Which party has a "culture of corruption?"
The minor-league players

Five Painful Lessons from the Weinstein Scandal.  [#1] "Everybody knew."  If not everyone, then an exceptionally wide range of people in the movie business knew about Weinstein's predatory behavior and chose to avert their eyes.  On his Facebook page, screenwriter Scott Rosenberg wrote a brutally honest portrait of life during the early days at Miramax Films, a heady combination of glamour, fame, wild parties, beautiful people ... and a not-really-hidden knowledge that the wealthy man at the center of the Bacchanalia demanded sex from actresses in exchange for starring roles. [...] While every profession has its share of creeps and weirdos, it is difficult to imagine a man in another business culture thriving for decades while demanding sex in exchange for favors from every attractive woman he meets.

Corruption, Corruption and More Corruption.  A week ago, Jimmie Moore pleaded guilty to filing a false campaign finance report in order to conceal a $90,000 payment he received to drop out of a Pennsylvania congressional race.  In other parlance it is called a payoff, as the former Philadelphia judge surely knew.  The nearly one-hundred-grand came from the incumbent being challenged:  Congressman Bob Brady (D-Pa.). Brady has been serving (himself) in Congress for the last 19 years, representing a slam-dunk Democratic Party district.  For even longer, the last 31 years, Brady has chaired the Democratic Party of Philadelphia.  Moore, who implicated Rep. Brady in the scheme, now faces as many as five years in prison.  Brady, for his part, has yet to be charged.

Brockbuster: Is The Media Matters Chief Slurping From A Slush Fund?  Media Matters chief David Brock has personally watched over and benefited from a scheme to hide donor identities that allowed progressives to funnel untraceable millions to initiatives against conservative and GOP causes around the nation, a complaint filed Tuesday [10/10/2017] with the Federal Election Commission charges.  Andrew Kerr details in the complaint obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation how Brock has allegedly overseen a sleight of hand operation to obscure who is donating money to a super PAC in which he has a vested personal interest.  Kerr is a former employee of a major American technology firm.  He has spent the last year parsing through and collating data on American Bridge's nonprofit and political arms.

Immigrant-rights activist indicted on suspicion of preparing false tax returns.  Arizona immigrant-rights activist Elias Bermudez was charged Oct. 3 with 27 counts of aiding in the preparation of false tax returns, according to a grand-jury indictment filed in the U.S. District Court of Arizona.  Bermudez, founder of Immigrants Without Borders and owner of El Centro de Ayuda, is accused of advising taxpayers to claim unqualified dependents to gain tax-credit deductions, according to a court filing.  Bermudez encouraged taxpayers to claim dependents who lived in Mexico and did not receive the minimum amount of financial support to qualify for the $1,000 Additional Child Tax Credit, according to the filing.

Lawmaker accused of showing up to work high on morphine.  Texas prosecutors targeting a state representative for corruption charges announced this week the lawmaker shelled out over $51,000 of her own dough on an online psychic, and showed up to work hopped up on morphine, reports said.  Texas state.  Rep. Dawnna Dukes is preparing for a misdemeanor corruption trial for allegedly giving a taxpayer-funded raise to a legislative aide to cover gas money for driving her daughter to and from school, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Florida Democrat Election Official Admits Noncitizens, Felons Voting.  A veteran Democrat chief election official in Florida has conceded in court that noncitizens and felons possibly voted, in a case that could have national implications for how localities clean up voter rolls.  Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes is defending her office against a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Rights Union, a conservative legal group that contends there are more voters registered on Broward's rolls than there are eligible voters in the county.  Those rolls are said to be inflated with not only noncitizens and felons, but also other ineligible people who have voted illegally.

Former Oberlin College professor faces federal charges.  A former Oberlin College instructor and an activist for indigenous people was indicted this week for allegedly stealing funds from the American Indian Education Center of Cleveland, where he is executive director.  Robert Roche, 70, of Cleveland, is charged in the U.S. District of Northern Ohio with multiple counts of conspiracy and theft of government funds.  "Mr. Roche took tens of thousands of dollars earmarked for Native American children and families and put the money in his own pockets," said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman in a news release.

'Untouchable' Kennedys boast about bad behavior all over Hyannis Port.  They're America's white-trash blue bloods.  The Kennedy clan has been famous over the years for limitless political ambition, immense wealth, excruciating tragedy — and seemingly constant scandal.  Their storied family tale began with an immigrant Irish family-done-very good and rose all the way to a US presidency, only to go from Camelot to trailer park.  So when father-daughter duo Max and Caroline "Summer" Kennedy were busted by cops during a raucous house party this month, the duo's alleged low-life shenanigans were hardly a surprise.  It was all part of c'est la Kennedy, where bad behavior gets boasted about and consequences ... what consequences?

Southern Poverty Law Center Transfers Millions in Cash to Offshore Entities.  The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal, Alabama-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that has gained prominence on the left for its "hate group" designations, pushes millions of dollars to offshore entities as part of its business dealings, records show.  Additionally, the nonprofit pays lucrative six-figure salaries to its top directors and key employees while spending little on legal services despite its stated intent of "fighting hate and bigotry" using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.

Sexual assault allegation investigated after Democratic meeting.  A longtime progressive activist was removed from party positions earlier this year when reports surfaced alleging he sexually assaulted a young volunteer after a state Democratic Party meeting in Walla Walla.  Police in Walla Walla investigated reports that the volunteer, a college student who isn't old enough to legally drink, had consumed so much alcohol she was incapable of providing consent, and therefore was sexually assaulted when she had intercourse with the man, who is nearly 30 years older.

Obamacare's sneering architect caught with his hand in the till.  Remember Jonathan Gruber?  The loathsome, contemptuous architect of Obamacare has been caught out by Vermont's attorney general for corruption in a fraudulent billing scheme.  According to the Daily Caller, Gruber sent out double-invoices and invoices for work that was never done in a disgusting scheme to foist single-payer insurance onto Vermont a couple years earlier.  The program was so bad that its left-wing governor scrapped it as something that would never work.

Chief Obamacare Architect Sacked After Fraudulent Billing Investigation.  Vermont's Attorney General has settled the state's claims of fraud against Jonathan Gruber, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who served as a technical consultant for President Barack Obama and as one of the chief architects of Obamacare.  Under the terms of the settlement, Gruber will no longer work as a taxpayer-funded economic consultant for the state's health care system and he won't seek to be paid any money he might be owed, reports the Rutland Herald, a Vermont newspaper.

College student gets 100 days in slammer for registering dead voters for Dems.  A Virginia college student was sentenced this week to 100 days incarceration for submitting fraudulent voter registration forms listing the names of dead people and other faulty information for a political organization connected to the Democratic Party.  Andrew J. Spieles, 21, was sentenced in federal court Tuesday [8/8/2017] for knowingly transferring false Virginia voter registration forms during the 2016 election, according to the Justice Department.

Official Who Met With Michelle Obama at WH Indicted for Stealing School Lunch Funds.  A Los Angeles food services director who was invited to the White House by former First Lady Michelle Obama to share his tips for getting kids to eat healthy has been indicted for stealing $65,000 in public funds.  David Binkle, a chef who served as the director of food services for Los Angeles Unified School District until he was fired in 2015, was charged last week with multiple counts of embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds, conflict of interest, forgery, and perjury, the L.A. Times reported.

Michelle Obama's 'nasty, rotty' school lunch guru busted for corruption.  The man who brought us the phrase "nasty, rotty" food has unsurprisingly been busted for corruption.  That's one David Binkle, a former chef who bit and clawed his way to the top of the Los Angeles Unified School District's $354 million food operation, running the Michelle Obama-ordained school lunch reform that was so bad in Los Angeles that the students set up a black market in Flamin' Hot Cheetos as a substitute.  His horrible operation gave us that evocative descriptor, "nasty rotty stuff," which got around.  Turns out he was overpaying contractors, taking kickbacks, and billing it all to the taxpayer.

Democrat Justice Of The Peace Removed For Sexting, Pill Popping.  A justice of the peace in Texas has been removed from her position when it was revealed she was sexting and popping pills while sitting on the bench!

Philadelphia DA Sent to Jail After Admitting to Accepting Bribes.  Philadelphia's top prosecutor pleaded guilty to corruption charges in federal court Thursday [6/29/2017], admitting he accepted a bribe from a businessman, the Associated Press reports.  The presiding judge sent Seth Williams, the Democratic district attorney for the city of Philadelphia who is now resigning from office, to jail immediately from the courthouse.  U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond, who expressed astonishment from the evidence, said he couldn't trust Williams, particularly to appear for his sentencing hearing.

Student Gets Prison Term for Registering Dead People as Democratic Voters.  A student at James Madison University who was working for a political organization affiliated with the Democratic party was sentenced to go to prison for at least 100 days after he pleaded guilty to registering dead people to vote.  Andrew J. Spieles of Harrisonburg, Virginia entered his plea on Monday [6/26/2017] in federal court.  He had been working for the group Harrisonburg Votes last summer.  A U.S. Attorney's Office spokesperson said, "In July 2016 Spieles' job was to register as many voters as possible and reported to Democratic Campaign headquarters in Harrisonburg."

College Student Gets Jail Time For Registering Dead People To Vote For Democrats.  Democrats constantly say there's no need for voter ID because voter fraud never happens.  How will they explain this story?  A college student working for a Democrat organization registered dead people to vote Democrat.  Now he's going to jail.

Rhode Island Lawmaker Hands Out Document with Screenshot That Shows Open Porn Site Tabs.  A Rhode Island lawmaker is defending himself after giving his colleagues a handout that showed open web browser tabs with pornographic references loaded in the background.  State Rep. Ramon Perez was testifying before the House Finance Committee on Wednesday in favor of a bill to create a fund that would pay drivers involved in accidents with unlicensed motorists, reports the AP. [...] A clerk quickly collected the documents from the committee members, and Perez submitted a porn-free version the next day, reports WPRI.  Perez, a freshman legislator, claimed the image was not from his computer.  "I was asking a friend if they know something about it.  So a friend sent me that picture with the information I was looking for.  I used that picture to make copies.  I didn't see the stuff at the top," Perez said.

Fox News Exposes Corrupt Voter Fraud Group Ties to Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid.  Liberals want you to believe that voter fraud isn't real.  These are the same Democrats who have spent years claiming that Republicans can rig elections through voter machines.  But Democrats are the ones that steal elections.  Far too many illegal aliens were registered to vote and actually showed up on election day.  Now, Fox News' Jesse Watters has dropped a bombshell report that should shock all Americans.  A dozen workers for a group with links to the Clinton Family and former Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) have been charged with using fake names on voter registration forms.

12 Staffers At Dem-Linked Group Charged With Voter Fraud.  Local prosecutors in Marion County, Indiana, charged 12 employees of a Democratic-linked voter recruitment organization of submitting fraudulent voter registration applications prior to the 2016 election.  According to the Associated Press, prosecutors say that 11 temporary canvassers working for the Indiana Voter Registration Project made and sent in an unknown number of fake voter applications.  The canvassers' supervisor, Holiday Burke, was charged as well.  The organization, the AP reported, is managed by Patriot Majority USA a group with strong ties to Democratic Party, including former President Bill Clinton and former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, as well as labor unions.

Canvassers for Dem-tied group charged in voter registration fraud scheme.  Twelve employees of an Indiana group tied to former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and former President Bill Clinton were charged Friday for allegedly submitting fake or fraudulent voter registration applications before the 2016 presidential election.  The Indiana Voter Registration Project, an Indiana-based group focused on mobilizing and registering black voters, allegedly submitted an unknown number of falsified applications, according to a probable cause affidavit.  Eleven canvassers temporarily employed by the group were charged by Marion County prosecutors, along with their supervisor Holiday Burke — with one count each of procuring or submitting voter registration applications known to be "false, fictitious, or fraudulent."  If convicted, each faces up to two-and-a-half years in prison.  The group as a whole is also charged, and could face a $10,000 fine.

FEC Complaint Filed Against Rob Quist for Illegal Coordination With Outside Group.  A complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission against Montana House Democratic candidate Rob Quist says he illegally coordinated with an unregistered political committee that distributed newspaper inserts aimed at reaching undecided voters.  The complaint was triggered by a Bozeman Daily Chronicle report on the newspaper insert, which was crafted by a group of Montana writers supporting Quist.  The report states that the creators of the insert consulted with the Quist campaign on where it would most effectively reach undecided voters.

Texas state Sen. Carlos Uresti indicted on fraud charges.  A federal grand jury issued two indictments against San Antonio Sen. Carlos Uresti on Tuesday [5/16/2017], including fraud charges related to his involvement with a now-bankrupt oil company accused of defrauding investors — Four Winds LLC.  A report from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said Uresti and top officials at the company developed an investment Ponzi scheme to market fracking sand used for oil production and made false statements to entice investors in the firm.

Mayor of Seattle drops his bid for reelection and announces the end of his political career amid allegations.  The Mayor of Seattle announced he will drop his bid for reelection and end his political career amid allegations that he sexually abused four teenage boys. [...] The longtime state lawmaker, who led efforts to legalize gay marriage and pushed to increase Seattle's minimum wage to $15 as mayor, insisted for weeks he would not drop out.

Jane Sanders Being Investigated by the FBI for Fraud.  Jane Sanders, wife of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, is being investigated for bank fraud by the FBI.  The investigation relates to loans that Sanders took out when she was president of the now defunct Burlington College.

Doctor Connected to Democratic Senator's Bribery Case Convicted for $100 Million in Medicare Fraud.  Dr. Salomon Melgen was convicted on Friday for wrongfully billing the government more than $100 million in improper Medicare payments, the Palm Beach Post reported.  A West Palm Beach, Florida jury found Melgen guilty of 67 counts of Medicare fraud after a trial that lasted about two months, followed by three days of deliberations.  Prosecutors said that Melgen, an eye doctor, intentionally misdiagnosed patients in order to charge high prices to Medicare.  Defense attorney Kirk Ogrosky said about the outcome, "We're terribly disappointed.  He cares very deeply about his patients and he tried very hard to help them."  Melgen's other attorney, Matthew Menchel, told the jury during closing arguments that while Melgen did make mistakes over the course of his practice, he was not guilty of any crimes.  A sentencing hearing is set for July 14, and Dr. Melgen faces between 15 and 20 years in prison.

