the Democrat party.  She's been a civil servant all of her life, earning a modest wage.  Somehow, she has a $4.5 million dollar home and other property here in L.A.  True, there's no evidence so far that's she's taken bribes.  But under the logic of Rod Rosenstein, that only means she's all the more guilty and needs a Special Prosecutor to investigate every aspect of her whole life.

Maxine Waters just can't shut up.  Does Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) have a verbal diarrhea problem?  Apparently, yes, considering that it was Democrats in her home state of California who had to yank the microphone on her when she ignored her alloted time, wrecked the local Democratic Party convention speaker schedule, and just wouldn't shut up.  Naturally, this has created a brouhaha among her loyal supporters, who — give it time — will undoubtedly be calling it racism.  The Los Angeles Times has a series of video clips in a blog post, submitted without comment.  It's not the first time it's happened, either.

Maxine Waters Gets Brutal Karma In Front Of Her $4.5 Million House.  Maxine Waters makes $174,000 per year, but she has a $4.5 million mansion in Los Angeles in addition to two other homes worth around $1 million.

Rep. Maxine Waters Named One of the Nation's Most Corrupt Lawmakers.  In the midst of a national financial catastrophe, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) 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.  This outrageous conduct has led Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) to include the congresswoman as one of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress.  "By contacting then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to request a meeting, allegedly for a group of minority-owned banks, but then arranging for only one bank — OneUnited, in which she had a financial interest — to attend, Rep. Waters violated House conflict of interest rules," said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan.

Maxine Waters Slated to Pay Daughter Another $108K From Campaign Funds.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) is slated to pay her daughter another $108,000 for running a lucrative campaign operation that pulls in hundreds of thousands of dollars each election cycle, FEC filings show.  Karen Waters, the daughter of Rep. Waters, collected nearly $650,000 to date for running the operation for her mother's campaign.  Karen is in charge of a "slate mailer" operation for Citizens for Waters, Rep. Waters' federal campaign committee.  Slate mailers, or endorsement mailers, involve a candidate or political group paying for the endorsement of another politician.

Maxine Waters as Resistance Leader?  What a Joke.  [Scroll down]  Waters has spent 37 years in office — many of those years as head of the Congressional Black Caucus — promising to make life better for constituents in economically ravaged South Central Los Angeles.  What do the denizens of her district have to show for it?  Staggering levels of persistent unemployment, poverty, and gang violence as the 25th anniversary of the L.A. riots looms this coming weekend.  What does Representative Waters have to show for it?  She's earned a lifetime of left-wing adoration for whitewashing the deadly riots as a "rebellion," excusing the week-long shooting, looting, and arson orgy as "a spontaneous reaction to a lot of injustice and a lot of alienation and frustration," and coddling Crips and Bloods gang members — with whom she performed the Electric Slide as part of her "fearless support and understanding of young people and their efforts at self-expression."

Maxine Waters's claim that she didn't call for Trump's impeachment is too much even for MSNBC.  What could possibly motivate Maxine Waters to claim twice that she never called for Donald Trump's impeachment when the video evidence is so compelling?  It is one thing for conservative websites to call her out, but even MSNBC, the broadcast leader in Trump-hatred, is taking notice of the absolute falsity of her claim.

Rep. Maxine Waters: 'I Think It's In the Best Interest of My Constituents to Get Rid of (Trump)'.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said again on Friday she doesn't "honor" or "respect" President Donald Trump.  "I don't think that he deserves to be president of this great country.  I am very concerned about him.  And I really think he's dangerous," Waters told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."  Waters also said she thinks "it's in the best interest of my constituents to get rid of him."  The congresswoman backed up her poor opinion of the president by pointing to a "scathing" six-part series about Trump in The Los Angeles Times, and she once again said she believes he will be impeached.  In the meantime, she said, "I'm not going to be able to work with him."

Maxine Waters Now Saying That She Never Called For President Trump To Be Impeached.  This is rich, don't you think?  Especially the part when she says that she never called for President Trump to be impeached:  [Several video clips]

Maxine Waters Falsely Denies Calling For Trump's Impeachment.  California Rep. Maxine Waters is denying ever having called for Donald Trump's impeachment, a bizarre claim since she was recorded on video just this weekend leading a crowd of activists in an "Impeach 45!" chant.  In an interview on Tuesday [4/18/2017] with MSNBC's Craig Melvin, Waters was asked about a tweet she sent out earlier in the day saying that she was going to fight "everyday until [Trump's] impeached."  Waters said that allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government need to be investigated.

Maxine Waters' Latest Scandal to the Tune of Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), is involved in yet another ethically troubling situation.  The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that her daughter Karen Waters and her firm Progressive Connections has been paid over $600K by her mother since 2006.  She was paid nearly $70,000 during the 2016 election cycle alone.  She has done it before.  CREW lists Maxine as the most corrupt member of congress in 2005, 2006, and 2009.  Waters is one of the few members of Congress with a record of unethical dealings that can compare with Hillary Clinton's, CREW writes.  This isn't the first time that Waters has gotten herself into ethical hot water, in fact, it's happened several different times over the nearly three decades she's been in Congress.

Maxine Waters rallies Tax March crowd for Trump's impeachment.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) renewed her call for impeaching President Trump during Saturday's Tax March in Washington.  "I don't respect this president.  I don't trust this president.  He's not working in the best interests of the American people," Waters said.  "I will fight every day until he is impeached," she added, before leading the crowd in chants of "impeach 45."  Waters has been among the most vocal critics of Trump in Congress, and she has repeatedly signaled that she would be willing to impeach the president.

Can Maxine Waters Even Spell Impeachment?  Some might ask why a confused Dem hack would become the voice of the "resistance".  A better question might be why not.  Maxine Waters has built her career on getting out there and yelling angrily about things.  That makes her perfectly qualified in a political atmosphere where all the left-wing wants is angry shouting.  Waters has picked up on the fact that anything involving impeachment is perfect prog-bait feeding the fantasy that President Trump will go away soon.

Maxine Waters Is a Hypocrite — For Starters.  On her best days, Congresswoman Maxine Waters is just a hypocrite.  On a normal day, she is a national disgrace.  Maxine Waters didn't hesitate to call the Trump administration "a bunch of scumbags."  While Congresswoman Maxine Waters can condemn the Trump administration, falsely accuse the CIA of bringing drugs into Los Angeles, and even tell the Tea Party to go "straight to hell," she refused to condemn the scumbags who killed 55 people and injured 2,000 people during the 1992 L.A. Riots.

Maxine Waters questions patriotism of Trump supporters from House floor.  Note to Donald Trump supporters:  Maxine Waters is a bigger patriot than you are.  At least that's what she thinks.  During a screed on the House floor Monday night [3/27/2017], Waters played the race card and the patriotism card against supporters of the president.

Maxine Waters isn't in any position to lecture on ethics.  The longer a politician stays in Washington, as a rule of thumb, the more difficult it becomes to keep his nose clean.  Democrats ought to apply that reasoning and skip over Maxine Waters if they're looking for a new conscience of the House.  After three decades in Congress, the California Democrat has a more than checkered past.  But that didn't keep her from predicting President Trump's political demise.  "Get ready for impeachment," Waters cryptically tweeted out of the blue on Trump's 61st day in office and without further explanation.

Maxine Waters goes completely unhinged.  Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is making a strong case to become the poster child for Trump Derangement Syndrome.  Long an exploiter of loony left memes, such as the contention that the CIA deliberately spread a crack epidemic in America's inner cities, Waters loves the attention and praise she garners from voicing the radical thoughts other crazy lefties shy away from.  She owes her national profile to her readiness to glorify the 1992 Rodney King rioters in Los Angeles as participating in a "rebellion," not a "riot," justifying the looting of many Korean-owned stores as "mothers who took this as an opportunity to take some milk, to take some bread, to take some shoes[.] ... They are not crooks."  For Waters, President Trump represents an opportunity to capitalize on the anger and resentment the sore losers on the left are embracing.

Maxine Waters Says [Some Peculiar] Things.  Here are some of the unusual things Waters has said since the election:
  •   1.  She didn't know the name of Trump's chief of staff.  "Let me just say this, Mike Preibus..."
  •   2.  When she told reporters that Russia invaded Korea.  "The fact that he is wrapping his arms around Putin while Putin is continuing to advance into Korea."
  •   3.  When she called Trump and his aides a bunch of 'scumbags.'  "This is a bunch of scumbags.  That's what they are."
  •   4.  Waters revealed her greatest desire.  "And my greatest desire is to lead him right into impeachment."
  •   5.  She referred to Trump as a dictator.  "People are not gonna take this new president who thinks he's a dictator."

US congresswoman advocates impeaching Trump because Putin's attacking... Korea?  Representative Maxine Waters has argued that US President Donald Trump will inevitably be impeached because of his alleged ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin who she claimed is "advancing in Korea."  Waters, a 13-term Democrat from Los Angeles, has called for Trump's impeachment several times now, however she has yet to explicitly accuse the president of breaking the law.

Ethics-Tainted-Hater Maxine Waters, Calls For Trump Impeachment.  Gotta hand it to Maxine Waters, the California Congresswoman has never met a Republican she didn't hate, or a corrupt liberal movement she didn't love, but that doesn't stop her from spewing her venom in public.  Ms. Waters has been feasting on her hatred of Donald Trump ever since he won the election, even to the point of saying she would never meet with or work with the new president.  Last week she tweeted that she wanted to lead trump into impeachment (I don't understand how she intends to do that without meeting with him).

Maxine Waters Wants to Impeach Trump Because She Disagrees With Him, Or Something.  Democrats have been throwing temper tantrums on Capitol Hill since before President Trump was officially sworn in on January 20 and have given every indication we shouldn't expect their obstructionist behavior to end anytime soon.  Speaking to reporters Monday [2/6/2017], Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters said she isn't calling for Trump's impeachment... yet.

A Modest Proposal — To All Those Boycotting Members of Congress.  The first time I met Democrat Maxine Waters was nearly a generation ago when she was a Member of the California State Assembly.  At the State Capitol with the Republican Minority Leader of the State Assembly, I entered a "Members Only" elevator just as Assemblywoman Waters was about to close the door.  She gave the Republican Leader a dirty look, then glanced at the customary "no smoking sign" and blew smoke in my face.  A Member of the U.S. Congress since since 1990, Maxine Waters remains perennially angry.  If Al Sharpton were a transsexual, he would be Maxine Waters, except she may be more demagogic, if that is possible.  A quintessential political hack, she sees everything in terms of race, gender, class, in that order.  Extra points if you're a Palestinian or Muslim.

Guerrilla warfare against Maxine Waters on the streets of Los Angeles.  [D]ecades of experience with Democrats running cities with circumstances worsening eventually take a toll on the orthodoxy.  So, too, at a national level, the Congressional Black Caucus, for all its posturing (and fundraising), has not done much to help blacks below the elite levels.  Consider the lockstep support for policies that flood the labor market with new entrants, legal and illegal, who compete with blacks for jobs, driving down wages in the segments of the labor market where blacks are most affected.

Somebody's Flexin' Maxine!  It appears someone is flexin' ol' Maxine Waters, the openly socialist Democratic Congresswoman from south central Los Angeles.

Waters secures top Democratic spot on House Financial Services Committee.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has been officially named the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee.  The outspoken liberal vowed Tuesday to protect the Dodd-Frank financial reform law from GOP attempts to dismantle it, while pursuing reform of housing finance with the new chairman, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).

Maxine Waters: Boehner and Cantor 'Demons'.  Maxine Waters reminded us today that, should Democrats win back the House, she is in line to become the next chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee.  If that doesn't scare you, then just watch this video.  In it, she calls Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor "demons" who "would rather do whatever they can to destroy this president, rather than for the good of this country."

Maxine Waters calls Republican leaders 'demons'.  Rep. Maxine Waters, no stranger to controversy, is turning heads once again, this time for describing House Republican leaders as "demons."  The California Democrat's comments, which surfaced Wednesday [2/15/2012], were made last weekend at a state party convention in San Diego.  Video of her speech shows her rallying Democrats to win back control of the House in November.

House ethics panel investigates Rep. Maxine Waters.  The House Ethics Committee is investigating Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), who has come under scrutiny because of her husband's ties to a bank that received federal bailout funds.

Maxine Waters:  Banking on Hypocrisy.  [Scroll down]  The ethically conflicted Waters has her own special definition of what's in "the best interest" of the people she claims to serve.  While she crusades against crony pseudo-capitalism, she is one of its most hypocritical beneficiaries and advocates.  Cronyism comes in all colors. Waters has once again earned her title as one of the "Most Corrupt" members of Congress from the left-leaning (yes, left-leaning) Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

Maxine Waters ties to banks questioned.  Questions have been emerging over the last few months about the actions of an L.A. congresswoman who reportedly set up a meeting between federal regulators and a bank seeking $50 million in bailout funds.  Maxine Waters did so even though her family had financial ties to the bank.

Waters helped bank whose stock she once owned.  When Rep. Barney Frank was looking to aid a Boston-based lender last fall, the Massachusetts Democrat urged Maxine Waters, a colleague on the House Financial Services Committee, to "stay out of it," he says.  The reason:  Ms. Waters, a longtime congresswoman from California, had close ties to the minority-owned institution, OneUnited Bank.

Rep. Waters' troubling ties:  The possible conflict involving OneUnited Bank is just the latest example of her seeming inability to distinguish her family interests from her public obligations.

Ethics to investigate Reps. Richardson, Waters; Graves criticizes the OCE.  The House ethics panel voted Thursday [10/29/2009] to launch investigative subcommittees into separate charges against California Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson.  The moves signal the panel believes there is enough evidence to warrant further serious inquiry.

Waters makes personal defense of ethics after investigation leak.  Rep. Maxine Waters defended herself after news broke Friday that she has been under investigation by the House ethics committee.  Waters (D-Calif.), who was one of the 30 lawmakers named in a Washington Post article as being under scrutiny from the committee, waged a personal defense of her role in having allegedly helped arrange a meeting at the Treasury on a bailout for a minority-owned bank in which her husband maintained a financial stake.

House probes California Rep. Waters.  The House ethics committee said Thursday [10/29/2009] it's investigating whether California Rep. Maxine Waters used her influence to help a bank in which her husband owned stock — and whether the couple benefited as a result.

House Raps Rep. Maxine Waters on Ethics Charge.  Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters today [8/2/2010] proclaimed her innocence concerning charges of ethics violations made by the House Ethics Committee and said she will participate in a public hearing rather than admit to any wrongdoing.

Troubled Waters.  Rep. Maxine Waters who may be facing a formal House of Representatives ethics trial over her activities on behalf of a bank, is just the most recent member of the Congressional Black Caucus to face such an investigation.  Currently New York Rep. Charles Rangel is facing an ethics trial, following in the footsteps of ethically challenged Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson.

Black Caucus:  Too PC To Fail?  Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters' banking scandal is a cautionary tale about the Congressional Black Caucus, a group that's enjoyed little scrutiny while influencing major legislation.  The 42-member caucus helped write whole sections of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that have more to do with advancing its radical redistributionist agenda than heading off another crisis.  Both Waters, D-Calif., and Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., are caucus leaders, and both face trial for serious ethics breaches.

Mad Maxine's Minority Fat-Cat Bankers.  Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California is notorious for her high-decibel rants against corporate executives and career exploitation of identity politics.  Class warfare and racial division are her two-decade-long stock and trade.  She would normally be first in line (and in front of the cameras) to lambaste the very kind of Porsche-driving, luxury beach house-partying bank officials who begged her for a government handout.  If they were white, that is.

Rep. Maxine Waters charged with three violations.  The House ethics committee released its formal charges against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on Monday [8/9/2010], accusing her of three counts of violating the letter and spirit of House rules and federal regulations by assisting a bank in which her husband owned stock.

A Grandmother on Trial.  Ultra-leftist Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) faces three ethics charges related to her attempt to get federal bailout money directed to a bank, OneUnited, in which her husband, Sidney Williams, was an investor.  The value of Williams' ownership had dropped from over $350,000 at the end of June, 2008, to $175,000 in September, 2008, after the government put Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into "conservatorship" (because OneUnited had substantial investments in FNM and FRE-backed securities.)  Williams had also been a member of the bank's Board of Directors.

Maxine Waters' Blame Game.  Just when it appears that no one could possibly get away with blaming former President George W. Bush for even one more thing, another crazed liberal Democrat exercises the right to do just that.  The latest knee-jerk, Bush-bashing excuse came from none other than Rep. Maxine Waters, perhaps the second dumbest member of Congress, right after Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas.

Sheila Jackson Lee: My Constituents are Ill-Informed.  When a politician refers to the general public as "ill informed" on an issue (in this case it's hospital closures due to the health care law) it's just another way of calling them ignorant or stupid.  Even so, it's hard to argue with Sheila Jackson Lee (D-umb Constituents) when she makes the claim about some of the voters in her district.  Why?  Well, they keep voting for Sheila Jackson Lee don't they?  I'm forced to admit that her logic is iron-clad on this one.  Note to those in the 18th congressional district of Texas:  When a woman who once asked if NASA's Pathfinder took pictures of where Neil Armstrong planted the flag on Mars calls you ill-informed, it's time to hit the books.

Rep. Waters's lawyers cry foul on ethics probe.  Lawyers for California Rep. Maxine Waters are fighting an attempt by investigators to gather more evidence now that three formal ethics charges have been filed against her.  Waters, a Democrat, has been charged with improperly seeking government help in 2008 for a minority-owned bank in which her husband owned stock.

Waters' mailers a family business.  Rep. Maxine Waters has turned political endorsements into a family business, using federal election laws to charge California candidates and political causes to include their names as her personal picks on a sample ballot, or "slate mailer," she sends to as many as 200,000 South Central Los Angeles voters, records show.

Boxer Tied to Dubious Waters Cash-for-Endorsement Scheme.  Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, has paid some $30,000 since 2004 for the endorsement of embattled Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) in the context of a scheme that critics charge is unethical and amounts to Waters using her political station to benefit her family members.

Rangel, Waters Ethics Trials May Be Delayed.  Democratic Reps. Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters, both of whom have been recently overwhelmed by media attention devoted to House ethics charges brought against them, may not face hearings related to those charges until after the November midterm elections, according to political watchdog organizations.

Ethics charges against Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., looking much worse.  Things looked pretty bad when Congresswoman Maxine Waters was caught helping arrange a taxpayer bailout for a bank where her husband was a former board member and had a significant financial interest in.  The House Ethics Committee report on the matter was pretty damning.  Today [9/17/2010], the Washington Post has a lengthy and terrific piece of reportage that shows the circumstances of the OneUnited Bank bailout are even more suspicious than previously thought.

