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Update [2005-9-26 15:38:51 by Hunter]: Here's the direct link to the website dedicated to this report: It contains the details on each highlighted member. Very well done.

Via AMERICAblog, the LA Times gives a very good snapshot of what CREW calls the 13 most corrupt members of Congress... DeLay excepted.

Sen. Bill Frist: The report accuses him of violating federal campaign finance laws in how he disclosed a campaign loan. It also calls for an inquiry over his recent sale of stock in HCA Inc., his family's hospital corporation. The sale has raised questions about possible insider dealing. Frist aides confirmed Friday that the SEC was investigating. They have denied claims of campaign finance violations.

Rep. Roy Blunt: The report criticizes him for trying to insert provisions into bills that would have benefited, in one case, a client of his lobbyist son and in another case, the employer of his lobbyist girlfriend, now his wife.

Sen. Conrad Burns: The report says that questions arose over $3 million in appropriations he earmarked for an Indian tribe in Michigan that was a client of lobbyist Abramoff. The senator received substantial campaign contributions from Abramoff and various clients. [...]

Rep. Bob Ney: The report says the chairman of the House Administration Committee went on a golf outing to Scotland in 2002, arranged by Abramoff, at a time when the congressman was trying to insert a provision into legislation to benefit one of Abramoff's tribal clients. [...]

Rep. Tom Feeney: The report says he incorrectly reported that a golf trip to Scotland with Abramoff in 2003 was paid for by the National Center for Public Policy Research, which denied it. A Feeney aide said the congressman had been misled. Questions also have arisen about two other privately funded trips.

Rep. Richard W. Pombo: He paid his wife and brother $357,325 in campaign funds in the last four years, the report says. He also supported the wind-power industry before the Department of Interior without disclosing that his parents received hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties from wind-power turbines on their ranch. [...]

Rep. Maxine Waters: The report cites a December 2004 Los Angeles Times investigation disclosing how members of the congresswoman's family have made more than $1 million in the last eight years by doing business with companies, candidates and causes that Waters has helped. Before publication of the Times investigation last year, Waters declined to be interviewed, but said of her family members: "They do their business, and I do mine."

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.): The report says he encountered controversy over disclosures that Pennsylvania taxpayers paid for his children's schooling while they lived in Virginia. Santorum maintained he did nothing wrong, and has pulled his children out of the school, according to reports.

Reps. Randy "Duke" Cunningham and William J. Jefferson: Both congressional veterans are under federal investigation.

Cunningham, who has announced that he will not run for reelection, faces questions over his dealings with a defense contractor who allegedly overpaid him when he purchased Cunningham's house. Jefferson is under scrutiny for his role in an overseas business deal. Normally the House ethics committee does not hold inquiries while criminal investigations are underway.

Rep. Charles H. Taylor (R-N.C.): The report says that questions have been raised about his private business interests, including a savings and loan in Asheville, N.C., and personal business interests in Russia.

Rep. Marilyn N. Musgrave (R-Colo.) and Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.): Both second-term House members encountered criticisms tied to campaign activities, the report says.

Musgrave was accused of misusing her congressional office for campaign purposes. Renzi was accused of financing portions of his 2002 campaign with improper loans.

So many familiar names...

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:21 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  so mean! (none)
    Corruptupblicans are people too!
  •  Hammer them all (4.00)
     Democrats as well.

     We got no time or money to waste on crooks.

    I tell you there is a fire. They have this day set a blazing torch to the temple of constitutional liberty and, please God, we shall have no more peace forever.

    by Anderson Republican on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:23:25 AM PDT

    •  You're right. (4.00)
      If Democrats are going to present themselves as the party of competence, the straight-shooting party, they need to be just as rigorous with their own wayward members.  This is the only way that they can successfully call the Republicans out on their double standards.  Dems want to be able, with a clear conscience, to put DeLay's comments of 10 years ago (about Dem corruption) up against his own behavior of the present.  Dems can only credibly do this if they clean their own house.  

      Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of nonthought. -- Milan Kundera

      by Dale on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:40:48 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Is there any truth (none)
        to the Waters claims, do you know?  I know Jefferson is dirty.

