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The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Saturday, November 10, 2007

    Review of Government Corruption

    In light of the list of Republican Pedophiles above, I thought it might be good to review the following list of politicians convicted, indicted, under investigation or otherwise corrupt. Remember this is a comprehensive list, so it is a good reflection of the relative corruption between the two parties.

    This was sent by a reader. It is a list of all Congressional Reps and Senators and Governors, etc. who have been indicted, convicted, pled guilty or otherwise brought to the attention of the legal system due to corruption. It includes both Democrats and Republicans for fairness, but in all fairness, it is hard to find the Democrats because they are so buried in the list of corrupt Republicans.

    Keep this list. Anytime some right winger claims the Republican party is the party of values, pull this out and ask just what kind of values they mean. Thanks to Tammy for this little list of society sinners...

    Corruption count
    Since January 1, 2000. Federal level, Governor level, elected and appointed officials, aides etc.
    Please let me know of any errors.

    Convicted/Pled Guilty
    --------------
    Republican Governor George Ryan - 4/17/2006 racketeering and bribery - (76 people convicted)
    Republican Governor Bob Taft - 8/18/2005. 5 counts failure to report gifts from Lobbyists
    Republican Governor John Rowland - 12/24/2004 Bribery
    Republican Governor Sonny Perdue - Campaign ethics violations

    NH GOP Chair Chuck McGee - conspiricy to make harrasing phone calls to block people from voting.
    Republican Aide Allen Raymond
    Republican James Tobin (NE Regional Dir., Bush campaign) - 12/15/05 conspiracy to commit telephone harassment, aiding and abetting of telephone harassment
    Republican Charles McGee (Executive Director of the NH Republican State Committee )
    Republican Shaun Hansen. GOP Marketing aide - conspiracy to commit telephone harassment and aiding and abetting telephone harassment

    Republican Aide Scott Falwell - racketeering, mail fraud and obstruction of justice
    Republican Aide Alexandra Prokos - Perjury
    Republican Aide Jim Ellis - 13 counts of unlawful acceptance of a corporate political contribution, money laundering
    Republican Aide John Colyandro - money laundering
    Republican Brian Hicks - bribery
    Republican Chief of Staff Peter Ellef - Bribery
    Republican Roger G. Stillwell - Interior Department official - bribed by Abramoff

    Republican Lobbyist Jack Abramoff - defrauding of American Indian tribes and corruption of public officials
    Republican Tony Rudy (lobbyist and aide to Tom Delay) - conspiricy
    Republican Representative Bob Ney - Conspiricy to defraud the United States and making false statements
    Republican Neil Volz (lobbyist and aide to Bob Ney) - bribery and corruption
    Republican William Heaton(Bob Ney's chief of staff) - Conspiricy
    Republican Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham - conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion

    Republican David Hossein Safavian. Lying, obstruction of Justice

    Democratic Congressman Traficant - bribery and forcing his aides to perform chores

    Republican Chief of Staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby - two counts of perjury, one of obstruction of justice, and one of making false statements to federal investigators
    Republican Tom Noe - Laundered money for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign, theft, corruption, party chairman and Bush Pioneer fundraiser
    Republican Gov Ernie Fletcher - 13 aides indicted
    Republican Micheal Scanlon (lobbyist and aide to Tom DeLay) - bribery
    Deputy Secretary Steven Griles - bribery, perjury, obstrcting a congressional investigation.
    Republican Congressional aide Mark Zachares - bribery


    Confessed under grant of Immunity
    ---------------------------------
    Monica Goodling, White House liaison for Alberto Gonzales - Hired federal prosecuters based upon party affiliation.


    Indicted/Charged
    ----------------
    Republican Tom Delay - conspiring to violate Texas state election law, money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Reprimanded by House Ethics Committee
    Republican Lawrence Novak
    Republican Nathan Taylor
    Kyle "Dusty" Foggo (George W Bush's CIA Executive Director) - 30 wide-ranging counts of fraud, conspiracy,
    money laundering, leaking classified information.
    Republican Lurita Alexis Doan, Administrator of the General Services Administration - violations of the Hatch act.
    Democratic Senator William Jefferson - 16 counts of racketeering, soliciting bribes and money-laundering


