2012 “Most Wanted” Corrupt Politicians – Judicial Watch

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How many of those listed have been indicted for crimes since WTPOTUS began showing their faces and advertising Judicial Watch’s list in 2009? How many have  faced any real consequences for their corrupt activities?  Unbelievably, these people, whose activities border on criminal  keep getting reelected by their constituencies and by the citizens at large.  These “criminals” should be branded as corrupt by their opponents the next time they run for office.  It should be made known they were listed by Judicial Watch as one of the top ten most corrupt politicians.  When will something stick to these seemingly teflon-coated thugs?   Why are these people above the law?

When will the Ethics Committee finally do its job?  Perhaps  an Ethics Committee made up of We the People should be the ones overseeing Congress rather than a committee comprised of  its peers.   The Ethics Committee drags its feet, then hands out a slap on the wrist, or gives the accused time to correct their “errors” or “mistakes.”

If  We the People were in charge, we might see some real action being taken.  We wouldn’t be as likely to gloss over their  malfeasance, their associations or negligence,  or allow lame excuses to prevail.  There is no doubt in my mind, that once We the People took over, many politicians would voluntarily leave prior to being indicted for crimes.  We would hand over any investigation to the proper authorities once they tried to skedaddle.  If a politician is under investigation for anything by any agency, he should be removed from office immediately, and all perks should be eliminated.   He should get no pensions, no health care,  nothing.  Why do we pay off criminals?  We need and want honorable people representing us. We would make sure it no longer “pays” to be a politician.  We wouldn’t slap hands, we’d slap on the handcuffs!


Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption,  released its 2012 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” on December 31st.   The list, in alphabetical order, includes:

Dishonorable Mentions for 2012 include:


Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL):

Vernon G. Buchanan R- FL

In July 2012, the House Ethics Committee, after a haphazard investigation, reported that Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) had omitted information on his financial disclosure forms over four years. However, the ethics committee took no action because once caught, Rep. Buchanan evidently corrected the “errors.” What, exactly, were the errors? In his disclosure statements for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, Buchanan failed to report all of his positions or ownership interests in six entities and income received from the entities.

In a separate matter, the committee continues to investigate findings of the Office of Congressional Ethics, Congress’s independent ethics review board, that there is “substantial reason to believe that Representative Buchanan attempted to influence the testimony of a witness in a proceeding before the FEC [Federal Election Commission].”

The alleged violation occurred during an FEC probe of Buchanan’s former business partner, Sam Kazran. According to Kazran, during the FEC probe, Buchanan offered him a $2.9 million settlement in a separate lawsuit if Kazran would lie about his role in a campaign cash laundering scheme involving Buchanan’s Florida car dealerships.  CNN reports that the FBI is now conducting its own investigation into possible federal witness tampering.

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu:

Steven Chu official DOE portrait

The final decisions on Solyndra were mine,” said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu in his testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Oversight Committee on November 17, 2011. And this should be his political epitaph.  Chu’s decision to pour $528 million tax dollars into a failing green energy boondoggle that went belly-up in 2011 is indefensible and corrupt, especially in light of the fact that Solyndra’s key investor (Tulsa billionaire George Kaiser) also happens to be a major Obama campaign donor.

On March 12, 2012, Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) Energy and Oversight Committee exposed the full extent of Chu’s incompetence and corruption in a report citing “numerous examples of dysfunction, negligence and mismanagement by DOE [Department of Energy] officials, raising troubling questions about the leadership at DOE and how it has administered its loan guarantee programs.”  The report accused Chu’s DOE of having “turned a blind eye to the risks that have been glaringly apparent since the inception of the program.”

Whether Chu indeed made the “final” decision on Solyndra, or is simply protecting the president and his donor, this is a scandal of a major magnitude. And yet, it is only the tip of the iceberg. As Peter Schweizer, author of the book Throw Them All Out wrote, “According to the Department of Energy’s own numbers … In the 1705 government-backed-loan [green energy] program, $16.4 billion of the $20.5 billion in loans granted … went to companies either run by or primarily owned by Obama financial backers—individuals who were bundlers, members of Obama’s National Finance Committee, or large donors to the Democratic Party.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Ambassador Susan Rice:

Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Ambassador Susan Rice lied about the events surrounding the Benghazi massacre. Hillary Clinton, the only First Lady to have been the subject of a grand jury investigation, is a regular visitor to our Most Corrupt list, while this is a first-time appearance for Ms. Rice.