        Visit and follow every 2006 Senate race.

        by AnthonySF on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 11:04:56 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I'm sad to see Maxine in this, but it may be true (none)

          An untypical Negro...since 1954.

          by blksista on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 11:09:54 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  that sort of thing (none)

          gets ignored by districts as poor and black/Hispanic as Maxine's as expectable and usual, and tolerable as long as it doesn't parade through the local papers every week.

          Waters's real problem is that she's black in a district that has become majority or supermajority Latino in the past ten years.  She's done some remarkable cultural adaption to that if her interview with Ted Koppel on the anniversary of the '92 riots is any indication.  (Btw, LA itself is a demonstration of how the American race/caste problem will resolve- Latinos intermarrying all the other groups, creating a national continuum.)   Ambitious Latino politicians will try to take her seat at some point.

          Renewal, not mere Reform.

          by killjoy on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 11:45:36 AM PDT

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      •  I'll happily pitch (4.00)
         a half dozen of our own over the side if they are slimy, if it gives us a pick up of a few dozen seats in the house and 7-8 in the Senate.  

        The mood in America is not especially different than the mood Right before Gingrich's revolution.  We can nationalize the election and sweep both chambers if we have the guts to run on ethics and clean government and let the chips fall where they may even if it means losing a few of our own.  

        Knowledge is power Power Corrupts Study Hard Be Evil

        by Magorn on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 12:34:32 PM PDT

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    •  Absolutely. (4.00)
      I don't care what party you belong to, if you have any stain of corruption or ethical troubles, you should not be in government.  These people work for us, not the other way around.  Any politician with ethical problems is hurting the country & that is what matters.

      Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it. -- Mark Twain

      by GTPinNJ on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:50:17 AM PDT

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  •  The response to this (4.00)
    was that it was purely political. Then why is Waters on there? Again, we do not put party over country. If there's a Democrat screwing the pooch here, we need to rid ourselves of them. In the long run, it's bad for the party as a whole, but it's certainly bad for the country.
    •  Screw The Pooch (none)
      doesn't mean to cheat or do something unethical. It's a military euphemism. It means to make a big mistake or blunder.
      Should not be confused with "fucking the dog", which means to goof off or loaf on the job.

      "Everything that rises must converge"

      by jpgod on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:38:57 AM PDT

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    •  If the SCLM was at all fair... (4.00)
      the difference in the way the House, when it had Democratic majority, handled the ethics investigation of Jim Wright, whose behavior though unacceptable, was pristine compared to that of Delay, would be reported and the comparison made front and center. That it still isn't even mentioned, that this disparity of treatment continues, makes me almost sick with frustration and anger.

      "We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them." Abigail Adams, 1774

      by greeseyparrot on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 11:48:05 AM PDT

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      •  The paradigm has shifted (4.00)
        indeed.  What was considered unacceptable fifteen or twenty years ago -- and by Dems -- is considered smart politics -- by Rethugs -- today.  Dems are still held to higher standards, while Republicans are holding an ethical limbo contest to see how low the next contestant can go.  As for DeLay personally, he's apparently untouchable.  I think he could have a coffle of Filipino preschoolers chained to the wall of his basement for cannibalism and sex games, and Bush, Frist, and the rest would come squealing and flopping to his defense.
        •  what do you mean (none)
          "could have?"

          okay that's not completely fair, they aren't chained in his basement but to factory machines and in brothels in the Northern Marianas Islands, and all he's done is block any federal investigation of conditions there

          Knowledge is power Power Corrupts Study Hard Be Evil

          by Magorn on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 12:36:37 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for the post on this, Hunter (none)
    I heard mention of the CREW report this morning via Pacifica & was interested in having a look at the particulars.

    Aside: I would've titled your post 'Without Delay', myself  ;)

  •  All Republicans... go figure... (none)
    One Democrat... and it's the local Maxine Waters...

    I'd imagine it was just because the LA Times had to stick a Dem in there somewhere. They were looking for the Last Supper and needed 1 more?

    Maxine Waters? That's the best they can do on the Dem side!?!

    Come on...! Get real. Republicans suck eggs.

