Who Is More Corrupt – Democrats or Republicans?

By Marijo Tinlin January 6, 2012 7 Comments   

According to Judicial Watch’s annual list of the most corrupt politicians in our federal government, it’s basically a toss-up. These are the people who represent our families, including our children, in our government.

This year’s listing includes 5 Republicans and 12 Democrats, including Barak Obama, and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Here’s the Top 10 List, alphabetically:

Alabama Congressman Spencer Bachus (Republican) – the fall guy for the insider trading scandal that was report by CBS’ 60 Minutes in September of 2011, based on Peter Schweizer’s book Throw Them All Out. It detailed how Bachus, among others, was given privileged information about the impending market collapse so they could trade stocks accordingly and profit nicely.


Nevada’s former Senator John Ensign (Republican) – in May 2011, the former Senator stepped down after the scandal broke that he allegedly paid his former mistress, Cynthia Hampton,  and her husband, Douglas, “hush money”  (through his parents) and gave Douglas a lucrative lobbying job, violating Senate “cooling off” rules.


Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings (Democrat) – Hastings, a former impeached federal judge, is being investigated for a lawsuit filed against him by a former staffer Winsome Packer. Packer is claiming Hastings wanted a sexual relationship with her on numerous occasions and when she wouldn’t comply, he retaliated against her.


Attorney General Holder (Democrat) – almost too many to list here. He has denied knowing much about the gun-running scandal known as Fast and Furious where Mexican drug cartel leaders were sold American guns and subsequently killed an American border agent.  He openly said he will ignore the President Clinton-approved National Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). He dismissed the case of voter intimidation against the New Black Pathers, even though they had already pled guilty. He has ties to the now-defunct ACORN which has been accused of voter fraud. You pick your favorite.


Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior (Democrat) –In December, the House Ethics Committee announced a probe into Representative Jackson’s involvement in “pay for play” in the scandal that took down former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.  “Blago” was convicted of making a deal to replace President Obama’s Senate seat with someone who gave favors to him.


President Obama (Democrat) – 5 straight years for the president on this list. Again, where to start? The now defunct Solyndra, run by one of his biggest contributors;  ACORN, overriding The Constitution on so many occasions (including just this week), telling Boeing where they can build plants, etc. Again, take your pick and read more details on the Judicial Watch website.


California Congresswoman Laura Richardson (Democrat) –A freshman to this list, Representative Richardson is being investigated for misusing her staff for campaign efforts. She has also been in hot water of calling for emergency use of helicopters to go site-seeing and getting preferential treatment after missing mortgage payments on multiple properties.


Florida Congressman David Rivera (Republican) – He’s in trouble for alleged money laundering and tax evasion and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Miami-Dade Police public corruption unit, and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office. Here’s a hint – when you’re a Representative and you’re associated with a dog track, things probably won’t go well for you.


California Congresswoman Maxine Waters (Democrat) – Under investigation since 2010, she is being looked at for recommending, with help from Massachussetts Congressman Barney Frank, OneUnited Bank be given Trouble Asset Relief Program (TARP) money. At the time, her husband served on the board of the bank and held stock in the company. That’s what most people call a conflict of interest.


Alaska Congressman Don Young (Republican) – This Representative was recently cleared of an investigation surrounding some campaign contributions that exceeded the limit. His past includes the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” in Alaska as well as some interesting campaign contributions that correlated to his help getting a road in Florida funded. He also has a history of ties with the convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.


They also put together a “dishonorable mention” list of the following seven additional folks:


North Carolina’s former Senator John Edwards (Democrat) – indicted in June of 6 felony counts of misusing funds surrounding his attempt to cover up the affair he had with a former staffer.


Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank (Democrat) – his list is long including his involvement in the OneUnited Bank situation,  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the collapse of the mortgage market.


Georgia’s former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (Republican) – the presidential candidate has some troubles from the past including influence-peddling and some questionable lobbying practices.


Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Nepolitano (Democrat) –in an unprecedented move not uncharacteristic of this presidential administration, Nepolitano has granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants without the approval of Congress. The legislative branch of our government seems to be a hindrance to the White House.


California Congressman Nancy Pelosi (Democrat) – insider trading, misuse of military airplanes and looking the other way of her colleagues’ practices put her on this list.


New York Congressman Charles Rangel (Democrat) – censured by the House for 13 ethics violations, he remains in his seat, proving that what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.


Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (Democrat) – her issues surround “Obamacare” which has granted over 1,300 waivers to companies and unions to not participate. Interestingly, 50% of the waivers are for union members which make up 12% of the working population. If this is such a great idea, why are so many unions bailing on this program? The constitutionality of this law will be decided by the Supreme Court this year and we’ll see which side of the law she ends up on.


Interesting food for thought from both sides of the aisles – these are the people we know about. Who else has their hands in the cookie that we’ll learn about this year? Please read the entire Judicial Watch article that contains many links of supporting documentation around all of these issues and much more.


