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Judicial Watch Publishes Washington’s 2006 Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians

Judicial Watch, a public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption has released what they’re calling their 2006 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” The list includes Jack Abramoff, Senatory Hillary Clinton, Tom Delay, and Mark Foley.

Here’s the list of the Judicial Watch Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians:

Jack Abramoff, Former Lobbyist
Abramoff is at the center of a massive public corruption investigation by the Department of Justice

Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY)
In January 2006, Hillary Clinton’s fundraising operation was fined $35,000 by the Federal Election Commission for failing to accurately report more than $700,000 in contributions to Clinton’s Senate 2000 campaign.

Former Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA)
In November 2005, Cunningham pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion.

Former Representative Tom Delay (R-TX)
Tom DeLay, who was forced to step down from his position as House Majority Leader and then resign from Congress, decided in 2006 not to run for re-election.

Former Representative Mark Foley (R-FL)
Foley left the House in disgrace after news broke that he had been sending predatory homosexual emails to a House page.

Representative Denny Hastert (R-IL)
In addition to mishandling the Foley scandal, outgoing House Speaker Dennis Hastert allowed House ethics process to ground to a halt on his watch.

Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
Hastings is one of only six federal judges to be removed from office through impeachment and has accumulated staggering liabilities ranging from $2,130,006 to $7,350,000.

Representative William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson (D-LA)
Jefferson is alleged to have accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to help broker high-tech business deals in Nigeria.

Former Representative Bob Ney (R-OH)
Ohio Republican Congressman Bob Ney resigned in early November 2006, three weeks after pleading guilty for accepting bribes from an Indian casino in exchange for legislative favors.

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
Senator Reid came under fire in 2006 for failing to properly report to Congress a $700,000 land deal.

Judicial Watch says that public corruption is endemic to our nation’s capital. They also claim that the anti-corruption work of Judicial Watch is needed more than ever. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton claims that his list “could be much longer, as there are far too many politicians who abuse the public trustand place themselves above the law.”

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  1. Bill Wood
    Dec 21st 2006

    Dem. TX.Congressman solomon Ortiz was caught with owning a sub standard service security company on the Docks in Corpus Chrissti,Texas. His company had government contracts for securtity on shipping docks where military equipment was shipped overseas. He used his office to get the contract and then his company was fired for giving poor service and he had to sell out

  2. Nither did Instien.

  3. Dr. Michael Barnett
    Dec 21st 2006

    What about George W. Bush, the king of corruption? Impeach Bush now!!

  4. How is it that Georg W. Bush isnt on this list, is it because he lied about Irag govt being responsable for 9/11, or all the contracts for supplies, equpment, etc that were signed before there was even 9/11, or because he & his friends are making millions off of these said contracts for equipmnt shipped to Irag, or that he has altered many laws so that he & his “friends” can never be tried for their illegal, unethical practices, or maybe beacause he left the residents of the Gulf Coasts to die during & after Hurricane Katrina. IMPEACH BUSH!

  5. What about, Rumsfeld, Cheney, And Bush. Rumsfeld for not only selling WMD’s to Iraq before Gulf War I, but also for recently misplacing $1 trillion in DOD spending, Cheney and Bush for fabricating evidence to go to war on Iraq.

  6. I always appreciate webmasters such as yourself who continue to keep the public updated about corruption in our govt. The sad thing about this list is that it doesn’t come as a large supprice.

  7. Allen Burns
    Dec 22nd 2006

    Hillary Clinton failed to accurately report $700K? That’s a little vague if you ask me. If the fine was only 5%, it couldn’t have been all that serious. Compareing her with the rest of these scofflaws is sort of like lumping someone with a couple dozen unpaid parking tickets with a bunch of death row inmates.

  8. Sen Hillary Clinton should be CENSURED 100%

  9. Seems Sen Hillary Clinton didn’t pass math at Wellesley.

  10. IMPEACH Felipe Calderon illegitimate president of México!!!

    Oh , sorry this is only in the US, right?

    George W. Bush, the king of corruption planed this “floridization” of the Mexican Elections, so his “friends” take over Mexico´s natural resources, and the most important, oil (PEMEX).

  11. Goowamp
    Dec 22nd 2006

    If they are all so corupt what is the sense of voting for any one of them. Most will take your money but Hilory will take your soul.

  12. Judicial Watch is a conservative group so says Wikipedia … but man, are those some conservatives you miss. They seem to have a moral code that they stick by, not just pander too. And they call out corruption fairly equally.