    So what's up? Delay is just so corrupt, he's out of these people's league? Why no mention?

    U.S. blue collar worker vs. CEO income in 1992 was 1:80; in 1998 it was 1:420.

    by Lode Runner on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:26:17 AM PDT

  •  These are not in order, right? (none)
    This isn't a ranking of, so and so is more corrupt that so and so...because if so, I have some issues with their ranking system. Cunningham deserves to be way higher.

    Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~George Jean Nathan

    by VirginiaBelle on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:27:37 AM PDT

  •  Pombo. (4.00)
    The same Pombo who wants to start selling off our national parks for energy development to pay for the debt? I can believe a lot of things, but how could someone with ethics like that be corrupt?...
    •  his ethics smell like (none)
      the stockyards and rendering plants in his district.

      Time to run up the warning flag.

      by Bill Section 147 on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:35:15 AM PDT

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    •  Democratic strategy can't rely on (none)
      the payments to his family if they were employed by his office.  I don't know all the facts and regulations, but Pombo counters that Pelosi and other democrats to the same.  If there is something different about his payments then those specifics need to be the argument, not the employment of family.  

      Also, with most of his district blood red, the environmental issue won't lose him the election. BUT, harping on the non-disclosure of money from wind-power companies will lump him with the Bush camp and their unethical behavior.

      "There is no absolute point of view." Einstein, Nietzsche, and T.S. Eliot

      by MyPOV on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 11:20:39 AM PDT

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    •  Pombo's corruption (none)
      1) Pombo also refuses to investigate Jack Abramoff even though Pombo Chairs the House Committee that has oversight of Indian affairs. 2) Pombo got money to study freeway developments in his district in places nobody thinks a freeway needs to be built. Coincidentally, he and his family owns property in that area, and the study is bound to increase that property value.
    •  Article in SF Chron about park sale (none)
      Pombo wants to sell parks

      I hope someone is writing an advertisement right now:  "Richard Pombo wants to sell off our National Parks to pay the salaries of his wife and family..."

    •  Pombo has long history of corruption (none)
      For some background on Pombo, see this site. He is as corrupt as the day is long -- and longer. It is not just giving his wife and brother over a quarter of a million dollars of campaign money, there is a whole laundry list of scandals going way back to his first term in Congress. On that site, see "March of the Scandals", which is only a partial list of the most egregrious stuff.

      We are organizing over here in the 11th District to get rid of this bum. Tough row to hoe though, with his "anti-environment", "anti-liberal", and "anti-government" support in the Central Valley, as well as the District being gerrymandered towards Republican dominance.

  •  Roy Blunt (4.00)
    The man who can't make it through the morning without a good France joke, and who got his idiot son into office as the governor of Missouri.  There is no one in the house I would rather see down the drain.

    Others might be worse, but I don't have to live with them on my local TV screen.  Worst thing about the Blunts (father and son) and their France joke is they only know one and they tell it every single time I see either of them  (the joke: ebay, French rifle, you fill in the rest).

    •  Wasn't there an investigation (none)
      into Jim Talent's leftover campaign money?  He was cleared, but it still sounded pretty shady to me.  I hope Claire can use this against him.

      I wasn't using my civil liberties anyway.

      by hoosierspud on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:35:34 AM PDT

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  •  Phony press even-handedness (3.62)
    In the Seattle Times yesterday, this story ran under the headline "List reveals bi-partisan corruption" (or something like that). 12 Repugs, 1 Dem. Go figure.
    •  Power corrupts (none)
      If Republicans have all the power, we may expect them to show most of the corruption as well.  The days of Rostenkowski and Jim Wright are now the days of DeLay and Bob Ney.

      By the way, where the hell is Mitch McConnell?  He's been the Republicans' chief Senate bagman for at least 20 years.  You can't tell me his hands are any cleaner than any of these folks'.

      Now a New Mexican, and much the better for it.

      by Dallasdoc on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 11:29:40 AM PDT

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  •  Very disappointed (none)
    that any Democrat made the list.

    Rep. Maxine Waters needs to get off this list or get out of Dodge.