Maxine Waters Triggers FDIC Probe.  An ethics investigation into Rep. Maxine Waters (D.-Calif.) has found that "connections to prominent people" were a consideration in giving millions of TARP dollars to an unqualified failing bank in which her husband was heavily invested.  Now Rep. Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is investigating the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) saying that this and other questionable practices "raises concerns that the FDIC may be making decisions based on factors other than protecting the best interests of taxpayers and depositors."

Lobbyist paid $15K to Waters' husband.  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, records show.

Another Maxine Waters Scandal.  As a congressional ethics panel prepares to try Maxine Waters for steering federal funds to her husband's failing bank, a newspaper reports that the veteran California lawmaker is embroiled in a separate corruption scandal involving her beloved hubby.  Citing federal records, the story says that a powerful lobbyist paid Waters' banker husband (Sidney Williams) $15,000 in "consulting fees" as she co-sponsored a law aimed at saving a business that was among the lobbyist's top clients.

Bombshell Evidence May Make Waters an Ethics Nightmare for Dems.  Apparently, the Charlie Rangel ethics trial was just the warm-up act.  The New York Times reported over the weekend that the House Ethics Committee suddenly postponed the trial of Maxine Waters on ethics violation because it found more evidence of direct intervention by her office to benefit the bank in which her husband owned a substantial interest.

Ethics panel postpones Rep. Waters' hearing.  The ethics trial of Rep. Maxine Waters was postponed Friday [11/19/2010], as the House ethics committee found new documents connected to charges that she improperly tried to help a bank in which her husband owned stock.

Maxine Waters: I've been denied due process.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is calling on the House ethics committee to schedule her ethics trial on three counts of violating House rules before the end of the lame-duck session.  That trial was set to begin on Nov. 29, but Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the ethics committee, announced 10 days ago that it would be delayed after the panel uncovered new evidence.

Ethics probe of Rep. Waters derailed by infighting, sources say.  A lengthy House investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has been derailed by infighting within the politically charged ethics committee over errors in building a case against her, according to congressional sources with direct knowledge of the probe.

Months later...
Hey, What Happened To That Maxine Waters Ethics Trial?  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was supposed to have faced trial for ethics violations last year, but the trial was suddenly delayed until after the November 2010 elections.  Waters stands accused of obtaining $12 million in TARP money for the bank OneUnited, on whose board her husband Sidney Williams once sat, and in which he owned more than $350,000 in stock. ... Her trial was delayed because new evidence had supposedly come to light.

Second lawyer investigating Maxine Waters out of ethics committee.  The two lawyers who led an ethics investigation of LA Congresswoman Maxine Waters don't hold that job any more.  The two lawyers, Morgan Kim and Stacey Sovereign, were suspended the same day the House Ethics Committee postponed indefinitely a hearing into the Waters matter.

Government reform groups call on ethics committee to resume Maxine Waters probe.  Six government reform organizations are calling on the House Committee on Ethics to resume its work on an investigation into Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) that has been stalled since late last year.  The groups — the Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters and Public Citizen — sent a letter Wednesday [3/23/2011] to the ethics committee in which they said they were concerned that the case was still pending nearly two years after the Office of Congressional Ethics began its investigation in April 2009.

The ethics case against Maxine Waters:  Last week, half a dozen public interest groups, including Common Cause and the League of Women Voters, asked the House Ethics Committee when it will resume its investigation of Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters of Los Angeles.  The case has existed for nearly two years.  It's alleged that the Congresswoman used her political clout to help a bank in which her husband owned stock.

It's called stonewalling.
What's the Hold Up on the Maxine Waters Investigation?  [Scroll down]  On the heels of the massive investigation and very public trial of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), there was reason to be somewhat optimistic that Waters would be held accountable.  That is until House Ethics Committee Chairman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) started meddling in the process.  Not only did Lofgren fail to issue subpoenas for records related to the scandal, but she also delayed the ethics committee hearing after doing everything in her power to undermine the professional committee staff leading the investigation.  And, as if that were not enough, Lofgren then improperly fired two attorneys working on the investigation.

Maxine Waters: Swamp Queen.  Last summer, the House Ethics Committee charged the entrenched California congresswoman with three violations related to her wheeling and dealing on behalf of minority-owned OneUnited Bank in Los Angeles.  The panel accused Waters of bringing discredit to the House for using her influence to seek and secure taxpayer-subsidized special favors for the failing financial institution.  Eight months have passed since the House ethics panel charged Waters.  But to date, there has been no action.  No trial.  No consequences.

What About Waters?  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for an ethics investigation of Rep. Anthony Weiner for possibly misusing official resources.  But what about the probe of Rep. Maxine Waters for abusing her power?  The ethics trial of Waters, accused of swinging millions in federal bailout cash to her husband's ailing bank, was set to begin last November.  But the Democrat leadership has delayed Waters' trial by blocking subpoenas and firing the lead lawyer working on the two-year investigation.

Capitol Hill's Other Dirty Laundry.  [Democratic New York Rep. Anthony] Weiner's dirty laundry is just the latest addition to a teeming heap of scandal.  To wit:  The committee still hasn't issued a final report into last year's reckless Capitol Hill predator du jour, former Democratic New York Rep. Eric Massa.  He's the notorious creep who serially groped male staffers and subjected interns to "tickle fights" for months while then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi looked the other way.  Then there's Beltway swamp queen Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters.

House Ethics Committee should hold Waters accountable.  Remember when Rep. Maxine Waters and her friend Rep. Barney Frank helped secure a bailout grant for the failing MA bank OneUnited — a bank in which her husband had a significant investment and was a member of the board?  Could the conflict of interest be any more egregious?

Groups want House to restart Waters probe.  A coalition of reform groups wants the House Committee on Ethics to resume its work on the long-pending investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters and provide a public accounting of the status of the case against the California Democrat.  In a statement Friday [7/8/2011], the Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters and Public Citizen said no public notice of the status of the 2-year-old case has been provided "since the abrupt and unexplained cancellation" of a scheduled hearing in November.

Did ethics staff taint Maxine Waters probe?  The former staff director of the House Ethics Committee accused two top committee lawyers last year of secretly communicating with Republicans on the panel regarding the investigations of Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Charles Rangel, raising concerns over whether the long-running inquiries were compromised by key staffers, according to internal committee documents obtained by POLITICO.

House Ethics picks outside counsel to handle Waters case.  The House Ethics Committee on Wednesday [7/20/2011] appointed a high-profile attorney to serve as an outside counsel handling ethics charges against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).  The move comes in response to complaints from Waters and ethics watchdog groups that the panel cannot deal with her case impartially, and Waters was quick to argue Wednesday that the committee's odd step vindicates her claims that the investigation is "misguided."

Rep. Maxine Waters again calls for ethics case to be dropped.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) on Tuesday [7/19/2011] launched a new drive to push the House Ethics Committee to drop its long-running case against her, saying that internal committee documents show she cannot get a fair hearing from the panel.

Maxine Waters' Ethics Trial Stalls. Again.  Waters threatens to sue the House Ethics Committee for mishandling her case.

Tea Party Group Slams Rep. Waters Over Outburst.  A national Tea Party group urged Democrats to adhere to their own calls for civility after Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters told a restless crowd over the weekend that the "Tea Party can go straight to hell."  Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin, who lead the Tea Party Patriots, suggested President Obama should step in to put a check on the overheated rhetoric.

The Editor says...
In my opinion, Ms. Waters will be very surprised someday to see who's in Hell and who isn't.

Maxine Waters Needs a Mirror.  Queen of the poverty pimps Maxine Waters must so wish that Obama were a whole white man.  Democrat or not, if Obama were white, Waters would be heaping all the blame on those frail little shoulders of his.  But because Obama has been presented as "authentically black," Waters was recently forced to stop short of condemning him.  Instead, she unleashed on the closest white item she could find:  the Tea Party.  Anything to keep her ignorant followers from actually thinking about where to place the blame.

The Editor apologizes for the profanity in this headline.
Kerosene Maxine to Tea Party: "Go to Hell!".  [Representative Maxine] Waters once said of the then-sitting president:  "I would like to ... say ... very clearly that I believe George (H.W.) Bush is a racist."  She routinely refers to the Republican Party as "the enemy."  She also referred to Republican former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan as a "plantation owner."  She called the 1992 Los Angeles riots a "rebellion," and bellowed, "No justice, no peace!"  She defended looters:  "There were mothers who took this as an opportunity to take some milk, to take some bread, to take some shoes.  Maybe they shouldn't have done it, but the atmosphere was such that they did it.  They are not crooks."

Top 10 Outrageous Maxine Waters Quotes.  We rarely agree with Rep. Maxine Waters (D.-Calif.), the loud-mouth, left-wing congresswoman from South Central Los Angeles, home of the 1992 Rodney King riots.  But recently she said, "We're supportive of the President, but we're getting tired.  We're getting tired.  The unemployment is unconscionable."  Yes, Maxine, we are also getting tired of the President.  And we are getting tired of you as well...

Rep. Maxine Waters Calls For A Trillion-Dollar Jobs Program.  "I'm talking about a jobs program of a trillion dollars or more.  We've got to put Americans to work.  That's the only way to revitalize this economy.  When people work they earn money, they spend that money, and that's what gets the economy up and going," Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) told NBC's "Meet the Press."

Does Maxine Waters' Support Run Deep?  Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank's decision to retire at the end of his current term means the probable elevation of California Rep. Maxine Waters to the top Democratic slot on the House Financial Services Committee.  She is, after all, next in line in seniority behind Frank.  But not everyone in Washington is convinced it will be an automatic rise.

With Barney leaving, ethically challenged Maxine Waters waits in wings.  With [Barney] Frank's retirement, the next in line to be ranking Democrat on House Financial Services (or chairman if Democrats retake the House in 2012) is Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who remains the subject of a never-ending, unresolved House Ethics Committee investigation.  She has been credibly accused of using her congressional position in 2008 to intervene on behalf of a bank seeking a bailout — OneUnited Bank.  It just happened that her husband was heavily invested in OneUnited Bank.

Maxine Waters ethics case may take more time.  The outside counsel investigating the House Ethics Committee's handling of the case against Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters may his miss his year-end deadline to complete the probe.  The committee's chairman and ranking member, Reps. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), made the admission Wednesday [11/30/2011] during an appearance before the House Administration Committee, which is in charge of setting panel budgets for next year.

Ethics lawyer gets more time to investigate Maxine Waters case.  The House Ethics Committee has given an outside lawyer more time to examine whether the committee's staff acted improperly in investigating allegations of misconduct against veteran Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), further delaying an inquiry that could cost taxpayers as much as $800,000.

House Ethics Committee still investigating Rep. Maxine Waters.  The House Ethics Committee offered Speaker John Boehner and other House leaders an update on its investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters.  The committee wants to know whether the L.A. Democrat's due process rights have been violated.

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2011.  In August 2010, an investigative subcommittee of the House Ethics Committee charged Rep. Waters with three counts of violating House rules and ethics regulations in connection with her use of power and influence on behalf of OneUnited Bank.  She was expected to face an ethics trial in late 2010, but the committee delayed the trial indefinitely on November 29, 2010, citing newly discovered documentary evidence that may impact proceedings.  The delay apparently has less to do with evidence and more to do with infighting on the panel.

Ethics panel members recused in Maxine Waters case.  Six members of the House Ethics Committee — including all five Republicans on the secretive panel — have recused themselves from the long-running case involving Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.), an unprecedented move that raises new questions on whether the Waters case can be finished.

Republicans need to stand up against Waters racist rhetoric.  At the heart of this tediously ongoing investigation is that Maxine Waters (D-CA) is an old school house bully and if you are going question her, get ready to fight.  Feeding on emotionally energized behavior during the 2012 California Democratic State Convention, Waters was calling House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor "demons" whom she doesn't want to see "in our hall, on our screens."  The Republicans will always be called demons and devils until they learn how to fight back with logic and solution to urban social subsidized issues versus the emotional rhetoric coming from democrat leaders like Waters who has a method to her oratory madness.

For This Old Socialist, Maxine Waters, Socialism Starts at Home.  Maxine Waters, the ranking Democrat on the Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee and who serves as the deputy whip for the Democrats in the House — and who will take over for Frank now that he is retiring — is embroiled in another scandal involving money and nepotism.

Maxine Waters Ethics Probe Continues.  The ethics investigation of Maxine Waters, the California representative accused of steering $12 million in TARP funds to a minority-owned bank with ties to her husband, is set to resume.  Today [6/6/2012] the House committee on Ethics released a letter to Waters, dismissing the embattled Democrat's allegations that her constitutional rights had been violated.

After $800K probe, Dems want answers in Waters case.  A contingent of 68 House Democrats is demanding more answers from the Ethics committee about its decisions to move forward with the 2-year-old case against Rep. Maxine Waters and to dismiss the California Democrat's argument that her due process rights were violated.

Outside counsel for Rep. Waters case may cost taxpayers $1.3M.  The House Ethics Committee could end up spending more than $1 million on an outside counsel's investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and the panel itself.  The secretive committee on Thursday [8/2/2012] voted to extend the contract of outside counsel Billy Martin, who has cost more than $800,000 since being hired last July to continue investigating allegations against Waters and the ethics panel itself.

House ethics panel extends case of L.A. lawmaker.  [Rep. Maxine] Waters has been accused of intervening improperly on behalf of OneUnited Bank, on whose board her husband served from January 2004 to April 2008 and in which he owned stock.  Waters has said that her actions were in keeping with her work to aid minority-owned businesses and that she didn't benefit financially from her actions.

House Ethics Committee finds no violations in Rep. Waters case.  Now serving her 11th term, Waters won her last race with 79 percent of the vote.

No Ethics Charge for Democratic Calif. Rep. Waters.  California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters won't be charged with ethics violations following allegations she steered a $12 million federal bailout to a bank where her husband owns stock.

Just what does it take to remove a corrupt Democrat?
Maxine Waters Skates Again And Democrats' Culture Of Corruption Carries On.  The California Democrat was accused of using her position as a member of the House Financial Services Committee in 2009 to steer $12 million in bailout money to the failing Boston-based OneUnited Bank, in which her husband had substantial stakes.  The federal cash had been earmarked for solvent banks with good banking practices, yet OneUnited, which failed all such criteria, got an exemption from the FDIC accounting rules.  Maybe that's because Treasury Department bank examiners were subject to a barrage of calls from Waters' grandson, Mikael Moore, muscling into an operation that was supposed to be judged impartially.

Report details Waters ethics case debacle.  The long saga of the Maxine Waters ethics investigation is a chronicle of mistakes, partisan and intraparty squabbles, allegations of racism, bitter personal rivalries and failed attempts to bring the investigation to a close months and even years before it ended.

Inside the Maxine Waters Ethics Committee Debacle.  On September 12, the House Ethics Committee released a report detailing its Waters investigation, which was characterized by Politico as a "chronicle of mistakes, partisan and intraparty squabbles, allegations of racism, bitter personal rivalries and failed attempts to bring the investigation to a close months and even years before it ended."

Scandal-Plagued Maxine Waters Top Dem on Banking Committee.  Even for Washington this is a bit much. Democrats have chosen a scandal-plagued college, veteran Congresswoman Maxine Waters, to be the ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee despite her many transgressions over the years.  The influential congresswoman has helped family members make more than $1 million through business ventures with companies and causes that she has helped, according to her hometown newspaper.


Waters and Rangel

Republicans Say Dems Are Stalling on Rangel, Waters Ethics Cases.  Republicans on the House ethics committee accused Democrats of stalling the public trials of Democratic Reps. Charles Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California, and called for hearings to begin next month — before the November elections.

Dems delay ethics trials.  This should come as no surprise to anyone with a basic understanding of politics, but House Democrats are postponing pre-election ethics trials for two Democratic House members and Republicans are not happy about it.  Reps. Maxine Waters of California and Charlie Rangel of New York both faced charges they violated the rules of the House in separate cases that were scheduled to be adjudicated in public hearings some time in September.

Pelosi ethics pledge falters.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised four years ago that Democrats would lead "the most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history."

Post-election ethics trials set for Rangel, Waters.  Ethics trials for two prominent House Democrats were set Thursday [10/7/2010] for after the midterm elections, depriving Republicans of headlines that could become campaign ads.

Dates set for Rangel, Waters congressional ethics trials.  The chair of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, a.k.a. House Ethics Committee, just released a statement announcing the trial dates for Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. Both ethics trials will start after the election.

Drain the swamp.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously promised to "drain the swamp" back in 2006 when Democrats successfully campaigned against corruption in the Republican-led Congress.  She formed the Office of Congressional Ethics two years later to show that she meant business.  Now, the charges filed against Reps. Charles Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California are putting her promises to the ultimate test — public ethics trials against members of her own party at a time when the GOP is hoping to recapture control of the House.

Waters, Rangel make a mockery of House rules.  Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., has received a temporary reprieve.  Her ethics trial, originally set to begin Nov. 29, has been indefinitely postponed.  Waters was to go on trial for her role in helping get a $12 million Troubled Asset Relief Program bailout in 2008 for a bank in which her husband owned $350,000 worth of stock.  But now congressional investigators have discovered new e-mails between Waters' Chief of Staff Mikael Moore (who is also Waters' grandson) and the staff of the House Financial Services Committee.  The e-mails indicate that Waters was actively engaged in getting the bank bailout after she was warned by House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., to stay out of it.  The e-mails also appear to contradict what she has told the congressional ethics committee.



Mr. and Mrs. John Conyers

Conyers' House seat to remain vacant for nearly a year.  Michigan's Republican governor announced Friday that Democrat John Conyers' congressional seat will not be filled until the regularly scheduled November election, leaving it vacant for nearly a year.

Why 'Chandra Levy' Is Trending Again.  For those of tender years, the 24-year-old Chandra Levy disappeared in Washington in 2001 at the same time she was having an affair with Democrat sleazeball congressman Gary Condit of California.  Courtney Morse, a 20-year-old at the time of her internship with Conyers, told the Post she quit her job after Conyers "drove her home from work one night, wrapped his hand around hers as it rested in her lap, and told her he was interested in a sexual relationship."  According to Morse, when she rejected Conyers's come-on, he brought up the Levy investigation.  "He said he had insider information on the case.  I don't know if he meant it to be threatening, but I took it that way," Morse told the Post.  "I got out of the car and ran."