Susan Rice

One day after the attack, on September 12, 2012, Sec. Clinton said the following: “Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior, along with the protest that took place at our embassy in Cairo yesterday, as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear — there is no justification for this, none.” She then joined President Obama in taping a television ad apologizing to the Muslim world for the obscure video, spending a reported $70,000 in taxpayer funds on the ad buys.

And then Rice repeated the Benghazi lie, over and over again on every major television news network. Hillary Clinton’s and Rice’s lies about one of the most significant terrorist attacks since 9/11 are, perhaps, the scandal of the year out of this administration. Little wonder that in his October 2012 testimony Eric Nordstrom, a former a top security official in Libya who was criticized for seeking more security in Benghazi, felt compelled to tell the House Oversight Committee that conversations he had with people in Washington led him to believe that it was “abundantly clear we were not going to get resources until the aftermath of an incident. How thin does the ice have to get before someone falls through?”

He said he was so exasperated at one point he told a colleague that “for me the Taliban is on the inside of the building.”

Attorney General Eric Holder:

Eric  Holder

A regular on our annual Top Ten Corrupt list, Holder shamelessly operates the most blatantly politicized Department of Justice (DOJ) in a generation. And, with the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, it is no exaggeration that his agency has blood on its hands.

Fast and Furious was a reckless DOJ/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “gun-running” scheme in which guns were sold to Mexican drug cartels and others, apparently in the hope that the guns would end up at crime scenes. Well, they did – and it appears that the guns were involved in the deaths of hundreds of Mexican citizens, as well as the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed in a shootout with Mexican criminals in December 2010. On December 5, 2012, CBS News reported that 17 DOJ and ATF officials had been faulted in an Inspector General investigation of the Fast and Furious scandal. But, the man at the top remains unscathed, even after becoming the first attorney general in history to be cited for criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to divulge documents about DOJ lies to Congress about Fast and Furious.

Every day that Eric Holder remains at the helm, the Department of Justice sinks further into the abyss of cronyism, corruption, and deceit. And it is well past time for him to go.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL):

Jesse Jackson  Jr

On November 21, 2012, Rep. Jesse Jackson resigned from Congress in disgrace, acknowledging in his statement that he had made his “share of mistakes.” This may well be the understatement of year. Jackson has been under federal investigation for alleged campaign finance improprieties, including reportedly using donor dollars to remodel his home and purchase personal gifts, a potential criminal violation. Add to that the fact that Jackson was one of the major figures implicated in the massive scandal involving jailed former Illinois Governor Rod “Blago” Blagojevich, who was brought to justice in 2011 for a number of crimes, including his efforts to “sell” President Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder. The evidence strongly suggests Jackson was one of those bidders.

Because Jackson refused to resign before the November elections, Illinois taxpayers will now be faced with costs of a special election: estimated to cost $5.1 million.

The late great Chicago newspaperman Mike Royko famously said that the official motto of Chicago should be “Ubi Est Mea — Where’s mine?”   Clearly, Jackson and his cohorts have taken this motto to heart.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ):

Robert Menendez,official Senate photo

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) joins the Judicial Watch’s list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians for 2012” in what might be considered a sort of  “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

As far back as 2007, Sen. Menendez was investigated by a federal grand jury for illegally steering lobbying business to his former chief of staff  Kay LiCausi, with whom he was also romantically linked. In just a few years, her firm reported $1.3 million in business with nearly $300,000 coming from a New Jersey medical center that was later awarded government funding thanks to a push from her former boss and lover.

In 2010, Menendez and his colleague in corruption, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), allocated $8 million for a public walkway and park space adjacent to upscale, waterfront condos built by a developer whose executives have donated generously to their political campaigns. The veteran legislators have received about $100,000 in contributions from the developer, according to federal election records. Perhaps not so coincidentally, the developer’s Washington D.C. lobbyist was a longtime senior aide to Menendez.