    Time to run up the warning flag.

    by Bill Section 147 on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:31:14 AM PDT

  •  Is there anyone who can primary the Dems? (3.66)
    Speaking as a black, I'm embarassed to see Bill Jefferson and Maxine Waters on this list.  Two of the highest-profile black Dems in the House--from the Repubs' perspective, they're a gift from the gods.

    Does Bernie Parks (the former LAPD chief) live in South Central LA?  That's Waters' district--I figure if he ran, he'd mop the floor with her.

    I initially thought the same thing about Ray Nagin in New Orleans--but is he a DINO?  I know he used to be a Repub--and he endorsed Bobby Jindal in the LA '03 governor's race.

    •  I dunno (none)
      Parks ran for mayor this year and finished in fourth place with only 13% of the vote.  Now, the demographics of Waters' district and the city as a whole are different, but a fourth place finish is not promising, IMHO.
      •  I'd be fine with that (none)
        I think Parks does live in her district although the boundaries of the districts are odd down there.  It depends on which neighborhood he lives in.  If he lives in View Heights, he may be in Dianne Watson's district.  Parks would be good to replace her.  There are other African American possibilities though.  Mark Ridley-Thomas will be term limited out of office this year in the state assembly.  He may run for Kevin Murray's state senate seat but he would be far better in congress.  I love State Representative Karen Bass and she could run for Murray's seat next year.  There's also LA City Councilwoman, Jan Perry.  She's a little bit too beholden to downtown business interests but she's very smart and very progressive.  She'd make a fine replacement for Waters.  
    • (none)
      noted that there are a bunch of Dems, Nagin included, who culd run for Jefferson's seat. I hope Jefferson just steps down and lets someone else run.

      So rumor has it that President Bush is drinking again. Sure, why not, he's got everybody else drinking.-Dave Letterman

      by jj32 on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 11:59:56 AM PDT

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    •  re: DINO? Yes, sadly if what was... (none)
      being reported during the first few days after his comments about FEMA, are true, he endorsed Bush in '04. Can anyone else confirm this?

      "We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them." Abigail Adams, 1774

      by greeseyparrot on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 12:14:01 PM PDT

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      •  No, he did NOT endorse Bush in 2004 (none)
        Wikipedia notes that he "reluctantly" endorsed John Kerry in 2004. So he probably voted Bush, I'm guessing, but didnt endorse him.  He was a Republican in 00, and supported Republican Jindal over Blanco for governor in 2003,when he was a Democrat.

        So rumor has it that President Bush is drinking again. Sure, why not, he's got everybody else drinking.-Dave Letterman

        by jj32 on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 01:05:43 PM PDT

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  •  Just a thought (none)
    What if we only worried about our own side of the aisle.  People would eventually come to see Democrats as the "Responsible" party.

    Of course we could remind them during campaigns of their wrongdoings !

  •  Say it ain't so, Maxine! (none)
    This is really, really sad. Maxine Waters is so good on some issues like voting irregularities. Having these kind of ethics concerns hanging over her head hurts everyone.

    I'll give her the benefit of the doubt and hope she clears all this up. In the mean time...the vast majority of the offenders on the list are GOoPers.  In your face! Hoo-yah! Gloat, gloat, gloat...

    On August 29th, 2005, everything changed.

    by MamasGun on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:53:52 AM PDT

  •  This... (none)
    Is a very solid list of DOUCEBAGS!...

    Who voted these crooks into office?... Ignorance did...

    Dating Expert. Centrist. Optimist.

    by modernguy on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:58:24 AM PDT

  •  Safavian, (none)
    Abramoff, Frist, DeLay, Brownie, oh my...

    Call the veterinary, I need a pap smear.

  •  Banana Republicans (none)
    During a week when Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean tried to rally his party in a quixotic effort to block the confirmation of John Roberts, Republicans at all levels of government may have given him the keys to Congress. For Democrats, ending the epidemic of GOP corruption, patronage and cronyism has to be one sure fire theme for next year's mid-term elections. Memo to Dean: Clean Up the Mess in '06.

    For more on the epidemic of GOP corruption, cronyism and patronage, see:

    "Banana Republicans."