Lawsuit: Sanctuary City Mayor Accused of 'Raping and Molesting' Teenage Boys.  A lawsuit alleges Seattle mayor Ed Murray, who has defended the city's policy of refusing to turn over illegal alien criminals to federal authorities, raped drug-addicted, teenaged boys.

Democrat Senator Charged for Accepting Payments in Exchange for Official Actions.  Democratic Maryland State Senator Nathaniel Thomas Oaks, age 70, of Baltimore, Maryland, was charged with honest services wire fraud for allegedly accepting illegal payments in exchange for using his official position or influence to benefit an individual on business-related matters.

Crooked Chicago Public Schools vendor gets 7 years in prison for bribery.  Prosecutors asked for a nine year prison sentence.  Even that would [...] not be enough for me.  Thankfully this creep wasn't a dean or a teacher at Little Marathon Pundit's high school when she was a student there.

Former DNC Official Partnered With Convicted Bomb Maker To Investigate Trump.  A former official with the Democratic National Committee has worked in recent months with a convicted domestic terrorist-turned-activist known as the "Speedway Bomber" to gather information on Donald Trump, The Daily Caller has learned.  That work culminated in a Washington, D.C. meeting in December between the ex-DNC operative, Alexandra Chalupa, the convicted bomber, Brett Kimberlin, and a South Africa-born Israeli man named Yoni Ariel.  Ariel, whose real name is Jonathan Schwartz, traveled to Washington, D.C. to brief Chalupa and Kimberlin on his knowledge of Russia's activities during the campaign.

Embattled ex-California mayor arrested at airport on numerous charges.  A former California mayor was arrested Sunday at the San Francisco International Airport, where he arrived from a vacation in South America, his attorney said.  Anthony Silva, the former mayor of Stockton, was arrested while he was returning from a trip to Colombia, his attorney, Allen Sawyer, told KCRA-TV.  An arrest warrant was issued for Silva on Thursday [3/2/2017] on charges of profiteering, embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds and grand theft, among other charges.

Townhall: Michael Moore's bribe to get electors to switch votes a felony.  In a desperate effort to get GOP electors to switch their votes, wealthy filmmaker Michael Moore offered to pay whatever fines might be leveled against the electors by their states.  But, Christine Rousselle noted at Townhall, that bribe is actually a felony.  "As pointed out by political comedian Tim Young, Moore's offer to pay the fine for voting for someone other than Trump is a violation of 52 USC 10307 (c), and is punishable with up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine," Rousselle said.

Anthony Weiner fined $65K for using campaign cash for personal use including paying for dry cleaning.  The New York City Campaign Finance Board hit disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner with a $65,000 fine for a number of violations including using campaign funds from his failed 2013 mayoral run for his own personal use.  The board found that Weiner accepted contributions over the donation limit, failed to show that money he spent was in furtherance of his 2013 mayoral campaign and spent money after the election that was not related to the campaign.  The board is also ordering him to return $195,377 in matching campaign funds, DNA Info reported.

Anthony Weiner busted for using campaign cash from 2013 mayoral run for personal expenses.  Disgraced ex-mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner was hit with $64,956 in fines Thursday for misusing campaign cash — including using it to pay for his personal phone — one of a slew of violations that got him hit with $64,956 in fines by the city Campaign Finance Board Thursday.  The city Campaign Finance Board voted unanimously to penalize the serial sexter's failed 2013 campaign for a total of 10 different violations of campaign finance law.  The campaign will also have to repay $195,377.79 in taxpayer matching funds that it did not use.

Obama's homosexual bundler arrested for child rape.  A "bundler" is someone who not just donates money to a politician or political campaign, but solicits and "bundles" donations from other donors into a substantial sum.  As such, bundlers perform an important service for politicians.  If a "bundler" for Trump is arrested for pedophilia, it would be all over the MSM, aka the Fake Media.  Well, there is a bundler for Obama who has been arrested for just that.

Hillary Supporter Was Supposed to Be Door-Knocking — But Hidden Cam Nabs Footage of Another Activity.  One such door-knocker hit the streets over the weekend in Monrovia, CA, in support of Hillary Clinton.  She was supposed to be talking to residents and placing door hangers, but then she walked up to one door covered in anti-Hillary signs — and she just couldn't help herself:  [Video clip]

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano faces bribery charges.  Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his wife, Linda, were arrested Thursday morning in a bribery and kickback scheme involving a restaurateur — who paid Linda Mangano $450,000 for a no-show job as a "food taster," authorities said.  Mangano and his family also were treated to free trips, including vacations in Niagara Falls, St. Thomas, and Turks and Caicos, officials said.  On top of that, they allegedly received a $3,371.90 ergonomic office chair, a $3,623.73 massage chair from Brookstone, a $7,304 Panerai Luminor watch and hardwood flooring in the Manganos' bedroom worth $3,701.81.  Oyster Bay's town supervisor, John Venditto, also was implicated in the scheme, helping out restaurateur Harendra Singh with his business in exchange for being allowed to hold fundraisers at the businessman's restaurants and given free limousine service, according to the feds and sources.

James O'Keefe Gets Another Scalp:  Subject of Undercover Video Ousted.  Scott Foval, one of the subjects of a recent James O'Keefe exposé broken exclusively by Breitbart on Monday [10/17/2016], has been removed from his job with the liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change.  Fox News has released a quote from Americans United For Change [head] Brad Woodhouse stating[:]  "Americans United For Change has always operated according to the highest ethical and legal standards.  Scott Foval is no longer associated with Americans United for Change."

Finally — Jacksonville State Attorney Angela Corey Defeated.  The brutally corrupt Jacksonville State Attorney Angela Corey, has been beaten in the 2016 primary race.  State Attorney Angela Corey pushed the false story that surrounded Trayvon Martin.  Corey lied to the Florida judiciary, lied to the public, and forced the investigators in her office to lie on her behalf.

Democratic PAC Founder Charged With Fraud, Turns To Lobbying.  A pro-Sen.  Bernie Sanders super PAC founder isn't letting fraud charges or outstanding warrants get in the way of his new lobbying and fundraising ventures.  Cary Lee Petersen registered two PACs — the Alliance for Disabled Inmate Abuse and Democrats Socially United — with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in June.  Days before, he was released on $200,000 bond over alleged securities fraud activities predating his February, 2015, entrance into presidential politics, according to Legistorm.

Major Democratic Donor Could Face Jail Time in Second Domestic Abuse Case.  A former high-dollar Obama donor who avoided jail time three years ago after surveillance video caught him on tape beating his then-girlfriend may land behind bars for a separate domestic abuse case.  Tech mogul Gurbaksh Chahal faced 45 felony charges of domestic abuse in 2013 when CCTV footage recorded him kicking his girlfriend 117 times and trying to smother her with a pillow.  The girlfriend reportedly told police that Chahal said he was going to kill her four times during the incident.  Chahal pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges and was given three months of probation while evading jail for the alleged 30-minute assault after a judge deemed the video inadmissible because it was obtained without a warrant.

Term about over, Pennsylvania's top prosecutor goes on trial.  Kathleen Kane remains on the job even though she lost her law license over her felony arrest.

Clinton pal hauled to trial for felony perjury.  One of Hillary Clinton's closest political allies, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, is in deep trouble.  Kane is being hauled to court Monday in a perjury and obstruction case that comes at the end of a tumultuous four years in office marked by petty feuds, a pornographic email scandal and political intrigue.  Sounds par for the course for Clinton pals, critics say.  Kane remains on the job even though she lost her law license over her felony arrest.  An ethics board accused her of "egregious conduct" amid criminal charges she leaked grand jury material to a newspaper to embarrass enemies and then lied about it under oath.

Ex-Los Angeles sheriff indicted on federal obstruction of justice charges.  Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca was indicted Friday [8/5/2016] on charges of obstructing justice and conspiring with underlings to derail a federal investigation into beatings in the nation's largest jail system.

Democrat Mayor Arrested for Allegedly Attempting to Trade Meth for Group Sex.  The Democratic mayor of Fairfax, VA was arrested on Thursday [8/4/2016] and charged with crimes related to an attempt to trade methamphetamine for sexual encounters.  According to police, an undercover detective tracked an individual who was allegedly distributing methamphetamine through a website used by men interested in casual sexual encounters with other men.  Police say the individual contacted the undercover detective to arrange a meeting at a hotel for the purpose of engaging in a group sexual encounter in exchange for methamphetamine.

Stockton mayor arrested, accused of playing strip poker with a minor and giving them alcohol.  Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was arrested Thursday at his youth camp on charges that he played strip poker with a minor and provided youngsters with alcohol, according to authorities.  Silva was taken into custody the day after Amador County prosecutors filed criminal charges against him based on evidence uncovered by the FBI.

DC Official Convicted Of Bribery Gets No Prison Time, $100 Fine.  A former District of Columbia official convicted of felony bribery will spend no time behind bars and pay a fine of only $100, according to the D.C. Office of Inspector General (IG).  U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia Amit Mehta recently sentenced former D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs contact representative Lucretia B. Barksdale to just three years' probation — including 180 days home confinement — and 80 hours of community service.

Al Sharpton sued for allegedly swiping $16K from Arizona man.  Shakedown Sharpton has struck again, according to an Arizona trucker, who says in a new federal lawsuit that the good reverend promised to help him, then took him for $16,000.  "He's a crook, he's a fraud, and that's all he is," complains Reggie Anders Sr., who sought out the Rev.  Al Sharpton for help resolving a 2009 discrimination dispute with Verizon.  "He didn't do anything he promised," Anders said Saturday [7/16/2016] by phone from Mesa, Ariz.  "Absolutely nothing."

Civil rights leader, former DC delegate Walter Fauntroy arrested at airport.  Civil rights leader and former congressional delegate Walter Fauntroy was arrested Monday [6/27/2016] at Dulles International Airport on a 5-year-old charge of writing a bad check in Maryland, authorities said.

'I don't feel that bad about breaking a bad law': Defiant Tennessee congressional candidate.  A 77-year-old Tennessee congressional candidate may be facing criminal indictment after more than 180 marijuana plants were discovered in a barn on her property.  Florence 'Flo' Matheson, who is running for the 6th Congressional District seat in the state, is adamant that the plants aren't hers — but has no problem admitting that she regularly smokes weed.  'I don't feel that bad about breaking a bad law,' she said.  'I smoke marijuana.  I'm guilty.'

Lawsuit Alleges Flint Mayor Diverted Water Crisis Funds to Her Personal Account.  A lawsuit filed yesterday [5/9/2016] in Detroit U.S. District Court claims a former city employee was fired after reporting that Mayor Karen Weaver (D) was telling staff to direct donations for the water crisis into her personal account.

Vendor in Detroit schools corruption case lived like a king.  In 2002, Norman Shy was settling into his new, custom-built mansion in Farmington Hills, Mich. — complete with an indoor lap pool, massive marble foyer, paneled library, movie theater and nine bathrooms.  Life was good for the school supply vendor.  But behind the glamour was a scammer, prosecutors allege in a federal criminal case, and he would go undetected for years.

Exec pleads guilty to kickback scheme with Chicago's parking meters.  A former executive for the company that runs Chicago's parking meters pleaded guilty Thursday to taking kickbacks to steer a $22 million contract to install the privately owned meters.  Philip "Felipe" Oropesa, 57, of Marietta, Ga., pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in federal court in Atlanta, where his case was transferred after he was indicted in Chicago last year, court records show.  Oropesa also agreed to forfeit $90,000 in bribe money he was paid over the course of the scheme.

NYPD chief quit amid FBI's probe into 'inordinate amount of cash'.  He was once a rising star in the NYPD — and a finalist to be Mayor Bill de Blasio's police commissioner.  But Chief of Department Philip Banks stunned city leaders when he resigned in late 2014, rather than take a promotion to the No. 2 spot in the department.  Now, The [New York] Post can reveal that Banks was the target of an ongoing federal corruption probe when he walked away from his job as one of the most powerful men on the force.  Investigators found "hundreds of thousands" of dollars in his bank accounts that raised red flags, sources said on Wednesday [4/6/2016].

Corruption Charges in Detroit Schools Spur Calls for Education Reform.  Officials are calling for education reform after bribery indictments against Detroit public school officials and a supplier alleged $2.7 million in fraudulent spending, even as Michigan's governor signed off on nearly $50 million in emergency spending.  "Principals are in positions of public trust and have an obligation to act in the best interest of their schools and the children ... they represent," Jarod Koopman, IRS special agent in charge, said in a formal statement.  "Those principals who line their own pockets through fraudulent means violate this trust by making the conscious decision to deprive teachers of the very resources necessary to provide quality education."  The investigation centered on Norman Shy, 74, a supplies vendor.

Contractor alleges fraud, politics in $50M public project.  At the first day of trial on Monday [4/4/2016], opening statements were heard in a case brought by Spectraserv Inc. — a South Kearny-based construction management company — which was awarded a contract for a large-scale public improvement project to dates back roughly 15 years.  The company is suing for fraud, breach of contract, and other claims.  The company alleges that Fredrick Kurtz, a former head of the MCUA and a politically tied figure to the Middlesex County Democratic Organization, helped steer millions of dollars in funds to a company set up just a month before the project began.

'Doping the vote' in South Texas triggers federal indictments.  Shady ballot brokers are "doping the vote" in the Rio Grande Valley, an election-watch group says.  Now the FBI is on the case.  "(The politiqueras) took voters to their weed man after voting," Logan Churchwell, a spokesman for True the Vote, told Watchdog.org.  Trafficking in petty cash and dime bags, politiqueras round up voters for South Texas candidates, nearly all Democrats.  The pay-for-ballot activity has resulted in 11 federal indictments so far.  Republicans are turning up the heat on state Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, a Brownsville resident and longtime political kingmaker in the Rio Grande Valley.

Texas fugitive turned West Virginia mayor runs under a cloud.  A Texas man who became a West Virginia mayor has a closet full of baggage, including a longstanding arrest warrant, alleged misuse of a city gas card and two unverified college degrees from the Lone Star State.  Texas authorities haven't pressed for his return, but Richard Wayne Edwards' political career could be over May 10 — or he could be elected mayor for another four years.  Edwards was cited by the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force for possession of marijuana and grow-house paraphernalia in San Antonio in 2001.