A Conyers Civil War In Detroit's Dirty Dynasty.  After spending almost 60 years in Congress as a politician and a staffer, Rep. John Conyers II has to decide which of his many relatives to pass Michigan's 13th congressional district to.  It's like King Lear, if Shakespeare's fictional monarch had been forced to step down after groping a woman in church.  The 13th is a very nice district to inherit.  Conyers has won it by 77%, 79% and 82%.  Fidel Castro couldn't ask for better elections.  Whichever Conyers clan member gets it will be staying in Congress for 60 years.  And will inherit Rep. Conyers' government Cadillac Escalade.  The Conyers fief stretches from Detroit to Highland Park to Garden City in Michigan's lower peninsula.  It's majority African-American.  A quarter of the population is unemployed.  Median household income is $29K.  Only 14% of the serfs on the Conyers political plantation even have a college degree.  It's a typical Democrat plantation where only the politicians have a future.

John Conyers' Resignation Is 50 Years Too Late.  Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., hospitalized for an undefined stress-related illness, announced his retirement after serving more than 50 years in the House. [...] Despite his sudden retirement, Conyers "vehemently" denies all accusations that he ever committed sexual harassment.  "My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we are going through now," Conyers said in a radio interview from the hospital.  "This too shall pass.  My legacy will continue through my children."

The John Conyers Abdication.  On Tuesday, Representative John Conyers (D., Mich.) announced that he would "retire" from Congress, effectively immediately.  Conyers, who has spent the last 53 years in office — Bonanza was the top-rated television show in America the year he joined Congress — didn't exactly retire: he actually resigned in disgrace, thanks to allegations of sexual harassment and abuse.  The most recent allegation:  A woman says Conyers groped her in church.  In church.  He stepped down only because news broke that taxpayers had been footing the bill for his games of footsie.  But fear not:  The city of Detroit shall not go without a Conyers.  The Old Man appointed his son, 27-year-old John Conyers III, to run in his stead.

Conyers' Son Reportedly Arrested For 'Domestic Abuse'.  John Conyers III, the son of embattled Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, was arrested under suspicion of domestic abuse in Los Angeles but was not charged, NBC News reported on Wednesday [12/6/2017].

Rep. John Conyers' son — who he endorsed to replace him — was reportedly arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse.  On Tuesday [12/5/2017], the elder Conyers dismissed such reports as politically motivated said they would not impact his reputation.  "My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we're going through now.  This too shall pass," he said.  "I want you to know that my legacy will continue through my children."

The pillars of the community:
John Conyers III Was Arrested in February, Accused of Stabbing His Girlfriend.  John Conyers III, who was endorsed by his father on Tuesday to succeed him in the House, was arrested in February after his girlfriend suffered knife cuts during an argument.  Mr. Conyers, in an interview Wednesday, tried to head off a possibly disqualifying scandal just a day after his father resigned from Congress amid multiplying allegations of sexual harassment.  As issues of sexual harassment and abuse roil Washington, any violent altercation against a woman could doom his effort to take the seat that his father held since 1965.

John Conyers III Allegedly Body-Slammed His Girlfriend And Cut Her With A Knife.  John Conyers III, son of disgraced former Rep. John Conyers Jr., allegedly body-slammed his girlfriend and then spat on her during a domestic dispute, according to a new report.  Conyers Jr., who resigned on Tuesday after a flood of sexual harassment allegations against him, has said that he wants Conyers III to run for his empty seat.

Conyers mentioned Chandra Levy case when intern rebuffed sexual advance: report.  A former congressional intern reportedly says she too was a victim of inappropriate sexual contact by now-retired Rep. John Conyers, saying Conyers even claimed during that encounter to have "inside information" on then-missing federal intern Chandra Levy.  Courtney Morse, 36, described the incident from 16 years ago to The Washington Post.  She said Conyers, D-Mich., mentioned the Levy case when Morse was a college intern for him and the congressman drove her home one night.

Rep. Conyers announces he's retiring today, endorses son to fill seat.  Currently facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, veteran Congressman John Conyers, D-Mich., announced he is retiring today [12/5/2017].  Conyers, 88, confirmed the news on the Mildred Gaddis radio show, calling in from a hospital in Detroit recovering for a stress-related illness. [...] Ian Conyers, 29, the grandson of Rep. Conyers' brother, confirmed the news of John Conyers' retirement by phone with ABC News early Tuesday.  Ian Conyers, a Michigan state senator, said that he would also seek his granduncle's seat.

John Conyers' Son And Appointed Successor.  John Conyers III., the son and appointed successor of John Conyers' Jr., the disgraced Democratic politician who announced his resignation on Tuesday [12/5/2017], is a former attempted rapper who bragged that his friends are drug dealers [...] The aspiring artist also rapped about some of the challenges he's had to live through, such as when his mother, former Detroit councilwoman Monica Conyers, was sentenced to three years in jail for taking bribes, or when Conyers Jr. had to repay the U.S. Treasury for Conyers III's misuse of a taxpayer-funded Cadillac Escalade.

Rep. Conyers: 'I'm retiring today'.  Embattled U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., the longest-serving member of Congress, said he will retire effective Tuesday, rather than seek re-election amid allegations that he sexually harassed staffers.  "I am retiring today," Conyers said in what is effectively also a resignation.  "I want everyone to know how much I appreciate the support that — the incredible, undiminished support I've received across the years from my supporters, not only in my district but across the country, as well."  Conyers has been in the U.S. House for 53 years — the longest-serving African-American in history.

Conyers of accused of sexual misconduct at a church amid looming announcement.  Another woman has come forward accusing Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., of putting his hand up her skirt and rubbing her thighs in the front row of a church.  The latest allegation hit the congressman just hours before he is set to make announcement on a Detroit radio station Tuesday [12/5/2017].  Elisa Grubbs made the allegation in an affidavit publicized late Monday by attorney Lisa Bloom.  Grubbs worked for Conyers for more than a decade and is the cousin of another accuser, Marion Brown, who reached a confidential settlement with the Michigan politician over sexual misconduct allegations.

Democratic leaders grapple with standoff over embattled John Conyers.  The longest-serving active member of the House, Rep. John Conyers, bristled at calls this week for him to resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct — bucking party leaders.  The standoff puts Democratic leadership in a precarious position. [...] In the span of one week, Conyers has gone from ceding his post as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee to defiantly brushing off calls for him to resign by leaders.  On Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wouldn't call on Conyers to resign, calling him a civil rights "icon" and alluding to the difficult position facing members in her caucus on how to handle their response to the allegations against a member who's been respected for decades in Congress.  By Thursday, Pelosi was urging Conyers to resign.

Democrats need to find some honor and get rid of Al Franken and John Conyers.  Democrats need to find some honor and address their side of the sexual harassment problem, by forcing out Conyers and Franken.  Not only do harassment victims deserve a measure of justice, Democrats' political reputation is on the line.  These two — and I would guess probably a few others — need to go.

Democrats turning on John Conyers as his accuser details harassment on NBC.  Suddenly, John Conyers is in deep trouble.  And the power of television news has plenty to do with it.  A tipping point for Conyers may have taken place on the "Today" show — that's right, the very same program that is reeling from the firing of Matt Lauer over mounting allegations of sexual misconduct and serious questions about whether any NBC executives knew about it.  But it was on "Today" that Lauer's former co-host Savannah Guthrie interviewed one of Conyers' accusers — and it was a powerful moment.

The Other Conyers Bombshell That Was An Open Secret:  A Top Congressman's Deteriorating Mental Health.  The sexual harassment scandal surrounding Michigan Democrat Rep. John Conyers has shed light on another major scandal:  Conyers' deteriorating mental health, which is said to have been an open secret in Washington and Michigan political circles.  That the 88-year-old Conyers, until recently a ranking member on the powerful House Judiciary Committee, is reportedly losing his mental health is emerging as common knowledge among political insiders at the same time that Democrats push Conyers toward resigning.

CBS, NBC Skip $100,000 to Dem Congressman's Harassment Victims.  While the pressure mounted on Democratic harassers Representative John Conyers and Senator Al Franken to resign, more details broke on Thursday [11/30/2017] of the congressional slush fund used to pay off such victims.  ABC World News Tonight was the only network evening broadcast from the big three (ABC, CBS, and NBC) to report that the male victims of former New York Democratic Congressman Eric Massa were paid a settlement of nearly $100,000 combined.  At the end of a report about the claims against Conyers and the mounting pressure from party leadership for him to resign, ABC briefly (37 seconds) discussed the new revelations.

Pelosi Calls on Conyers to Resign.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Speaker Paul D. Ryan in separate remarks Thursday called for Michigan Democrat John Conyers Jr., the longest-serving member, to resign amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.  "I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family and wish them well," Pelosi said.  "However, Congressman Conyers should resign."

Pelosi, Ryan Call on Conyers To Step Down; Franken Under Senate Ethics Inquiry.  Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is coming under increasing pressure to step down, after a former aide made public her allegations of sexual harassment against the veteran congressman.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called the allegations against Conyers "serious, disappointing and very credible" and said Conyers, the House's most senior member, "should resign."  Pelosi's comments were echoed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who also said Thursday [11/30/2017] that Conyers should "resign immediately," and by Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., the highest-ranking African-American in Congress and one of Pelosi's top deputies in House Democratic leadership.

Nancy Pelosi the fake feminist.  When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Sunday that Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has done a great deal to protect women, many people thought they still hadn't recovered from their Thanksgiving coma.  Did the female leader of House Democrats just tell us that Conyers — who reportedly paid a member of his staff at least $27,000 to settle a sexual misconduct complaint in 2015 — is someone who protects women?  Pelosi seemed to walk back her statement Monday, saying she spoke with former Conyers staff member Melanie Sloan, who said Conyers had verbally abused and harassed her in the 1990s and once met with her in his office in his underwear.

Clyburn: Charges against Conyers might be false because all complaining women are white.  The assistant leader of the House Democrats reportedly said Wednesday that the sexual-misconduct charges against Rep. John Conyers Jr. might be false because all the complaining women are white.  Rep. James E. Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat, made the purported remarks Wednesday at a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus, according to Robert Draper, a reporter for New York Times Magazine and National Geographic.  "At this morning's House Democratic caucus:  James Clyburn compared Conyers' accusers to the child murderer Susan Smith, who initially claimed a black man had abducted her kids.  Clyburn said, these are all white women who've made these charges against Conyers," Mr. Draper tweeted.

Thanks to Conyers, Identity politics finally is splitting the Democrats.  [Scroll down]  The problem with that outcome is that [Rep. John] Conyers wants to hang tough.  He has, after all, ridden out scandals before, such as when his wife, Monica Conyers (35 years younger than he), was sentenced to prison for bribery.  And he made his political bones in the Civil Rights Movement, which confers a form of sainthood upon him in the eyes of many.  In all likelihood, he will stick out his term and not run for re-election, which does no good for the Get Trump Gang and leaves his victims with no satisfaction.

Congressional Black Caucus members trying to get Conyers to resign: report.  Multiple members of the Congressional Black Caucus are reportedly urging Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) to resign.  CNN reported that several members of the caucus are talking to Conyers to get the Michigan Democrat to resign after allegations of sexual misconduct against him, according to several Democratic sources.  A staffer for a caucus member told CNN that "there is a feeling among some of our members that we need to protect his legacy."

Pelosi:  Conyers should resign.  Facing criticism for going too soft on sexual harassment, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday [11/30/2017] called for Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) to resign as the allegations of sexual misconduct have mounted against him.  "The allegations against Congressman Conyers, as we have learned more since Sunday, are serious, disappointing and very credible," Pelosi said during a briefing in the Capitol, reading from a statement.  "It's very sad.  The brave women who have come forward are owed justice.  I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family and wish them well.  However, Congressman Conyers should resign," she said.

Report: Congressional Black Caucus Members Trying to Convince Conyers to Resign.  Several Congressional Black Caucus members are trying to convince Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) to resign, according to a report Tuesday [11/28/2017].  A few Democratic sources told CNN that these members are attempting to ensure that Conyers leaves Congress without tarnishing his legacy as the longest currently-serving member of the House.  The sources say that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is not spearheading the effort, but is providing support for it behind-the-scenes.

John Conyers Is the Albatross that Democrats Deserve.  There are sexual harassers, and then there is John Conyers, the Democrat from Detroit who made his congressional office an adjunct of his libido.  The evidence suggests that Conyers believed that as a 27-term congressman, he was entitled to the Washington, D.C., equivalent of the Ottoman imperial harem.  He routinely hit on his female staffers, and his office was a den of sexual intrigue — allegedly featuring a jealous wife and a vindictive mistress — that properly belongs in a Bravo reality show if the network ever extends its franchise to Capitol Hill.  A political party is rarely provided an easier test case for its bona fides.  Conyers is an 88-year-old man who finds it increasingly difficult to carry out his duties.  He holds an exceedingly safe seat that, should he resign, will be taken over by another reliably progressive Democrat.  In this case, the political cost to the party of showing that it's serious about "zero tolerance" for sexual harassment is almost nil.

Second ex-staffer accuses Conyers of sexual harassment.  A former staffer of U.S. Rep. John Conyers said the veteran lawmaker made unwanted sexual advances toward her, including inappropriate touching, adding to allegations by other unnamed former employees that have prompted a congressional investigation.  Deanna Maher, who worked for him from 1997 to 2005, told The Detroit News that the Detroit Democrat made unwanted advances toward her three times.  Maher is the second former Conyers staffer to go public with accusations about the veteran lawmaker.  Conyers on Sunday stepped aside as the the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee amid a congressional ethics probe of sexual harassment allegations involving former staffers.

Conyers Reluctantly Leaves House Judiciary Committee.  Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers announced Sunday that he will step down from his top position on the House Committee on the Judiciary in the wake of allegations he sexually harassed and then paid off his accusers over several years.  "After careful consideration and in light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me, I have notified the Democratic Leader of my request to step aside as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee during the investigation of these matters," Conyers said in a statement and on Twitter.

S.E. Cupp:  If Dems Keep Protecting Franken and Conyers, They Can't Talk About Trump or Moore Again.  In recent days, two heavyweights in the Democratic Party have been hit with numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.  Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has been accused of forcibly kissing and groping Leeann Tweeden as well as inappropriately grabbing several other women.  Meanwhile, it was reported that Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) settled a lawsuit with a woman who claimed she was wrongly dismissed from her position because she wouldn't succumb to his sexual advances.  During tonight's [11/27/2017] broadcast of SE Cupp Unfiltered, host S.E. Cupp took aim at Democrats in Washington for not forcefully demanding both men leave Congress.

DC Dems Deploy Countermeasures.  It is being reported by 'some' media outlets that Democrat John Conyers has stepped down from the House Judiciary Committee, that is false.  Conyers is staying on the committee and just removing himself from the seniority position of "ranking member".

Joe Scarborough Gives Impassioned Defense of John Conyers: 'I Would Call That an Icon!'  MSNBC's Joe Scarborough launched into an impassioned defense of Rep. John Conyers, arguing on Morning Joe that despite the sexual harassment allegations, the congressman is still an American icon.  Scarborough was responding to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's train-wreck interview on Sunday's Meet the Press, in which she stumbled over a number of questions on Conyers's fate in Congress, and called the civil rights leader "an icon in our country."  The Morning Joe co-host noted that Conyers might have dementia, stating "he's clearly not capable of being a United States congressman."

Female News Anchor:  Everybody Knew Don't Get in the Elevator with Conyers.  An ABC panel led by ABC's Martha Raddatz discussed the sexual abuse rampant throughout Congress.  In their discussion, they pointed out that Congress doesn't do a very good job of policing itself.  After all, when they use taxpayer money to pay for your bad deeds, how can we trust them?  Put another way, these clowns don't even have the decency to pay for their own sins.

Cokie Roberts:  Oh, We All Knew To Avoid Getting in An Elevator With Rep. Conyers.  Speaking on ABC's "This Week," Cokie Roberts made a startling admission: "every female in the press corps knew" to avoid being in an elevator with Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and has apparently known about this "for years."  Conyers has been accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment and has stepped down from the House Judiciary Committee.  Despite the allegations against him, major players in the Democratic Party have defended Conyers and will not say that he should resign.  Pelosi even referred to the embattled congressman as an "icon."

John Conyers Is the Furthest Thing From an 'Icon'.  John Conyers is not an "icon," as Nancy Pelosi would have it, or would pretend to have it anyway, unless you mean an icon for everything that went wrong with the civil rights movement.  He's also an icon for identity politics (a favorite of despots globally), grievance culture and economic decline (Detroit).  Oh, and there are the little matters of sexual assault and governmental corruption.

John Conyers steps aside from House Judiciary Committee amid probe into sexual allegations.  Michigan Rep. John Conyers on Sunday [11/26/2017] stepped aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, but again denied recent allegations of sexual and inappropriate conduct.  "In light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me, I have notified the Democratic leader of my request to step aside as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee during the investigation of these matters," Conyers said in a statement.

Rep. John Conyers steps down from committee leadership position amid harassment accusations.  Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., stepped down as the ranking Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee on Sunday, following sexual harassment accusations.  The 27-term congressman said he denied the allegations, but was stepping down because of the ongoing House Ethics Committee investigation.

Conyers' 2006 Staffers:  Felt like 'House Servants', Baby Sat His Kids Six Weeks at a Time.  Yesterday [11/24/2017], Cortney [O'Brien] covered new comments from John Conyers' (D-MI) former lawyer, Melanie Sloan, regarding his alleged sexual misconduct.  But a 2006 CNN interview with Sloan and two other former staffers shows that he regularly established a pattern of inappropriateness, borderline negligence, and a hostile environment for his staffers and subordinates.  As reported yesterday, Conyers on at least one occasion placed Sloan in an uncomfortable and lewd situation.

Conyers stepping aside as ranking Dem on House Judiciary Committee.  Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) announced he is stepping aside as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee pending an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.  "After careful consideration and in light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me, I have notified the Democratic Leader of my request to step aside as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee during the investigation of these matters," he said in a statement on Sunday [11/26/2017].

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Nancy Pelosi:  John Conyers deserves 'due process'.  [Scroll down]  Appearing on "Meet The Press" earlier in the day [11/26/2017], House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi urged "due process" before making conclusions about Rep. Conyers, saying the congressman is "an icon" who has worked to protect women.  "We are strengthened by due process.  Just because someone is accused — and was it one accusation?  Is it two?" Pelosi asked.

Nancy Pelosi Botches the #MeToo Moment.  On Meet the Press [11/26/2017], House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi laid an absolute stink bomb in an interview with host Chuck Todd. [...] Todd pressed Pelosi on whether Michigan Democrat John Conyers, who, after a secretive process, settled sexual harassment complaints from a former female employee who says she was fired for resisting the congressman's sexual advances.  Others have come forward alleging misconduct as well, but Democrats — led by Pelosi — took no action against Conyers.  Pelosi expressed unfamiliarity with the allegations, asking Todd if it was one or two.  She called Conyers an "icon."  Todd asked Pelosi if she believed the accusers, and she said she didn't know who they were because they were anonymous.  She called for due process, even though Conyers, as Todd pointed out, had already gone through a process that resulted in him settling with his former employee.  It's not clear what other process Conyers is due.