  •  next time save time (3.50)
    just post the republican roll call.
  •  Crooks are crooks (none)
    What we really need is to find a way that these politicians dont have a chance to steal. We really have to clean up this government and get people in who arent in it to be rich, like the president. Being a politician shouldnt make anyone rich. Its supposed to be one of those noble professions like a teacher, where you are in a position to do great good but the pay stinks. All this money being thrown around with no one to watch it is very dangerous when you have so many greedy people in politics.


  •  Uppity black women with bulleyes on their back (4.00)
    I've seen a lot of Maxine recently and have been utterly impressed by her. She has a personal power that most likely makes a lot of people very uncomfortable, if not downright angry with her. I didn't always feel this way. I used to find her strident and too tied to centrist Democratic office holders/candidates. She may still be strident and she may still play the good lieutenant on occasion, but she is one of the few members of Congress who is willing to repeatedly speak truth to power.

    It just doesn't ring true that she is using her office to enrich her relatives. That is not to say that her relatives are not using her position to enrich themselves.

    There are a number of very strong, outspoken Black women in the U.S. Congress but Maxine sticks out because she is so willing to take on issues that are radioactive to the rest of Congress, even the best of the bunch, the Congressional Black Caucus.

    She has been a well-informed, forthright champion of the legitimate government in Haiti. She also works quietly behind the scenes. For example, on her own, with no entourage, she went to Crawford, TX to support Cindy Sheehan. There was a little item in the press about it but she didn't grandstand, as have others I could name. She worked with other members of the CBC and Rainbow/PUSH to provide aid for Katrina victims who were falling through the cracks.

    She speaks and acts like a person who is, as was the late Shirley Chisholm, unbought and unsold. If it turns out that she has personally benefitted from any illegal or unethical activities, then she should face the bar of justice -- or at least an ethics committee review.

    When you have the likes of Tom DeLay and Bill Frist, who are not just unethical and dirty but also utterly disrespectful of the high offices that they hold, of the Constitution they are sworn to defend and who use their positions to push through destructive, downright evil legislation,  I find it a little hard to take seriously accusations of wrong doing by Representative Waters. It is also suspicious that CREW used the LA Times article as their research, as if the Times wouldn't have any agenda at all.

    One of the reasons that the powers that be may want to get rid of Maxine (by any means necessary) is because she doesn't play nice with the corporations who are trying to benefit from the war. Yes, she voted for the war but as soon as she realized what a horrible mistake she made, she has worked tirelessly to rectify her error. Standing up to war profiteers can make you some pretty power enemies.


    •  The points you make (none)
      are what make the fact that she made this list so disconcerting.

      Because Democrats, being the minority party in congress, are powerless to investigate these problems with full authority, no Democrat should be on this list.

      Sure there is a double standard. To come up with a list of unethical Dems the trolls have to go back to the 70's.  Nixon-era transgressions of Democrats do not excuse Republicans of this century--but if no Democrat were on a corruption list we would have a better case.

    •  It will be a huge disappointment... (none)
      and many other of her admirers should these claims prove to have merit. As of yet I've seen nothing to alter my opinion of her and I fervently hope your faith and my confidence proves justified. My suspicion (a guess that I hope is somewhat informed) is that she will have a friend or relative serving in a position for which he or she is completely qualified and that the thugs are going to some how try to equate this with the wholesale rot and corruption that Delay has not just allowed, but encouraged, to flourish.

      "We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them." Abigail Adams, 1774

      by greeseyparrot on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 02:05:33 PM PDT

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    •  EEK! Major error!!! She voted NO on IWR (none)
      Wow, this is the second time I have seen such an error in a public forum.

      Maxine voted NO on the war res. LOOK.

      I also saw Hitchens get away with saying Kennedy voted for it on Real Time this past Friday. Not so. So not so.

      I also like Maxine, liked what you said, but please disavow yourself of this notion she voted for the war, and correct the record wherever youve spread it. This is a horrible thing to have attached to your name, doubly horrible if you dont deserve it.

      Should a liberal Dem blog be driven into "safe zones" by a tame party, or should it drive a tame party to break out?

      by NYCee on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 09:36:37 PM PDT

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      •  YIKES and Thank You! (none)
        What a terrible error.