Feds: 12 Detroit principals stole $1M in kickback scheme.  In its latest crackdown on school corruption in Detroit, the federal government today [3/30/2016] dropped a legal bomb on 12 current and former principals, one administrator and a vendor — all of them charged with running a nearly $1-million bribery and kickback scheme involving school supplies that were rarely ever delivered.  At the heart of the alleged scheme is businessman Norman Shy, 74, of Franklin, who is accused of paying $908,500 in kickbacks and bribes to at least 12 Detroit Public Schools principals who used him as a school supply vendor in exchange for money — some for as little as $4,000, another for $324,000.  He secretly did this for 13 years, scamming school after school to the tune of $2.7 million with the help of principals who benefited along the way, prosecutors allege.

12 Detroit school principals charged in $2.7 million kickback scheme.  As I've said before, if Al Capone was around today he'd be a public school big shot.  That's where the big money is.

Almost every top official in Texas city arrested in federal corruption case.  Almost every top official in a remote South Texas city was arrested Thursday [2/4/2016] under a detailed federal indictment that accuses them of taking bribes from contractors and sending city workers to help an illegal gambling operator nicknamed "Mr. T."

We were blacklisted for not paying politician $250K bribe.  A couple who run a small urban farm said powerful Queens lawmaker James Sanders offered them $1.7 million in taxpayer money to fund their operation — then demanded a $250,000 kickback.  Marion Moses and Malisa Rivera said they refused Sanders, then a city councilman, during a 2012 sit-down.  Sanders, now a state senator running for Congress, became irate, and the couple believe their charity has been blacklisted by government officials ever since, they told The [New York] Post.  Three weeks ago, Moses filed a civilian crime report with the office of Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara.  Sources said the feds were already investigating Sanders for steering City Council discretionary funds to other nonprofits.

$1 million in cash found in disgraced former state representative's safe deposit boxes.  More than $1 million of cash, in small bundles, was found in safe deposit boxes belonging to a disgraced former Massachusetts state representative.  U.S. Marshals said they found the cash in safe deposit boxes controlled by John George, 68, who is also a former Dartmouth Selectman.  George was convicted and sentenced to 70 months in prison on federal charges for embezzling from a taxpayer-subsidized bus company he controlled.

Ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver convicted at NY corruption trial.  Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, formerly one of New York's most powerful politicians, was convicted Monday [11/30/2015] of charges that he traded favors to earn $5 million illegally and then lied about it.

Powerful NY Democrat Gets Gold Watch Plus 130 Years in Prison, But Mostly 130 Years in Prison.  Following a month-long criminal trial, and 10 months after his arrest on multiple corruption charges, former Assembly Speaker and one of the famed 'three men in a room' controlling New York politics, Sheldon Silver, has been found guilty on all seven counts involving corruption schemes that netted him $4 million in legal fees.  Prior to his arrest, Silver was widely considered the most powerful Democrat in the State Legislature.

Powerful New York legislator Silver convicted in bribery case.  Sheldon Silver, one of New York's most powerful politicians for two decades, was convicted on Monday [11/30/2015] of abusing his office to collect as much as $4 million in illegal bribes and kickbacks.  A federal jury in Manhattan found Silver, 71, guilty of all seven counts he faced following a three-week trial, including fraud, extortion and money laundering.

Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Is Found Guilty on All Counts.  Sheldon Silver, who held a seemingly intractable grip on power for decades as one of the most feared politicians in New York State, was found guilty on Monday [11/30/2015] of federal corruption charges, ending a trial that was the capstone of the government's efforts to expose the seamy culture of influence-peddling in Albany.  The verdict was a quick and unceremonious end for Mr. Silver, who, during his more than two decades as the State Assembly speaker, displayed a Teflon-like quality in deflecting questions about his outside income as well as calls for his ouster.

All 20 'Worst Small Cities in America' in California.  It should not be surprising that Bell, California won the booby prize for the worst small town in America, since its infamous former city manager Robert Rizzo was convicted on 69 counts in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city.  He is currently serving a 12-year prison term and has been ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme.  Rizzo paid himself $800,000 a year in salary, twice the salary of the President of the United States.  With benefits, his total compensation was $1.5 million a year in a city where a quarter of the population lives below the federal poverty line.

Major Democratic Donor Claimed Dog, Dead People as Clients in BP Oil Spill Fraud Case, Court Documents Say.  Mikal Watts is regarded as a Democratic kingmaker and wealthy Texas trial lawyer who even hosted a private $35,000-a-plate fundraiser for President Obama at his home.  He is now under federal indictment for allegedly fraudulently representing thousands of clients — including a handful of dead people and a dog — in litigation against BP after the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill.  Watts appeared in federal court Thursday in Mississippi along with his brother, David[,] who is also charged.  Both men, along with five others, allegedly used stolen and false identities of people to sign up as plaintiffs in their case against BP, eventually claiming to represent more than 40,000 individuals making claims against BP valued in excess of $2 billion.

The DNC may have broken the law by hiring an illegal immigrant.  Judicial watch raised an interesting question this week regarding one of the more intriguing hires made by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's team at the DNC.  Did they violate the law by hiring an illegal alien? [...] This is a question with a few twists and turns.  It seems that [Cindy] Nava has been referred to as "a dreamer" in terms of her status, but in legal terms that's really not "a thing" as the kids like to say today.  In reality, she's allegedly qualified for temporarily relief under DACA, so she's in that gray area of immigration law which has emerged under the Obama administration.

FEC Must Investigate Democratic National Committee for Employing Illegal Alien to Craft 2016 Political Message.  Judicial Watch announced today [9/2/2015] that it filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission requesting that it investigate the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for having "knowingly hired" an illegal alien, Cindy Nava, to help craft the committee's 2016 political message and communications.  Judicial Watch filed its complaint on August 25, 2015.  A June 8, 2015, story in The Washington Post reported that the DNC hired Nava with full knowledge of what DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) termed Nava's "undocumented status."  The news report details that "Despite not yet attaining legal status, Nava is working for the Democratic National Committee as one of a crop of fellows from around the country helping the party organize ahead of a presidential election that President Obama predicted would feature immigration as a major issue."

'Doping the vote' in South Texas triggers federal indictments.  "(The politiqueras) took voters to their weed man after voting," Logan Churchwell, a spokesman for True the Vote, told Watchdog.org.  Trafficking in petty cash and dime bags, politiqueras round up voters for South Texas candidates, nearly all Democrats.  The pay-for-ballot activity has resulted in 11 federal indictments so far.  Republicans are turning up the heat on state Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, a Brownsville resident and longtime political kingmaker in the Rio Grande Valley.  "He needs to come clean with the people of Texas (about whether he) personally participated in the corrupt practice of using politiqueras to commit voter fraud," said state GOP Chairman Tom Mechler.

Doctor Accused of Medicare Fraud Donated $450K to Democrats.  A cardiologist in Florida who has donated more than $450,000 to Democrats has been suspended from receiving Medicare reimbursement payments over "credible allegations of fraud" after reimbursements as far back as 2012 came under scrutiny.  Dr. Asad Qamar, a cardiologist based out of Ocala, Fla., was officially suspended from participating in the program in March, though the suspension was only recently made public.  In January, the government intervened in a lawsuit against Qamar filed by whistleblowers who alleged the doctor had defrauded the government.

John Wiley Price associates enter guilty pleas, agree to testify.  Two associates of John Wiley Price pleaded guilty on Wednesday [7/1/2015] to playing a role in his alleged bribery conspiracy and are expected to testify against the county commissioner during his trial currently scheduled for January.  Karen Manning, an African art gallery owner, has the clearest insight into one of Price's alleged schemes to hide his illicit profits and could provide the most damaging testimony, according to court documents associated with her plea deal.

Court documents: Ohio Democratic Party is caught up in major bribery scandal.  In a plea agreement that was unsealed today [6/19/2015], a former chief executive officer of red-light camera company Redflex has pleaded guilty to bribing Columbus and Cincinnati elected officials.  Karen Finley, the former CEO, was pressed by Democratic officials in both cities to make campaign contributions in exchange for giving Redflex the contract to install and maintain red-light cameras in the cities.  According to the plea agreement, the company, at Finley's urging, would pay the contributions to a "consultant" for services never rendered and the consultant would then pass the money on to the campaigns either by direct donation or by using additional straw donors.  $30,000 was passed through this way in 2007.

Some critical that officials caught in sting keep state pensions.  By pleading guilty to violating the state's conflict-of-interest law, the four defendants are now disgraced.  The two state legislators in office at the time of their plea had to resign immediately, as required by the state constitution.  But former Traffic Court President Judge Thomasine Tynes and the former lawmakers — Michelle Brownlee, Harold James, and Ronald Waters — did not get hit with prison time or have to forfeit their annual government pensions, estimated at $54,000 to $85,000.

Democrats Defend Political Persecutions in Texas.  Texas, as I argued in the March 23 edition of National Review, has a corruption problem — from its police to its universities.  One of Texas's acute corruption problems is the fact that the Travis County district attorney's office, which prosecutes corruption cases, is absurdly, comically corrupt — by which I do not mean the "Hey can you get my dopey kid into UT law?" level of corruption that is commonplace in Texas, but Boss Hogg levels of corruption.  You wouldn't know it from the typically witless and servile reporting of the Austin American-Statesman, but the drunk-driving conviction of Travis County district attorney Rosemary Lehmberg is the least of that office's problems — much more significant is the fact that is she recorded on camera threatening legal retaliation against the police who booked her.  She is as explicit as can be about this:  "You're going to be in jail," she said.

N.J. assemblywoman's husband sought help from Habitat for Humanity in rebuilding $465K shore home.  State Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) tonight acknowledged that her husband got help from a non-profit group that assists low-income homeowners in demolishing a shore home severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy that records show had been purchased for nearly a half-million dollars.  The owner of the Manasquan home — identified in public records as Richard Stender, the assemblywoman's husband — applied to Monmouth County-based Coastal Habitat for Humanity for help, said Maureen Mulligan, the group's executive director.  Stender, who declined to be interviewed, confirmed that in a statement to NJ Advance Media.

Former state Sen. Malcolm Smith found guilty in bid to bribe his way on to the mayoral ballot.  Former state Sen. Malcolm Smith was convicted Thursday [2/5/2015] of operating a big buck bribery scheme aimed at getting him elected mayor of New York City.  A jury convicted Smith and former Queens GOP leader Vincent Tabone in the scheme, which involved getting the once-powerful Democratic majority leader on the GOP line for the 2013 mayoral race.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Perry Carbone had described the case to jurors as a story "about a man who wanted to be mayor and the men who were willing to be bought."

4 Frio Co. officials indicted.  The Frio County District Clerk's Office released indictment paperwork Thursday [1/29/2015] for a trio of county and city officials accused of misusing official information.  Frio County Judge Carlos Garcia, Deputy Richard Gandara and Pearsall City Manager Richard Alvarez all face a third degree felony.

A clarifying period of media bias.  Mary Katharine Ham's review of the multiple counts of sexual assault to which Donny Ray Williams Jr., a former Democratic staffer, plead guilty on Tuesday [12/2/2014] is required reading.  She observed that the 10 counts to which Williams confessed to range from spiking a woman's drink with Ambien in order to have sex with her to getting another woman intoxicated at his home to a point where she could not give consent to their sexual activity.  "Prepare for think pieces on the toxic environment that led to this type of behavior," she warned.  "Prepare for many questions of his former bosses about what blinded them to the abuse happening under their noses."

Former Democratic congressional aide pleads guilty to sexual assault.  A former Democratic congressional aide pleaded guilty Tuesday [12/2/2014] to sexually assaulting two women in 2010.  Donny Ray Williams Jr., 37, who served as a staff director for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee, pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse, two misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and one count of misdemeanor threats.

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon enters West Virginia prison.  Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon traded jeans and a light brown sweater for a khaki green prison uniform — and a once promising political career for a serial number on Tuesday.

Al Sharpton's Finances Under Scrutiny.  Al Sharpton's finances are gaining scrutiny as his influences rises, the New York Times writes in a profile of Sharpton published Tuesday [11/18/2014].  Sharpton's visibility has slowly increased since he first gained prominence as a civil rights leader. His relationships with politicians such as New York Mayor Bill deBlasio, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and President Barack Obama have helped Sharpton gain traction on the national scene.

Al Sharpton's money problems.  Rev. Al Sharpton, the MSNBC host and occasional White House liaison, has "regularly sidestepped" taxes, rent and other bills, according to a new New York Times investigation.  Sharpton has more than $4.5 million in tax liens against him and his businesses, the investigation found.  His non-profit organization National Action Network owes some $1.1 million in overdue payroll taxes.  He has repeatedly not paid hotels, travel agencies and landlords.  He has even relied on friends and his non-profit to pay for his daughter's education, and been sued twice by his landlord for a cumulative $98,000.

Democratic Strategist Guilty of Wire Fraud, Worked For Obama.  A prominent Democratic campaign strategist who worked on President Obama's 2004 Senate campaign and wooed Democrats like Bill Clinton has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit honest service wire fraud.  Thomas Lindenfeld of Washington D.C. participated in a wire fraud scheme started during the campaign he consulted in the 2007 election of Philadelphia's mayor.  The official campaign that he was hired by is not disclosed in an FBI release because the person has not been officially charged yet.

Convicted felon Patrick Cannon in trouble for voting.  Two weeks after he lost his right to vote, former Charlotte mayor and convicted felon Patrick Cannon apparently cast a ballot.  That vote violated Cannon's bond and could put him back before a judge, said Greg Forrest, chief of the U.S. Probation Office in Charlotte.  It may even mean the 47-year-old Democrat could go to prison sooner.

California state senator sentenced to 90 days in prison serves about an hour.  A California state senator who resigned his seat after being convicted of eight counts of perjury and voter fraud and sentenced to 90 days in prison has been freed before he even entered the jail system.  Roderick Wright was convicted in January, four years after a Los Angeles County grand jury charged him with lying about his address on his voter registration and campaign documents, and with voting fraudulently in five different elections.

Pa. Supreme Court suspends Justice McCaffery.  A state Supreme Court justice entangled in a controversy over pornographic emails and accusations that he tried to blackmail a fellow justice has been relieved of his responsibilities, at least temporarily, according to a court order issued late Monday [10/20/2014].  The order cited the "intense media attention" of several issues that "impact greatly upon the integrity of the judicial system" in calling for the suspension of Democratic Justice Seamus McCaffery, who has been on the high court since 2008.