  13. Deacon Blue
    Dec 22nd 2006

    Why not a list of least corrupt politicians. Not only shorter, but probably more useful!

  14. urbanlumberjack
    Dec 22nd 2006

    Hilary is on this website because of conservative bias. Notice the only two people on this list for failing to properly report campaign contributions are both democrats. This is a much less severe offense compared with the rest of the list. In addition, the offenses of Hastert, Foley and Frist are rediculously understated. Publishing a list that includes both Dems and Repubs does not automatically mean the list is unbiased, and in fact is a common tool in pushing an agenda under the guise of objectivity.

    Anyway, to try and prove my objectivity (which may seem rediculous after my last point), Bush’s “offenses” do not fit into this criterea of curruption. Bush hasn’t altered laws to get himself legally off the hook, executive immunity is clearly outlined in the consitution. His “closed door” deals were shady, but not outside executive priviledge. There is also little evidence linking him directly to the intelligence failures. In fact, there is a very coherent arguement that Hussein wanted the US to believe he had WMDs so that he would be a receipient of the same avoidance policies that we currently have towards NK. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t agree with almost all of Bush’s policies, but hearing “Impeach Bush” is getting a little old, especially considering that he was relected due mostly to organizational failures of the Democratic Party and low voter turnout in the youth demographic that seems to be so outspoken against him (10% of 18-27 year olds voted). Taking back the House and Senate was a start, but the problem isn’t Bush’s policies, its the lack of substantial and pragmatic political opposition that has let him act as he wishes. Effective poltical participation isn’t going to a rally, shouting “It’s time to trim the Bushes,” then going home and patting yourself on the back for it. Its engaging in actual debate, which unfortunatly has almost ceased in favor of partisan rallies where only one side of an issue is represented. Democrats need to realize that they are alienating a large demographic of the US, one that actually votes and has given Bush his “mandate” to do what he wishes. In 2004 Kerry ran as simply “not Bush,” instead of as a candidate with good policies on poverty and health care. Liberals have for too long been satisfied with being right about issues, without realizing that moral supremecy gives you a false feeling of virtue, but doesn’t give you power. Without power, Bush is in office. We all need to stop easing our feelings of inefficacy with tirades against Bush, because that’s how we got into this mess.

  15. urbanlumberjack
    Dec 22nd 2006

    oops, sorry everyone for the essay.

  16. This is an indication that the problem is not with the politicians – it’s with the voters who keep electing them.

  17. All of America is CORRUPT

  18. The Mulungeon
    Dec 22nd 2006

    legalize HEMP……..not WEED…and put America back to work.! It will also send a message to the BIG Oil Companies that WE will not put up with their crapola any longer.
    If it was good for our ” Fore Fathers ” to use and to Farm.then its GOOD enough for us.!!
    HEMP is NOT WEED and WEED is NOT HEMP..! Do your own research into it and see for yourselves.
    It ALL began with other crooked politians in bed with Hearst and Mellon back in 1937..!
    Henry Ford used HEMP in his Cars………and you know what else….HEMP seeds are edible and have MORE Nutricious and Medicimal value than you can imagine..
    Lets get rid of the whole bunch in Washington D.C. !

  19. Rabbi Fernando
    Dec 22nd 2006

    I concur with urbanlumberjack that the inclusion of Hillary on the list is a clear bias of the neo-con Judicial Watch group. The FEC levies hundreds of fines every election cycle, many if not most for reporting deficiencies, and my cursory glance suggests that they’re evenly split between the two major parties. urbanlumberjack is also correct that a failure to report is lesss serious than bribery, money-laundering, pederasty, and other crimes. Even lying under oath is more serious–where is Scooter Libby on the list? The inclusion of Harry Reid shows that they’re really grasping at straws. If he’s the tenth-most corrupt politician in Washington, the other 425 must be a bunch of saints!

    I disagree with urbanlumberjack that Bush should not be included. He has spewed nothing but lies from day 1, when he claimed he was a compassionate conservative then filled his cabinet with cold-hearted warmongers. His innumerable crimes are worse than Nixon’s–they just haven’t been investigated because the do-nothing Congress failed to do its job.

    Abramoff is not a politician and thus shouldn’t be included on the list. At the very least an R should be included after his name to indicate that he’s a Republican.

  20. OrkasKillSeals
    Dec 22nd 2006

    Has anyone checked the employees of Miss Squeaky Clean at her resturant and vineyards?
    Are they legal residents?
    Are they unionized?
    How about it Speaker Pelois?
    Got any more innocent people to appoint as committe chairpersons?