        I was confusing the Iraq war vote with the September 2001 vote giving the pResident authorization to use force against terrorists. In that vote only one person -- Barbara Lee -- dissented. Everyone else voted yes.

        I shall forevermore be more careful!

  •  About Charles Taylor... (none)
    He's in my parent's district.  We've been trying for years to get him out of office... very nasty guy.  His three partners in the Savings & Loan have been indicted on charges.  they all state that Charles knew as much about the dealings as they did.  He's never even been investigated.

    I think he's pals with Ashcroft.

    They're running a local guy - grew up in the area and became a fairly successful pro football player - against Taylor this next election.  I'm planning to put my time in on this campaign again...

  •  Some Musgrave Dirt (4.00)
    Just got this from someone who knows the family...

    I was just messing around on the internet and decided I would see what's up on "Daily KOS".  So, I was kind of scrolling down the page skimming the headlines when a subject caught my eye.  Here's the link:
    The reason it caught my eye was because I went to school with Marilyn Musgrave's children and my mom dated Marilyn's brother.

    So, let me just give my opinion on Mrs. Musgrave and her family.  I would not work with them in any capacity!  They are the first to judge and the first to hang you for any little thing.  However, one of them make a mistake then they all need to be forgiven for their "sins". My mom dated Marilyn's brother in high school and she was that pretentious back then.  Always telling my mom what to do and how to act.  And my mom was a lot like me sister.  They really didn't ever do anything wrong. Marilyn's daughter, Becky, was in my class and I could not stand her.  If you didn't act or dress a certain way she didn't have anything to do with you.  Completely judgmental on any level I've ever seen and they are suppose to be "Christians".  Blagh....I could go on but I probably don't need to.

    O yeah, one of my cousins (on my dad's side) is married to Marilyn's son.  YUCK!!!

  •  campaign salaries (none)
    Not to defend Pombo's other crap, but
    He paid his wife and brother $357,325 in campaign funds in the last four years, the report says.

    Aren't stats like these a bit of a reach?  That works out to under $45k/person/year.

    US Soldiers in Iraq are protecting America from the worst effects of Bush's incompetence. Impeach.

    by tunesmith on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 01:40:20 PM PDT

    •  I want to see (none)
      their time cards. This is their cut of "Campaign Funds" so if I was a donor I'd be a bit unhappy unless he coincidently had a family of campaign organizers and event planners. But then when I donate its for promoting democracy not to get my development project on the gravy train.
      •  Frankly... (none)
        ...the only people that get ripped off by this are his campaign donors, who aren't people I really give a shit about.  Although converting campaign money to personal money is a good way to launder a bribe (like when good ol' Duke sold his house to a contractor with business before him).
    •  Please do not defend Pombo (none)
      He has a long, long, long history of corruption. The "paying the family as a way to launder campaign money" is on the tip of the iceberg. See this site for the goods on Pombo. The brief clip in the article barely scratches the surface of a deep well of corruption.
  •  where are all the (D)s? nt (none)

    Brett Favre for Wisconsin - Senate 2008 (Feingold for President)

    by Groper on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 01:42:38 PM PDT

  •  Where is the infor on Maxine (none)
    I was just in her office a half hour ago talking about the Peace Rally.  She has been such a brave advocate for Progressives that I would like to know where I can find out about these allegations.  

    "Don't step back; step up." John Edwards - The politics of hope not cynicism

    by Cowqueen on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 02:06:36 PM PDT

  •  tom feeney (none)
    i'm still hoping we can come up with someone to run against my corrupt, worthless rep. tom feeney. unfortunately he ran unopposed last election.

    Putting a yellow ribbon is literally the least you can do. Put your money where your mouth is and enlist or shut the fuck up.

    by darwinsjoke on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 02:19:33 PM PDT

  •  Wanna bet (none)
    there's more than a few missing?

    bush jams while thousands die in NOLA=Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

    by Street Kid on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 02:22:13 PM PDT

  •  Corrupt Republicans... (none)
    I'm surprised we're still surprised...
  •  A bit lopsided... (none)
    Every media report I see regarding this list of "corrupt" politicians seems to make an effort to point out that it is bipartisan corruption and downplay the fact that the vast majority of the corruption is Republican.  Obviously there are corrupt Democrats, but I don't think that it's a fair representation to say anything other than "predominantly Republican" corruption.