Peter Lumaj calls for Bridgeport Registrar Santa Ayala to resign over voting fraud probe.  Peter Lumaj, Republican candidate for Connecticut Secretary of the State, called Wednesday [10/1/2014] for Bridgeport Registrar of Voters Santa Ayala to resign over the ongoing voting fraud investigation that last week led to the arrest of her daughter, state Rep. Christina Ayala.  Lumaj also called on his opponent, incumbent Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, to join him in demanding Santa Ayala's immediate resignation.

State launches fraud investigation into voter registration group.  [WSB-TV] has learned Georgia's secretary of state is investigating allegations of forged voter registration applications and demanding records from a voter registration group with ties to one of the state's highest ranking Democrats.  A subpoena was sent to the New Georgia Project and its parent organization Third Sector Development on Tuesday [9/9/2014].  The organization is a project of the nonprofit organization Third Sector Development, which was founded and is led by House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.

D.C. Democratic Political Consultant Connected to Illegal Campaign Loan.  A D.C. Democratic political consultant has been connected to a federal corruption case involving an illegal $1 million loan to Rep. Chaka Fattah's (D., Pa.) unsuccessful campaign for Philadelphia mayor in 2007.  The consultant, Tom Lindenfeld, recently worked to gain a mayoral nomination for D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser.  Lindenfeld reportedly signed a promissory note for the loan.  Former Fattah aide Greg Naylor has already plead guilty to hiding the loan from investigators.

This Is Who Texas Democrats Are Defending.  Scott [Johnson] lays out below the farce of the indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry, but let's not move on before taking in the proximate cause of political dispute, the conduct of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who ironically runs the "public integrity section" of the DA's office while obviously having no public integrity whatsoever.  If you have 15 minutes of leisure and a strong threshold against disgust, take in these two videos of Ms. Lehmberg in action, first in her DUI stop (where her blood-alcohol level was .23), and then, even better, her appalling jailhouse behavior: [...]

The Star Chamber Comes to Texas.  The old saying goes that a grand jury could indict a ham sandwich.  In reality, it's worse. [...] In Texas, at least in Austin's Travis County, you can indict the state's governor, Rick Perry, for doing the job any intelligent citizen would want him to do — trying to get rid of an absolutely atrocious public official.  That official was District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a dimwitted and abusive drunk driver who ran that county's [...] "Public Integrity Unit."

Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg's Drinking Problem and Abuse of Power, By the Staggering Numbers.  The indictment of Gov. Rick Perry by a grand jury in Travis County, Texas, is part of a power struggle that originates with a serious crime, albeit not one committed by Gov. Perry.  That crime, as everyone knows by now, is drunk driving, and it was committed by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.  When Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, Democrat, was arrested and charged with drunk driving on April 12, 2013, her blood alcohol level measured .23.  That is just shy of three times the legal limit in Texas, which is .08.

Politics as Combat.  The Republican governor of Texas was indicted last week on two felony counts of [...] acting as a chief executive and opposing Democrats.  Under Texas law, Perry has incontestable constitutional authority to veto legislation — he doesn't need a reason.  But in this instance, he had abundant reason.  Quite apart from the pernicious, politicized law enforcement for which the Travis County district attorney's office is notorious, Rosemary Lehmberg, the district attorney, was arrested last year for drunken driving.  Though she is hardly fit to run a public corruption unit, Democrats in the Texas state legislature nevertheless pushed through a $7.5 million appropriation.  Perry responded with an ultimatum:  Either Lehmberg would tender her resignation, or he would veto the funds.

Who Are 'Texans for Public Justice,' and Why Does Their Role in the Perry Case Matter?  [Texas Gov. Rick] Perry is the first Texas governor to be indicted in office since 1917.  He was indicted for threatening to veto funds for the Public Integrity Unit of Travis County's district attorney's office, because the head of that office, District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, had been caught drunk driving, and was later caught on tape abusing her power to try to get out of the DWI charge. [...] Democrats in Texas were muted, to say the least, at the time of Lehmberg's arrest in 2013, but reacted gleefully to Perry's indictment. [...] Notably, the Democrats from Hinojosa on down have been more than tolerant of Lehmberg's drunk driving and abuse of power.  They have also stood silent in the face of the indictment of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price on serious corruption charges.

The Partisan Farce to Get Rick Perry.  This would be ordinary partisan tit for tat, except that a law enforcement office is involved.  Political disputes should be resolved in political venues — legislative bodies and public debates — not in criminal courts.  If Perry's veto is an abuse of power, then the state legislature could impeach him, as it did Texas Governor James "Pa" Ferguson nearly 100 years ago.  Impeachment, however, is entirely unnecessary:  The legislature could simply vote to override Perry's line-item veto.  For failing to do so, should the entire legislature be indicted?

Keep Austin Corrupt?  The story is a sordid one:  Travis County district attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who is in charge of the state's Public Integrity Unit, a governmental ethics enforcer, was arrested for, and subsequently convicted of, drunken driving.  Video documentation of her booking showed her abusing the jail staff, making threats, and engaging in the worst sort of "Do you know who I am?" political muscle-flexing.  The drunken driving was bad enough — and the ethics enforcer got an unusually stiff 45-day jail sentence, richly deserved — but the threats and attempted abuse of political clout were if anything worse.  Governor Perry came to the reasonable conclusion that such a person should not be in charge of the Public Integrity Unit and demanded her resignation.  She refused, and Democrats rallied around her, keenly aware that if she were to depart, then Governor Perry would appoint her successor.

State Rep. Ford pleads guilty to misdemeanor in bank fraud case.  A year and a half ago, state Rep. LaShawn Ford left the federal courthouse in Chicago facing the loss of his legislative seat and potentially years behind bars if convicted of felony bank fraud charges.  Today [8/4/2014], Ford pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor tax count after federal prosecutors, in an unusual move, agreed to drop all 17 felony counts he faced.  The development means Ford, 42, won't be forced to resign his post in Springfield and will likely be spared any prison time.

Ex-Ridgewood inspector apologizes for stealing $460,000 in quarters.  As a prosecutor detailed the events that led him to this moment, parking meter coin thief Thomas Rica sat before Superior Court Judge Patrick Roma at his sentencing Wednesday [7/9/2014] completely expressionless.  The intensely-tanned Hawthorne man stared down at the grain of the wood table before him — hands folded in his lap — as Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Daniel Keitel detailed his methodic removal of $460,000 in parking meter quarters from a storage room inside Ridgewood's Village Hall.

Md. Senate candidate wanted for theft in Texas.  A week before Maryland's primary elections, prosecutors in Texas are seeking to extradite a Baltimore candidate for state Senate on a felony charge of theft.  Will J. Hanna, 43, who is challenging Sen. Lisa Gladden in the Democratic primary for the 41st Senate District, is accused of stealing a car six years ago from an attorney in Guadalupe County, Texas.

Why did 287,000-plus Californians vote for Leland Yee?  One of the odder stats of Election Night:  As of Wednesday morning, 287,590 Californians had cast ballots for indicted state Sen. Leland Yee for secretary of state.  That's good for nearly 10 percent of the vote.  That's also more votes than five other secretary of state candidates who haven't been indicted received.

Feds to charge North Miami mayor with mortgage fraud.  Before she was elected mayor of North Miami last year, Lucie Tondreau co-hosted several radio programs that federal authorities say were the key to an $8 million mortgage fraud scheme.  According to an indictment unsealed on Monday, Tondreau and co-host Karl Oreste, a mortgage company owner, used the Creole-language airwaves to reel in "straw borrowers" who filed bogus loan applications to buy 20 homes across South Florida — and then cut the future mayor and her partners in on the profits.  Tondreau, 54, technically wasn't under arrest yet as of Monday afternoon — but only because she wasn't home when FBI agents showed up at her door.  She was attending a convention in Las Vegas.

NYC Councilman Ruben Wills arrested.  Queens Councilman Ruben Wills defiantly proclaimed his innocence — and then played the race card — following his arrest Wednesday morning [5/7/2014] in the looting of a not-for-profit group he once ran.  "Not too many people have stood before the cameras and said they're innocent," Wills said after being released without bail from Queens Supreme Court.  When a reporter countered that a number of busted pols actually had said exactly that, Wills, a Democrat, said:  "That's disrespectful."

Rahm Emanuel shocked, shocked to discover he's been speeding and running red lights.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has his story and he's sticking to it.  Caught on camera with his car and driver running red lights and speeding after piously declaring that red light cameras were all about the safety of children, not the $130 million dollars in revenue he's budgeted for 2014, the mayor now says [...]

Emanuel orders police bodyguards to slow down.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he's ordered his police bodyguards to slow down and stop running red lights after two vehicles in the mayor's motorcade were caught on camera speeding and blowing through stoplights.  "As soon as I saw that or heard about the story, I said, 'Look.  Follow the law.  Nobody's above the law.  Slow down.  Period.  Non-stop,'" the mayor said.

Despite felony, husband of clerk of courts oversaw state grants.  The husband of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown was given oversight over millions of dollars in programs in Gov. Pat Quinn's scandal-plagued anti-violence initiative despite having a felony conviction for a financial crime, according to court records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.  Benton Cook III pleaded guilty to a Class E felony in Tennessee in 1999 after writing more than $3,700 in worthless checks to a man who imported and sold artifacts from Africa, the records show.

Dem lawmaker's husband pleads guilty to Social Security fraud, other crimes.  The husband of a Democratic lawmaker has pled guilty to Social Security fraud and other crimes.  Henry A. Fellela Jr., the husband of Rhode Island Democratic state Rep. Deborah A. Fellela, pled guilty last week to illegally collecting more than $58,000 in Social Security benefits, according to local reports.  Fellela pled guilty to five counts on charges of aggravated identity theft, credit card fraud, Social Security fraud and theft of government funds.

SF Supervisor Breed: fix public housing for homeless.  Supervisor London Breed announced legislation Tuesday [4/15/2014] that would earmark $2.6 million to rehabilitate 172 public housing units that are too run down for people to live in — housing she wants used for homeless families.  Breed is asking the city to spend the money immediately and outside the normal budget process, possibly to circumvent federal housing law, which requires hopeful public housing residents to be called off a wait list that has been full, and closed, for four years. [... "] We have to ask for forgiveness instead of permission," she said.  "Let the federal government challenge us for being humane citizens.  I'm OK with that kind of lawbreaking — to prioritize people who live on the streets.  That's a chance the city needs to take."
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Democrats Stole $75K Worth of TVs During 2012 Convention.  Once again we get proof that Democrats are criminals, that they think others' property is theirs for the taking, and that they cannot be trusted with the story that they stole $75,000 worth of TVs after their national convention last year.  LG Electronics, one of the world's biggest sellers of televisions, joined with Democrats to help supply the flat screen monitors that the Party needed throughout the convention center in Charlotte, NC in 2012.  But once the party was over and all the delegates went home, along with those delegates somehow 72 of LG's large screen TVs also walked out the door never to be seen again.

California Dems Worried Their Corruption Scandals Will Benefit GOP.  The unethical and illegal behavior of Democratic state senators in California, where Democrats have total control of the state legislature, is giving the state's Democratic Party concerns that the GOP may use the misbehavior to regain power.  Since the beginning of 2014, every month has featured a Democratic state senator either being arrested or convicted.  The latest arrest came Wednesday, as Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco was arrested on federal corruption charges.

Former Elizabeth school board president convicted in free lunch scam.  Former Elizabeth school board president Marie Munn was convicted today of stealing from the district's federal lunch program after falsifying applications to obtain free meals for her children.  She faces three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000 when she is sentenced in May.  The charges against Munn came after an investigation by The Star-Ledger into abuses in Elizabeth's school lunch program found she had been receiving free or subsidized lunch for her children for several years despite an income that exceeded federal eligibility limits.

Former NH legislator arrested in Connecticut.  James E. Ryan, a former state representative from Franklin who served as a state chairman for then-Sen. Joe Biden's presidential primary campaign in 2008, was arrested without incident in Connecticut Tuesday [3/18/2014] as a fugitive from justice.  The state of New Hampshire listed him as a fugitive and issued a warrant for his capture on Feb. 21 when his whereabouts were unknown, said Jeff Lyons, spokesman for the state Department of Corrections.

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.

The subject of high-level big-money corruption on the political Left is discussed primarily on another page.  The page you see below is about the small potatoes:  nickel and dime local Democrats who have been accused of relatively minor -- but not harmless -- infractions.  The people mentioned on this page are not Senators or Governors or Cabinet-level officials, just lower-level Democrats.

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.  Generally I try to refrain from mentioning cases like this until after a conviction or guilty plea has taken place.



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Former Hospital Owner Will Say He Bribed Senator.  The former owner of a tiny orthopedic hospital with an unusually heavy roster of spinal surgery patients was charged Friday [2/21/2014] with health care fraud in a $500 million scheme to defraud workers' compensation insurance providers with the help of a California state senator.

Convicted Trenton Mayor Tony Mack refuses to resign, vows to fight ouster.  Mayor Tony Mack will not resign from office despite his conviction on federal corruption charges and is gearing up to fight a state Attorney General's Office attempt to have him removed by a judge, according to a statement from Mack's office yesterday [2/18/2014].  Mack returned to work at City Hall yesterday for the first time since his Feb. 7 conviction and even dropped in on a council meeting for a few minutes yesterday evening.

Ex-congressman arrested in Zimbabwe.  Former Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-Ill.) has been arrested in Zimbabwe by immigration officers, according to multiple reports. [...] Reynolds resigned from Congress in 1995 after being charged with 12 counts of statutory rape, solicitation of child porn and obstruction of justice.  The former congressman arrived to Zimbabwe in November, and was given a two-week visa, which was renewed and expired on Dec. 10.  He has since remained in the country illegally, the report says.  A source told AllAfrica that Reynolds shot more than 100 pornographic videos and 2,000 nude photos in his hotel room.

America's Most Perverted Ex-Congressman.  [Scroll down]  Assuming that even a fraction of what is being reported is true, such international antics seem like enough to convince even the ballsiest of pols to abandon any hope of a return to public office.  Then again, we are talking here about Mel Reynolds, a former rising political star who, not three years after being elected to Congress, was forced from office in 1995 when he was convicted on 12 counts of solicitation of child pornography, obstruction of justice, and statutory rape for having sex with a 16-year-old campaign worker.  The congressman was given a five-year prison term, during which time he was also convicted on 15 counts of bank fraud and lying to the Security and Exchange Commission, earning himself another 78 months behind bars.  Alas, on his way out of the White House in 2001, Bill Clinton commuted the remainder of Reynolds's sentence.