And to top it all off, in October 2012, The Daily Caller broke the story that two women from the Dominican Republic claimed that the senator had procured their services while on Spring Break at the luxurious Casa de Campo. Then in mid-December, the Associated Press revealed that Menendez employed an illegal immigrant as an unpaid intern in his Senate office who was a registered sex offender.

President Barack Obama:

Barack Obama

Were there a “Hall of Fame” for broken promises, here is one that would get in on the first ballot: “Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency” (President Barack Obama, January 21, 2009). Instead of transparency and the rule of law over the past four years, we have witnessed the greatest expansion of government in modern political history and, consequently, an explosion of government secrecy, scandals, and abuses of power. Among the low-lights:

  • Illegal recess appointments: Perhaps former Attorney General Ed Meese and Todd Graziano summed it up best in their January 5, 2012, Washington Post guest commentary: “President Obama’s attempt to unilaterally appoint three people to seats on the National Labor Relations Board and Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (after the Senate blocked action on his nomination) is more than an unconstitutional attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advice-and-consent role. It is a breathtaking violation of the separation of powers and the duty of comity that the executive owes to Congress.
  • Illegal immigration: In mid-June, Obama announced that by executive decree and in apparent violation of his oath of office – his administration would stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. According to The AP, “the policy change … bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act, a long-sought but never enacted plan …” Lest anyone doubt that Obama knew he was overriding the law of the land, in March, 2011, he said, “There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply, through executive order, ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.”
  • JUnprecedented secrecy: Judicial Watch has had to file almost 1,000 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and nearly 100 lawsuits against the Obama administration on issues ranging from Obamacare to the continued funding of the criminal ACORN network; from tracking Wall Street bailout money to the unconstitutional use of czars; to White House visitor logs; to the attacks on the integrity of our nation’s elections.  This president touts transparency but condones law-breaking of open records laws by his administration.
  • Unconstitutional czars: As far back as 2009, Reuters reported, “Name a top issue and President Barack Obama has probably got a ‘czar responsible for tackling it.” By the time the Judicial Watch Special Report President Obama’s Czars was published in October 2011, the number of Obama czars had skyrocketed to 45. Largely unconfirmed by and unaccountable to the Senate, many of Obama’s czars are often outside the reach of FOIA.  Some of these czars exercise unprecedented and unconstitutional control over major aspects of government policy and programs. And a number of the czars have been linked to scandals, thefts and kickbacks, flagrant and offensive statements, conflicts of interest, and radical leftist political ideologies and policies.

The list could go on ad infinitum – with Benghazigate, bailouts, abusing the perks of office for luxury vacations for his family, and, of course, his personal involvement in the Solyndra scandal. But the bottom line is this: The federal government under Barack Obama is off the rails and out of control. And now, with Obama having been given the “flexibility” of a second term, it can only be expected to get worse.

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV):

Harry Reid

A July 30, 2012, headline in the Las Vegas Review-Journal alerted Nevadans to Sen. Harry Reid’s latest influence-peddling scandal – this one involving ENN Energy Group, a Chinese “green energy” client of the Nevada law firm of which Reid’s son, Rory, is a principal.

As Reuter’s reported on August 31, 2012, “Reid has been one of the project’s most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project in Nevada. His son, a lawyer with a prominent Las Vegas firm that is representing ENN, helped it locate a 9,000-acre (3,600-hectare) desert site that it is buying well below appraised value from Clark County, where Rory Reid formerly chaired the county commission.”

“Well below appraised value” is a considerable understatement. The deal Rory Reid put together for the firm his dad brought to town saw ENN purchase the site for just $4.5 million – a mere fraction of separate appraisals that valued the property at $29.6 million and $38.6 million. Even with all of that, however, the project has failed to move forward as rapidly as Harry and Rory Reid would like – for the simple reason that there is currently no market in Nevada for the green energy ENN claims it could produce.