    The hell with "Fair and Balanced"... very little is ever truly fair or balanced.  I'd be happy if at least the liberal blogs and less partisan segments of the mass media got it right... this is an example of widespread Republican corruption, with a few isolated pockets of corruption in other parties.  

    11/13 of the most corrupt members of Congress are Republicans.  Yet no one ever seems to state it that clearly.  Why does the left always have to include this tacit admission of guilt and blame that is way out of proportion with the reality?

    If there is no left, the center cannot hold.

    by JAS1001 on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 02:59:07 PM PDT

  •  Variables (none)
    Just read all of the charges by CREW and it is distressing to think that her husband, daughter and son were able to trade off on her name and position. One is lead to the conclusion that she had to know about this.

    I don't excuse or condone unethical behavior on the part of anyone, but...(you knew there was a but) I do notice that there seems to be nothing in the record about Maxine promoting quid pro quo legislation on behalf of a donor; there is nothing about Maxine's campaigns paying her family members for work they did not do, or for work for which they are not qualified; there is no mention of Maxine boinking a lobbyist or leaving her husband in favor of same lobbyist or working with same lobbyist to benefit her children; there is nothing about Maxine taking trips paid for by lobbyists (but then, as she's a black woman with a big mouth, they wouldn't even be tempted, would they?). In other words, the lapses seem to be banal in comparison to the abuses of the Bushites. There isn't much that can be a more egregious abuse of power than the relationship between the US Government and Halliburton. And while we're on egregious, why don't we talk about The Dick's daughters getting plum jobs in the government; why don't we talk about Karen Hughes being named an undersecretary of state with diplomatic privileges who STILL attends Bush staff meetings and who doesn't know a frikkin thing about the Middle East (her portfolio).

    I know that this is a sad attempt to lighten the heartache of finding Maxine's name on that list. But you know, I think I understand now a little of how it is that Bush supporters give him soooooo much slack: when you really believe in a person, no matter how undeserving they are of that faith, you are willing to forgive the comparatively benign indiscretion.

    One final thought. We on the left share one very deep connection with our counterparts on the right: we are absolutists. Except we on the left are absolutists in regards to expecting pure as the driven snow politicians, while them on the right are absolutists about their guiding principles (such as they are [though I wouldn't call being anti-gay and anti-abortion principled, if you know what I mean]).

  •  Mark Ridley-Thomas??? (none)
    He used to be my City Councilman. He runs hot and cold but mostly he's a blow-hard egotist. That's his personality. I know he did do good works but it came with a price -- feeding his considerable ego. I don't live in his district any longer so I don't have to face the idea of voting for him. But unless she's convicted of something, I doubt seriously that her district will throw her out. She's done so very much for them and they know it.

    (Now I remember why I didn't like her: in the 2001 mayoral election, she supported Jimmy Hahn instead of the clearly superior Antonio Villarigoso. Nuff said.)

  •  Missing in Action ??? (none)
     .. where is Hastert?

    Not in the top 13?

    "I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day." - Douglas Adams.

    by shpilk on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 06:50:09 PM PDT

  •  Dollar Bill Jefferson earned his place (none)
    I used to live in N.O. and even before he was elected to Congress, Jefferson had a notable reputation, hence his nickname "Dollar Bill".  I'd applaud any reform Democrat who challenged him and took him out.  

    There are folks who are better, though finding an experienced politician in N.O. who could win that is 100% clean might be difficult.  In Louisiana sometimes you settle for less corrupt & less greedy.

    Not Nagin, he's really a Republican & would probably switch parties once elected.  In the last election he endorsed a mostly Republican slate.  He appears to be personnaly non-corrupt, but instead partakes of the pro-business iron-triangle style corruption.

  •  I count 11 (none)
    Even if you add DeLay to the list that makes 12, who is the 13th?

    "You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free."-Clarence Darrow

    by cwech on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 07:13:43 PM PDT

    •  I wish I could troll rate myself (none)
      That would actually be kind of cool.  I was looking at the LATimes link instead of the CREW link.  So forget about that, but a serious question here.