No charges for North Haledon mayor, police chief who used borough generators for personal use.  A northern New Jersey mayor and police chief won't face charges for taking borough generators for personal use following Superstorm Sandy last year.

Jersey City official with six-figure salary claims residence in affordable housing.  A Jersey City department director who earns a six-figure salary claims to live in College Towers, an apartment complex on the West Side that caters to low- and middle-income families.  Michael Razzoli, who runs the city Department of Public Works, says he resides in one of the co-op's College Drive buildings.  But an application to College Towers says a resident's household income must not exceed $64,000.  Razzoli, whose name is misspelled on the apartment's doorbell, makes $117,048 as the DPW director, in addition to a $65,085 annual pension as a retired firefighter.

Politician with cancer smoked for 40 years, sues over asbestos.  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's law firm has filed a class-action suit on behalf of Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, accusing more than 70 companies of potentially causing the Long Island congresswoman to develop lung cancer from asbestos.  But the bizarre Weitz & Luxenberg suit fails to mention that the 69-year-old Democrat smoked heavily for 40 years — and that she never actually worked with the cancer-causing substance.

Fla. congressman's ex-chief of staff jailed for voter fraud scheme.  The former chief of staff of a Democratic Florida congressman will serve 90 days in jail after admitting to a voter fraud scheme during the 2012 election.  WSVN reports Jeffrey Garcia pled guilty Monday to one felony charge and three misdemeanor charges after admitting he illegally requested hundreds of absentee ballots while he was running the campaign for Rep. Joe Garcia, who he is not related to.

Sources: Search warrants issued for Phila. state senator's offices.  Agents for the state Attorney General's Office on Friday [10/18/2013] searched Democratic State Sen. LeAnna Washington's two legislative offices in the Philadelphia area, seeking evidence related to campaign activity, according to three sources familiar with the search.

Ex-San Diego Mayor Filner charged with false imprisonment, battery.  Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who left office in a scandal over allegations of sexual harassment, has been charged with one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery, San Diego Superior Court officials said Tuesday [10/15/2013]. [...] Filner, 71, the city's first Democratic mayor in 20 years, resigned Aug. 30 after cutting a deal with the City Council for the city to defend him against a sexual-harassment lawsuit filed by an ex-staffer.

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Bob Filner sentenced in battery, false imprisonment cases; no jail.  A Superior Court judge Monday [12/9/2013] accepted the major terms of the plea bargain of ex-Mayor Bob Filner, sentencing him to 90 days of home confinement with no jail time.  Filner pleaded guilty in October to a felony charge of false imprisonment and two of misdemeanor battery, all involving women.

DiVincenzo could face big fines for allegedly using campaign funds for vacations, sporting events.  Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo faces big potential fines for allegedly using campaign funds to pay for trips to Puerto Rico, sporting events, a tuxedo, parking tickets and other personal expenses, the state's campaign finance watchdog agency said today [10/2/2013].  The Election Law Enforcement Commission issued a 13-count complaint against the Essex Democrat, charging he violated state law by misusing campaign funds at least 51 times, with $16,548, over a two year period from 2010 to 2012.

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.

Is Eric Schneiderman a Crook?  Shirley Huntley is now in jail.  Who is Shirley Huntley?  Ms. Huntley is formerly Senator Shirley Huntley.  Like Eric Schneiderman, Huntley is a former member of the New York State Senate and a liberal Democrat.  Ms. Huntley, a 74-year-old grandmother, is in the slammer for a year and a day beginning in May of this year as the result of a federal corruption investigation.  The story gets better.

Another D.C. mayor campaign aide pleads guilty.  The federal probe into the secret "shadow campaign" that helped clinch Mayor Vincent C. Gray's electoral victory in 2010 has reached the mayor's inner circle.  One of his closest friends and longtime advisers, Vernon Hawkins, described as the field marshal who ran the lavishly funded, off-the-books parallel campaign, pleaded guilty Tuesday [8/13/2013] to misleading FBI investigators.

Michael Brown charged with bribery.  Federal prosecutors on Friday [6/7/2013] charged former D.C. Councilman Michael Brown with one count of bribery, ending months of silence about long-running probes of corruption in District politics and triggering speculation about where the investigations will ultimately lead.  U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr.'s prosecutors filed the felony charge in a criminal information, a type of court document that indicates the existence of a plea agreement.

Top staffer for Florida Democratic Rep. Garcia resigns amid voting fraud probe.  The top staffer for Florida Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia resigned this weekend after being implicated in a voting-fraud scheme.  Chief of Staff Jeffrey Garcia resigned Friday [5/31/2013] after taking responsibility for the plot and being asked by the congressman for his resignation.

The Editor says...
The congressman himself is to be commended for cleaning up his office.

FBI opens criminal investigation of Dallas DA Craig Watkins.  The FBI and the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas have officially opened a criminal investigation into Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins.  Lawyers with knowledge of the federal inquiry told The Texas Lawbook that the investigation focuses on Watkins' decision to seek criminal mortgage fraud charges against oil heir Al Hill III in 2010.  Those lawyers, who describe the federal investigation as "extremely serious" and "very active," said it concerns whether Watkins brought the charges against Hill III because one of his political contributors asked him to do so or because he thought it would please his supporters.

Dem Operative Who Illegally Recorded McConnell: 'I'd Do It Again'.  Typically, when you illegally record someone, that makes you a perpetrator.  Not in the world of the left, where illegally recording Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) from a hallway outside his office wins you plaudits and status as a victim.

This may explain why dead people vote for Democrats — to keep those monthly checks coming!
Audit finds 1,164 dead among Massachusetts welfare recipients.  A stunning $2.39 million in benefits were paid out to more than 1,160 people who were listed as dead, according to a scathing new audit of the Department of Transitional Assistance.  The report, released this afternoon by state Auditor Suzanne Bump's office, also showed where DTA failed to use technology that could have identified $15 million in questionable benefits and shelled out a $1 million more to those using fake Social Security numbers.

Jury convicts former South Texas DA of corruption.  A former Texas prosecutor and one-time candidate for Congress was convicted Friday of accepting bribes in exchange for court favors, including an $80,000 payment in a scheme that allowed a convicted murder to escape.

Court Rules Election Fraud Got Obama On The Ballot In 2008.  Democrats keep telling us that there's no reason to worry about securing the ballot or checking voter ID because fraud happens so seldom that it's practically inconsequential.  Tell that to a jury in Indiana that just ruled both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton only got on the Indiana primary ballot in 2008 because of election fraud.

Dem Officials Convicted of Fraud in Getting Obama, Clinton on 2008 Ballot.  In 2008, both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton got on the ballot illegally in the presidential primary in Indiana. On Thursday, two Democratic political operatives were convicted on all counts relating to the scheme.

Trial begins for officials accused in Obama, Clinton ballot petition fraud.  The trial is underway for a former Democratic official and a Board of Elections worker who are accused of being part of a plot that has raised questions over whether President Obama's campaign — when he was a candidate in 2008 — submitted enough legitimate signatures to have legally qualified for the presidential primary ballot.  The two face charges of orchestrating an illegal scheme to fake the petitions that enabled then-candidates Obama, and Hillary Clinton, to qualify for the race in Indiana.

Officials found guilty in Obama, Clinton ballot petition fraud.  A jury in South Bend, Indiana has found that fraud put President Obama and Hillary Clinton on the presidential primary ballot in Indiana in the 2008 election.  Two Democratic political operatives were convicted Thursday night in the illegal scheme after only three hours of deliberations.  They were found guilty on all counts.

Ballot-fraud convictions shed light on Obama's '08 campaign.  Two former Indiana Democratic Party officials have been convicted on multiple counts of election fraud.  Two St. Joseph County Democratic operatives have been found guilty of conspiring to forge signatures in order to get both Obama and then-presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on the ballot in Indiana.

Aftermath of forgery trial.  Local party leaders and others reacted Friday [4/26/2013] to the verdict in the forgery trial involving former longtime chair of the county and congressional district Democratic Party Butch Morgan and party member Dustin Blythe.  Accused of conspiring to forge signatures on petitions to place Democratic candidates on the state primary ballot in 2008, the two were convicted Thursday on multiple felony counts after three days of testimony.  Morgan faces up to 22 years in prison, and Blythe faces up to 75 years.

Indiana Dems Convicted for Obama, Clinton Ballot Petition Forgery Scheme.  Two Democratic political operatives have been convicted for a scheme that involved forging petitions to get Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the 2008 primary ballot in Indiana.  Convicted Thursday on felony conspiracy charges related to the scheme, Butch Morgan Jr. directed Democratic officials to forge the petitions, which are required for candidates on the ballot.  The second man, Dustin Blythe, was also convicted on felony forgery charges, Fox News reports.

Trial begins for officials accused in Obama, Clinton ballot petition fraud.  The trial is underway for a former Democratic official and a Board of Elections worker who are accused of being part of a plot that has raised questions over whether President Obama's campaign — when he was a candidate in 2008 — submitted enough legitimate signatures to have legally qualified for the presidential primary ballot.  The two face charges of orchestrating an illegal scheme to fake the petitions that enabled then-candidates Obama, and Hillary Clinton, to qualify for the race in Indiana.

Bronx Democratic Assemblyman arrested for taking $20,000 in bribes.  The ever-expanding cesspool of political corruption in New York claimed a Bronx assemblyman Thursday [4/4/2013], barely two days after a state senator and five other political figures were busted in a separate bribery scheme.

Four NY Democrats Sentenced to Community Service, Jail Time For Role in Voter Fraud Case.  Four Democrats involved in an upstate New York voter fraud scandal were sentenced yesterday [3/12/2013] for their respective roles, receiving punishments ranging from hundreds of hours of community service, to jail time.  The group consisted of a former city clerk, an ex-City Councilman, a Democrat operative, and a Committeeman who a year ago had declared ballot forgery in upstate New York to be "a normal political tactic".  Those sentenced yesterday were cooperating witnesses in a scheme which saw dozens of voters testify that absentee ballots had been submitted in their names during the 2009 Working Families Party (WFP) primary.

Nun & poll worker charged with voter fraud.  A nun, a poll worker and a senior citizen are charged with voter fraud in Hamilton County stemming from the contentious 2012 presidential election.  Russell Glossop, 75, Melowese Richardson, 58 and Sister Marguerite Kloos each face charges of voter fraud.

Cincinnati poll worker charged with voting half dozen times in November.  She admitted voting twice in the presidential election last November, and now, Obama supporter Melowese Richardson has been indicted for allegedly voting at least six times.  She also is charged with illegal voting in 2008 and 2011.  The 58-year-old veteran Cincinnati poll worker, indicted Monday [3/11/2013], faces eight counts of voter fraud.  Two others, one of whom is a nun, have been charged separately.

S.A. Democratic stalwart eyed.  Seven months after hosting a private $35,800-a-plate fundraiser for President Barack Obama at his home in The Dominion, nationally recognized plaintiff's lawyer and Democratic Party stalwart Mikal C. Watts finds himself under federal investigation over the legitimacy of his client list in a case stemming from the 2010 BP oil spill.

Defense: Mayor didn't know salary was illegal.  The unschooled and illiterate former mayor of the scandal-ridden suburban city of Bell [California] had no training that would have alerted him that his huge salary was illegal, his lawyer told a jury in closing arguments.

Mayor of small city was 'too stupid and uneducated' to know his $100k salary was illegal, his lawyer argues.  The former mayor of Bell, California, was too stupid and uneducated to know his $100,000 salary for the part-time city job was illegal, his lawyer argued today.  Oscar Hernandez is illiterate, has no high school degree and didn't even finish elementary school, defense attorney Stanley Friedmand told jurors.

The Editor says...
If this is true, it seems like his political opponents would have discovered this already, and would have used it against him.

Florida Dem Engulfed in Scandals.  Florida Democratic State Rep. Daphne Campbell and her family are being investigated for several counts of fraud and corruption.  The Miami Herald reports the Campbell family scandals include attempting to change Florida law in order to get out of five traffic tickets, Medicaid fraud, tax fraud, identity fraud, grand theft, voting fraud, wrongful deaths, and mistreatment of seniors.  Campbell denies any wrongdoing.

Latest arrest in Maverick County.  Another Maverick County commissioner was indicted on allegations of corruption Thursday [1/17/2013], making him the third of five commission members facing federal charges.  With the arrest of Precinct 4 Commissioner César Flores, 46, only Precinct 3 Commissioner Jose Luis Rosales and County Judge David Saucedo are not under indictment.

Newly elected Nashua representative Laughton a convicted felon.  Newly elected state representative Stacie Laughton, a Gate City Democrat, has been getting national attention since her win earlier this month, which made her the first openly transgender elected official in the state.  But this weekend, that attention turned negative after a story in the Laconia Daily Sun revealed that Laughton served four months in jail in 2008 on felony charges of conspiracy to commit credit card fraud.

Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo is guilty of taking $12,400 in bribes from insurance broker.  Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo was convicted today of accepting $12,400 in bribes from a health insurance broker in exchange for his influence over a lucrative school board contract.  The verdict of guilty on all counts came after four and a half hours of deliberations by jurors at the federal courthouse in Trenton.  Bencivengo, 58 faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on the bribery and extortion counts.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel On City's Illegal Recordings Of Conversations With Journalists: 'Much Ado About Nothing'.  Chicago city hall officials are in a bit of trouble for recording phone conversations with Chicago Tribune reporters without their consent. [...] Why is this a big deal?  Because recording a conversation without the consent of all parties is a felony in Illinois.  But what happens when city hall officials, who should be familiar with these laws, violate them?  Not much.

N.C. Democrat admits he's voted 4 times already and will vote again on election day.  It's amazing what people will say online.  A North Carolina Democrat named Jim Turner posted on his Facebook page that he has voted FOUR times already and will vote again on election day.

8-Time Felon Aims for State (Not Big) House.  People say politicians can't be trusted, but what about when it comes to an eight-time felon running for public office?  Brian Banks, 35, convicted of writing bad checks and credit card fraud, is vying for Michigan's 1st House District this November.  The Democrat, whose last conviction for fraud-related charges was eight years ago, won a close primary election.  Banks, who did not have to face an incumbent, beat four other Democratic opponents by a margin of only 100 votes.