Of course Pelosi backs Conyers.  Of course Nancy Pelosi backs John Conyers.  She is part and parcel to the system that allowed Conyers and all the other Chesters the Molester in the House get away with harassing underlings, and firing those who turned them down.  Paul Ryan also is part of this.  The congressional slush fund is a bipartisan to settle sexual predation claims without the public hearing a peep.

Rep. Conyers lawyer hints he will take down many other Congressional harassers if he is pushed too hard.  We have already reached the cornered animal stage of Democrats caught up in the sexual harassment hysteria.  Is there anything more amusing than watching your enemies play a game of chicken with each other, threatening mutual assured destruction?  Even better:  a threat that comes written in all caps, the cyber-equivalent of shouting, hinting that "many members" could find themselves in a similarly difficult situation.

New Accuser:  Rep. John Conyers Showed Up To A Meeting In His Underwear.  An attorney who worked with Rep. John Conyers told the Congressman's hometown paper, the Detroit Free Press, that Conyers was verbally abusive to her while she was in his employment, that he was critical of her appearance, and that, at least once, he showed up to a meeting wearing nothing but his underwear.

Third accuser comes out against John Conyers as calls strengthen for his resignation.  Representative John Conyers has been hit with a third allegation of harassment by a woman who spoke to the Washington Post.  Calls for his resignation have been growing, and are sure to strengthen on the news.

John Conyers' hometown newspaper calls for resignation after 'public betrayal'.  Rep. John Conyers' hometown newspaper is calling for his resignation in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against the Michigan lawmaker — and a questionable payout to one alleged victim.  Conyers is accused of using taxpayer dollars to settle a claim in secret, after a former staffer reportedly claimed she was fired for rejecting his advances.  In a scathing editorial published late Tuesday [11/21/2017], the Detroit Free Press demanded the Democrat step down immediately.

Will House Ethics Comm.  Let Conyers' Sex Scandal Slide Like His Past Corrupt Acts?  The prominent Michigan congressman who illegally forced congressional staffers to be personal servants and work on state and local campaigns is embroiled in a major sex scandal.  Various media outlets report that John Conyers, the longest serving House member and ranking Democrat of the powerful Judiciary Committee, secretly settled a sexual harassment claim by an employee with taxpayer funds from his office budget.  Additionally, multiple former staff members accuse the 88-year-old lawmaker of repeatedly making sexual advances toward female staff.  Democratic colleagues have already called for a House Ethics Committee probe, but there's little hope Conyers will be punished since the notoriously remiss panel let him off the hook the last time it investigated his corrupt acts, determining that he had "accepted responsibility" for the violations.  A former staffer said the legislator, a civil rights icon and founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, is untouchable.

U.S Rep. John Conyers must resign.  John Conyers Jr. has a long and complicated legacy in southeast Michigan and the U.S. Congress.  He has been an undisputed hero of the civil rights movement, a legislator of uncommon influence and power, and an aging icon whose felonious wife and sometimes-wandering pace have confounded his place in history.  But the revelations of Conyers' alleged sexual harassment scandal and his documented use of taxpayer dollars to bury that scandal, in violation of congressional ethics rules, is less ambiguous.  It is the kind of behavior that can never be tolerated in a public official, much less an elected representative of the people.

Conyers admits financial settlement with former staffer but denies misconduct.  Rep. John Conyers admitted Tuesday to reaching a financial settlement with a former staffer who had accused him of sexual misconduct but the lawmaker denied having done anything improper.  The House Ethics Committee announced several hours later it had opened an investigation.  "I expressly and vehemently denied the allegations made against me, and continue to do so," Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, said in a statement.

Ethics Committee Opens Investigation Into Top Democrat Who Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accuser.  The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation into Michigan Democrat Rep. John Conyers, after it was revealed Monday [11/20/2017] that Conyers paid a former employee more than $27,000 in taxpayer funding after allegedly firing her for refusing his sexual advances.  Sworn affidavits signed by former Conyers staffers portray him as a serial sexual predator who preyed on young, vulnerable female staffers.  Conyers confirmed the settlement on Tuesday but denied any wrongdoing.

Another Woman Accused Rep. John Conyers Of Sexual Harassment In Court Filings This Year.  A former scheduler for the Democratic congressman said she faced daily harassment from him, in a suit she later abandoned after a court denied her request to keep it sealed.  A BuzzFeed News investigation on Monday showed that Conyers had settled a sexual harassment complaint with another former staffer.

Top Democratic congressman settled sexual harassment complaint for $27K.  Democratic Congressman John Conyers reportedly sexually harassed a female staffer — leading to a wrongful-termination settlement in 2015 that essentially silenced his accuser.  Conyers, the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, is accused of repeatedly making sexual advances to female staffers, according to BuzzFeed.  One woman filed a complaint in 2014 claiming she was fired because she would not "succumb to [his] sexual advances."  The woman signed a confidentiality agreement in exchange for a $27,111.75 settlement, the website said.

Michigan Congressman John Conyers settled complaint over sexual misconduct in 2015.  Michigan Representative John Conyers 'vehemently' denies the accusations of a woman who got a $27,000 settlement payment after she lost her job and accused the senior lawmaker of sexual harassment.  Unlike several recent powerful men who have issued mea culpa statements in recent days after being confronted with statements by accusers, Conyers, the 88-year-old senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called for 'due process.'  He says he made the settlement payment — which he called 'severance' came from his taxpayer-funded office budget — to avoid 'protracted litigation.'

House Democrats demand ethics probe into sexual harassment claims against John Conyers.  House Democrats are calling for the House Committee on Ethics to investigate Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., after it was reported he settled a wrongful dismissal case related to sexual harassment accusations.  Reps.  Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., who both serve with Conyers on the House Judiciary Committee, said the sexual misconduct allegations against the Michigan Democrat are "troubling" and "serious."  The two lawmakers believe the Ethics Committee should probe the accusations involving Conyers, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

Maxine Waters to women:  John Conyers 'has impeccable integrity on our issues'.  Rep. John Conyers, newly facing sexual misconduct charges from former aides, was praised by fellow Rep. Maxine Waters just last month as a champion of women.  During an address to organizers of the national Women's March in which she lashed out at "rape culture" and President Trump, she singled out the Michigan lawmaker for special attention.  "You know, there is a member of Congress who has been supportive of women for many, many, many years," said said in a keynote address to the Women's Convention Sojourner Truth Luncheon in Detroit.

Sometimes politicians term-limit themselves.
Wayne Co. clerk throws Conyers off primary ballot.  The political future of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving African-American in Congress, hinges on a federal legal challenge and an appeal to the state's top elections officer after the Detroit Democrat Tuesday was thrown off the primary ballot.  Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett agreed with her staff that Conyers had 592 signatures — 408 less than the 1,000 required by state law — and called the decision unfortunate.  But Garrett said she's "bound by the current laws and statutes of the State of Michigan that set forth very specific and narrow instructions regarding candidate petitions and the authority of the County Clerk."

This 50-Year Congressman Can't Find the Ballot.  After nearly 50 years in Congress, John Conyers may end his political career in the most undignified way possible, by not even making the ballot.  The Michigan representative is the longest serving African-American in congressional history and will be the most senior elected official on Capitol Hill if he's returned to office next year, but a snafu with the signature-gathering process may cost him a place on the ballot and make a formidable opponent out of a challenger who would otherwise be a long-shot.

Long-Time Dem Rep. John Conyers Fails to Qualify for Election Ballot.  Wayne County, Michigan officials reported this weekend that long-time Detroit Democrat Representative John Conyers didn't submit enough signatures to qualify for the ballot this year.  Authorities say Conyers was 400 signatures short of having enough to qualify to run for re-election.  Many of the signatures were thrown out because some of his signature-gatherers were not registered to vote in Michigan as required by law.

John Conyers's Glass House:  If it's not the Bush White House, it's the FBI; if it's not the NSA, it's the Justice Department.  Interrogation, surveillance, the Patriot Act — you name it, he's against it, and he's investigating it.  All this, and still he must find time to manage ethics investigations against … himself.

Reports: Wife of Rep. Conyers threatened with indictment.  Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, the wife of longtime Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) received a letter Tuesday [6/16/2009] indicating a pending indictment from federal authorities on corruption-related charges.

Conyers accepts responsibility for possible ethics violations.  Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) has "accepted responsibility" for possibly violating House rules by requiring his official staff to perform campaign-related work, according to a statement quietly released by the House ethics committee late Friday evening [12/29/2006].

Has Michigan passed its tipping point?  Case in point:  The president of Detroit City Council is quoted as telling WXYZ-Channel 7:  "I do not believe that the majority of the council members that I work with on a daily basis are criminals."  That's reassuring.  Another:  Kenneth Cockrel Jr.'s chief of staff is allegedly videotaped taking bribes.  The council's president pro tem — Monica Conyers, wife of the House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Detroit — is said to be under investigation by the FBI in connection with the probe.

Detroit politician admits bribery.  Monica Conyers, Detroit's embattled City Council president pro tempore, pleaded guilty Friday [6/26/2009] to conspiring to commit bribery, a federal court representative in Michigan told CNN.  Conyers, 44, admitted accepting bribes in exchange for her vote to sway the City Council to approve Synagro Technologies Inc.'s $1.2 billion contract in 2007.

Conyers's wife pleads guilty.  Monica Conyers, the chairwoman of the Detroit City Council and wife of House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.), pleaded guilty Friday [6/26/2009] to federal bribery charges, the latest blow to a city still reeling from the collapse of the U.S. auto industry and the jailing of its former mayor.

Conyers pleads guilty to conspiracy.  Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Monica Conyers pleaded guilty this morning to conspiring to commit bribery and is free on personal bond.  U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn said, "The defendant now stands convicted."  The one count of conspiring to commit bribery is punishable by up to five years in prison.  No sentencing date has been set.

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At least she did the right thing by pleading guilty, saving the taxpayers a lot of money.

Conyers's wife resigns after conviction.  Monica Conyers, wife of House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.), submitted her resignation from the Detroit City Council on Monday following a bribery conviction.  Conyers will leave the council effective next Monday after pleading guilty to charges that she sold her vote on a recycling contract.

Conyers pleads guilty to conspiracy.  Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Monica Conyers pleaded guilty this morning to conspiring to commit bribery and is free on personal bond. ... She has long been under suspicion in the Synagro Technologies bribery probe, not least because she had been a vocal opponent of the contract before suddenly switching her sentiments.  She became the deciding voice in the city council's 5-4 vote to approve the sludge-hauling deal in November 2007.

Wife's Guilty Plea Raises Question of What Conyers Knew.  In the snow-covered parking lot of a McDonald's in Detroit two years ago, City Council member Monica Conyers met with a waste-management consultant who slipped her an envelope stuffed with as much as $3,000 in cash.  The under-the-table payment, made shortly after she cast the swing vote on a $1 billion city sludge deal, drove Conyers's guilty plea to a bribery charge that could send the Democratic politician to prison for up to five years.

Conyers Aides Say He Used Them as Servants.  Three former aides to U.S. Rep. John Conyers say the lawmaker used them as baby sitters and personal servants while they were supposed to be working in his Michigan offices.

Five weeks later, the same story showed up on CNN's web site.
Congressman accused of using staff to baby-sit.  Two former staff members of U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Michigan, say the longtime Detroit congressman made them baby-sit his children, run errands and work on political campaigns while they were on his congressional payroll.

Ethics probe of Rep. Conyers sought.  The Landmark Legal Foundation filed Monday [7/13/2009] a House ethics complaint against Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, over his role in writing a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency that supported a waste project tied to his wife, a former Detroit City Council member who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery. ... The foundation said Mr. Conyers attempted to influence the EPA on behalf of a family member, whose office reviewed a draft of the EPA letter he sent.  He also violated house rules by failing to report funds in a transaction by his wife, the complaint stated.

Riddle, Conyers teamed up to extort at least $65,000, U.S. says.  Detroit political consultant Sam Riddle was indicted today on a host of federal charges ranging from bribery to extortion, mail fraud and making false statements and court documents contend that former City Councilwoman Monica Conyers participated at every turn of the conspiracy.

Conyers quiet on missing office equipment.  Just days before Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Monica Conyers announced her resignation after pleading guilty to a bribery charge, she apparently had two new computers delivered to her office.  And now, city officials say those computers and dozens of other items are missing, and they want them back.

Conyers to be sentenced Dec. 1.  Detroit — Former Detroit City Council President Monica Conyers will be sentenced Dec. 1 on a felony bribery charge, a federal judge ordered Tuesday [10/27/2009].

Angry Conyers vows to appeal 37-month sentence.  Former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers was sentenced to 37 months in prison today [3/10/2010], but not before controversy and confusion erupted when she announced she wanted to withdraw her guilty plea to bribery.

Her husband makes $174,000 a year, and yet...
Judge says Conyers indigent, assigns her tax-funded lawyer.  Monica Conyers is indigent, according to a federal judge who has appointed a tax-funded public defender to help her appeal the three-year sentence she received last week for bribery conspiracy.

Rep. Conyers won't help his wife pay for a lawyer.  The National Law Journal reports that former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, wife of House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., has been declared indigent by a federal judge.  That means she gets a public defender in her attempt to appeal her three-year prison sentence on a bribery charge to which she pleaded guilty. ... The article notes that according to federal guidelines, a family member's wealth cannot be considered when determining a defendant's ability to pay, "unless the family indicates willingness and financial ability to retain counsel promptly."

Federal prosecutors:  Monica Conyers isn't entitled to appeal.  Monica Conyers, the former Detroit city councilwoman who was sentenced to 37 months in prison for bribery in June, has no right to appeal, federal prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday [4/8/2010].

Monica Conyers wins 2½-month delay in heading to prison.  A federal judge today [6/23/2010] gave former Detroit Councilwoman Monica Conyers a 2½-month extension in beginning to serve her bribery sentence.

It's not just Rangel — Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., to be tried on ethics charges.  Waters' defiant stance could result in yet another high-profile ethics scandal that House Democrats would rather not see happen in an election year.

Monica Conyers behind bars in West Virginia prison camp.  With roughly 20 minutes to go until her deadline, Monica Conyers obeyed a judge's order and turned herself in to a federal prison camp in West Virginia this afternoon [9/10/2010] to begin her 37-month sentence for taking bribes.  Conyers, federal inmate No. 43693-039, self-surrendered at roughly 1:40 p.m. at the Alderson Federal Prison Camp — nicknamed Camp Cupcake for its cushy atmosphere and one-time home to domestic guru Martha Stewart.

Monica Conyers' guilty plea should stand, prosecutors argue in filing.  Monica Conyers got the sentence she bargained for, and shouldn't be allowed to take back her guilty plea because she had a change of heart at the last minute, federal prosecutors argued in court documents filed Monday [11/22/2010].

Scandal-plagued John Conyers in the fight of his political life.  [Scroll down]  The congressman's wife, Monica, the disgraced former president of the Detroit City Council, is serving a 37-month federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to bribery conspiracy charges.  The suggestion that John Conyers was implicated in his wife's scandal has hurt him politically, even though he has not been charged or accused of criminal wrongdoing.  And potential voters probably won't be happy about the fact that despite his salary of almost $175,000 a year, taxpayers picked up the tab for Mrs. Conyers' legal defense.



Former DC Mayor Marion Barry

Former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry dies at age 78.  Marion Barry, the longtime mayor of the District of Columbia who staged a remarkable political comeback after a 1990 FBI sting videotaped him smoking crack cocaine, died early Sunday [11/23/2014].  He was 78.

Crack-Smoking Democrat Refuses to Pay Parking Tickets.  After D.C. Councilman and former crack-smoking Mayor Marion Barry was involved in a car crash, reporters began delving into Barry's parking tickets on the DMV website and discovered $2,824 in unpaid parking and speeding tickets.  When FOX reporter Emily Miller cornered Barry to ask him about some of these tickets, Barry did not respond well to questioning, berating the young reporter and telling her she should find something else to do.

Marion Barry censured, fined $13,600 for accepting gifts from contractors.  D.C. Council member Marion Barry has agreed to be censured and fined $13,600 for accepting gifts from city contractors, the District's ethics board said Thursday [7/11/2013].  The Board of Ethics and Government Accountability voted unanimously to approve a settlement at its monthly meeting following a two-month investigation into gifts he listed in a financial disclosure report.

Marion Barry Is D.C.'s Most-Popular Elected Official.  Now a member of city council, Barry, 76, has been convicted of cocaine possession and served six months in federal prison.  He was also found guilty of a misdemeanor for failure to pay his taxes, although marijuana-possession and stalking charges were dropped.  But his approval rating is 52 percent, higher than Mayor Vincent Gray's and all his fellow council members, according to a Washington Post poll released this week.

Delegate for Life.  Washington, D.C., city councilmember Marion Barry was elected Saturday to represent the city as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Barry and fellow Democratic Councilmember Jack Evans (D., Ward 2) were the top vote getters in D.C. District 1, trailing gay rights activist Gregory Cendana, the executive director of the Asian-Pacific American Labor Alliance, in total votes.  Barry and Evans reportedly bused dozens of supporters to the polls at the University of District of Columbia to ensure that they would be elected as two of Washington's 15 delegates.

Washington Ex-Mayor Is Arrested.  Marion Barry, the former mayor of the District of Columbia, was arrested over the weekend and charged with stalking a female acquaintance, the latest in a long string of legal troubles for him.  Federal Park Police said Mr. Barry, who is a member of the Council of the District of Columbia, was arrested after a woman told an officer that Mr. Barry was stalking her.  He was charged with misdemeanor stalking and released.

Stalking charges against Marion Barry dropped.  Prosecutors have decided not to pursue a stalking case against D.C. Councilman Marion Barry, following their review of the "strengths and weaknesses of the evidence," the U.S. attorney for D.C. said Wednesday [7/8/2009].  Barry, 73, was accused by the U.S. Park Police of stalking Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, a woman he had dated until recently when the relationship came to an ugly end.

Marion Barry takes another crack.  Barry has continued to provide both drama and comedy in a seemingly endless (and loopy) loop.  Recently, it came to light that this big-government politician, who spends other people's money so easily, sort of forgot to pay most of his federal and city income taxes for the last six years.  Oops!  Barry is now free on bond pending his sentencing next month on the tax evasion charges.

Ex-Mayor Avoids Jail Time Over Tax Case.  A federal judge rejected a request by prosecutors to send former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry to jail for violating his probation in a criminal tax case. … Barry, 71 and now on the District of Columbia Council, pleaded guilty in 2005 to misdemeanor charges for failing to file tax returns from 1999 to 2004.  As part of his plea bargain, he agreed to file future federal and local tax returns annually.