  21. “Hilary is on this website because of conservative bias.’

    Hey, Hilly, if you’re going to post, go ahead and use your real name. “Urbanlumberjack” isn’t fooling anyone.

  22. There’s that NEOCON label. Way to show yourself as being intellectually bankrupt. Can’t debate an idea, you have to go and throw out a label and attack the people making the idea.

    Oh where to start on Hillary… How about her tradings and rediculous gains that were the result of insider trading. How about all her Rose Law firm stuff. How about documents she was ordered to produce and swore she couldn’t find… which turned up in her residence at the white house with her finger prints on them..

    She’s got to be fuming with Obama eating into her presidential hopes… Then again if the national media looked at the way in which Obama purchased his Illinois residence they might be concerned

  23. Bingsu
    Dec 22nd 2006

    Good grief, people! Go back to first grade. The posts above show more grammar, English usage and spelling errors than I see in 3rd grade English composition!

  24. That’s because people are graded in school. I don’t typically spell check political blog posts because they aren’t worth the time. Then again most of the posts aren’t worth the time it takes to read them.

  25. Given the fact that one of the people who helped start the iraq war ‘coincidentally’ happens to be one of the people who profited the most from it, also given the fact that he aided in deluding the country and congress to give the thumbs up on the war, i don’t understand why dick cheney isn’t on here.

  26. Yehuda Draiman
    Feb 3rd 2008


    Crooked government officials punished severely for violation the law

    Why should crooked politicians, judges, lawyers and law enforcement officials get punished severely for violating, abusing, distorting and manipulating the law?

    These are the people who studied the law, swore to uphold the law – they know better, yet they choose to distort and violate the rules, regulations, laws and ethics.

    These people were/are entrusted by the public to uphold the laws.

    Yet they chose to violate the law distort it and manipulate it to their own advantage.


    “As technology advances – so does corruption”


    The corruption in the Civil Courts is greater than in the Criminal Court.

    “The One with the money controls justice”

    When the public loses trust and competence of the government and law enforcement – society crumbles.

    It is the duty of officials to report corruption; otherwise they are as guilty as the perpetrator.

    Emphasising that corruption represents a major threat to the rule of law, democracy and human rights, fairness and social justice, hinders economic development and endangers the proper and fair functioning of market economies;
    Recognising the adverse financial consequences of corruption to individuals, companies and States, as well as international institutions;
    Convinced of the importance for civil law to contribute to the fight against corruption, in particular by enabling persons who have suffered damage to receive fair compensation;
    Corruption in government undermines the goals of peace-loving and democratic nations, jeopardizes free markets and sustainable development, provides sanctuary to the forces of terror, and supports the illicit activities of international and domestic terrorists.
    In short, corruption “saps the legitimacy of democratic governments and can, in its extreme forms, threaten democracy itself,”
    “As long as corrupt officials and those who facilitate their corruption are able to enjoy safe haven, there will be no shortage of those willing to rob the citizenry and flout the rule of law.”
    By combating official corruption, “we restore confidence in democracy and the rule of law. We strengthen open trade and investment that drive the world economy. We ensure that donor and government resources benefit all citizens, not a select few. When these conditions are secured, they combine to create faith in the institutions of a civil society.”
    The fight against corruption is critical to realizing our shared interests. Corruption undermines the goals of peace-loving and democratic nations. It jeopardizes free markets and sustainable development. It provides sanctuary to the forces of terror. It facilitates the illicit activities of international and domestic criminals. It saps the legitimacy of democratic governments and can, in its extreme forms, threaten democracy itself.
    Corruption is also a tax on those citizens who can least afford to pay. It provides benefits to the crooked by channeling money from projects for better roads and cleaner water into the pockets of cronies.
    When governments make decisions that favor the connected, rather than favor the citizenry, freedom is stymied. When corruption intrudes, the invisible hand that guides the market is replaced by a greased palm.
    Overall, the World Bank estimates that the cost of corruption represents about seven percent of the annual world economy, roughly 2.3 trillion dollars. This is a staggering amount … a figure that is equal to the entire federal budget of the United States government [2.2 trillion dollars].
    Think of the jobs, the infrastructure, and the educational systems that 2.3 trillion dollars could provide if it were redirected from the personal enrichment of the corrupt to the service of the people. Think of the rising tide of trust and productivity that would result … a tide that would lift all citizens.
    Penalty provision, saying it was designed to hold “members of Congress and those they work with to the highest standards in order to ensure that those who abuse the public trust will be dealt with accordingly.”


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