But, of course, funneling money to the Reid family is nothing new for the Senate Majority Leader. As the Washington Post reported in a February 7, 2012, story titled “Public projects, private interests:”

In 2004 and 2005, the Senate majority leader secured $21.5 million to build a bridge over the Colorado River, linking the gambling resort town of Laughlin, Nev., with Bullhead City, Ariz.   Reid owns 160 acres of undeveloped land in Bullhead City.

And according to Peter Schweizer, writing for Fox News on December 12, 2012, “Sen. Reid has sponsored at least $47 million in earmarks that directly benefitted organizations that one of his sons, Key Reid, [RW1] either lobbies for or is affiliated with.

Needless to say, the well-entrenched Sen. Reid has been a repeat Top Ten offender.

Rep. David Rivera (R-FL):

David Rivera

On October 24, 2012, the Florida ethics commission found “probable cause” that Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) had committed 11 violations of state ethics laws during his time in the Florida legislature. This comes amidst reports that Rivera remains under federal investigation over his personal and campaign finances. And, in a separate matter, the congressman is under investigation by the FBI for secretly funding the campaign of Justin Lamar Sternad, a candidate running against Joe Garcia in the Democratic primary earlier this year. Garcia defeated Rivera in the November election.

The “probable cause” findings stem from an investigation by the FBI and the IRS regarding Rep. Rivera’s dealings with the Flagler Dog Track, now known as the Magic City Casino. The basis for the investigation relates to payments reportedly totaling as much as $1 million made by the casino to Millennium Marketing in the guise of a consulting contract. Most of the money is said to have been paid in 2008. Millennium Marketing is owned by Rivera’s mother and godmother, and Rivera supposedly benefited from the arrangement, and is thus the subject of a tax evasion inquiry.

For a long time, Rep. Rivera denied ever receiving any income from the dog track, but just before heading to Congress, Rivera admitted receiving $132,000 in “undisclosed loans” from Millennium. He claims he paid the money back. Investigators are also taking a close look at Rivera’s campaign spending, including $75,000 he paid in 2010 “to a now-defunct consulting company owned by the daughter of a top aide.”

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius

On September 12, 2012, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius became the first member of the President’s cabinet in U.S. history to have been found guilty of violating the Hatch Act when she campaigned for the reelection of Barack Obama in her official capacity of Secretary of HHS. According to Politico, “During a speech to the Human Rights Campaign Gala in North Carolina in February, Sebelius . . . outlined the Obama administration’s accomplishments so far and said, ‘One of the imperatives is to make sure that we not only come together here in Charlotte to present the nomination to the president, but we make sure that in November he continues to be president for another four years.’”

After the speech, Sebelius tried to cover her tracks by reclassifying the event from “official” to “political,” and claiming her appearance was in her personal capacity. The scheme didn’t work.

According to the official statement put out by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel: “The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) sent findings to the President today from its investigation of complaints of prohibited political activity by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. OSC concluded that Secretary Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made extemporaneous partisan remarks in a speech delivered in her official capacity on February 25, 2012.  The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from using their official authority or influence to affect the outcome of an election.”

Thoroughly unapologetic, Ms. Sebelius justified her transgression by informing the OSC that she simply “got a little caught up in the notion that the gains which had been made would clearly not continue without the president’s reelection.” In other words, her Obamacare agenda took precedence over the law. Normally, when a government official is found violating the Hatch Act, the punishment is termination How did President Obama respond? There was no punishment whatsoever.

Dishonorable Mentions:

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC):

John Edwards,official Senate photo portrait

On May 31, 2012, a jury in the corruption trial of former U.S. Senator from North Carolina and presidential candidate John Edwards said that it could not agree on a verdict for five of six counts, and U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles was forced to declare a mistrial. But, while Edwards may have been partially exonerated (he was acquitted on one count), he was certainly not vindicated.

John Edwards conducted an illicit affair with campaign employee Rielle Hunter that resulted in the birth of their daughter. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Edwards reportedly persuaded his former political aide Andrew Young to claim that he was the father of the child, and not Edwards. The ruse failed and Edwards was forced to admit to the whole sordid mess. The focus then shifted to whether Edwards unlawfully diverted campaign funds to hide the affair.