Marijo Tinlin is the Editor in Chief of Family First, one of the oldest family-oriented websites on the internet. She is also the author of the new book about patriotism and teaching our children to love this country called “How to Raise an American Patriot, Making it Okay for Our Kids to Be Proud to Be American.”  It features 13 interviews with patriotic Americans including Ed Meese, Erick Erickson and Dr. Larry Arnn. It’s available at www.raisinganamericanpatriot.com.

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7 Comments to “Who Is More Corrupt – Democrats or Republicans?”
  1. St. John says:
    So then these are all bogus? ----------- Republican Governor George Ryan - 4/17/2006 racketeering and bribery - (76 people convicted) Republican Governor Bob Taft - 8/18/2005. 5 counts failure to report gifts from Lobbyists Republican Governor John Rowland - 12/24/2004 Bribery Republican Governor Sonny Perdue - Campaign ethics violations NH GOP Chair Chuck McGee - conspiricy to make harrasing phone calls to block people from voting. Republican Aide Allen Raymond Republican James Tobin (NE Regional Dir., Bush campaign) - 12/15/05 conspiracy to commit telephone harassment, aiding and abetting of telephone harassment Republican Charles McGee (Executive Director of the NH Republican State Committee ) Republican Shaun Hansen. GOP Marketing aide - conspiracy to commit telephone harassment and aiding and abetting telephone harassment Republican Aide Scott Falwell - racketeering, mail fraud and obstruction of justice Republican Aide Alexandra Prokos - Perjury Republican Aide Jim Ellis - 13 counts of unlawful acceptance of a corporate political contribution, money laundering Republican Aide John Colyandro - money laundering Republican Brian Hicks - bribery Republican Chief of Staff Peter Ellef - Bribery Republican Roger G. Stillwell - Interior Department official - bribed by Abramoff Republican Lobbyist Jack Abramoff - defrauding of American Indian tribes and corruption of public officials Republican Tony Rudy (lobbyist and aide to Tom Delay) - conspiricy Republican Representative Bob Ney - Conspiricy to defraud the United States and making false statements Republican Neil Volz (lobbyist and aide to Bob Ney) - bribery and corruption Republican William Heaton(Bob Ney's chief of staff) - Conspiricy Republican Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham - conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion Republican David Hossein Safavian. Lying, obstruction of Justice Democratic Senator Traficant - bribery and forcing his aides to perform chores Republican Chief of Staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby - two counts of perjury, one of obstruction of justice, and one of making false statements to federal investigators Republican Tom Noe - Laundered money for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign, theft, corruption, party chairman and Bush Pioneer fundraiser Republican Gov Ernie Fletcher - 13 aides indicted Republican Micheal Scanlon (lobbyist and aide to Tom DeLay) - bribery Deputy Secretary Steven Griles - bribery, perjury, obstrcting a congressional investigation. Republican Congressional aide Mark Zachares - bribery Confessed under grant of Immunity --------------------------------- Monica Goodling, White House liaison for Alberto Gonzales - Hired federal prosecuters based upon party affiliation. Indicted/Charged ---------------- Republican Tom Delay - conspiring to violate Texas state election law, money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Reprimanded by House Ethics Committee Republican Lawrence Novak Republican Nathan Taylor Kyle "Dusty" Foggo (George W Bush's CIA Executive Director) - 30 wide-ranging counts of fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, leaking classified information. Republican Lurita Alexis Doan, Administrator of the General Services Administration - violations of the Hatch act. Democratic Senator William Jefferson - 16 counts of racketeering, soliciting bribes and money-laundering Under investigation --------------------------- Republican Senator Ben Stevens - bribery, corruption Republican Karl Rove - Abramoff, interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice Republican President George W. Bush - Abramoff, interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice Republican Vice President Dick Cheney - Abramoff, interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice Republican Governor and RNC Chairman Haley Barbour - Laundered money from foreign governments into presidential elections. Used non-profit organizations for illegal purposes. Perjury. Republican Representive Mark Foley - Pediphilia Republican Representive Mark Reynolds - Covered up for Mark Foley Republican Representive Dennis Hastert - Covered up for Mark Foley Republican Governor Mitt Romney - Made false statements to bondholders Republican Governor/Ex Representative Jim Gibbons - Bribery Republican Attorney General Gonzales - Fired US Attorneys for prosecuting Republicans, interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice, lying to Congress, perjury, witness tampering. Republican Paul J. McNulty - Deputy Attorney General. Interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice, lying to Congress, perjury Republican Senator Pete Domenici - Used influence to get a US Attorney fired Republican Representative Heather Wilson - Used influence to get a US Attorney fired Republican Representative Tom Feeney - bribery Republican Representative Richard George Renzi - bribery, conflict on interest. Republican Representative Jerry Lewis - Accepted gifts from Lobbyists, bribery, honest services fraud, dispensation of special favors Republican Representative John Doolittle - Accepted money from Jack Abramoff in exchange for favors. Democratic Representative Alan Mollohan -May have funnelled money to his own home-state foundations Republican Representative Rick Renzi - bribery, sponsored legislation that dealt hundreds of millions of dollars to his father’s business Republican Representative Tim Murphy - Ethics violations regarding use of Congressional staff for campaign purposes. Republican Representative Gary Miller - Illegal land deals, tax fraud Republican Representative Ken Calvert - Steered federal money to projects near his private real estate developments. Republican Representative Don Young - bribery Implicated - May be under investigation --------------------------------------- Richard Shelby (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - AL) Robert Riley (REPUBLICAN GOVENOR- AL) J. D. Hayworth (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - AZ) Dana Rohrabacher (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA) Doug Ose (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA) Richard Pombo (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA) John Doolittle (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA) Ed Royce (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA) Scott McInnis (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CO) Rob Simmons (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CT) Tom Feeney (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - FL) Ric Keller (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - FL) John Isakson (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - GA) Saxby