    Under investigation
    ---------------------------
    Republican Senator Ben Stevens - bribery, corruption
    Republican Karl Rove - Abramoff, interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice
    Republican President George W. Bush - Abramoff, interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice
    Republican Vice President Dick Cheney - Abramoff, interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice
    Republican Governor and RNC Chairman Haley Barbour - Laundered money from foreign governments into presidential elections. Used non-profit organizations for illegal purposes. Perjury.
    Republican Representive Mark Foley - Pediphilia
    Republican Representive Mark Reynolds - Covered up for Mark Foley
    Republican Representive Dennis Hastert - Covered up for Mark Foley
    Republican Governor Mitt Romney - Made false statements to bondholders
    Republican Governor/Ex Representative Jim Gibbons - Bribery
    Republican Attorney General Gonzales - Fired US Attorneys for prosecuting Republicans, interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice, lying to Congress, perjury, witness tampering.
    Republican Paul J. McNulty - Deputy Attorney General. Interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice, lying to Congress, perjury
    Republican Senator Pete Domenici - Used influence to get a US Attorney fired
    Republican Representative Heather Wilson - Used influence to get a US Attorney fired
    Republican Representative Tom Feeney - bribery
    Republican Representative Richard George Renzi - bribery, conflict on interest.
    Republican Representative Jerry Lewis - Accepted gifts from Lobbyists, bribery, honest services fraud, dispensation of special favors
    Republican Representative John Doolittle - Accepted money from Jack Abramoff in exchange for favors.
    Democratic Representative Alan Mollohan -May have funnelled money to his own home-state foundations
    Republican Representative Rick Renzi - bribery, sponsored legislation that dealt hundreds of millions of dollars to his father’s business
    Republican Representative Tim Murphy - Ethics violations regarding use of Congressional staff for campaign purposes.
    Republican Representative Gary Miller - Illegal land deals, tax fraud
    Republican Representative Ken Calvert - Steered federal money to projects near his private real estate developments.
    Republican Representative Don Young - bribery

    Implicated - May be under investigation
    ---------------------------------------
    Richard Shelby (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - AL)
    Robert Riley (REPUBLICAN GOVENOR- AL)
    J. D. Hayworth (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - AZ)
    Dana Rohrabacher (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA)
    Doug Ose (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA)
    Richard Pombo (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA)
    John Doolittle (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA)
    Ed Royce (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA)
    Scott McInnis (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CO)
    Rob Simmons (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CT)
    Tom Feeney (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - FL)
    Ric Keller (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - FL)
    John Isakson (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - GA)
    Saxby Chambliss (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - CA)
    Jack Kingston (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - GA)
    Michael Simpson (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - ID)
    Butch Otter (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - ID)
    Jerry Walker (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - IL)
    Dan Burton (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - IN)
    Charles Grassley (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - IA)
    BOB EHRLICH (REPUBLICAN GOVENOR- MD)
    Dave Camp (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MI)
    Gil Gutknecht (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MN)
    Christopher Bind (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- MO)
    Jim Talent (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- MO)
    Charles Pickering (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MS)
    Roger Wicker (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MS)
    Thad Cochran (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- MS)
    Dennis Rehberg (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- MT)
    Jon Christensen (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NE)
    John Ensign (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NV)
    Roger Wicker (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MS)
    Jim Saxton (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NJ)
    Frank LoBiondo (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NJ)
    Mike Ferguson (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NJ)
    Heather Wilson (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NM)
    Charles Taylor (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NC)
    Walter Jones (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NC)
    Jean Schmidt (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OH)
    Ralph Regula (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OH)
    Ernest Istook (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OK)
    James Inhofe (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- OK)
    Tom Coburn (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OK)
    Gordon Smith (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- OR)
    Arlen Specter (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- PA)
    Curt Weldon (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - PA)
    Joe Pitts (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - PA)
    John Thune (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - SD)
    Bill Janklow (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - SD)
    Van Hilleary (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - TN)
    Chris Cannon (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- UT)
    Eric Canter (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - VA)
    Randy Forbes (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - VA)
    George Allen (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- VA)
    Tom Davis (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - VA)
    George Nethercutt (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WA)
    Doc Hastings (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WA)
    Dave Reichert (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WA)
    Mark Green (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WI)
    Paul Ryan (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WI)
    Shelly Moore Capito (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WV)
    Mike Enzi (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- WY)
    Barbara Cubin (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WY)
    Robert Riley (REPUBLICAN GOVENOR - AL)
    Marilyn Musgrave (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE- CO)
    Jim Nussle (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - IA)
    Matt Blunt (REPUBLICAN GOVENTOR- MO)
    Roy Blunt (REPUBLICAN MAJORITY LEADER - MO)
    Jon Christensen (FORMER REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE- NE)
    Jeb Bradley (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NH)
    John E Sununu (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - NH)
    Jean Schmidt (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OH)
    Joe Wilson(REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - SC)
    Gresham Barrett (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - SC)
    Henry Brown (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - SC)