Edwards denies the claim, but according to witness testimony Hunter and Young received nearly a million dollars in “hush” payments from philanthropist Rachel “Bunny” Mellon and Texas billionaire Fred Baron, two campaign donors who did not want to see the scandal derail Edwards’ pursuit of the White House. According to an excellent analysis by Hans Von Spakovsky at the Heritage Foundation, the money paid to Edwards’ mistress was “dishonest, dishonorable, and illegal:”

“Federal law…prohibits the conversion of campaign funds to any personal use (2 U.S.C. §439a). Most important, FEC regulations state that the payment of a personal expense by any person other than the candidate is considered a contribution to the candidate, unless the payment would have been made irrespective of the candidacy (11 CFR 113.1). As the FEC said in a prior advisory opinion (AO 2008-17), the key question is, ‘Would the third party pay the expense if the candidate was not running for Federal office?’”

In short, John Edwards may have eluded the reach of the law. But, in the courtroom of public opinion he remains one of the “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2012.

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY):

Mike Grimm

Though Staten Island’s Rep. Michael Grimm managed to eke out a reelection victory on November 6, it wasn’t because he had failed to supply his opponent with serious issues of campaign corruption. During the race, Grimm was the subject of an FBI investigation into allegations that his 2010 congressional campaign had accepted contributions over the legal limit and from noncitizen donors via Ofer Biton, a former aide to a prominent Israeli rabbi, in exchange for helping Biton obtain a green card.

According to ABC News, “In early 2012, the New York Times reported that Grimm, a devout Catholic and former agent for the FBI, allegedly accepted illegal donations from members of an Upper East Side rabbi’s congregation. Ofer Biton, an Israeli citizen and a top aide to the prominent Orthodox rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, came under investigation by the FBI over allegations that Biton embezzled millions of dollars from the congregation. It is said that while campaigning with Biton, the Grimm campaign collected over $500,000 in campaign contributions.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano:

Janet Napolitano

According a Gallup Poll, a full 62 per cent of the American people believe that stopping illegal immigration should be a top priority of the U.S. government. Unfortunately for the American people, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is not numbered among that 62%. And she is the person who is supposed to be enforcing the law. Last year, Napolitano opened the floodgates of illegal immigration by having the Department of Homeland Security review all cases then before the immigration courts with an eye towards halting the deportation of many illegal immigrants allegedly with no criminal backgrounds. (JW uncovered records demonstrating this to be an utter lie. Many of the illegals let off the hook were convicted of violent crimes.)

Not satisfied with skirting the law in 2011, Napolitano decided to abandon it altogether in 2012. Accordingly, on June 15, 2012, she announced: “By this memorandum, I am setting forth how, in the exercise of our prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should enforce the Nation’s immigration laws against certain young people who were brought to this country as children and know only this country as home.”

In short, this amounted to blanket “temporary” amnesty for illegals under the age of 30. With her single statement, she simply declared upwards of one million illegal aliens entirely legal. Just like that. No legislation. No debate. No votes. No court rulings. The Constitution of the United States notwithstanding. And, in so doing, she violated the Oath of Office she had taken when sworn in as secretary of Homeland Security on January 21, 2009: “I, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

Gen. David Petraeus:

David Petraeus

General Petraeus was forced to resign after news leaked of his long-term extramarital affair with Paula Broadwell, a writer and military analyst who penned a Petraeus biography. Compounding the scandal are questions involving whether Petraeus’ mistress had improper access to classified information from the nation’s top spy. At the University of Denver on July 28, Broadwell said, “I had access to everything, it was my experience not to leak it, not to violate my mentor, if you will.”