Essex County clerk admitted fraud and agreed to resign, but never did.  Rocio Rivera pleaded guilty to voter fraud last year when she admitted to fraudulently submitting absentee ballots in an effort to elect Teresa Ruiz to the state Senate for Essex County in 2007.  As part of a plea deal, Rivera agreed to resign from her job as a clerk in the Essex County Sheriff's Office.  She never did.

FBI Arrests Trenton Mayor, Others in Corruption Probe.  Federal authorities arrested Trenton Mayor Tony Mack and more than half a dozen other people early Monday [9/10/2012] in connection with an ongoing corruption probe, NBC 4 New York first reported Monday.  Mack faces federal charges including conspiracy to obstruct commerce by extortion.  Joseph "JoJo" Giorgianni, a top campaign contributor, and six others were also taken into custody.

Arkansas lawmaker pleads guilty to election charge.  A Democratic state legislator from east Arkansas, his father and two campaign workers pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit election fraud after federal prosecutors said they bribed absentee voters and destroyed ballots in a special election last year.

Corrupt Chicago Pol Endorses Obama, Resigns.  State Rep. Connie Howard, a Chicago Democrat who endorsed Barack Obama in February, resigned early this month as prosecutors investigate alleged corruption in the AIDS awareness group Howard cofounded.

State Sen. Huntley set to turn self in to authorities following investigation into nonprofits.  State Sen. Shirley Huntley announced today that she would surrender to police, months after damning reports surfaced that her ties to nonprofits cost taxpayers more than $400,000.  Huntley, a Democrat who represents Jamaica, Laurelton and South Ozone Park in Queens, told reporters in front of her home today that she would be indicted and arrested Monday [8/27/2012].

Public School Official Accused of Rape, Murder Considers City Council Run.  Mike Rios has the best reason of all for running:  he says he wants to fight corruption.

Conservatives blast Chick-fil-A 'Tastes like hate' vandalism.  As police and store employees grappled with graffiti that appeared overnight on the back wall of a Torrance Chick-fil-A, online supporters and protesters alike criticized the vandalism.  "Tastes like hate" was scrawled in large black lettering on the wall of the restaurant, mimicking the chain's advertising.

Torrance Chick-Fil-A Vandalized.  The store manager of a Chick-fil-A in Torrance says the restaurant was targeted by vandals overnight.

More about the left-wing attack on Chick-Fil-A.

Mississippi NAACP leader sent to prison for 10 counts of voter fraud.  While NAACP President Benjamin Jealous lashed out at new state laws requiring photo ID for voting, an NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme.  In a story ignored by the national media, in April a Tunica County, Miss., jury convicted NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots.  Sowers is identified on an NAACP website as a member of the Tunica County NAACP Executive Committee.

NY Democrat: Voter fraud part of 'culture for both major political parties' in the Empire State.  The retrial of former Troy, N.Y., City Councilman Michael LoPorto on ballot fraud charges has revealed detailed testimony about the casting and soliciting of absentee ballots.  LoPorto was charged with 22 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument for his role in an alleged Democratic Party attempt to steal a city council primary victory in 2009, according to the Times Union.  Robert Martiniano, a former Democratic candidate for the City Council's second district, testified that forging absentee ballots is a tradition in local politics.

State rep charged with domestic kidnapping, assault.  Rep. Carlos "Tony" Henriquez of Dorchester was arrested early this morning on charges of domestic kidnapping and assault stemming from an incident involving a woman who fled from his car, Boston police said.

S.F. gay rights advocate arrested over child porn.  San Francisco police have arrested veteran gay rights advocate Larry Brinkin in connection with felony possession of child pornography.  Brinkin, 66, who worked for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission before his retirement in 2010, was taken into custody Friday night [6/22/2012].

Gay Rights Icon Arrested on Child Porn Charges.  Larry Brinkin, the gay activist who led the fight to get San Francisco to recognize domestic partnerships, was arrested for child pornography today [6/26/2012].  Items seized from his home included computers, videos, tapes, and discs.  He had been a long-time employee of the Human Rights Commission, and a central figure in the gay rights movement.

Gilchrist indicted for voter fraud.  Robert Gilchrist, former director of the Lorain County Community Action Agency and Lorain city official, was secretly indicted on four counts of illegal voting.  The charges stem from a complaint the Lorain County Board of Elections received about Gilchrist voting in the wrong Lorain city ward in the November 2009, May 2010, November 2010 and May 2011 elections.

John Arriola resigns as Davidson County clerk, avoiding indictment.  Embattled Davidson County Clerk John Arriola, pursued by prosecutors and scrutinized by fellow elected officials and voters for nearly a year, plans to resign at the end of this week rather than face the possibility of a felony indictment.

Dem Cronyism in Colorado.  Local tax officials in Colorado approved more than $200,000 in tax breaks for a prominent family who made political donations to the officials' campaigns, the Denver Post reports.

D.C.'s Delinquents: Half the District's Leaders Have Been Federally Investigated.  From drug possession to tax fraud, city officials in Washington, D.C. are notorious for being less than law abiding.  In the past four years half of D.C.'s top government officials, including D.C. councilmembers and the mayor, have been under investigation by either federal authorities or the D.C. board of elections.  Two have resigned and two have served prison time.

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is charged with bank fraud and is making plans to resign.  D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown (D) was charged Wednesday [6/6/2012] with bank fraud, according to documents released this afternoon, and he has told other council members he plans to resign.  Brown has been the subject of a long-running corruption investigation.

Pedro Espada Jr. found guilty of theft and fraud.  Ex-state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. got blasted with a grand slam of guilty verdicts today by a Brooklyn federal court jury — which then declared itself deadlocked on the remaining charges against Espada and his son.  Espada was convicted of four separate counts of theft related to his rampant looting of the Bronx-based health care charity he controlled for decades.

DOJ Asked to Investigate How Obama Campaign Co-Chair Obtained Stolen IRS Tax Return.  The National Organization for Marriage is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute the individuals responsible for leaking the organization's confidential U.S. tax return and then illegally publishing it.  The stolen tax return was first published by the Human Rights Campaign and subsequently the Huffington Post.  HRC is led by Joe Solmonese, who also serves as a co-chairman of President Obama's reelection committee.

Fraudulent Voting Plagues America.  Just this week, in fact, new vote-fraud charges were filed against the mayor of an Indiana town who stands accused of serious improprieties with absentee ballots.  Also this week, a Democratic precinct chairwoman candidate was indicted for arranging for her son, who isn't registered, to vote for his father — without the father's permission.  And in April alone in Virginia, 38 people were officially charged with vote fraud and another 10 earlier indictees were convicted, leading the Richmond Times-Dispatch to publish a rare editorial retracting an earlier piece that had claimed vote fraud is virtually non-existent.  In all, 46 states in the past decade have prosecuted people for vote fraud.

Democratic precinct chairwoman candidate indicted in voter fraud case in Fort Worth.  A Democratic precinct chairwoman candidate has been indicted on suspicion of conspiring to arrange an illegal vote last year.  Hazel Woodard James, 40, is accused of arranging for her son — who was not a registered voter — to vote on behalf of his father.  The incident reportedly came to light when the father showed up later in the day to vote in the same precinct, 1211, for which James is now running to be chairwoman.

Top ICE figure pleads guilty in brazen, $500G scam.  In a brazen criminal scheme to defraud taxpayers, one of the highest-ranking officials in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency pleaded guilty Tuesday [5/1/2012] in federal court to helping embezzle more than $500,000 from the federal government.  Over three years, James Woosley and at least five other ICE employees scammed the agency by fabricating expenses for trips that were never taken and for hotel, rental car and restaurant expenses that did not exist, according to court records.

Texas Dem DA Charged with Extortion.  Democratic Texas congressional candidate Armando Villalobos was charged Monday [5/7/2012] with extortion and fraud.

Former Sen. Kruger sentenced to 7 years for taking $500k in bribes.  Calling himself "broken, destroyed and disgraced" a Brooklyn politician who admitted taking $500,000 in bribes with the aid of his live-in boyfriend slumped in a courtroom chair as he was sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

Staffer claims sexual harassment by NC Dem official; Party fears credibility 'doomed'.  A former North Carolina Democratic Party staffer was sexually harassed by a party official, made a financial settlement with the party and signed a non-disclosure agreement to keep the incident quiet, according to emails obtained by The Daily Caller.  "If this hits the media, the Democratic Party, our candidates, and our credibility are doomed in this election," reads one email exchange between state Democratic leaders.

North Carolina Democratic Party executive director resigns.  North Carolina Democratic Party executive director Jay Parmley resigned Sunday [4/15/2012] in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed one of his former communications staffers.  Last week The Daily Caller uncovered emails that seemed to show that an unidentified state Democratic Party official, later revealed to be Parmley, sexually harassed communications staffer Adriadn Ortega.  The emails indicated that the Democratic Party made a financial settlement with Ortega, and that both Ortega and Parmley signed non-disclosure agreements to keep the incident quiet.

Four charged in petition forgery case.  A former St. Joseph County Democratic leader is among four people the prosecutor's office charged Monday [4/2/2012] following an investigation into allegedly fake petitions from the 2008 Indiana primary.  The news is the latest development in a scandal The Tribune and Howey Politics Indiana uncovered last fall by reporting that hundreds of county residents' signatures had been forged on petitions used to qualify Democratic presidential candidates for the primary ballot.

4 Indiana Dems charged with election fraud in 2008 presidential race.  Felony charges related to election fraud have touched the 2008 race for the highest office in the land.  Prosecutors in South Bend, Ind., filed charges Monday against four St. Joseph County Democratic officials and deputies as part of a multiple-felony case involving the alleged forging of Democratic presidential primary petitions in the 2008 election, which put then-candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Indiana ballot.

Dems: Vote for accused bribe-taker.  In the parks, churches, bowling alleys and VFW halls of Illinois, candidates for president, state supreme court, state representative and every office in-between made their last-minute pitches before Tuesday's primary elections.  Perhaps the most audacious plea came from West Side Democratic elected officials who urged voters to support an Illinois House member charged with bribery.  It looks bad, they acknowledged, but it will prevent the seat from falling into the hands of Republicans.

Chicago public schools food chief under fire for accepting gifts from vendors.  The Chicago Public Schools food director and two of her staff accepted $87,000 in gifts from the two largest food vendors to the system, says a report by the CPS inspector general.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizardhave both called for Louise Esaian to step down.

Horsford forgets to file federal financial disclosure form.  State Sen. Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, who is running to represent Nevada's newest congressional district, seems to have overlooked filing his federal personal financial disclosure form.

Former City of Detroit Treasurer Jeffrey Beasley Indicted for Taking Bribes and Kickbacks.  The indictment charges that Beasley conspired with others to personally enrich himself and his co-conspirators by accepting bribes in the form of cash, travel, meals, golf clubs, drinks, gambling money, hotel stays, entertainment, Las Vegas concert tickets, massages, limousine service, private plane flights, and other things of value.  These bribes to Beasley and his co-conspirators came from individuals who had business before the General Retirement System and the Police and Fire Retirement System of the City of Detroit.

Editor's note:
This was also reported here and here.

Beavers says feds indicted him on tax charges when he wouldn't wear wire.  Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was indicted Thursday [2/23/2012] on charges he failed to pay taxes on tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds that he used to pay off personal expenses.  But the storied, tough-talking 77-year-old Democrat denied the charges and said he was indicted after he refused to wear a wire on fellow Cook County Commissioner John Daley.  "I'm too old to be a stool pigeon," Beavers said.

State Rep. Richard Steinberg quits legislative office.  Under Secret Service investigation for sending stalker-like texts to a federal prosecutor, Democratic state Rep. Richard Steinberg on Friday [2/24/2012] abruptly resigned his Miami Beach seat.

Yet Another Anthony Weiner.  This time it's a Democratic State official from NJ named Louis Magazzu.

Reid Ally Target of FBI Probe into Campaign Donations.  A major Democratic power-player in Nevada is under FBI investigation for illegal campaign contributions.  Harvey Whittemore, former lobbyist and land developer who has close ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), is being investigated by federal agents for reportedly funneling donations through family members to skirt campaign finance laws, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Friday [2/10/2012].

Calif. Democratic candidate withdraws from race after pleading guilty to bribery.  A former California Democrat mayor and candidate for the state Assembly will plead guilty to soliciting and accepting more than $10,000 in bribes from a developer.  John Tran, an El Monte Union High School District board member and former Rosemead mayor and councilman, faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for extorting bribes from a land developer in exchange for advancing the developer's project.

Man on probation, fined for role in tea party scam.  A former Oakland County Democratic Party operative was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay more than $2,500 in fines and court costs for his role in creating fake tea party candidates during the 2010 election in an effort to siphon off support for Republican candidates.  Jason Bauer, 31, of Waterford said nothing Wednesday [1/11/2012] as Oakland County Circuit Judge James Alexander, a former official with the county's Republican Party, told Bauer:  "This is as heinous as someone who tries to kill somebody else."

Dawn Howard now focus of election fraud investigation.  A woman twice disqualified from candidacy for Congress is now at the center of a voter fraud investigation. ... On Friday morning [1/13/2012], the elections board began an investigation that can ultimately lead to felony election fraud charges and a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison.  "There is some evidence that someone has attempted to forge signatures of electors," said Board Chairman William Cline.

Assemblyman William Boyland & aide enter not-guilty pleas to corruption charges.  Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. and his chief of staff pleaded not guilty Wednesday [1/4/2012] to a federal indictment charging them with soliciting bribes from undercover FBI agents.  Boyland and Ry-Ann Hermon are charged in a 19-count indictment alleging multiple pay-to-play schemes in the legislator's Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville district involving carnivals and real estate development.

Democratic fundraiser convicted of engineering $21 million bank fraud scheme.  A Democratic fundraiser was found guilty Friday [12/30/2011] of engineering a $21 million bank fraud scheme.  Courtney Dupree was convicted of vastly overstating the billings of his Long Island City-based lighting company GDC Acquisitions in order to fraudulently obtain a loan from Amalgamated Bank.  Dupree sat stone-faced as the verdict was read in Brooklyn Federal Court.  He faces up to 30 years in prison.

Report: Questions raised about judicial nomination for Schumer's brother-in-law.  The White House's nomination of Kevin McNulty for a federal judgeship did not garner much attention, but now some anonymous voices are griping about McNulty's connection to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).  McNulty is married to Schumer's sister, Fran, although the White House's announcement of his nomination for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey on December 16 did not say so.