Judge ordered to consider effort to imprison Barry.  The District's chief federal judge yesterday [4/26/2007] overturned an earlier court ruling and ordered a magistrate judge to consider sending D.C. Council member Marion Barry to prison for failing to file his taxes.

I, Marion Barry:  The dashiki-wearing Democratic former mayor of the District of Columbia who years ago aggressively led the capital city into insolvency, has yet again failed to file his personal tax return, the Washington Post reports.  Barry did this while on probation after being convicted in 2006 of failing to file federal and district income tax returns from 1999 through 2004.  This is just the latest incident in a lifetime of law-breaking for the liberal municipal lawmaker who now represents Ward 8 on the Washington, D.C. city council.

Barry Says Kidney Issues Kept Him From Filing Taxes.  D.C. Council member Marion Barry said last night that he has been undergoing dialysis and expects to have a kidney transplant, which has distracted him from filing a recent tax return.  His failure to file a 2007 return has led prosecutors to urge a judge to revoke his probation for past tax offenses and send him to jail.

Barry owes $277,000 in taxes.  Federal authorities say D.C. Council member Marion Barry failed to pay more than $277,000 in back taxes and are continuing to ask that the former mayor's probation be revoked, according to court documents.

Barry contract probe begins.  Federal law enforcement authorities have begun a preliminary investigation into whether D.C. Council member Marion Barry broke any laws when he awarded a city contract to a former girlfriend and arranged for city grant money to go to nonprofit organizations controlled by people close to him.

New report on Barry's earmarks recommends criminal prosecution.  D.C. Councilman Marion Barry should be criminally prosecuted for helping himself to thousands of taxpayer dollars through earmarks, a damning new report has found.  Special counsels Robert S. Bennett and Amy R. Sabrin also recommended that the former mayor be condemned by his colleagues for abusing earmarks.



Senator Chris Dodd and Countrywide Financial

A Culture of Greed.  The Senate Ethics Committee intends to open an investigation into the relationship of several Democrat Senators, senior executives, and lobbyists for Fannie Mae, and Countrywide Financial, the home mortgage company, which was purchased at bail-out price by Bank of America.

Congress and the Countrywide Scandal:  Countrywide Financial Corp.'s "friends of Angelo" program provided sweetheart loans to key banking players in Washington, D.C.  They included former Fannie Mae chief executive Jim Johnson, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D., N.D.) and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D., Conn.).  The growing scandal surrounding the "friends of Angelo" loans (so-called by company employees, referring to Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo) should serve as a political wake-up call.

Dodd Releases Countrywide Mortgage Documents.  In response to pressure since last year that he demonstrate his full relationship with home mortgage lender Countrywide Financial, Sen. Chris Dodd release (sic) his 2003 mortgage documents today [2/2/2009] in Connecticut.  "I regret I did not do this sooner and I apologize to the people of Connecticut for the delay," he said in a statement.

Hold on...  Maybe "release" isn't quite the right word.
Dodd's Peek-A-Boo Disclosure.  Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd has finally, sort of, kind of, ended 193 days of stonewalling about his sweetheart loans from former Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo.  At least he did if you were a fast reader and were one of the few reporters he invited to his Hartford office yesterday to review — but not copy or take — more than 100 pages of documents related to his 2003 mortgage financings through Countrywide's "Friends of Angelo" program.

Dodd gives journos the idiot's treatment on mortgage document disclosure.  Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen, Chris Dodd, D-CN, has pulled what has to be an all-time classic evasion stunt against journalists covering Congress and the economic crisis concerning his promise six months ago to make public all of the documents about his sweetheart loan deal with Countrywide Mortgage..  Dodd invited a select few Connecticut reporters to his office in Hartford Monday [2/2/2009] and gave them a few minutes to view — but not copy — a small selection of documents that he claims proves he did nothing wrong in accepting special treatment from Countrywide that saved him a reported $75,000 in refinancing a couple of loans worth a total of $800,000.

Dodd's New Dodge.  Sen. Chris Dodd is hoping to make his sweetheart deals with Country wide Mortgage — which saved him tens of thousands of dollars on two mortgages — disappear.  Dodd, the chairman of the Banking Committee, announced this week that he'll have the mortgages refinanced and managed by a third party to protect against allegations of influence peddling.

Why We Just Can't Trust Dodd:  Sen. Christopher J. Dodd went one contrivance too far last week at his carefully choreographed press event to explain his mortgage deals with Countrywide Financial.  Dodd has engaged in so many contradictions in trying to manage the gathering storm that he probably did not recognize his stunning blunder.

Angelo Who?  After months of delay, Senator Christopher Dodd has offered a fuller but less than satisfactory account of the V.I.P. mortgage loans extended to him by a key player in the subprime mortgage crisis.  Mr. Dodd, the banking committee chairman who oversees remedies for the continuing financial crisis, denied any ethical wrongdoing or "sweetheart deals" in the $781,000 house refinancings he got through the Countrywide Financial Corporation.

Coming clean, or burnishing lies?  Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd has come clean on his latest real-estate scandals in the same way he came clean on his sweetheart mortgages from Countrywide Financial:  limited release of carefully selected documents that underpin improbable scenarios that put him in the least corrupt light.

Time to Get the Heck Outta Dodd.  First there was the Countrywide mortgage scandal which revealed Dodd — head of the Senate Banking Committee overseeing Fannie and Freddie, the institutions on which Countrywide unloaded risky loans — as one of the recipients of sweetheart mortgages due to his "friend of Angelo" status.  Despite promising to release documents that will clear his good name, Dodd has yet to release them.

Sen. Dodd's Cavalcade of Scandal.  It's been a rotten year for Chris Dodd.  Time and again, the Connecticut senator has been caught both doing favors for heavy hitters and receiving them — and then lying about it.  Sometimes the mess involves a firm like AIG or Countrywide, enmeshed in the abuses that have so damaged the US economy.  Sometimes Dodd's pal is just a felon in need of a presidential pardon.  But the cavalcade of scandal clearly puts the five-term senator in danger of losing his next re-election bid.

Loan Officer:  Dodd Knew He Got VIP Deal.  Despite his denials, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd knew from the start he was getting a VIP mortgage break from a major lending group, an official involved in the loan testified secretly to Congress.  Dodd and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) both got preferred treatment from Countrywide Financial Corp., but have maintained all along they didn't know they were benefiting at the time their mortgage packages were crafted.

Chris Dodd, Kent Conrad deny knowing about VIP deals.  Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) are fiercely denying a report that they knew they were getting sweetheart mortgage deals — accusing a Countrywide Financial loan officer of distorting their relationships with the former mortgage giant.  'There is nothing new here,' Conrad spokesman Christopher Gaddie told POLITICO Monday night.

The Culture Of Corruption Continues.  Somehow, I don't think we'll be hearing the self-righteous left clamoring for transparency and hearings that will reveal the Democrats (once again) as the privileged crooks they've always been.

Dodd and Obama:  Corrupt Birds of a Feather.  Connecticut voters are not smiling about Dodd's hypocritical bashing of lobbyists on the airwaves while he parties with them behind closed doors.  And as they scrimp through the recession, they haven't forgotten about Dodd's dozy Irish cottage deal with convicted insider trader Edward Downe Jr. (who received a Clinton pardon with Dodd's generous help).

Criminal-Probe Time.  Whoa.  It's looking like Sen. Chris Dodd's involvement with a sub prime-lending company warrants far more than a mere Senate Ethics Committee look-see.  Or so suggests closed-door committee testimony from a fomer executive of the firm in question.

Dodd Man Out?  Chris Dodd's teetering re-election chances weren't helped by news that the senator may have lied about not knowing he got preferential treatment as one of Countrywide Financial's Friends of Angelo program.

Robbing the bank.  With so much money at stake in the financial services sector, corruption and impropriety are common.  Last week, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, and Sen. Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat, were caught prevaricating about below-market interest loans they received from Countrywide Financial. ... Those sweetheart deals from Countrywide were highly improper given that Mr. Dodd is chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and Mr. Conrad serves on the Senate Finance Committee, both of which write laws related to Countywide's business.

'Countrywide Chris' Dodd.  In sworn testimony last week, Robert Feinberg, a former executive at Countrywide Financial testified under oath that Sen. Dodd knew he was "getting special VIP treatment" for his mortgage applications.  That VIP treatment came as part of the "Friends of Angelo" program at Countrywide, the once-mighty mortgage firm — formerly run by Angelo Mozilo — which was purchased by Bank of America last July for $2.5 billion.  In June, the SEC filed fraud charges, including for disclosure fraud and insider trading, against Mozilo.

Dodd, Conrad cleared in Countrywide probe.  The Senate Ethics Committee on Friday [8/7/2009] dismissed complaints against Democratic Sens. Chris Dodd (Conn.) and Kent Conrad (N.D.) over their participation in Countrywide Financial Corp.'s VIP lending program.  But the panel cautioned the senators that they should have "exercised more vigilance" in their dealings with the mortgage giant to avoid an appearance of preferential treatment.

The Countrywide Senators.  The three Republican and three Democratic Senators say they conducted an exhaustive probe and inspected 18,000 pages of documents.  They say they found "no substantial credible evidence as required by Committee rules" that the Senators received mortgage rates or services that weren't commonly available to the public, and thus did not violate the Senate gift ban.  We'll have to take their word that the evidence wasn't "substantial," because they didn't release those documents, nor did they encourage Mr. Dodd to release any of his records.

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The most obvious way to refute this claim is to have "Joe Average" approach Countrywide and demand the same favorable treatment received by Senator Dodd.

It Still Reeks.  A committee of their fellow senators has decided that Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad did nothing unethical when they took out loans from Countrywide Financial on the kind of favorable terms not available to mere mortals without their financial or political standing — or a personal connection to the head of Countrywide.  The very Select Committee on Ethics did recognize that the whole deal looked bad, and gave its colleagues a gentle pat on the wrist for creating "the appearance that you were receiving preferential treatment based on your status as a senator."  But in the end, one hand washed the other, if not very well.

Democrats skip out on Countrywide vote.  Faced with a promised vote to subpoena documents on Countrywide Financial's "Friends of Angelo" program, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee fled a scheduled 2 p.m. markup today [10/15/2009]. ... The committee's Democrats simply failed to appear.  Republican staffers say they caught them on tape leaving by a back door at 2:35.

The Vote Democrats Don't Want.  If you think moderate Democrats are afraid of voting for ObamaCare, you should see how they react to a potential vote on the Countrywide Financial loan scandal.

Something Strange.  [Scroll down]  "A committee press release later claimed the postponement was 'due to conflicts' with a markup occurring at the same time in the financial services committee.  But Mr. Issa's staff videotaped several financial services members leaving the back-room gathering with Mr. Towns at the conclusion of the meeting.

Dems running scared on Countrywide scandal.  And when I say, "scared," I mean petrified.  Some big name Democratic lawmakers as well as contributors would be embarrassed and possibly liable for ethics violations if the truth about the list of "VIP's" who benefited from overly generous mortgage terms offered by Countrywide Financial ever came out.

Dodd, At It Again.  Sen. Chris Dodd's proposed overhaul would replace the Federal Reserve with a "super regulator" to oversee the banking and financial industries.  Will it work?  Consider the source.  Along with fellow Democrat Barney Frank, now chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Dodd, who heads the Senate Banking Committee, has done as much to damage this nation's financial system as anyone...

Sen. Dodd, D-Conn., slashed aviation security funding for pet constituency.  Now that our attention is focused on airline security measures thanks to the failed airline attack on Christmas Day, it's worth mentioning that one Senator took money away from aviation security to line the pockets of constituency that supported his presidential campaign in a big way.

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2009.  [Including] Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT):  This marks two years in a row for Senator Dodd, who made the 2008 "Ten Most Corrupt" list for his corrupt relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and for accepting preferential treatment and loan terms from Countrywide Financial, a scandal which still dogs him.  In 2009, the scandals kept coming for the Connecticut Democrat.

At last!
Exit Dodd.  Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, who has announced that he is not seeking re-election, will leave behind a lot of friends when he leaves office: Most notably, he was a "Friend of Angelo" — that's Angelo Mozilo, former CEO of kamikaze mortgage-lender Countrywide — having secured from him a sweetheart mortgage deal that saved him $75,000 or so, and a friend of Harry Reid, who helped to keep the Senate's ethics watchdogs, such as they are, off Dodd's ankle over that dodgy deal.

Abandon ship!  Party is sinking.  Sen. Chris Dodd's announcement yesterday that he would abandon his hopeless bid for re-election is only the latest in an alarming and growing body of evidence that President Obama and Democrats in Congress have blown through more political good will in one year than most parties do in a decade.  With elections still 10 months off, 13 incumbent congressional Democrats have decided to give up rather than face the certain wrath of voters.

Investors allege massive fraud by Countrywide.  A lawsuit alleges Countrywide Financial Corp. and two of its former executives misled institutional investors who were stuck with huge losses from mortgage-related investments that they say were portrayed as low-risk.



Sandy Berger

The Alchemy of Democrat Cover-ups:  [Scroll down]  Soon after the formation of 9-11 commission was officially announced the Clinton administrations National Security Advisor, Sandy Berger, went to National Archives over a period of weeks to steal and destroy highly classified records of the Clinton administration decision-making process in handling Al-Qaeda and terrorism.  He stuck them in his pants and socks and later burned and shredded them.  You can bet they held incriminating evidence, evidence that would have tanked the Democrats on security issues and ripped away the "Clinton Legacy."  It was a very successful cover-up, about which the press is remarkably silent.

Hillary's 'Low Profile' National Security Adviser:  Sandy Berger.  It's gotten very little mainstream media coverage (surprise!) but Hillary Clinton's national security adviser is none other than Sandy "Docs In My Socks" Berger, who pleaded guilty to stealing and destroying classified documents related to the Clinton administration's anti-terror efforts, immediately before Bill Clinton's testimony to the 9/11 commission.

It's about time Americans found out what Sandy Berger stuffed in his pants.  The theft and destruction of classified national security documents by former National Security Advisor Samuel "Sandy" Berger is a topic that never received the attention it should have. ... My outrage, though, comes from the actual theft of the documents, rather than the way the media largely ignored it.

Sandy Berger in trouble?  Send in the media!  The media — on its own — lowered Berger's stature in the Kerry campaign.  Way back in May 2004, The Washington Post called Berger "a top Kerry advisor."  After the scandal, the Post busted him down to "informal advisor."  Similarly, the Los Angeles Times in May called Berger a "Kerry foreign policy advisor."  It now tags him as an "unpaid consultant."  The Boston Globe in May called Berger a "top advisor."  Now the paper relegates him to "informal advisor."

Sandy's socks:  Surely it was an innocent mistake, former Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger's stuffing classified documents into his pants, jacket and perhaps even his socks before leaving the National Archives building last fall.  After all, what could he possibly have been trying to hide?

Sandy Berger gets off easy.  Recently the Bush Justice Department entered into a plea bargain with Sandy Berger, the now infamous former National Security Advisor to President Clinton, who admitted to stealing top secret documents from the National Archives, but only after he was caught red-handed.

Report Says Berger Hid Archive Documents.  Former national security adviser Sandy Berger removed classified documents from the National Archives in 2003 and hid them under a construction trailer, the Archives inspector general reported Wednesday [12/20/2006].  The report was issued more than a year after Berger pleaded guilty and received a criminal sentence for removal of the documents.

Clinton aide forfeits law license in Justice probe.  Samuel R. Berger, the Clinton White House national security adviser who was caught taking highly classified documents from the National Archives, has agreed to forfeit his license to practice law.

Bergergate, &c.  Call me a right-wing paranoid — it's been done before! — but I think that, if Sandy Berger were a conservative Republican, the story of his criminality would be a really, really big deal.  Bear in mind that the man was national security adviser. … If Berger were a Republican, the word "Nixonian" would be making a big, big comeback — at a minimum.

Berger took papers to a hiding place.  The National Archives Office of Inspector General said that during a 2003 visit to the facility, Mr. Berger left the building unescorted for a break, during which time he "placed the documents under a trailer in an accessible construction area outside Archives 1 (the main Archives building)."  The report said Mr. Berger acknowledged that he later retrieved the documents from the construction area and brought them to his office.

Report should be cure for nostalgia for Clinton crew.  Although Democrats enjoy impugning the integrity of the current president and his administration, the ethical lows achieved by his predecessor, Bill Clinton, and his motley crew of senior advisers still cast the current administration, for all its foibles, in a favorable light.  [And now] along comes former national security adviser Sandy Berger to remind us of how "ethically challenged" they were.

Davis won't give up probe into Berger-Archives case.  The outgoing chairman of the House Government Reform Committee says questions remain about former National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger's removal of classified documents from the National Archives and pledged yesterday [12/21/2006] to get the answers. … Describing the material removed as "code-word documents," meaning only a limited number of people had access to them, Mr. Davis said Mr. Berger's conduct in hiding the papers "exposed this country to more serious national security breaches than previously thought."

Networks Spike Revelations About Berger's Pilfering of Secret Papers.  Despite the colorful details about how Sandy Berger cut the documents, about the Clinton administration's reaction to terrorist threats in 1999, into small pieces, the broadcast networks weren't interested Thursday morning or evening [12/21/2006] even though the report discredits Berger's claims he simply accidentally mishandled the documents.

[There are more examples of suppressed news items on this page.]

Classified Info.  With the release of an internal investigation last week, we now know that former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger not only knowingly flouted laws for handling classified documents, but he went to incredible lengths to cover his tracks and thwart investigators.  While Mr. Berger's "punishment" was a pittance of a fine, former Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin has been financially ruined and sentenced to 12½ years for passing along far less-classified information to unauthorized third parties.

What did Berger destroy?  If you forgot to make a New Year's resolution, or are still trying to decide on one, let me suggest that you resolve to devote a little time this year to solving the mystery of Sandy Berger and the Destroyed Documents.  Pressure on Berger is what is needed, and the united voices of several thousand outraged Americans would provide it.

Did Clinton cause 9/11? Ask Sandy Berger.  There is a lot of water under that bridge, and obsessive hatred of Bill Clinton bores me.  And yet the hissy fit Bill Clinton and his former colleagues threw calling for ABC to pull this TV movie is also deeply repellent.

Thanks a lot, Bill.
Bill Clinton authorized Sandy Berger's access.  President Bill Clinton signed a letter authorizing former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger's access to classified documents that later came up missing, according to a newly released investigation report by the National Archives and Records Administration.