      Why does CREW exclude the most obvious offender Mr. DeLay?  It seems hard to accept a list of 13 corrupt congressmen without the inclusion of the hammer himself.

      "You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free."-Clarence Darrow

      by cwech on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 07:17:17 PM PDT

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  •  Why does it seem (none)
    unimaginable that Maxine Water used her office to enrich her relatives? Just because she's a Democrat and votes right?

    So was and did Carol Moseley Braun and she was run out on a rail (rightly) because of it.

    Corruption is corruption, whether it's Democratic or Republican, black or white, female or male.

    You may not want to believe the worst, but it appears the folks who made this list did their homework.

    You may desperately want to defend the Dems on the list, as the right wing bloggers no doubt are defending the Republicans, but I say, step back and let the chips fall where they may.

    I will never defend a corrupt Democrat just because of party affiliation. That just leaves you open for attacks by the right.

    •  Well put (none)
      except that I don't support Maxine because she's a Democrat but because of her positions on issues I care about.

      I am not aligned with the Democratic Party. I gave up on the party after the 2000 coup d'etat. I would get the Democratic Congressional mailings with the so-called surveys. Never once did they ever touch on the single most dangerous thing that was facing us (and is now realized): the trampling of the U.S. Constitution in service of destroying any aspect of the U.S. Government that cannot put money into the hands of Bu$hCo and its supporters.

  •  Where are they? (none)
    What no one from the great state of Illinois?  We must be slipping.  <<sigh>> we used to set the standard for crooked pols, now we can't even make a top 10 list.  
  •  Partisan? (none)
    I think the only issue with this list is that it is a very partisan organization doing it.  CREW is run pretty much entirely by liberals.  Which is fine, but it obviously casts some doubt on how balanced the list is.  I agree with what many here have said, if we seek a cleaner government as our goal, we shouldn't be afraid to try and eliminate the corrupt Dems that should have been on this list as well.
  •  Who's Running Against Pombo? (none)
    I've seen Richard Pombo (Rep. Calif - Tracy, Danville, Dublin, Gilroy) singled out a few times on kos for corruption. He also has a crazy plan to sell off some of our national parks, weaken the endangered species act, and is the author of the bill forcing universities and public schools to allow military recruiters on campus (despite the discrimination in don't ask don't tell policy). Does anyone know who is running against him in 2006?? I want to help with the anti-Pombo campaign. I want this guy out of office!!
    •  The campaign against Pombo is in progress (none)
      There are several candidates emerging, but the key question is if they will get Dem Party backing or not.

      Jerry McNerney is running as a Dem -- he ran as a write-in last election after the Dems did not put anyone up. Got 40% of vote, about 100K to Pombo's 160K. See his site.

      There are others, but they tend to be East Bay people, who are looked at with trepidation (that is, "liberals") by Central Valley voters.

      My take is that there needs to be a strong Central Valley candidate, with a history in politics there. State Sen. Mike Machado had considered a run against Pombo, and it would have been a good campaign, but from what I heard the big Dem donors were not willing to put up the $$.

      The issue is that it will take probably $10 million to get rid of Pombo. This money is needed to launch an aggressive and persistent campaign to hammer Pombo on his distorted views, his ineffectiveness, and his corruption.

      It can be done, but it has to be a hard-hitting, muscular campaign. Also, I believe it has to be centered in the Central Valley, not an East Bay candidate.

      This site provides information on Pombo's nefarious activities, all true and fact-based.

  •  OH-18: Bob Ney is going down (none)
    OH-18 finally has it's candidate to beat Bob Ney. After months of blunders and no real campaign opporation by the mayor of Chilicothe, it's rumored that Congressman Sherrod Brown encouraged Zack Space, Dover City Law Director, to enter the race. This guy is the perfect candidate. He is from the populated area of the district, has resources to raise a lot of money, and has direct connections to Doug Applegate who use to represent the district and Rob Burch who almost beat Ney back in 1996. I am excited to see the Democrats finally field a candidate against Ney. Sugar, Ney's going down, down in this round.

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