Woman faces felony absentee ballot fraud charge.  A veteran Pike County educator and former county commissioner faces two felony charges in connection to a voter fraud case.  Pike County District Attorney Gary McAliley said Karen Tipton Berry, 59, of Glenwood, turned herself in to investigators with the district attorney's office on Tuesday.  Court records show investigators with the Pike County District Attorney's Office charged her with felony absentee ballot fraud and felony first-degree perjury.

Meeks' Crony Ahmad Indicted in $50 Million Fraud.  On Friday, a federal grand jury in Brooklyn, New York indicted Edul Ahmad, a Guyanese businessman who was last month arrested in a $50 million mortgage-fraud scheme.  Ahmad made an unsecured personal loan to Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) that was repaid only after Meeks' finances came under scrutiny by the FBI.

N.J. Mayor Resigns Amid Male Prostitution Scandal.  The mayor of Medford, N.J., Chris Myers, has resigned following months of allegations that the married father had hired a male prostitute while on a trip to California in October 2010.

Another NY Democrat Caught With His Pants Down.  You won't be reading this story in any national news outlets since the offender is a Democrat.  Put an "R" behind his name and it would go viral.

Trial begins for ex-Democratic Party treasurer.  When Dwayne Adams was chosen in 2008 to serve as treasurer of the Bexar County Democratic Party, $202,000 sat in a party bank account intended solely to pay for that year's primary election.  A year and two bounced checks later, it contained $158, according to prosecutors and witnesses as testimony began Wednesday [11/2/2011] in Adams' felony embezzlement trial.  Adams, 56, could face up to 20 years in prison if jurors find him guilty of misappropriating or outright stealing between $100,000 and $200,000 from the political organization.

Puerto Rico Official Accused of Cheating on Electric Bills.  Education Secretary Jesus Rivera on Wednesday was the center of Puerto Rican media attention after El Nuevo Dia newspaper reported that he sought to use electricity without paying for it. ... In another similar case, the former director of AEE, Alberto Escudero, lasted just two days in the post after he was accused of being in arrears on his electric bill and altering the power meter at his former residence.

Elizabeth NJ school board president:
I didn't know my children were receiving free lunches.  Amid a growing criminal investigation, the president of the Elizabeth Board of Education said today she has repaid the school district $2,682 to cover the cost of six years of free meals her children were not entitled to.

Former clean energy official succumbs to power of green.  The former chief financial officer for an organization devoted to promoting green energy admitted Tuesday he succumbed to the allure of another green — cash money.  Cameron J. Potter pleaded guilty Tuesday [9/13/2011] before U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips to bilking the Department of Energy of more than $400,000 intended for legitimate use by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy to promote renewable energy sources, typically dubbed "green energy."

More about solar power and green jobs.

A Congresswoman's Cause Is Often Her Husband's Gain.  [Scroll down]  But the congresswoman's efforts also benefited her husband, a physician whose nephrology practice directs medical services at the hospital's kidney care department — an arrangement that expanded after her intervention and is now reflected in a $738,000-a-year contract with the hospital.  Ms. Berkley's actions were among a series over the last five years in which she pushed legislation or twisted the arms of federal regulators to pursue an agenda that is aligned with the business interests of her husband, Dr. Larry Lehrner.

For 'briefing,' $20,000 lunch is on the House.  A congresswoman who has been investigated by authorities for misuse of public money billed $20,000 to taxpayers for an elaborately catered luncheon this summer, the only one of its size funded by the public.  Rep. Laura Richardson, California Democrat, used her congressional office fund, normally set aside for expenses such as payroll, computers and paper, to host a multicourse luncheon May 20 in her district, records released this week show.

Another politician forced to resign New Jersey democrat Louis Magazzu, 53, admitted sending the photos to the woman he said he had been corresponding with online for several years.  He claims she requested the pictures but was working with an 'avowed political enemy' at the time and that he did not know.

Quinn appoints Burkes' daughter to $117,000-a-year post.  Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday [7/27/2011] gave a highly paid position to the daughter of the Illinois Supreme Court justice who swore him into office and a powerful Chicago alderman who was a major campaign donor.  Attorney Jennifer Burke, 41, was named to the Illinois Pollution Control Board, a post that pays $117,043, Quinn's office said.

Suburban school official, board member indicted in kickback scheme.  A former North Chicago school board member and her district's transportation director were accused Thursday of taking kickbacks totaling at least $800,000 over 10 years from contractors who had been awarded lucrative school bus contracts.  Gloria Harper, 59, of North Chicago, was a member of the board of North Chicago Community Unit School District 187, and Alice Sherrod, 59, of Gurnee, was in charge of transportation for the 4,000 students, prosecutors said in announcing a 26-count indictment against them and three contractors.

DC Schools 'Cheating' Scandal Heats Up.  The story involves possible cheating on tests by "erasure corrections," bonuses handed out to those teachers and principals overseeing the testing, and [Michelle] Rhee's feigned innocence about the matter. ... If Rhee's "double-digit growth" numbers sound too good to be true they probably are.  A March 2011 report in USA Today investigated an abnormal amount of erasures occurring on standardized tests in 103 public schools for the 3 years Rhee was at the helm.

Why Weiner can't quit:  The New York Post may have discovered why Anthony Weiner is so reluctant to resign from Congress:  he can't afford to.  According to the post, Weiner is not a lawyer, like so many of his congressional colleagues, nor does he have any business experience.  Weiner is truly a public parasite, a purely professional politician.  Politics has been his entire life experience since his start as a congressional staffer and he knows no other means of earning a living.

What if Rep. Weiner were Rev. Weiner?  Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:  Priests who engage in lewd conversations with teenagers are suspended from ministry for committing a "boundary violation," and are charged with sexual abuse.  But Rep. Anthony Weiner can send pornographic images of himself to young girls and he is free as a bird.  Indeed, the majority of New Yorkers say he should not resign.

Barney Frank's Friends with Benefits.  If you want to watch a corruptocrat start sputtering like Porky Pig with allergies, confront him with three simple words:  conflict of interest.

State lawmaker's son charged with Medicaid fraud.  Gregory Campbell, the son of Democratic state Rep. Daphne Campbell, has been snared in a $299,000 Medicaid scheme in which he is accused of fraudulently billing the agency for clients he didn't provide any services for.  The charges include grand theft, organized fraud, and Medicaid fraud, all first-degree felonies.

Top official from Obama-backed black chamber faces criminal charges.  A top official from the U.S. Black Chamber, Inc. — the Obama-backed, rival upstart to Harry Alford's National Black Chamber of Commerce — has a checkered past and faces criminal charges from allegations he exploited a Hurricane Katrina victim.

Rangel aide admits: I'm a tax cheat, too.  You know what they say about birds of a feather.  James Capel, a former top aide to Rep. Charles Rangel, 'fessed up in Manhattan Criminal Court to being a tax cheat yesterday — just like his embattled boss.  Capel, who earned nearly $160,000 running Rangel's New York office before leaving the job in February, pleaded guilty to one count of failure to file a tax return and two counts of tax fraud, all misdemeanor charges.

Rep. Anthony Weiner had more than $2000 in upaid parking tickets.  Rep. Anthony Weiner has a little bit of 'splaining to do.  The self-appointed scourge of diplomatic scofflaws in Manhattan, Weiner racked up more than $2,000 in parking tickets around Capitol Hill.  From 2007 to March of this year, Weiner's ticket total was $2,180 for violations near the Capitol and at Reagan Washington National Airport, Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, reported Tuesday [3/29/2011].

Rock Island state's attorney pleads guilty, resigns.  Rock Island state's attorney Jeff Terronez has pleaded guilty to providing alcohol to a minor a day after he said he would resign his post.

The Editor says...
There is no mention in this article of Mr. Terronez's party affiliation; therefore, he must be a Democrat.

Wisconsin Judge Sumi's Conflict(s) of Interest.  FreedomEden's Mary writes:  "Jake Sinderbrand, son of Judge Maryann Sumi, poses a bit of a problem for his mother."  Sumi is the county judge who on Friday temporarily blocked implementation of the collective bargaining-related law passed by the Wisconsin legislature and signed by Governor Scott Walker. ... You see, Jake Sinderbrand is "a former field manager with the AFL-CIO and data manager for the SEIU State Council."  Both organizations have members who are employed in Wisconsin's public sector.  That's already a pretty clear conflict of interest, one would think.

Wisconsin Investigations Into Fake Doctor Excuses Heat Up.  Doctors accused of writing fake sick notes to protesters who staged sick outs to attend rallies, have until March 21st to respond to complaints filed with the Department of Regulation and Licensing, MacIver News Service has learned.

2 ex-Dem leaders charged in fake tea party scheme.  Two former high-ranking members of the Oakland County Democratic Party are facing various election corruption charges in a bogus tea party scheme, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper and County Sheriff Michael Bouchard announced Wednesday [3/16/2011]. ... They face charges related to Independent Tea Party filings, false affidavits and forged documents that occurred between July 23 and July 26 last year.

Funds for D.C.'s needy go elsewhere.  A D.C. Council member who represents some of the city's poorest households has spent less than 5 percent of the money she has raised since 2007 to help constituents with urgent needs, such as funeral expenses, rent and utilities, a review of campaign finance records shows.

Former Sen. Kennedy staffer convicted of stealing from Senate.  Sen. Edward Kennedy's (D-Mass.) former office manager was convicted on Tuesday [2/1/2011] of stealing more than $75,000 from the Senate.  Ngozi Pole was found guilty on five counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of government property.

P.G. County Executive Jack Johnson, wife arrested in FBI sting.  Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, arrested in a corruption probe Friday [11/12/2010], told his wife to hide tens of thousands of dollars in her underwear as federal agents arrived at his house to search for illegal payoffs from a developer, federal prosecutors have charged.  Caught in an FBI sting taking a $15,000 payment from an unnamed developer Friday, Mr. Johnson later told his wife by telephone not to answer the door when two FBI agents came to their home, authorities said.

Feds subpoena Beavers' expense records.  Federal prosecutors are looking at nearly four years of expense records for Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, who acknowledged Wednesday [10/20/2010] that he used the government allowance to augment his salary for two years.  Grand jury subpoenas issued by the U.S. attorney's office ask for all of Beavers' expense filings since he took county office in December 2006.

Short Count.  One.  That's how many individuals from inside Minnesota's 8th Congressional District contributed to incumbent Democrat James Oberstar during last quarter's reporting period of June 22 to September 30.  She gave the 18 term incumbent $500.

Oberstar has one donor in district.  With a potentially competitive race developing back home in Minnesota's 8th District, Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar collected a contribution from just one resident of the district between June 22 and Sept. 30, according to a federal election report filed Wednesday [10/13/2010].

Wife of Rep. John F. Tierney, D-Mass., to plead guilty in tax evasion scheme.  The wife of US Representative John F. Tierney is poised to plead guilty tomorrow to federal tax charges for managing a bank account that her brother allegedly used to deposit millions of dollars in illegal gambling profits he raked in from an offshore sports betting operation in Antigua.

City official convicted of voter fraud.  A Bolivar city councilwoman has been convicted of three felony counts of procuring an illegal vote and faces a possible sentence of one to two years on each count.  Brenda Woods was found guilty of the charges Friday [10/1/2010] after a two-day jury trial, according to a news release Monday from District Attorney General Mike Dunavant.

Superlobbyist pleads guilty, made illegal contributions.  Superlobbyist Paul Magliocchetti, who specialized in getting defense earmarks for his clients, pleaded guilty Friday [9/24/2010] to federal charges of making hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to members of Congress. ... Magliocchetti was a major fundraiser for three powerful Democratic members of the defense subcommittee — the late John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, James P. Moran of Virginia and Peter J. Visclosky of Indiana — who had repeatedly helped him and his clients.

McGregor, four senators, lobbyists arrested on corruption charges.  The owner of Alabama's largest casino, four state senators and several top lobbyists have been indicted on federal charges accusing them of vote buying on a bill to legalize electronic bingo.

Former Auditor Frank Russo pleads guilty, will spend more than 21 years in prison.  Frank Russo — once the gregarious front man of the local Democratic Party — solemnly agreed Thursday [9/16/2010] to what amounts to a life sentence in prison in exchange for concessions that protect his family from further prosecution and allow him to stay free long enough to witness the birth of three grandchildren.

Not With A Bang.  When the Democrats were trying to sell their "culture of corruption" theme, Exhibit A was Tom DeLay, the Republican House Majority Leader from 2003 to 2005.  DeLay stepped down under a cloud, as he was indicted by a partisan Democrat in Travis County, Texas, and was under investigation by the Department of Justice in connection with the Abramoff case.  There was never any substantial evidence, however, that DeLay had done anything wrong, and the Texas prosecution, as we wrote repeatedly at the time, was a joke.  Now the Justice Department has announced that it is no longer investigating DeLay.

DC Cab Driver Claims Congressman Jerrold Nadler Did Not Pay For Cab Ride.  [Scroll down]  According to the D.C. Taxicab Commission, the law says when a passenger gets to their destination, in this case which was the hotel, the entire fare is paid including waiting time.  The law also says if the passenger asks the driver to wait or take him to another destination, that is a new trip and the meter starts again.  The congressman was supposed to pay $8.  "He said I will not pay you if you don't take me running the same meter which we came with," said [Abraham] Habteab.

Politically connected crook gets a year and a day in the slammer.   At least he took his punishment like a man.  A Bronx political scion got slapped with a year and a day behind bars this afternoon for looting a housing non-profit of $115,000 — some of which was spent for the benefit of two Democratic officials in his family.

Charity begins at Meeks' home.  A nonprofit founded by Rep. Gregory Meeks took in more than $1.2 million in taxpayer money over the past 15 years with little to no oversight as to how it was spent, The [New York] Post has found.  Meeks funneled pork-barrel money to the Rockaway Peninsula Civic Association as a state assemblyman in the 1990s.  He incorporated the charity, which was once based at his parents' house in Far Rockaway, in 1983.  It is the second suspicious nonprofit linked to the Queens Democrat.

Even Democrats have their limits.
S.C. Dems ask Senate nominee to withdraw after felony report.  Less than 24 hours after Alvin Greene's surprise win in the South Carolina Democratic Senate primary, the state party has asked him to withdraw from the race because of a pending felony charge.