Clinton Library Won't Release Berger Documents.  The William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library will not make available to the public the documents that former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger illegally took from the National Archives in 2003.  A letter from the library said the total 502 pages from the Millennium Alert After Action Review (MAAR) are "restricted in their entirety," under federal law and that the documents are "classified in the interest of national defense or foreign policy."

Damage from Berger's theft understated, Davis says.  Samuel R. Berger's theft of documents from the National Archives compromised national security "much more than originally disclosed" and resulted in "incomplete and misleading" information being given to the September 11 commission, says the former chairman of the House Government Reform Committee.  "It is now also clear that Mr. Berger was willing to go to extraordinary lengths to compromise national security, apparently for his own convenience," Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican, said yesterday [1/9/2007].

The Berger Files:  The more we learn about Sandy Berger's brilliant career as a document thief, the clearer it becomes that there is plenty we still don't know and may never learn.  On Tuesday [1/9/2007], the House Government Reform Committee released its report on Mr. Berger's pilfering of classified documents from the National Archives.  The committee's 60-page report makes it clear that Mr. Berger knew exactly what he was doing and knew that what he was doing was wrong.

Why Does Trousergate Go Ignored?  A House Oversight Committee report details the real and potential damage to national security of Sandy Berger's theft and destruction of classified documents.  And we may never know what was in them.  The report released this week by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee shows, as ranking Republican member Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia put it, how former Clinton National Security Adviser Berger "compromised national security much more than originally disclosed."

Bad News for Berger.  There have been many distinguished former government officials who lived to write their version of the history they participated in.  Sandy Berger is the rare government official who has lived to erase history.  A polygraph test might reveal how much history he erased.  Berger's lawyer, a veteran Clinton smog artist, Lanny Breuer, insists there is no "evidence" that his client did anything wrong.  That is classic Clinton obfuscation.  Berger was caught stealing classified documents from the National Archives.  For a former national security adviser to do such a thing is without precedent.

The Secret Sandy Risked His All For.  If not the most skillful of embezzlers, Samuel "Sandy" Berger is a far more formidable character than the media would have us believe.  When he made his now storied sorties into the National Archives, he risked his career and his reputation in so doing, and he knew it.  Rest assured, he would not have done so were the secrets to be preserved not worth the risk of pilfering them.  True to form, the major media refuse to even ask the most fundamental question:  just what secrets would justify so much personal exposure.

Part two of the above article:
Why Bush Justice Rolled Over For Sandy Berger.  The Bush White House is not fully in control of its own Justice Department and FBI.  In truth, the decision to protect Berger may have more to do with saving the Clinton legacy than with stabilizing the nation.

Berger Should Take Promised Polygraph.  Republican members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform mailed a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales last week asking the Department of Justice to administer a polygraph test to former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger.  Berger agreed to a polygraph in 2005 when he pleaded guilty to removing highly classified documents from the National Archives.  Justice department lawyers should take advantage of the plea deal because questions remain about what other documents he may have removed.

Socks, Scissors, Paper:  The Sandy Berger Caper.  Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., is charging a cover-up by the Justice Department in connection with the 2003 theft and destruction of top secret documents by Clinton National Security Advisor Sandy Berger.  Davis also told FOX News that he is not convinced that Berger was not acting under direction from the Clinton Administration.

Another Pants Check.  Last we heard of Sandy Berger, Bill Clinton's national security adviser, he was being fined and placed on probation for stealing top-secret documents.  Is there more to this tale of purloined papers?  Rep. Tom Davis thinks there is.

The End of the Line for the Sandy Berger Investigation.  Berger's voluntary disbarment has nothing to do with the Justice Department or Capitol Hill.  It is entirely the result of Berger's desire to head off an investigation by the District of Columbia Bar.  By giving up his license voluntarily, before an investigation was set to begin, Berger effectively closed another probe into his activities.

Document(ed) Thief.  By voluntarily surrendering his law license, Clinton White House aide Sandy Berger has avoided cross-examination in Trouser-gate.  This is the behavior of a man who's still hiding something.

Sandy Berger gives up law license.  Sandy Berger, who served as national security adviser during the Clinton administration, has given up his license to practice law in the District of Columbia, two years after admitting he illegally sneaked classified documents out of the National Archives. … Berger had only copies of documents; all the originals remain in the government's possession.

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Oh, really?  Previous reports indicated that he had destroyed original documents, and suggested that we may never know what he took.

Clinton Unzipped: One of the Worst Presidents Ever.  [Scroll down]  And who can forget the Clintons' most heinous betrayal of all, which was... what, exactly?  We'll probably never know because Sandy Berger took care of that.  Remember him?  "Sandy Burglar" is the light-fingered bandit who served as Clinton's National Security Advisor and pled guilty to stealing and destroying classified documents from the National Archives.  At Clinton's behest, Berger was prowling the Archives to prepare testimony for the 9/11 Commission.  By his own admission, Berger secretly stashed classified documents in his socks on multiple occasions, hid them under a construction site trailer, snuck back to retrieve them, and then cut them to shreds.

Update:  Mr. Berger is still one of Hillary Clinton's advisors.



Congressman John Murtha

Murtha Intervenes for Company That Broke Export Law.  Rep. John P. Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat known for delivering federal money to defense contractors in his district, is now going to bat for a constituent's company that was convicted last year of illegally exporting components of military equipment.

Murtha Scandal Time Arrives.  Months before the midterm elections, this new media-anointed hero announced he would run for the post of House Majority Leader under a potential Speaker Pelosi.  During that time, Democrats were hammering a so-called Republican "culture of corruption," with Pelosi pledging to "drain the swamp" of the majority's ruinous ways in Washington.  But the national media didn't exactly wonder how Pelosi would square fighting corruption with installing someone thoroughly tainted with that odor of corruption — John Murtha.

Nonprofit Connects Murtha, Lobbyists.  "It's a real tangled web between the congressman, the nonprofit, the defense contractors and the lobbyists," said Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan watchdog group.  "It's hard to say where one stops and the others start."  Murtha declined to respond to numerous phone calls and e-mails from The Washington Post requesting comment.

"King Corruption" Reigns.  Republicans returning to the House floor on Friday morning Aug. 3 after their walkout the night before were surprised to find as presiding officer the Democrat they call "King Corruption":  Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, master of earmarks and backroom deals.

Earmarks and Congressional Corruption:  Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, recently reported that every private entity [Representative John] Murtha (D-PA) favored with an earmark in this year's defense bill has given money to his campaign in the last two years.  Political Action Committees (PACs) and employees of the 26 groups in Murtha's district that received Federal monies have contributed $413,250 to him, $100,750 of which was donated in the two weeks leading up to March 16, the original deadline for lawmakers to file their earmark requests.  Murtha rewarded these groups for their political contributions by allocating $114.5 million to them.

Pennsylvania defense firm raided by FBI.  Federal agents raided the offices of a Western Pennsylvania defense contractor that has received millions in federal earmarks at the request of Rep. John Murtha, according to local media reports.  The offices of Kuchera Industries and Kuchera Defense Systems were shuttered for the day following the raids, the chief financial officer told the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.

Is the Law Finally Closing in on John Murtha?  I had not paid much attention to Congressman Murtha since 1980, when he was taped suggesting he might accept a bribe to push through private asylum bills for Arab sheiks (who were actually FBI agents working undercover in an operation to uncover corruption known as Abscam) if only they'd invest in businesses in his district.  Then came his Haditha accusations ... .

Following Mr. Murtha's Money:  The mantra of criminal investigators — follow the money — often reveals a decidedly circular route when it comes to Capitol Hill politics.  Consider the recent raids by federal agents on the offices of a lobbyist and a Pentagon contractor, both with lucrative ties to Representative John Murtha, the powerful Democratic defense appropriator from Pennsylvania.  Mr. Murtha, who has not been named as a target, is the reigning master at reaping handsome campaign donations from firms that he regularly blesses with rich government contracts.

FBI Eyes Charity Linked To Rep. Murtha.  CBS News has learned the FBI is investigating a little-known not-for-profit organization called Commonwealth Research Institute.  It's located, like a lot of Rep. John Murtha's, D-Pa., pet projects, in his hometown, Johnstown, Pa. Commonwealth gets the same benefits as the Salvation Army or any other charity:  It doesn't have to pay taxes.  But its line of work may be surprising.  It's a defense contractor.

Swept Under the Rug.  In the Democrat majority, it is now perceived as an article of faith that the party will suffer not if they fail to root out corruption in their own ranks, but if they fail to adequately cover it up.  Fortunately, 29 courageous House Democrats refused to go along with it, voting against tabling a resolution that would have launched an ethics investigation into Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) and several of his fellow Congressmen for their role in earmarking $300 million to a lobbying firm's clientele.  The PMA Group is headed by Paul Magliocchetti, who is currently under an FBI investigation.

Exec with Murtha ties took kickbacks, feds say.  A former executive for a defense contractor with ties to Democratic U.S. Rep. John Murtha has been charged by federal prosecutors with taking about $200,000 in kickbacks from a subcontractor.  Richard Ianieri, of Doylestown, Pa., served as president and CEO of Coherent Systems International Corp., the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Ex-Contractor With Murtha Ties Accused Of Kickbacks.  A former executive for a defense contractor with ties to Democratic U.S. Rep. John Murtha has been charged by federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh with taking about $200,000 in kickbacks from a subcontractor.

House Ethics Office Ends Probe of Murtha, 2 Others.  A key House investigating body has dropped its probe of Rep. John Murtha (D., Pa.) and two other members of the House's defense-spending committee, according to people familiar with the matter. ... The development doesn't mean that the lawmakers are in the clear.

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2009.  [Including] Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) and the rest of the PMA Seven:  Rep. John Murtha made headlines in 2009 for all the wrong reasons.  The Pennsylvania congressman is under federal investigation for his corrupt relationship with the now-defunct defense lobbyist PMA Group.  PMA, founded by a former Murtha associate, has been the congressman's largest campaign contributor.  Since 2002, Murtha has raised $1.7 million from PMA and its clients.  And what did PMA and its clients receive from Murtha in return for their generosity?  Earmarks — tens of millions of dollars in earmarks.

John Murtha:  Requiem for a Corruptocrat.  John "Jack" Murtha was an unrepentant smear merchant and corruptocrat to the bitter end. ... From his character assassination of innocents to his insatiable appetite for pork and power, Jack Murtha embodied everything that is wrong with Washington.

A Profile in Arrogance.  Congressman John "Jack" Murtha, who died last week at the age of 77, represented western Pennsylvania's Twelfth District in the House for 35 years.  But Murtha's impressive longevity belies his more dubious political legacy.  The narrative of Murtha's legislative career was punctuated on virtually every line by self-absorption, self-interest, secret dealings, and an ugly brand of political hackery that placed Murtha's own lust for power above the welfare of his country.

Sink the Murtha.  The late Rep. John Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat, has achieved his highest undeserved honor.  Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has decided to name the Navy's newest San Antonio Class amphibious transport-dock LPD 26 the USS John P. Murtha.  This is a slap in the face to every service member who bridled when Murtha publicly accused Marines in Iraq of intentionally killing women and children in cold blood.

Critics Slam Decision to Name Navy Ship for John Murtha.  The Navy's decision to name a ship for the late Rep. John Murtha has outraged some critics who have not forgiven the Pennsylvania Democrat for accusing U.S. Marines of murdering Iraqi civilians "in cold blood" five years ago.

Scuttle the USS Murtha.  There is another reason to think twice before naming an American warship for John Murtha:  He was not honest.  Routinely cited by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and various news organizations, as one of the most corrupt members of Congress, he was notorious for his hostility to ethics legislation and famous for the hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks he shunted toward his district — including defense appropriations for companies that employed his brother and a former staffer.

They should have called it the U.S.S. Abscam.  Disregarding public outrage, the U.S. Navy will name a warship after the late Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa.,who had accused Marines of murdering Iraqi civilians in 2006.  But the problem with naming the ship doesn't just stop at what Murtha called a branch of the military that would occupy the ship, but also with his willingness to entertain bribery.

Months later...
FBI Saw Dark Side of Rep. John Murtha.  Last week's release of FBI documents finally put in writing what nobody had ever said on the record:  The FBI suspected that former Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and lobbyists close to him were running a scheme to funnel earmarks to sham companies and nonprofits to benefit the lawmaker's friends and former staffers.



Detroit's Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

The Corrupt Bargain.  Detroit has long been run by criminals.  Former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, currently known as prisoner No. 44678-039 in the federal lockup at El Reno, Okla., ran an outright criminal enterprise out of City Hall, and was subsequently convicted on charges ranging from racketeering and extortion to bribery and fraud.  He managed to make sewage even dirtier than it is, taking at least $1 million in kickbacks for contracts in the city's water department.

Prosecutors: Give Kwame Kilpatrick 28 years in prison for 'astonishing ... devastating' corruption.  When it comes to public corruption, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is the worst of the worst.  That's what federal prosecutors argued on Thursday [10/3/2013] in asking a judge to sentence Kilpatrick to at least 28 years in prison for his multitude of crimes — a request that raised eyebrows within the legal community as some experts said Kilpatrick could get the stiffest punishment for public corruption in U.S. history.

Mayor Kilpatrick, chief of staff lied under oath, text messages show.  Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his chief of staff lied about their relationship last summer at a police whistle-blower trial that has cost the cash-strapped city more than $9 million, according to records obtained by the Free Press.  The false testimony potentially exposes them to felony perjury charges, legal experts say.

Detroit Mayor Decries Media "Lynch Mob".  Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick lashed out at his opponents and the news media Tuesday night [3/11/2008], accusing them of showing a "lynch mob mentality" in the aftermath of the scandal over his exchange of sexually explicit text messages with a former top aide.

Detroit mayor swamped with calls for resignation.  The walls are crumbling for embattled Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is under increasing pressure to resign over his role in a police whistleblower settlement scandal that many say is paralyzing the already struggling city.  High-profile critics have been lining up to call for Mr. Kilpatrick's resignation.

Stalemate in Detroit:  City Council Asks Mayor to Resign, but He Refuses to Go.  The City Council on Tuesday asked Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick to resign in light of evidence that he had lied under oath and plotted to cover up an extramarital affair with his former chief of staff.  The 7-to-1 Council vote is not binding, and Mr. Kilpatrick has vowed to remain in office.

Detroit Mayor Charged With Perjury.  Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a one-time rising star and Detroit's youngest elected leader, was charged Monday [3/24/2008] with perjury and other counts after sexually explicit text messages contradicted his sworn denials of an affair with a top aide.  Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy also charged the popular yet polarizing 37-year-old mayor with obstruction of justice and misconduct in office.

Texts, Lies and the Mayor of Detroit.  It's been an unusual season of political sex scandals, but Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's is particularly lurid:  there are allegations of parties featuring strippers at the mayoral mansion and explicit text messages between Kilpatrick and his alleged mistress who was, until recently, his chief of staff.

Backers Act to Aid Detroit Mayor.  Supporters of Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick, who was charged Monday with obstruction of justice, perjury and other felonies, have begun soliciting donations to help him pay for a defense team that promises to be expensive. … "Just because people accuse you of things and charge you with things doesn't mean you're guilty," [Rev. Horace L.] Sheffield said.

The Editor says...
I beg to differ, "Reverend," but very few felony trials end in acquittal. [1] [2]  It's much more likely that he'll enter into a plea bargain.

His Arrogance, Not His Honor.  As the saga of felony-indicted Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick of Detroit continues, it comes as no surprise that he's utterly unwilling to even consider resigning for the good of the city and the surrounding, economically depressed region.  But what has now added insult to injury is that some of Kilpatrick's well-heeled friends have "stepped up" to establish a defense fund for the embattled and indefensible mayor.

Indicted mayor refused by Detroit council.  The City Council delivered a stinging rebuke to embattled Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on Monday, telling the mayor it would not accept his budget recommendation.  It was the first time Kilpatrick had come before the City Council since it voted 7-1 last month to ask him to resign….

Kilpatrick:  Ousting me would be danger to city.  Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said today [4/18/2008] that he should remain in office because the alternative would put a city and state in economic turmoil even more at risk.

A moment of truth for Detroit.  Federal agents appear quite deep into an investigation of unknown scope that has already reached the point of informants passing money on hidden video, and at least one high-ranking staffer resigning under a cloud of suspicion.  And, of course, the city labors under the rule of a renegade executive too arrogant and immature to step down in the wake of serial misconduct on his part.

Jailed Kilpatrick faces more charges for allegedly shoving cop.  Shortly after Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick wakes up in jail Friday morning [8/8/2008] — still reeling from becoming the first sitting mayor in Detroit's 307-year history to spend a night behind bars — Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox is expected to charge him with felony assault.

Judge:  Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to Stand Trial in Assault Case.  A judge ruled Friday [8/15/2008] there is enough evidence for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to stand trial on two felony assault charges stemming from a confrontation with two investigators.  The investigators testified that an angry Kilpatrick shoved one of them into the other and made racial remarks while they were trying to deliver a subpoena in the mayor's perjury case to a Kilpatrick friend last month.

Kilpatrick Pleads:  'I Lied Under Oath'.  Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick ... pleaded guilty to two felonies — a plea that will require him to spend four months in the Wayne County Jail, resign his office and pay $1 million in restitution.  Kilpatrick also will agree not to seek office during the five years he is on probation and will surrender his state pension to the county.  And he will surrender his law license.

The Editor asks...
Now where are all the people who so boldly insisted Kilpatrick was innocent?

Judge orders ex-Detroit mayor Kilpatrick to pay $319,000.  A judge branded former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick a liar Wednesday [1/20/2010], ordering him to cough up $319,000 within three months toward the $1 million in restitution.  Kilpatrick owes the city from his 2008 perjury conviction or face further punishment.

FBI prepares charges against former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick.  Reports that the FBI is preparing to file new corruption charges against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his father shocked the Michigan political establishment over the weekend and may prove damaging to Democratic candidates facing a hostile electoral climate this fall.

Prosecutors:  Kilpatrick should be jailed.  Wayne County prosecutors today [4/14/2010] filed written arguments saying former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has violated his probation and should be jailed.

Prosecutor wants prison for former Detroit mayor.  A prosecutor wants former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to serve two to five years in prison for violating his probation in a criminal case.

Judge gives Kilpatrick 18 months to 5 years in prison.  An audible gasp erupted in the courtroom as Judge David Groner sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to 18 months to five years in state prison for probation violation.

Ex-Detroit mayor in trouble with the law — again.  Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, already in prison for probation violations, was indicted Wednesday [6/23/2010] on federal fraud and tax charges, accused of turning a charity into a personal slush fund for cash, travel, yoga, summer camp and even anti-bugging equipment.