Chambliss (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - CA) Jack Kingston (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - GA) Michael Simpson (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - ID) Butch Otter (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - ID) Jerry Walker (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - IL) Dan Burton (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - IN) Charles Grassley (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - IA) BOB EHRLICH (REPUBLICAN GOVENOR- MD) Dave Camp (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MI) Gil Gutknecht (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MN) Christopher Bind (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- MO) Jim Talent (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- MO) Charles Pickering (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MS) Roger Wicker (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MS) Thad Cochran (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- MS) Dennis Rehberg (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- MT) Jon Christensen (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NE) John Ensign (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NV) Roger Wicker (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MS) Jim Saxton (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NJ) Frank LoBiondo (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NJ) Mike Ferguson (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NJ) Heather Wilson (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NM) Charles Taylor (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NC) Walter Jones (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NC) Jean Schmidt (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OH) Ralph Regula (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OH) Ernest Istook (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OK) James Inhofe (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- OK) Tom Coburn (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OK) Gordon Smith (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- OR) Arlen Specter (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- PA) Curt Weldon (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - PA) Joe Pitts (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - PA) John Thune (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - SD) Bill Janklow (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - SD) Van Hilleary (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - TN) Chris Cannon (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- UT) Eric Canter (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - VA) Randy Forbes (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - VA) George Allen (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- VA) Tom Davis (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - VA) George Nethercutt (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WA) Doc Hastings (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WA) Dave Reichert (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WA) Mark Green (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WI) Paul Ryan (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WI) Shelly Moore Capito (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WV) Mike Enzi (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- WY) Barbara Cubin (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WY) Robert Riley (REPUBLICAN GOVENOR - AL) Marilyn Musgrave (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE- CO) Jim Nussle (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - IA) Matt Blunt (REPUBLICAN GOVENTOR- MO) Roy Blunt (REPUBLICAN MAJORITY LEADER - MO) Jon Christensen (FORMER REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE- NE) Jeb Bradley (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NH) John E Sununu (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - NH) Jean Schmidt (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OH) Joe Wilson(REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - SC) Gresham Barrett (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - SC) Henry Brown (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - SC) Convicted: 102 Republicans. 1 Democrat Indicted: 5 Republicans. 1 Democrats Confessed under grant of Immunity: 1 Republican. 0 Democrats. Under investigation: 21 Republicans. 1 Democrat. implicated: 75 Republicans. 0 Democrats Total: 204 Republicans. 3 Democrats.
  2. George says:
    All the Democrats and all the Republicans are very evil and very corrupt. It is time that USA people wake up and start voting other political parties.
  3. Curtis says:
    Have a different answer yet? Absolute power corrupts absolutely. So many different "scandals" and flashes to take people's attention away from Benghazi and who gave the stand down and why fabricate a false story to the American people and why didn't Hillary deliver it instead of Susan Rice. And why did Obama fly to Vegas the next day and did he sleep well the night before? Not that it matters and not like anything will happen. America is asleep and those in power are not held accountable.
  4. Forge says:
    None of the things you list for Obama are scandals at all and certainly none indicate any kind of corruption. ACORN has never been prosecuted for *anything.* The charges from the O'Keefe fake video were dropped and now *he* owes money to someone he got fired for faking a video about him. "Overriding the constitution," would this mean executive orders? Well you better get on the previous oh, 22 or so presidents because Bush had almost 200 executive orders and Obama's only had like 70 or so. Telling Boeing where to put a plant? Boeing was trying to circumvent having to employ union workers by opening a plant in a "right to work" state. In other words, screw you, workers whose labor we've profited richly from for 30 years or more, we're dumping all your butts and hiring a bunch of chumps who'll do crappier work for less money. How about we try again with that huh?
  5. George says:
    Both Democrats and Republicans are very corrupt and very evil. Those 2 political parties must be abolished, forever. It is time that USA people need to wake up and face reality.
  6. EJ Galloway says:
    This simply shows that all parties can work together when it benefits their pocket. I recall when Gov. Patterson threatened to sanction all them if they did not get back to work for the taxpayers. They were all exposed with their feet on their desk talking on their cell phones. They threatened to go to court to stop his action?
  7. Lesli M. says:
    It's a scary thought...many of the people that hold positions of power may eventually abuse said power. As bleak as our reality may be, I feel it's important to teach our kids about taking responsibility for their actions. It may seem as though the individuals mentioned in the article are getting away with their misdeeds, but we never know how much weighs on their conscience. Let's teach our young ones that it's a great feeling to have been faced with an easy way out, yet have taken the high road.

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