Congressman's daughter's sweet housing deal.  Every time developers asked to build condominiums in his gentrifying 26th Ward, then-Ald. Billy Ocasio had the same answer:  Your project won't be approved unless it includes at least one "affordable home."  One person who benefitted from Ocasio's directive: Omaira Figueroa, the daughter of U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Ocasio's political mentor. ... Little more than a year later, she sold it for $239,900 — $84,900, or 55 percent, more than she'd paid.

Ex-HUD secretary Jackson cleared of charges.  Former Housing and Urban Development secretary Alphonso Jackson, who resigned amid allegations that he steered business to friends, is no longer the target of a federal investigation, his attorneys said Monday [5/3/2010].

Ethics confirms probe of Rep. Eric Massa.  The House ethics committee confirmed it has launched a subcommittee to investigate allegations involving Rep. Eric Massa.  In a one-line statement, the panel Thursday evening [3/4/2010] announced it is "investigating and gathering additional information concerning matters related to allegations" against Massa (D-N.Y.).

Have You Heard?  Clinton Appointed Judge Is Impeached.  Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr. was appointed to the federal bench by Bill Clinton in 1994.  In March of 2010 he was impeached by the House of Representatives for bribe taking and corruption.  I'm just curious, but have you heard this story about this Democrat judge being impeached?

The Editor says...
He has been mentioned on this page a couple of times already.

Ex-Lawyer to New Jersey Democrats Pleads Guilty.  A former counsel to the Bergen County Democratic Organization in New Jersey pleaded guilty two days before he and the party's ex-chairman were scheduled to go on trial on corruption charges.  Dennis J. Oury, 59, admitted conspiring with Joseph A. Ferriero, the former chairman, to defraud the borough of Bergenfield, New Jersey, of his honest services.

Dem Duo In $30M Pension 'Scam'.  Democratic political consultant Hank Morris and a top lieutenant to disgraced former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi were indicted yesterday in a scheme to trade lucrative investments in the state pension fund for more than $30 million in kickbacks, gifts and campaign contributions.  The 123-count indictment against Morris and former state pension-fund manager David Loglisci stems from a two-year pay-to-play probe by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

NY state senator indicted on assault charges.  A state senator who was recently sworn in to office despite allegations he slashed his girlfriend's face with a piece of broken glass in a jealous rage has been indicted on domestic assault charges, prosecutors said Monday.  A grand jury in Queens indicted Hiram Monserrate on three counts of second-degree felony assault and three counts of third-degree misdemeanor assault.

Embattled state senator faces corruption charges.  State Senator Dianne Wilkerson, a one-time rising star in state politics who has been plagued with legal troubles during her 15-year legislative career, appeared today in federal court to face charges that she allegedly accepted eight bribes worth $23,500.

Democrat Mailer Enables Identity Theft.  Idaho Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko called on Idaho Democrats to apologize for distributing Congressman Bill Sali's personal information to thousands of Idahoans earlier this week.  The Idaho Democrat Party sent a campaign mail piece that included the Social Security numbers for both Congressman and Terry Sali, potentially exposing them to fraud and identity theft.

House panel moves toward impeaching a judge.  The Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Wednesday [9/17/2008] to open an investigation of bribery and perjury allegations against U.S. District Judge Thomas Porteous.  The judge, appointed by President Clinton, is accused of presiding over a trial in which the lawyers involved had given him money.  He's also accused of filing for bankruptcy under a false name.

GOP Laptop Stolen After Missouri Break-in.  As break-ins go, this one has the whiff of political dirty tricks.  Someone or a group of people broke into the Independence, Mo. Victory Office of the Missouri Republican Party last week and apparently made off with a laptop belonging to regional coordinator Brian Johnson.

Mahoney response lacking to very serious allegations.  The time is now for U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-Palm Beach Gardens, to address allegations that he had an affair with a member of his congressional staff, moved her to his campaign staff when word got out about the affair, then paid her to keep quiet.

Former NM senator pleads guilty in corruption case.  A once powerful New Mexico politician, former Sen. Manny Aragon, pleaded guilty Wednesday [10/15/2008] to conspiracy and mail fraud in a corruption case centered on construction of a courthouse. ... Aragon, a Democrat, was accused of pocketing $650,000 in an alleged scheme with four other people to bilk the state out of $4.2 million during construction of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthouse.

Durham Democratic Party official accused in rituals.  Allegations that a local Democratic official and her husband were involved in satanic rituals that included shackling people to beds, caging them and depriving them of food and water have horrified county party leaders.  Joy Johnson, 30, a third vice-chairwoman of the Durham County Democratic Party and vice chairwoman of the Young Democrats, was charged Friday [6/27/2008] with two counts of aiding and abetting.

Host Indicted, Clinton Fund-Raiser Canceled.  A Dec. 15 fund-raising event for Hillary Clinton at the home of prominent Mississippi trial laywer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs is off, now that Scruggs has been indicted for bribery.

Obama staffer arrested on Illinois warrant.  An intern working for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign was arrested Friday at the Des Moines airport after authorities flagged an outstanding arrest warrant for aggravated battery in Illinois.  Derrick Lamon Johnson, 20, of Glen Carbon, Ill., was also charged with fleeing from justice.

Clinton Supporter Arrested in N.J. Corruption Sting.  It was the latest legal embarrassment involving an ally of the Clinton campaign, coming only one day after a wealthy Clinton donor, Norman Hsu, missed his court date in a California fraud case and apparently disappeared.

The phantom mayor:  Four of the last eight mayors [of Atlantic City, NJ] have been arrested.  One-third of last year's nine-member City Council is in prison or under house arrest.  Former Council President Craig Callaway is in federal prison for taking bribes in office.

Mayors, legislators arrested in New Jersey corruption probe.  Two mayors and two state legislators are among 11 public officials arrested in New Jersey as part of a corruption investigation, the U.S. attorney's office in Trenton announced Thursday [9/6/2007].  Prosecutors say the state officials accepted cash bribes — ranging from $1,500 to $17,500 at a time — from insurance brokerage and roofing companies and in return awarded the companies with public contracts.

Kenosha County executive indicted.  Kenosha County Executive Allan Kehl was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Milwaukee on charges that he accepted $15,000 to $20,000 in bribes from millionaire Dennis Troha, according to court documents.  Disguised as campaign contributions, the cash was designed to reward Kehl's efforts to land an Indian casino in Kenosha, and other actions he took as the county's top elected official, the indictment charges.

Donors Stir 'Bundling' Questions.  When Hillary Rodham Clinton held an intimate fund-raising event at her Washington home in late March, Pamela Layton donated $4,600, the maximum allowed by law, to Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign.  But the 37-year-old Ms. Layton says she and her husband were reimbursed by her husband's boss for the donations.

State says food stamp boss looted $1.5 million.  A state food stamps supervisor in Plantation was arrested Friday afternoon [12/7/2007] on charges she diverted about $1.5 million in state welfare dollars — some of which was spent on a Lexus sport utility vehicle and a Lexus sedan or was spent gambling at local casinos, police say.  Violet Jones, 41, of Miramar, was charged Friday by agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement with first-degree grand theft of more than $100,000, participating in an organized scheme to defraud, identity theft, official misconduct, unlawful compensation….

Former Ald. Arenda Troutman pleads guilty.  Former Ald. Arenda Troutman pleaded guilty to two federal counts this afternoon [8/6/2008], including admitting to taking bribes as an alderman.  Troutman could face up to 56 months in prison.

Ex-alderman pleads guilty to fraud charges.  After she was charged with corruption in early 2007, Ald. Arenda Troutman (20th) defiantly denied wrongdoing and suggested she had been targeted for political reasons. … But on Wednesday [8/6/2008], a subdued Troutman admitted that prosecutors had been right after all and that for several years she had solicited cash from developers to back projects in her ward.

Rep. Wright turns himself in following criminal indictment.  State Rep. Thomas Wright (D-NC) appeared before a Wake County magistrate Friday on six felony charges for illegally obtaining or misusing more than $350,000.

Former Tennessee state senator found guilty of bribery.  A once-influential state senator arrested in a statewide corruption scandal that led to an overhaul of Tennessee ethics laws was convicted of taking bribes Friday and will likely serve time in federal prison.  Former Sen. John Ford, 64, was convicted of taking $55,000 in cash from what appeared to be a computer recycling outfit but was actually an FBI front company.

Memphis Democrat Roscoe Dixon convicted of extortion and payoffs.  A former state senator was convicted [June 2006] of extortion for taking payoffs from a fake company set up by the FBI to catch corrupt lawmakers.  Roscoe Dixon, a Memphis Democrat, was the first of five lawmakers charged in the case to go to trial.

Frankel misused money, grand jury finds.  A newly released section of a grand jury report says Mayor Lois Frankel misused city money to send a "personal political message" when she included an anti-Iraq war message in a city newsletter mailed to residents with their utility bills in September.

Former Arkansas governor hit with ethics complaint over destroyed hard drives.  Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, who ordered the destruction of a number of computer hard drives before leaving office last month, is now the subject of the ethics complaint because of his actions.  Hard drives in 83 computers and four servers were destroyed, according to Claire Bailey, director of the Arkansas Department of Information Systems (DIS).  She said that her office backed up information from the servers, but not the computers, and gave the backup tapes to Huckabee's former chief of staff.  The DIS apparently did not retain a copy of the data on the backup tapes.

You may not know this, but deleted computer files can be recovered.

Congressman Recuses Himself.  Rep. Alan Mollohan, under Justice Department investigation about whether he has benefited from directing federal funds to nonprofit groups he helped start, recused himself Wednesday [1/10/2007] from working on the department's budget.  The move came on the day Mollohan, D-W.Va., was named chairman of an Appropriations subcommittee responsible for the department's budget.  At issue is at least $202 million of federal funding that Mollohan has steered to five nonprofit groups in his district -- with much of the money going to organizations run by people who contribute to the lawmaker's campaigns.

Spouses who are lobbyists remain issue.  When Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., rose to the Senate floor last summer and passionately argued for keeping the federal estate tax, he left one person with an interest in retaining the tax unmentioned.  The multibillion-dollar life-insurance industry, which was fighting to preserve the tax because life insurers have a lucrative business selling policies and annuities to Americans for estate planning, has employed Dorgan's wife as a lobbyist since 1999.

Ex-attorney general Morales at S.A. halfway house.  Former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales has come home to San Antonio to serve out the remainder of a four-year sentence for his federal case related to the state's record settlement with the tobacco industry.  Morales was transferred last month from a federal prison in Texarkana to a halfway house in San Antonio, according to his brother, Michael Morales.

Katrina Activist Gets Probation.  An activist who has been a leader in efforts to rebuild a New Orleans neighborhood destroyed by Hurricane Katrina was sentenced Wednesday [2/27/2008] to five years of probation for his role in a loan fraud scheme.

Graham pleads guilty in DWI case.  Sen. Chuck Graham (D-Columbia, MO) pleaded guilty today in Fulton to driving while intoxicated and was fined $500.

Panel:  Leaked Gingrich call broke rules.  Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., violated ethics standards by giving reporters access to an illegally taped telephone call involving Republican leaders a decade ago, the House ethics committee said Monday [12/11/2006].  McDermott, who at the time was the panel's senior Democrat, failed to meet his obligations as a committee leader, said a report released two days after Congress adjourned for the year.  The panel took no action other than the report.

Housing Authority sues ex-execs, alleging fraud.  The city Housing Authority filed a lawsuit Monday against its former executive director, Donald Smith, and a former assistant director, Lucille A. Loyce, alleging fraud and conspiracy stemming from contracts improperly steered to Loyce's friend Dwayne E. Williams II.  The problem was discovered by a federal audit in 2005.  Charles E. Slyngstad, an attorney for the agency, said the lawsuit seeks to recover an unspecified amount of improperly spent money that "is at least in the millions."

Senate hopes to hinge on corruption charges in N.J..  The same Democratic leaders who have long hoped to regain control of Congress by blasting a Republican "culture of corruption" are in danger of losing their shot at the Senate because of accusations of corruption against Sen. Robert Menendez.  What was expected to be an easy win for Democrats has become one of the nation's most hotly contested Senate races.

Vandals spray paint GOP headquarters in Naples, Florida.  The Collier County Republican headquarters in downtown Naples was vandalized over the weekend with anti-war and anti-Bush slogans painted on the building's exterior. … "Democracy failed" was painted on the sidewalk directly outside the main entrance to the office and an anarchy symbol — a letter A in a circle — was painted on the door.

Woman acquitted of illegal poop use.  A former Democratic Party activist who left dog feces on the doorstep of U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave's Greeley office during last year's 4th Congressional District campaign was found not guilty Wednesday of criminal use of a noxious substance.  A Weld County jury deliberated about two hours before acquitting Kathleen Ensz of the misdemeanor count.

Report:  N.J. senator had no-work job.  The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey paid state Sen. Wayne Bryant, [Democrat] chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, $35,000 a year "to lobby himself in his capacity of state senator," according to the report of a federal monitor who had investigated the school's finances.

Geddings convicted of mail fraud.  Former North Carolina lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings, charged with failing to disclose his work for a leading supplier of scratch-off tickets and lottery systems, was convicted Thursday [10/12/2006] on federal mail fraud charges.

Father of Chelsea's Boyfriend in Prison for Fraud, Scams.  Ed Mezvinsky, a former Democratic Congressman from Iowa, is serving a seven-year sentence for fraud after getting caught up in a series of Nigerian e-mail scams. … Prosecutors say Mezvinsky used his connections to the Clintons and his son's social relationship with Chelsea to persuade people to give him money to participate in the scams.

Oregon lawmaker admits fast profit on land deal was 'mistake'.  State Sen. Betsy Johnson says she failed to disclose the sale of 36 acres of farmland near an airport in her home town of Scappoose just before she proposed a bill to promote special airport access.  Johnson bought the farm land for $635,000 in 2004.  Three months later, she sold the land to a developer for a $119,000 profit.

Ex-candidate to surrender law licenses.  Donovan Riley, a disgraced state Senate candidate, is paying a steep price for voting twice in the same election in 2000.  Riley, Democrat, agreed on Thursday [12/21/2006] to pay a $10,000 fine, surrender his law licenses in Wisconsin and Illinois and not practice law.  He must also return campaign contributions to supporters who request refunds in the next 30 days even if it means paying them from his personal funds.  He has 45 days to meet those conditions.

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