Ex-Detroit Mayor Faces New Charges.  This city's former mayor and his father were indicted Wednesday [12/15/2010] by a federal grand jury for allegedly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars of ill-gotten gains from rigged municipal contracts.  The 38-count federal racketeering indictment could wrap up a six-year-old probe into Kwame Kilpatrick, whose reign at City Hall was brought down initially by a text-messaging scandal involving an affair with his chief of staff.

Ex-Detroit mayor released from prison.  Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was released from prison Tuesday [8/2/2011] and will go to Texas to rejoin his family, officials said.  Kilpatrick, 41, was allowed to transfer supervision of his two-year parole to Texas, where his wife and sons live in Grand Prairie, a Dallas suburb, The Detroit News reported.

Ex-Detroit mayor faces charges in alleged pension scam.  [Detroit]'s former mayor and his longtime friend are facing fresh allegations of wrongdoing in federal court, where the pair are accused of accepting lavish gifts in an influence-peddling scheme involving pension funds.  In a federal Securities and Exchange Commission civil complaint filed Wednesday [5/9/2012], former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Jeffrey Beasley — the former city treasurer — are accused of accepting gifts including private jet travel and golf outings from an investment adviser to the city's pension funds in exchange for favoritism.

Culture of corruption festers on.  If you imagined that Detroit could wash the stink off its politics by exiling Kwame Kilpatrick to Texas, the latest text message dump will set you straight.  The exchanges made public Monday make it clear that Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty were only the most conspicuous symptoms of a political culture that was rotten to the core.  They also remind us that some of the leading exponents of that culture continue to hold public office in Michigan, although they have probably become more cautious since Kilpatrick's spectacular flameout.

Detroit Mayor Loses Fight Over Secret Papers.  The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday [2/27/2008] ordered the release of a trove of documents that revealed how Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick of Detroit and city lawyers tried to cover up Mr. Kilpatrick's extramarital affair with his chief of staff, as well as text messages that could expose the mayor to perjury charges.

Dem Mayor Convicted of Racketeering, Extortion.  A federal jury convicted former Detroit Democratic Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on Monday of 24 charges, including racketeering, extortion, attempted extortion, bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and filing false tax returns, according to the Huffington Post.

Ex-Detroit mayor convicted of widespread corruption.  Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, once seen as a rising star in Democratic Party politics, was convicted on Monday [3/11/2013] on two dozen federal charges of corruption and bribery during his seven-year tenure.

Ex-Detroit Dem Mayor Denied Bond.  A federal judge denied Detroit's former Democratic Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's request to leave prison while he awaits sentencing to receive treatment for a "serious knee injury," according to CBS Detroit. [...] Kilpatrick was convicted earlier this month of 24 charges including racketeering, extortion, attempted extortion, bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and filing false tax returns.

In Detroit, racial rhetoric concealed corruption.  Living in the Detroit metro area most of the last decade, I have experienced many of the events leading to its bankruptcy.  Take, for example, the 2008 State of the City address by then-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.  With Detroit facing a perilous fiscal future and him facing ethics complaints, Kirkpatrick highlighted race.  He sparked controversy by using the "n-word" while referencing an insult he received from some random person.  Kirkpatrick vowed to stand strong against this attack, and asked citizens to stand by him against a "lynch mob mentality."  He essentially used that slur to leverage racial tension, inciting and dividing the mostly-black city against mostly-white suburbs.




Congressman Charles B. Rangel

Charlie Rangel: I Only Cared About Dead Soldiers When They 'Looked Like Me'.  Congressman Charlie Rangel who is quick to slander the tea party with charges of racism, was a guest on Monday's [1/5/2015] "The Ed Show" on MSNBC, where he made a statement that appeared to be startingly racist:  "I was in combat, and I'm telling you, I saw more dead people, but I never was moved until I saw dead people that looked like me in my uniform."

Rangel Failed to Report $75,000 in Income.  Representative Charles B. Rangel has earned more than $75,000 in rental income from a villa he has owned in the Dominican Republic since 1988, but never reported it on his federal or state tax returns, according to a lawyer for the congressman and documents from the resort.

Tricky Charlie's Carib 'Hideaway'.  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.  While the villa was rented to paying guests for the past two years, for instance, Rangel reported no income from it in 2006 and 2007, The Post has learned.

Rangel had no-interest mortgage more than 10 years.  Rep. Charles Rangel paid no mortgage interest on a beach resort property for more than 10 years, a lawyer for the powerful House committee chairman said Friday.  The New York congressman's lawyer, Lanny Davis, told The Associated Press that Rangel got his no-interest deal for the villa in the Dominican Republic because he was an original buyer in the resort development, and in the early days after Rangel's 1987 purchase the rental income it generated failed to meet expectations.

Rangel Admits Mistakes, $5,000 Bill to Uncle Sam.  The head of the House tax-writing committee admitted Wednesday [9/10/2008] that he owes about $5,000 to the Internal Revenue Service for failing to report income on his returns.  But Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., asked colleagues to let the ethics committee investigate and urged Republicans to stop trying to have him removed from his post.

Rangel Has a Bad Chair Day.  Embattled Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel is facing possible ouster from his powerful committee chairmanship as he scrambles to file new tax returns in a desperate bid to hold on to his job.  The amended returns will reflect years of income he never bothered reporting from renting out his beachfront Caribbean villa, his lawyer said yesterday [9/9/2008].

More errors for Rangel; hires new accountant.  A new set of potential problems in Rep. Charles Rangel's financial papers has prompted the tax-writing lawmaker to hire a forensic accounting expert to try to unravel the mess.  Rangel, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, is already the subject of ethics committee investigations on several fronts, including unreported income and unpaid taxes on his beach house in the Dominican Republic.

Weighty, Shady Pol is a Threat to His Own Party.  This was supposed to be the year Democrats could not lose. ... That was before [Charlie] Rangel launched his "Monument to Me — The Rangel Center at CUNY" — with your money and greedily grabbed four rent-stabilized apartments, using a system designed to help less fortunate New Yorkers from getting squeezed out onto the street.

Dems shoot down GOP attempt to punish Rangel.  Democrats shot down a second GOP attempt in as many months to punish Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) for a series of alleged ethics violations.  Democrats easily tabled a motion House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) offered that was aimed at forcing Rangel to give up his chairmanship of the powerful Ways and Means Committee while the ethics committee investigates the charges.

Rep. Rangel:  Resign post ... or be removed.  When Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., took the gavel in January 2007 to become the first woman to fill the post of House Speaker, she proclaimed that Democrats would run the chamber "with the highest ethical standards."  That was then.  This is now:  Rep. Charles Rangel, D.-N.Y., chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, is caught in a scandal in which he didn't pay taxes on property he owns in the Dominican Republic.  But Speaker Pelosi is singing a different tune.

Step aside.  As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Charles Rangel writes the nation's tax laws for the rest of us.  But he seems to have a hard time understanding them himself.  The Manhattan Democrat calls himself "irresponsible" for not paying taxes on $75,000 in rental income from a villa in the Dominican Republic, but he seems oblivious to the hypocrisy of his situation.

Tow-Nailing Charlie 'Parker'.  Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel's Mercedes-Benz was towed yesterday from the House of Representatives parking space he had been using for years in violation of congressional rules.  As a tow truck pulled away the 1972 silver sedan under the watchful eyes of five Capitol police officers, House Republicans voted almost unanimously to oust the Harlem Democrat from his chairmanship of the powerful Ways and Means Committee in the midst of several ethics scandals.

Un'stable' Rangel.  Rep. Charles Rangel's tax disclosures not only are an embarrassment for the Democratic congressman — they put him far over the limit to qualify for his rent-stabilized Harlem apartments.  While the powerful Ways and Means chairman previously disclosed income at or slightly above the $175,000-a-year stabilization ceiling on previous congressional documents, new revelations could put his earnings at more than $200,000 a year.  The disclosure could put pressure on Rangel to give up his New York housing perks, critics say.

House To Launch Investigation Into Rep. Rangel.  CBS 2 has learned the House of Representatives will conduct an inquiry into Rep. Charles Rangel, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.  The ethics committee of Congress announced they established a subcommittee to investigate Rangel, who has already been in plenty of hot water recently.

The Rangel Example For All Taxpayers?  Republicans lost control of the Congress two years ago in part because of corruption.  Some of their Members had to step aside because indictments hung over their heads.  The Republicans years ago changed the rules governing their own Members.  They ruled that anyone who was indicted had to step aside.

Rangel Un-Moved.  Three months after Rep. Charlie Rangel admitted he improperly converted a rent-stabilized apartment into his political campaign office — and promised to give it up — the embattled pol still has not moved out.  For the past decade, Rangel's political operation has been headquartered in a $682-a-month, one-bedroom apartment at Lenox Terrace — the same Harlem building where he has three other rent-stabilized apartments for personal use.

Mr. Rangel's mess:  This legendary black congressman suffered from allegations about misusing his position as a powerful committee chairman.  Questions arose about his travel habits and a seaside property.  His displays of wealth ill-represented his poor Harlem constituency.  Is it Charles Rangel, the embattled current chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee?  No, but it's close.  It's Adam Clayton Powell Jr. — the man Mr. Rangel defeated in 1970.  Four decades later, Mr. Rangel is experiencing uncanny parallels to situations that destroyed Mr. Powell's congressional career.

Rangel Stalls.  Rep. Charles Rangel has not hired the forensic accountant he said he needed in order to provide answers regarding his messy tax records, The [New York] Post has learned.  Meanwhile, the Harlem Democrat has paid more than $120,000 in campaign money to a law firm to represent him in the scandal.

Waiting for Charlie.  What's the holdup, Charlie?  Emboldened by the Democrats' newly bolstered majority in the House, Rep. Charles Rangel doubtless anticipates siccing his Ways & Means Committee on the nation's financial mess.  But what about his own financial mess?  The one being probed by the House Ethics Committee?

Embattled Rangel hires firm to probe finances.  Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) has hired the accounting firm of Watkins, Meegan, Drury and Company to investigate his financial records and prepare a report for the House ethics committee.  The selection of Watkins, Meegan comes two months after Rangel first announced he would hire a forensic auditor to investigate 20 years of his personal income taxes and financial disclosure records, which are riddled with areas [sic].

Rangel Double-Deal$.  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.  The situation raises a number of potential problems for the congressman.

Ditch Charlie.  Are congressional Democrats truly committed to dealing with the economic and fiscal policy challenges they face next year?  The answer will be seen in how they address their increasingly problematic Charlie Rangel situation.  Scarcely a day goes by without yet another ethical impropriety coming to light regarding the chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee. ... The Obama team will have enough to worry about without having its tax and spending bills drafted by a profoundly ethically challenged committee chairman.

Washington Post says Rangel should step down.  The Washington Post has joined the New York Times in calling for Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) to step down as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in light of new ethics charges that emerged earlier this week.  The Times reported Tuesday [11/25/2008] that Rangel helped preserve a valuable tax loophole for an oil and gas drilling company while the company's chief executive, Eugene Isenberg, was pledging $1 million to the Charles B. Rangel School of Public Service at City College of New York.

'Fit' for Office.  Welcome to Charlie Rangel's personal gym.  It may look cramped, but while members of Congress are forced to shoehorn office staff and equipment into windowless closets and other tiny corners of the Capitol complex, Rep. Rangel's taxpayer-funded workout room is just another example of the trappings of his power and seniority in Washington.  The tiny office space holds everything a busy chairman needs to shed a few pounds in comfort — a flat-screen television, an exercise machine, a mirror, a small refrigerator and a telephone.

Black Conservatives Call for Rangel's Removal as House Ways and Means Chairman.  Project 21, a prominent group of black conservative leaders, is the latest to call on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remove Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.  "It's galling that the head of the committee in charge of levying taxes has either a profound ignorance of tax law or a disinterest in adhering to the laws he wants others to follow," Bishop Council Nedd II, a national advisory board member of Project 21, said in a Nov. 26 news release.

Pelosi 'Pledge' to Keep Rangel.  Rep. Charles Rangel said yesterday [12/2/2008] that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised him he will keep his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee as long as he wants — even though investigators haven't completed their report on ethical allegations facing the Harlem Democrat.

Report:  Rangel paid his son nearly $80K for 'poorly designed' websites.  The Politico reports that Rep. Charles Rangel, the New York Democrat, paid his son nearly $80,000 for two "poorly designed" campaign websites.  That's not illegal, but it does raise questions about whether the powerful Ways and Means Committee chairman was using campaign funds to enrich a relative, the paper says.  "Steven Rangel's design for his father's National Leadership PAC site appears to have been slapped together in a hurry, intermittently updated and never spell-checked," the paper says.

House Ethics Panel Expands Rangel Investigation.  The House ethics committee is expanding an investigation of Rep. Charles Rangel, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.  The ethics panel issued a statement Tuesday [12/9/2008] saying it had voted to expand an already far-ranging probe into the New York Democrat to examine whether he protected an oil drilling company from a big tax bill when the head of that company pledged a $1 million donation to a college center named after the congressman.

The ethical shoe now on the other foot.  The most damning of questions for the ethics panel is Rangel's meeting with Eugene Isenberg in February of 2007 to discuss his $1 million donation to the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York, according to The New York Times.  It was at that same meeting that Isenberg had Rangel talk with his lobbyist about keeping the multimillion-dollar tax loophole that benefits his oil-drilling company.

GOP handed gift in Rangel ethics case.  House Republicans were heading toward a down-in-the-dumps holiday.  Then the House ethics committee handed them a gift.  The committee's investigation of Rep. Charles Rangel's tax problems is expanding, turning what has been a minor headache for Democratic leaders into a New Year's migraine.

Pelosi Defends Rangel.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told NBC's Meredith Vieira in an interview taped Monday [12/8/2008] that Rep. Charles Rangel should not step down as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.  Pelosi said she didn't see "any reason" that Rangel should step down.

Why Geithner and Rangel Matter:  The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and the U.S. Treasury Secretary are literally the two highest ranking political figures with regard to the Internal Revenue Service.  If any two people on the planet should set an example in their tax behavior, it is the two people who hold those positions and anyone who aspires to them.

Rangel faces questions about book royalties.  Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is facing new questions about why he has not disclosed any royalty income on his 2007 memoir ... And I Haven't Had a Bad Day Since:  From the Streets of Harlem to the Halls of Congress.  The Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocate for government transparency, wants to know why the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee has failed to report royalty income and has not voluntarily disclosed details of his book contract.

Rangel's Financial Disclosures Omitted Data Over 30 Years, a Report Says.  Representative Charles B. Rangel's financial disclosure forms had at least 28 omissions in the past 30 years and failed to account for what became of more than $239,000 in assets, according to a report issued Wednesday by a private government-ethics group.

Rangel to taxpayers:  "Mind your own [expletive deleted] business".  That was Rep. Charlie Rangel's response when I recently confronted him about his mounting ethical and financial scandals.  Rangel's uncouth snit began in the Longworth House Office Building after I asked the New York Democrat about his publicly-subsidized luxury vehicle, shady property deals, and unpaid taxes.

Spread of swearing video caps Rangel's tough week.  Jason Mattera, a spokesman for the right-wing group Young Americans for Freedom and a conservative commentator and blogger, approached Rangel in the halls and told the Harlem Democrat that he was from Brooklyn. Rangel welcomed the man who appeared to be a fellow New Yorker until Mattera asked him about why he leases a Cadillac with taxpayer money and about his failure to pay taxes on a villa in the Dominican Republic.

Pandering To The Greedy Poor.  I was watching with my usual level of incredulity as Chris Wallace sought the opinion of yet another Democrat tax cheat, this time Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-NY, on Fox News Sunday.  Rangel, who represents Harlem in Congress, serves as the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which writes all of this nation's tax laws.  The irony here is that Rangel apparently sees no need to pay the taxes he himself owes.

NY's Artful Dodger.  President Obama this week began cracking down big- time on tax havens — and he's enlisted Rep. Charles Rangel to help.  Will this dynamic duo be swift and fair in meting out tax justice?  It shouldn't take long to find out:  After all, if Rangel and Obama are looking for culprits, they can begin in their own offices.

Update:
Ten months in, new twist in Rangel ethics inquiry.  Already embroiled in an ethics probe now entering its tenth month, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, received more bad news Wednesday night as the House ethics committee announced it would look into Caribbean trips taken by the veteran lawmaker and four other Democrats.

Charlie Rangel pays lawyers $1,000,000.  Rangel's latest campaign finance disclosures show that his campaign and his leadership PAC have now paid more than $1 million to lawyers defending against a wide-ranging investigation of his personal finances.  The New York Democrat thus joins Reps. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) and Don Young (R-Alaska) among current lawmakers who have shelled out at least $1 million to their defense attorneys.

Morality and Charlie Rangel's Taxes:  Ever notice that those who endorse high taxes and those who actually pay them aren't the same people?  Consider the curious case of Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel, who is leading the charge for a new 5.4-percentage point income tax surcharge and recently called it "the moral thing to do."  About his own tax liability he seems less, well, fervent.

Rangel's Wealth Jumps After Disclosure.  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.

'Forgetful' Charlie finds another 780G.  Embattled Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel — who is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee — failed to reveal personal assets totaling as much as $780,000 in financial-disclosure reports filed with Congress, records released yesterday [8/25/2009] show.  Democrat Rangel, the chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, submitted corrected documents with the House Clerk earlier this month, more than a year after filing handwritten and wildly inaccurate 2007 disclosure forms that left out a hefty checking account, several sizable investments and land in New Jersey.

Oops!  Charlie Forgot This $1M House.  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, Again.  Rep. Charlie Rangel's multimillion-dollar "oops" this month raises plenty of good questions, but this may be the best:  How can Democrats continue to close their eyes to such sleaze?  And, more to the point, this: Will prosecutors follow up on any of it?

The Absent-Minded Chairman.  When normal people happen to "find" their own money, it might mean a twenty left in a winter coat, or discovering change beneath the sofa cushions.  But if you're Charlie Rangel, it means doubling your net worth.  Earlier this month the Chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee "amended" his 2007 financial disclosure form?to the tune of more than a half-million dollars in previously unreported assets and income.

Charlie's Mortgage Bares Home Untruth.  Rep. Charles Rangel claimed on mortgage papers that a Harlem brownstone was his principal residence — even though he was living elsewhere at the time, The [New York]Post has learned.  When the Democrat — who is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee — took out the mortgage in 1990, he said the property on West 132nd Street was his "principal residence," records show.

Rangel Untangle:  House Democrats are willing to rally around Rep. Charles Rangel in his latest spate of tax missteps — but only as long as no more embarrassing revelations come to light, sources told The Post.  The head of the powerful Ways and Means Committee last week amended six years' worth of financial disclosure forms and revealed he'd earned $1.3 million in previously unreported income.

