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Judicial Watch: the Ten Most Corrupt Political Figures of 2007

Judicial Watch published its list of the ten most corrupt political figures for 2007. Not surprisingly, Hillary Clinton tops the list:

1. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY): In addition to her long and sordid ethics record, Senator Hillary Clinton took a lot of heat in 2007 - and rightly so - for blocking the release her official White House records. Many suspect these records contain a treasure trove of information related to her role in a number of serious Clinton-era scandals. Moreover, in March 2007, Judicial Watch filed an ethics complaint against Senator Clinton for filing false financial disclosure forms with the U.S. Senate (again). And Hillary's top campaign contributor, Norman Hsu, was exposed as a felon and a fugitive from justice in 2007. Hsu pleaded guilt to one count of grand theft for defrauding investors as part of a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme.

Number 2 isn't a surprise either:

2. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI): Conyers reportedly repeatedly violated the law and House ethics rules, forcing his staff to serve as his personal servants, babysitters, valets and campaign workers while on the government payroll. While the House Ethics Committee investigated these allegations in 2006, and substantiated a number of the accusations against Conyers, the committee blamed the staff and required additional administrative record-keeping and employee training. Judicial Watch obtained documentation in 2007 from a former Conyers staffer that sheds new light on the activities and conduct on the part of the Michigan congressman, which appear to be at a minimum inappropriate and likely unlawful. Judicial Watch called on the Attorney General in 2007 to investigate the matter.

I was, however, surprised by numbers six and eight: Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama. Take a look:

6. Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR): Governor Huckabee enjoyed a meteoric rise in the polls in December 2007, which prompted a more thorough review of his ethics record. According to The Associated Press: "[Huckabee's] career has also 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." And what was Governor Huckabee's response to these ethics allegations? Rather than cooperating with investigators, Huckabee sued the state ethics commission twice and attempted to shut the ethics process down.

8. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL): A "Dishonorable Mention" last year, Senator Obama moves onto the "ten most wanted" list in 2007. In 2006, it was discovered that Obama was involved in a suspicious real estate deal with an indicted political fundraiser, Antoin "Tony" Rezko. In 2007, more reports surfaced of deeper and suspicious business and political connections 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. One of the companies was a biotech concern that benefited from legislation Obama pushed just two weeks after the senator purchased $5,000 of the company's shares. Obama was also nabbed conducting campaign business in his Senate office, a violation of federal law.

These two men portray themselves as being above corruption when, in reality, they both appear to be right in the thick of it. This is not what you'd expect from a Baptist minister who lauds himself as being a Christian leader. The Weekly Standard has more.


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Comments (6)

Anyone in Chicago, well any... (Below threshold)

Anyone in Chicago, well anyone who isn't a middle-aged, female political columnist/concubine of Barack, could've told you that Obama's Rezko connection was an unseemly one.

Dianne Feinstein should be ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Dianne Feinstein should be in prison along with the other warmongers and war cheerleaders profiting off of killing, maiming, and poisoning people.

AB - "along with the ot... (Below threshold)

AB - "along with the other warmongers and war cheerleaders profiting off of killing, maiming, and poisoning people."

A blind assertion AB? What no guts to name names? Why don't you give us a list so we can disprove your delusions?

Adrian Browne just wants to... (Below threshold)

Adrian Browne just wants to relive the French Revolution here in the US:

Secret indictments, prosecution of "war profiteers" and imprisonment of those exercising their right to free speech. Good thing for her that Kevin allows her free speech because it certainly isn't available at KOS, aka the Jacobin homeland.

Sounds more like a PR gimmi... (Below threshold)

Sounds more like a PR gimmick for Judicial Watch than any serious attempt to point out corruption.

The story about Giuliani is simply untrue, and from years ago - as is the Obama tale, where nothing corrupt has ever been charged. The naming of four candidates and including Reid and Pelosi seems calculated to generate headlines, not justice.

AL GORE is a corupt liberal... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

AL GORE is a corupt liberal ambitious politician he is a crooks and a maniac






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