corruption

Ego Wall

Ha. Bonus points if you identify the Congresspersons depicted.

Collection of Corruption

On the front page of today's Washington Post: will the growing collection of scandals in which their members are involved cost Republicans the House?

 

Cure for the Capitol

Hey DC folks: we've got a new Voters First Pledge ad on display at the Capitol South metro stop, ready to greet Congress staffers at they head to work each day!

 

Here's the ad - a corruption cure for Congress!

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Capitol South is one of the major DC metro stops for people heading to the Capitol Building and surrounding congressional offices.

What is a bribe?

The New York Daily News has a story regarding the tripling of FBI agents working Capitol Hill on their corruption probes. We've all known about Abramoff, Ney, DeLay, Cunningham, and Jefferson for quite some time. But now the number of investigators is expanding some more.

 

For decades, only one squad in Washington handled corruption cases because the crimes were seen as local offenses handled by FBI field offices in lawmakers' home districts.

 

Rotten at the Core

The Washington Post bids farewell to Rep. Bob Ney, and makes the excellent point that without substantive changes to the system that bred this corruption, one lawmaker's punishment is a band-aid on a gaping wound.

When in Doubt, Deny Everything

As speculation on a possible indictment warms up for Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), the Vice President of Nigeria weighs in saying he never took bribes from the congressman.

 

Have Your Cake, Eat it Too

Rep. Jerry Lewis is the latest member of Congress involved in an investigation of corruption in the congressional earmark process.

 

Reward your friends, punish your enemies, get indicted

Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R) got indicted for directing “the appointment, promotion, demotion, transfer or dismissal” of staff on the basis of campaign donations and political affiliation.

 

Read more here and here.

DeLay's Wilkes Problem

Defense contractor Brent Wilkes didn't just bribe former Rep. Duke Cunningham with gifts and prostitutes. He courted then-Majority Leader Tom DeLay like nobody's business.

 

Pulitzers go to reporters who exposed political corruption

Congratulations are due to Jeff Smith, Susan Schmidt, and James Grimaldi of the Washington Post, Marcus Stern and colleagues at the San Diego Union-Tribune, and Jerry Kammer and colleagues at Copley News Service for winning Pulitzer Prizes today for their incredible reporting during 2005, the year of corruption. The Post trio won the Pulitzer for investigative journalism for their in depth muckraking of Jack Abramoff's web of corruption.