The Ten Most Corrupt Politicians in Washington
Number one on the list is Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Al). Rep. Bachus is the face of the “insider trading” scandal with over 40 trades during the 2008 financial meltdown.
Interestingly enough, he was the ranking member of the Financial Services Committee. He profited by trading short in the market after a private briefing by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Bachus says that he was simply a good trader and did not benefit by insider information.
Former Senator John Ensign (R-NV) was named number two on the list for paying off the his alleged mistress and her husband with money and gifts. Ensign has paid the ultimate price for a politician. He was forced to resign and give up power.
The Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, was named as the third most corrupt politician in Washington. Under Holder the Department of Justice has become the most political and ideological in many decades.
The list of scandals starts with the insistence on holding the terrorist trials in the United States. That has been shelved under Congressional and public pressure, reverting to the Bush plan of military tribunals.
Then we have Operation Fast and Furious with its attempted cover ups. Hundreds of people have been killed and wounded by the guns that were “walked” over the border, including at least one Federal Border Patrol officer. To date, no one has been punished, other than the whistleblowers. Some in Congress believe that holder has lied to the House Oversight Committee when he denied knowing about the operation.
Holder’s other political acts are the refusal to prosecute the Black Panthers voter intimidation, the DOJ’s war against state voting regulations and the refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) is number four on the list. Rep. Hastings was impeached by the Congress in 1988-89 for bribery and perjury by a vote of 413-3. Hastings was a Federal judge at the time. Hastings allegedly sexually harassed a female government employee and then engaged in a cruel campaign of retaliation when she rebuffed his advances. On November 28, 2011, The House Ethics Committee announced that it will take an additional 45 days to determine whether to launch a full investigation into the allegations against Hastings.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) is number five on this list of shame. The House Ethics Committee announced on December 2, 2011, that it will continue its investigation into allegations that “Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. or someone acting on his behalf offered to raise campaign cash for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for a Senate appointment in 2008.
We will continue this list of The Ten Most Corrupt Politicians in Washington in our next post early next week.