Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Washington 'Corrupt Politicians' for 2007
1. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY):
blocking the release her official White House records.
2. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI):
forcing his staff to serve as his personal servants, babysitters, valets and campaign workers while on the government payroll.
3. Senator Larry Craig (R-ID):
Senator Craig was caught by police attempting to solicit sex in a Minneapolis International Airport men’s bathroom during the summer.
4. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA):
Feinstein reviewed military construction government contracts, some of which were ultimately awarded to URS Corporation and Perini, companies then owned by Feinstein's husband, Richard Blum.
5. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY):
the former New York mayor’s office “billed obscure city agencies for tens of thousands of dollars in security expenses amassed during the time when he was beginning an extramarital relationship with future wife Judith Nathan in the Hamptons…”
6. Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR):
Huckabee sued the state ethics commission twice and attempted to shut the ethics process down.
7. I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby:
Libby, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000 for lying and obstructing the Valerie Plame CIA leak investigation.
8. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL):
It was reported that just two months after he joined the Senate, Obama purchased $50,000 worth of stock in speculative companies whose major investors were his biggest campaign contributors.
9. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA):
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who promised a new era of ethics enforcement in the House of Representatives, snuck a $25 million gift to her husband, Paul Pelosi, in a $15 billion Water Resources Development Act recently passed by Congress.
10. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV):
over the last four years, Reid has used his influence in Washington to help a developer, Havey Whittemore, clear obstacles for a profitable real estate deal.
It's a safe bet one of them will become future president.