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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