    Convicted: 102 Republicans. 1 Democrat
    Indicted: 5 Republicans. 1 Democrats
    Confessed under grant of Immunity: 1 Republican. 0 Democrats.
    Under investigation: 21 Republicans. 1 Democrat.
    implicated: 75 Republicans. 0 Democrats
    Total: 204 Republicans. 3 Democrats.

    8 Comments:

    Blogger Liberator_Rev said...

    For many months - even before I discovered it - when people Googled "Republican corruption" and the like, mine was the top site listed. That was before so many other sites got on board that mine was pushed down the list by more famous sites. But mine is still tops if you Google "Republican corruption and immorality". If you check it out, you may well agree with those who think LiberalsLikeChrist.Org/gopcorruption.html p://JesusNoRepublican.Org/) is the best site of its kind.

    9:47 PM  
    Blogger Ricardo said...

    Thank you. Good source of re-rebuttal information for all that republican "crap cocktail chatter."

    9:36 PM  
    Blogger ninti said...

    Any chance of updating this? William Jefferson needs to be in there, I am sure there are more, and it is a very good resource that deserves updating.

    1:47 PM  
    Blogger mole333 said...

    ninti:

    You are right that Democrat William Jefferson should be included. This list was compiled (by someone else I hope I made clear) before Jefferson was caught. It would be nice to do a full update but I haven't had a chance and haven't seen anyone else do so. I should note that I endorsed Cao over Jefferson because of Jefferson's crimes. I also will note that not all Republican indictments and convictions are included either, since more have occurred since this was compiled.

    1:51 PM  
    Blogger ninti said...

    I hope you don't mind me offering a few more corrections, just for the record:

    NH GOP Chair Chuck McGee - Not elected and not national, does not meet the criteria listed.

    Republican Lobbyist Jack Abramoff - Not elected, does not meet the criteria listed.

    You can thank a Reddit.com user named bobcat for the corrections. While he is a pretty big ahole, I think his corrections are valid.

    5:07 PM  
    Blogger mole333 said...

    Thanks again Ninti. I saw the Reddit thing...I admire your patience dealing with fools.

    What I liked about the round up I gave was that it set nonpartisan criteria and stuck with them whoever it revealed was corrupt. Others cherry pick to prove their point. I consider that intellectually dishonest. I am more than willing to fight Democratic corruption. Like Jefferson. And like my local Democratic machine in Brooklyn (Google "mole333" and "Vito Lopez" and you'll see I don't spare Democrats). But the truth is, at least from Nixon onwards, corruption has overwhelmingly been Republican.

    6:10 PM  
    Blogger Ben42day! said...

    I like the numbers here and because i strongly dislike the republican party i would like to know if and how true so i ask you if you don't mind, can you tell me where do you get your info from. I am doing a page on facebook about the evils of the republican party and i have seen enough gibberish and stuff that when investigated is just hearsay when you come right down to it. So could you please tell me where i could get this info on republican party corruption and really anything from our whole history as a nation if possible. I do not want to post things like i have found from religeous sites that lean one way or the other and usually their information is not sited or sited that takes me to a source that eventually leads me back where i started. To think that once in our nation anyone had at their grasp the American Dream and because of bad polictics and government usually stemming from policies started from the GOP....I love our country and I don't want to see it go down to a bunch of theiving stab in your back criminals that are only interested in one thing....GREED......Thank you, Ben Scharf @
    ben42day@yahoo.com

    12:36 AM  
    Blogger Ben42day! said...

    Also to Liberator_Rev.....I hate to say this buddy but people do not like to hear about religion and politics in the same breath. It's those type of sites that seem like some sort of radical cult maybe even racist type of site. Not that yours is but that's what i see when I see your title. That's like a anonymous fellowship i belong to where we are blessed enough to choose a God of our own understanding. So maybe if you want to make your site number one again take the Jesus out of it...No offense now remember, i totally believe in of Christine doctrine but it is the radical approach you guys sometimes take that scares people away from it. There's enough good agaisnt evil struggle already here and it's the caring help all Americans Democrats agaisnt the think about just me party the republicans....

    12:51 AM  

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