Friday, December 28, 2007

Hillary Tops 10 Most Wanted Corrupt Politician List


December 28, 2007

Judicial Watch, a public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption released their List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2007 this week.

Surprisingly, the Top Ten includes a total of 4 candidates currently running for the office of President of the United States. Seven that made the list are Democrats, two are Republican and one, I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby is not even a politician, but is aligned with the Republicans.

Arranged alphabetically, the list is comprised of, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Senator Larry Craig (R-ID), Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY), Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR), I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV).

Clinton made the list due to her ties to fugitive felon, Norman Hsu as well as potential involvement in scandals that plagued her husband’s administration. Conyers earned his spot for the misuse of staff while on the government payroll. Craig, as all will recall, made it for his being caught up in a homosexual sting in an airport restroom.

Feinstein was included because of her seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on military construction while her husband’s company was being awarded Defense Contracts. Obama has shaky ties to questionable campaign contributions as well as suspicious business and political connections. Pelosi slid in over pet projects to her home district as well as $25 million gift to her husband snuck in a bill recently passed. Pelosi, it should be remembered, promised a “new era of ethics enforcement in the House of Representatives.”

Reid found himself on the list for his series of land development scandals. Giuliani couldn’t escape the list after it was discovered he had “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,” who also was provided with a police vehicle and a city driver at taxpayer expense.

Huckabee’s career “…has been colored by 14 ethics complaints and a volley of questions about his integrity, ranging from his management of campaign cash to his use of a nonprofit organization to subsidize his income to his destruction of state computer files on his way out of the governor’s office,” according to an AP source. Libby, not even a politician, merited mention because of his convictions in the Plamegate investigations and the president’s subsequent commutation of his sentence.

Missing from the list was William Jefferson (D-LA), caught hiding $90,000 in marked bribe money in his freezer.

In the 2006 mid-term election, Democrat’s ran largely on a platform to expose the Republican’s Culture of Corruption, pointing fingers at every Republican possible while ignoring members of their own party caught in corruption or being investigated.

Earlier in 2007, Matt Margolis and Mark Noonan published their book revealing and documenting similar corruption by Democrats, Caucus of Corruption.

An interesting twist in the corruption story is that Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch, filed suit last year in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the current president, Tom Fitton to “Fight Corruption Within His "Own" Organization!”

Corrupt politicians are nothing new. As long as public officials have easy access to fame and wealth from lobbyists and voters keep returning the same ones to office, corruption will thrive in politics. Self-policing seems to be more effected by partisanship than to uncover and eliminate actual corruption. Too often, those most corrupt appear to be passing judgment on those opposing them and covering up their own corrupt record.

Seeing Judicial Watch being sued over corruption while they make the claim of exposing corruption leaves one questioning whether the list was compiled to expose political corruption or to point fingers at candidates vying for their party’s nomination.

The politicians on the list are indeed corrupt as stated. Of the 4 running for president, we stand a good chance of seeing one sitting in the Oval Office soon, unless we get passionate behind one of the long shots not noted for being so corrupt.

Lew

7 comments:

Hard Cheese said...

Which poll to believe? And Bush is the most admired man.

WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Senator Hillary Clinton has narrowly beaten global television celebrity Oprah Winfrey in an annual poll to choose the woman Americans admire most.

Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who was killed Thursday in Pakistan, made it onto the list for the first time, chosen by two percent of respondents as the woman they admire most.

Bhutto had returned to Pakistan in October after several years in exile to contest a parliamentary election scheduled for next month.

Other women in the top 10 were US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (five percent); actress Angelina Jolie and first lady Laura Bush, both with three percent; and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who had the same level of support as Bhutto.

US House of Representatives speaker, Nancy Pelosi, African-American author Maya Angelou and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II rounded off the list, all garnering one percent of Americans' vote.

Rightwingsnarkle said...

Judicial Watch? Hmmm, where have I heard of them before?

Is this the same organization that's received millions in funding from Richard Scaife? The same Richard Scaife (Mellon fortune heir - Mellon Bank, Alcoa, Gulf Oil, etc.) who bankrolls numerous right-wing causes?

I think it's the same Richard Scaife who funded the Arkansas Project ""to unearth damaging information about President Clinton."

And now Hillary Rodham Clinton is at the top of the Judicial Watch annual hit list?

Wingnut Welfare at work. What a surprise.

PS - Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday.

Lew Waters said...

Cheesey, Which poll to believe? And Bush is the most admired man.

And you wonder why I've said I don't trust polls that much?

snarkle, Judicial Watch is known for more than what you claim. If we are to trust or not trust because a group receives funds from a milionare, how does the left trust Moveon.org, who receives a lot of funding from Billionare George Soros?

If receipt of the funds they have disqualifies them from anything of importance, then may we also ignore the times they filed against the Bush administration?

Rightwingsnarkle said...

Dude, it ain't the fact that the org in question is funded by a "milionare," it's the pattern and history of that person and his activities that intrigue me.

This should be as obvious to you as your fading 70's porn star 'stache, but then again it doesn't seem like insight is your strongest suit.

Lew Waters said...

Dude, I am constantly amused at those who feel subtle insults elevate their own hidden feelings of inferiority to others.

Call it a compensatory mechanism.

Try googling George Soros and see his history and what you are embracing with him and Moveon.org.

Then, try actually reading the entire article, which you obviously did not.

Rightwingsnarkle said...

Wow, you're quite insightful. I'll have to give your deep thoughts some attention.

Meanwhile, please know that I hold Judicial Watch in the same esteem as any other cog in the wingnut welfare machine, which is to say none at all.

(PS - You really should think about losing that little lip rug. Just a suggestion.)

Lew Waters said...

Thank God you don't care for my moustache. I was so afraid I was goign to destroy you emotionally should you desire to kiss me.