The Editor says...
Can you imagine what the press would say if a Republican kept "remembering" million dollar assets that he had conveniently "forgotten" to report?  And if the Republican party rallied to his defense?

Rangel should resign.  Charlie Rangel always has been an entertaining congressman.  And not to damn him with faint praise, an effective one, too.  But the New York City representative, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is having a problem with his numbers as they relate to the truth.  He now can be neither entertaining nor effective.  He needs to go.  If he won't, Speaker Nancy Pelosi needs to push him.

Fire Rangel.  Has he no shame?  Of course not.  He's Charlie Rangel, head of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee — who can't be bothered to tend to his own tax returns, but now intends to punish ordinary folks for making arguably minor mistakes on their forms.

How do you spell 'cahoots'?
Staff as 'Forgetful' as the Boss.  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.

Boehner's 'Dear Charlie' letter to Rangel:  Step down.  House Republican leader Rep. John Boehner has just sent a "Dear Charlie" letter to Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Charles Rangel, asking Rangel to step down until the Ethics Committee finishes its investigation of Rangel's nonpayment of taxes and non-disclosure of hundreds of thousands of dollars on his legally-required financial disclosure forms.

'Ethics' for sale.  Is Charlie Rangel worried that the House Ethics Committee  — notorious for handing out little more than a slap on the wrist for even the most egregious congressional misconduct  — might make an exception in his case?

Rep. Charles Rangel — Sign of the Times.  Currently, Rangel is under investigation by two House subcommittees for illegally holding four rent-stabilized apartments in New York and not disclosing more than $75,000 in income from a rental villa he owns.  He also took free Caribbean trips paid for by corporate cronies and used his congressional letterhead to press for money for the City College of New York's new educational center, which bears his name.  Rangel also acknowledged that he improperly listed his assets, as required by law, and failed to report additional checking accounts valued between $250,000 and $500,000 — princely sums acquired on a congressional salary.

Charlie in rental di$order.  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.

Rangel:  The Most Corrupt Dem?  First there was "Countrywide Chris" Dodd (D-Conn.), whose combination of poor judgment and possible corruption qualifies him to be Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.  Then there was Tim "TurboTax" Geithner, whose false tax return filings qualify him to be Secretary of the Treasury.  And now, in keeping with the Democrats' recent tendency to have scoundrels in the highest positions involving regulation of the nation's finances, we have the Chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), who recently filed amended financial disclosure reports showing a net worth about double what he had previously reported.

The case against Charlie Rangel.  [Scroll down slowly]  So it would go for Charlie Rangel over the next four decades — a pattern of tax evasion, special treatment and enrichment that seemed to increase with his power and prestige in Congress.  Whether it's living in rent-stabilized apartments while making a hefty salary, or failing to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in earnings and assets, his actions betray a consistent, defiant sense of entitlement.  And when he is caught, the powerful Democrat blames a right-wing conspiracy.

Shaming Charlie's pals.  House Republicans, clearly frustrated by the sloth-like pace at which the Ethics Committee is looking into the tangled financial affairs of Rep. Charles Rangel, have finally decided to take the bull by the horns.  Good move.  Unless Rangel steps down this week as chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee — the House's tax-writing body — the GOP will introduce a resolution demanding his removal.

Rangel is Robin Hood in reverse.  How does Rangel have so much money and where did it come from?  This is a man who draws a salary from the government of about $175,000 a year.  It's a comfortable salary, but it certainly isn't going to make anybody this rich — especially someone living in one of the world's most expensive cities.  Rangel did not inherit a fortune and did not marry one.  And nor had he built some huge fortune before he first won election to Congress in 1970.

Charlie sneaks $3M in pork for CCNY.  Two years after creating a center in his own name at City College, Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel has come through with a $3 million defense grant for the school — for a project the Pentagon doesn't even want, The [New York] Post has learned.

Angles on Rangel — the final vote.  House Democrats have successfully killed a privileged resolution by Rep. John Carter, R-Tex., which called for the removal of an alleged tax evader from the House's top tax post, pending an ethics investigation.  The vote on whether to oust Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y. as chairman of Ways and Means fell largely along party lines, with a final tally of 246-153, with 19 members voting "present" and 14 not voting.

Another Vote to Spare Rangel.  Rep. Charlie Rangel, who has collected tax and ethics scandals the way some people collect stamps (in big batches, that is), sits atop the House Ways and Means Committee because neither the Speaker of the House nor his colleagues have the nerve to kick him out.

It's looking impossible to clean this House.  Every criminal operation has its code of silence.  The Mafia enforces omerta.  Bad cops erect their blue wall of silence.  And Democrats running Congress have their "motion to refer."  That was the slimy tool Speaker Nancy Pelosi wielded on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday [10/7/2009] to cover up for her tax-dodging top committee chairman, Charlie Rangel.

How long can Democrats stand by Charlie Rangel?  Even some Democrats who have stuck with him through his messy financial problems are beginning to wonder if they can't stick with him anymore.  The House ethics committee expanded a sprawling investigation into Rangel Thursday [10/8/2009], digging into allegations stemming from an August restatement of his personal finances, in which he under-reported hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets.

House ethics panel to expand Rangel probe.  The House panel investigating alleged ethics violations by Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, said Thursday [10/8/2009] it voted unanimously to expand the probe.  A statement by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct said its investigative subcommittee already has issued nearly "150 subpoenas, interviewed approximately 34 witnesses resulting in over 2,100 pages of transcripts."

Rangel Innocent Until Proven Guilty, Pelosi Says.  Innocent until proven guilty — that's why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refuses to remove New York Rep. Charles Rangel from his powerful chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee.  As the House Ethics Committee investigates a string of allegations against Rangel, who represents New York's Harlem district, a spokesman for Pelosi said Friday that the "bipartisan process" should be allowed to finish before the congressman's fate is decided.

The Editor says...
Under a truly bipartisan process, he would already have been ousted.

Swamp Creature Rangel Needs to Find the Exit.  It is with great regret that I write that Democrats must remove Charlie Rangel from his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee.  Almost everyone likes Rangel, which is why he's survived a raft of allegations of financial impropriety that would make a Wall Street banker blush.

Pelosi's Sinking In the Swamp.  If she hopes to survive a bloody battle in 2010 — one where her own words and actions will be used against her — Speaker Pelosi must insist that New York Congressman Charlie Rangel resign immediately.

Charlie Rangel has let us all down with his fiscal shenanigans.  New York waited for decades to gain the kind of congressional clout that Rep. Charlie Rangel has wielded as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and now he has let the home team down.  Big time.  To say that Rangel has become damaged goods is to engage in understatement.

Will Rangel ever step down?  The House Ethics Committee is continuing its 16-month investigation into House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-New York), who is accused of failing to disclose more than $600,000 in previously unreported assets, and tens of thousands of dollars in unreported income.

N.Y. Dems agitate for Rangel action.  Support for Charles Rangel within his home state delegation is showing signs of strain — with upstate New York Democrats grumbling about the impact of Rangel's ethics woes on their already tenuous reelection chances.

Not as Much Fun Being Charlie Rangel.  Being Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee normally guarantees lucrative fund-raising.  But having trouble with House ethics rules — and the law — appears to be putting a crimp in Rep. Charlie Rangel's fund-raising.

Ethics probes may saddle Democrats in 2010.  The House ethics committee investigation of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is likely to extend well into 2010, according to sources familiar with the probe, meaning that the fate of the powerful chairman of the Ways and Means Committee could become a major political issue for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and the Democratic leadership during a difficult election year.

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2009.  [Including] Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY):  Rangel, the man in charge of writing tax policy for the entire country, has yet to adequately explain how he could possibly "forget" to pay taxes on $75,000 in rental income he earned from his off-shore rental property.  He also faces allegations that he improperly used his influence to maintain ownership of highly coveted rent-controlled apartments in Harlem, and misused his congressional office to fundraise for his private Rangel Center by preserving a tax loophole for an oil drilling company in exchange for funding.  On top of all that, Rangel recently amended his financial disclosure reports, which doubled his reported wealth.  (He somehow "forgot" about $1 million in assets.)

Has the MSM Forgotten the Rangel Investigation That Has No End?  Back in early 2009, while the MSM noted the tax evasion problems of several of Obama's appointees, Congressman Charlie Rangel (D, NY) sat nearby, grinning like the Cheshire Cat from Wonderland.  The tax transgressions of Timmy Geithner, Tommy Daschle, Nancy Killefer, et al are equivalent to shoplifting a candy bar from a convenience store when compared to Charlie's multiple, long-term, bank heists.  Cholly's been at it for four decades!

House Panel Admonishes Rangel for Taking Trips as Gifts.  A House ethics committee said on Thursday that it had admonished Representative Charles B. Rangel for violating Congressional gift rules by accepting corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean in 2007 and 2008.

Why Pelosi can't just get rid of Rangel:  Suddenly, it looks like Nancy Pelosi will have to confront her Charlie Rangel problem after all.  For more than a year, the House Speaker has managed to buy herself time every time Republicans or the media (or both) have made noise about Rangel and his ethical issues.

Charlie Rangel ruling puts Nancy Pelosi in a jam.  The House ethics committee's decision to admonish New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel over improper corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean leaves Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the ethics committee itself facing difficult questions.  When then-Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) was admonished by the ethics committee in October 2004, Pelosi and other Democratic leaders went on the offensive against him.

Rangel refuses to step aside after ethics slap.  New York Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel said Friday [2/26/2010] he won't step down as chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee despite being admonished for violating rules by letting corporations pay for his Caribbean trips.  Rangel asserted that that [sic] the ethics report "exonerates" him because it says there is no evidence that he knew the trips were sponsored by corporations.  The report said his staff knew who paid for the trips.

Dems call for Charlie Rangel's gavel.  After months of holding ranks, some Democrats are finally turning on House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) in the wake of an ethics committee finding that he violated House rules by accepting a Caribbean junket.

Relieve the Chairman of His Gavel.  Congressman Charles Rangel was far from humbled after the ethics committee admonished him for taking corporate-paid Caribbean junkets in violation of the House ethics code.  Rather, the New York Democrat berated the panel's leaders on the House floor.

Charlie the coward.  This newspaper has had its share of differences with Rep. Charlie Rangel over the years, but one word we never thought to associate with the Harlem lawmaker is "coward."  Yet what other term is appropriate when a 79-year-old political veteran, the dean of the New York delegation and chairman of one of the most powerful panels on Capitol Hill, ducks responsibility for a pretty obvious personal ethical lapse by throwing his staff under the bus?

Pelosi:  Rangel stays — for now.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Sunday [2/28/2010] she wants let House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., hold onto his gavel for now, despite his admonishment by the House ethics committee last week.

Defiant Rep. Charles Rangel vows reelection bid despite uproar over alleged ethics violations.  Rep. Charles Rangel made it clear Saturday: He's running this year for a 21st term as Harlem's congressman.  Rangel, under fire for alleged ethics violations, acknowledged he was aware of calls for his retirement or resignation.

The Editor says...
Mr. Rangel seems to be conveniently unaware of a lot of stuff.  He sounds a lot like former congressman William Jefferson, who is now serving 13 years for bribery.

Nancy's dirty house.  This is a mess ideally suited for Nancy Pelosi's broom — if it weren't stashed in a closet alongside President Obama's promises to curtail earmarks drastically and to broadcast sensitive legislative negotiations.  Pelosi pleads for patience for Rangel, who's still being investigated in many other matters and, after all, has not done "something that jeopardized our country in any way."  This means Rangel will only step down as chairman after exacting the maximum possible political embarrassment.

Ethics Scandal Will Hurt Democrats in November.  The Charlie Rangel scandal is the latest in a series of embarrassing episodes that have plagued Democrats over the past year as they have struggled to get control of an agenda that is dead, dying or on life support.  The New York congressman lost the chairmanship of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee last week, 24 hours after he said "you bet your life" he would hold on to the plum post, despite a long list of troubling congressional investigations into unethical and possibly illegal activities, such as not paying his taxes.

Meet Your Lords and Masters.  Don't like the way America's tax code is shaping up?  Well then, at least some of the blame goes to Charles Rangel because as the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, he had a lot to do with it.  Of course, Rangel apparently didn't like America's tax code very much either — or at least that's the conclusion that you might draw from the fact that he cheated on his taxes.

House to Try Top Democrat.  House investigators have laid out a series of ethics accusations against Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, the once-powerful tax-writer who is one of the most senior members of Congress, presenting his party with a new complication in advance of the fall elections.  Mr. Rangel, of New York, will have the opportunity to defend himself at a public trial before the House ethics committee beginning next week, according to a statement Thursday [7/22/2010] from the panel, formally known as the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

Rangel's Chickens Come Home to Roost.  A House ethics investigative committee today announced what amounts to a Congressional indictment of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on multiple ethics violations.  These charges will be made public next week by an adjudicatory subcommittee set up to try the charges.

Charlie Rangel Is Toast.  Charlie Rangel, oleaginous octogenarian extraordinaire, put on a press conference at lunchtime on Friday [7/23/2010] that was such a master class in shifty-eyed flimflam that no one who watched it can have left its Harlem venue (or their TV screens) unconvinced that he is, by some great distance, the most knavish congressman in Washington.

The Rangel Standard.  The House ethics committee announced on Thursday that it would bring charges against Charlie Rangel, and the Manhattan Democrat responded by telling reporters that "I look forward to airing this thing."  Don't we all.

House Democrat calls on Rep. Rangel to resign.  In a major development, Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) on Friday night [7/23/2010] called on beleaguered Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) to resign.  Sutton's statement comes one day after the House ethics committee charged the 80-year-old Democrat with multiple violations.

The End Of Rangel's Arrogant Rule.  The former Ways And Means chairman faces possible expulsion for playing fast and loose with his finances and taxes.  Since that's what the Congress has done with ours, maybe they should all face expulsion.

Rangel Scrambling to Make Deal on Ethics Charges.  Embattled Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel was meeting with the head of the House ethics committee and other top Democrats amid rumors he may try to work out a deal rather than face a full vetting of the charges he is now facing.  A settlement would mean Rangel must admit he committed some ethical misconduct.

Panel hits Rangel with 13 alleged ethics charges.  House investigators accused veteran New York Rep. Charles Rangel of 13 violations of congressional ethics standards on Thursday [7/29/2010], throwing a cloud over his four-decade political career and raising worries for fellow Democrats about the fall elections.

The Enablers of Charlie Rangel.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the world's worst cleaning lady.  How has she fulfilled her vaunted promise to "drain the swamp" and preside over the "most ethical Congress in history"?  By shrugging her shoulders, downplaying the gravity of myriad ethics charges against corruptocrat Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel and waiting for the "political chips" to "fall where they may."  Imagine a custodial service that fixed toilet clogs by letting the overflowing waste and polluted waters "fall where they may."

He's ready for crime time, feds.  Hey, feds, do you need a road map?  Well, here it is.  The charging documents in the sprawling House investigation into the shady, double-dipping deals of Charlie Rangel reads like a crime novel.

Charlie Rangel's Career Comes Full Circle.  Congressman Charlie Rangel's congressional career began 40 years ago as a battle against corruption.  It seems as if his life has come full-circle, or, a commentary on two distinguished political careers; both brought down by a combination of personal hubris and institutionalized congressional corruption.

House of Entitlement.  My favorite part of the ethics report on Charlie Rangel involves his efforts to "close" a $10 million gift "to create AIG Hall" as part of the Rangel Center at the City College of New York.  Yes, that AIG. ... The insurance giant wasn't so sure about writing the check, citing the "potential headline risk."

A Party for Charlie Rangel?  A House ethics panel charged Rangel with serious violations of House rules.  Some suggest he could be charged by the IRS for not reporting income.  And the band plays on.  Donations to his campaign coffers pour in.  About two-thirds of his campaign cash in 2009 went to legal fees — so when donors cough up for Charlie's campaign they likely indulge in a bit of nudge, nudge, wink, wink:  "this money is for getting old Charlie off the hook."

Charlie Rangel's Birthday Bash: A Night for Ethics Amnesia.  It was the antithesis of Chelsea Clinton's wedding  — a glittering social event on the New York political calendar that many prominent politicians wished (very privately) they did not have to attend and hoped (very secretly) would somehow be canceled.

Charles Rangel loses ethics lawyer.  Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who faces an ethics trial next month, has parted ways with his lead defense attorneys in the case, according to several sources familiar with the matter.  It is unclear what, if any, impact this will have on the Rangel trial, which is scheduled to begin Nov. 15.  It is also not clear whether Rangel decided to get rid of his attorneys or if they left of their own volition.

Rangel's new rush.  Oh, so now he's in a hurry.  Following a two-year probe, Rep. Charlie Rangel, "dean" of the New York congressional delegation, reportedly now suddenly wants to face his accusers quickly and to put all of his legal woes to rest at an upcoming House ethics committee trial.  This, though he hasn't said boo about the trial in weeks — even as House Democrats staged a 60-day game of stall-ball to stave off any pre-election, Rangel-related embarrassing publicity.

Rangel:  'I have no real chance of fighting back'.  Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) struck a defeated tone Monday, hours after he walked out of his own ethics trial.  Rangel reiterated his claim that his due process rights had been violated over his lack of legal representation at the trial that began Monday morning [11/15/2010].

Charlie Rangel found guilty of 11 ethics violations.  Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) was found guilty Tuesday [11/16/2010] of breaking 11 separate congressional rules related to his personal finances and fundraising efforts for a New York college.

Rangel Found Guilty.  A House subcommittee has found Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., guilty of 11 counts of breaking ethics rules.  Rangel declined to offer a reaction, saying "No, I really haven't studied it."  Asked whether he was hoping the punishment would be limited to a reprimand, he said:  "I don't know."

Ethics watchdog renews call for Rangel resignation.  After Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) was found guilty of violating House ethics rules, the ethics watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) again called on him to resign from Congress.  CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan approved of the decision and said Rangel should resign.

Rangel Claims He Doesn't Have a Lawyer.  Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) asked the House Ethics Committee to postpone his ethics trial because he does not have legal representation. ... One of Rangel's excuses for not having a lawyer is that accepting free legal representation would violate the House gift ban.  Meanwhile, famed defense lawyer Abbe Lowell accompanied Rangel to the hearing and departed with him.

Rangel Should Have Worked for the UN.  Rep. Charles Rangel is having an unpleasant season, convicted on Tuesday [11/16/2010] by a House panel on 11 counts of ethics violations — including failure to properly disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal financial assets.  Rangel would have done far better to work for the United Nations.  For UN senior staff members, as long as they don't get carried away and attempt an act of genuine transparency, it is virtually impossible to fail to properly disclose their personal financial assets to the public.

Rangel Convicted on 11 of 13 Corruption Charges