There is also a major question about whether Petraeus misled Congress about the Benghazi attack in his initial congressional testimony. On September 14, just days after the attack on the consulate, Petraeus briefed congressional intelligence leaders, reportedly telling them he believed the attack was spontaneous and not carefully pre-planned. Yet on Friday, November 16, in private hearings before Senate and House intelligence committees, Petraeus changed his story. According to Fox News: “Petraeus’ testimony both challenges the Obama administration’s repeated claims that the attack was a “spontaneous” protest over an anti-Islam video, and according to [New York Rep. Peter] King conflicts with his own briefing to lawmakers on Sept. 14.   Sources have said Petraeus, in that briefing, also described the attack as a protest that spun out of control.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA):

Elizabeth Warren

Judicial Watch uncovered evidence that Elizabeth Warren gave false statements under oath regarding Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) activities when she served as the agency’s interim director. According to the records, Warren and the CFPB were intimately involved in brokering a 50-state settlement underway with the nation’s largest mortgage lenders related to alleged improper foreclosure procedures. This evidence seems to contradict Warren’s statements before Congress suggesting her office responded to requests for advice, but did not seek to push its views.

During a March 16, 2011, hearing of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, Ms. Warren downplayed her agency’s involvement in the state settlement negotiations: “We have been asked for advice by the Department of Justice, by the Secretary of the Treasury, and by other federal agencies. And when asked for advice, we have given our advice.”

But this does not come close to telling the full story.

Emails obtained by Judicial Watch from several states suggest her agency’s participation was far more intense and aggressive. Warren called emergency meetings by phone and in person with attorneys general nationwide to contribute unsolicited input on the matter. The documents also indicate that Warren’s office insisted on keeping its contact with the state attorneys general secret. For example, in a February 25, 2011, email to the Executive Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), Iowa Assistant Attorney General Patrick Madigan wrote: “Elizabeth Warren would like to present the CFPB’s view on loan modifications.” Two weeks earlier, a similar email was distributed to NAAG’s Loss Mitigation Subgroup on Warren’s behalf. In an email on February 15 regarding that meeting, Madigan points out that “The CFPB wanted me to stress the confidential nature of this briefing.”

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA):

Maxine Waters

In early December, Democrats chose the scandal-plagued Rep. Maxine Waters to be the ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee despite her many transgressions over the years. The influential congresswoman has helped family members make more than $1 million through business ventures with companies and causes that she has helped, according to her hometown newspaper.

In August 2010, Waters’ influence peddling earned the attention of a subcommittee of the House Ethics Committee which charged Rep. Waters with three counts of violating House rules and ethics regulations in connection with her use of power and influence on behalf of OneUnited Bank. After a highly controversial investigation, plagued by accusations of impropriety and corruption, on September 12, the committee failed to hold Waters to account for steering a $12 million to OneUnited, in which she and her board member husband held shares.

The Financial Services Committee, among other responsibilities, has jurisdiction over all issues pertaining to; you guessed it, the banking system.


Previous Lists from 2009, 2010, and 2011

Obama “Most Wanted Corrupt Politician” 2009

Barack Obama (D-IL)
Barney Frank (D-MA)
Charles Rangle (D-NY)
Chris Dobb (D-CT)
Eric Holder, Attorney General
Jessee Jackson Jr. (D-IL)
John Ensign (R-NV)
John Murtha (D-PA)
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Timothy Geitner

It’s Official …Top Ten Corrupt Politicians in 2010!

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Rahm Emanuel, Former Obama White House Chief of Staff  (D-IL)
Senator John Ensign (R-NV)
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
President Barack Obama
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

Judicial Watch’s “Most Wanted” Corrupt Politicians for 2011

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL)
Former Senator John Ensign (R-NV)
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
Eric Holder, Attorney General
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
President Barack Obama
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
Rep. David Rivera (R-FL)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

Dishonorable Mentions for 2011 include:
Former Senator John Edwards (D-NC)
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA)
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services


Who would you add to the list?


35 responses to “2012 “Most Wanted” Corrupt Politicians – Judicial Watch

  1. llinois Swears in Three Legislators Facing Criminal Charges
    by Rebel Pundit 10 Jan 2013 Snip

    Illinois’ newest General Assembly began Wednesday with the swearing into office of not one, but three Democrat legislators facing criminal charges. One might expect in a state with such a history of sending governors to prison, there would be a real initiative underway to stop the corruption, or at least to stop electing the corrupt. But in Illinois, there is no such luck, or sense.

    Rep. Derrick Smith was arrested and charged for accepting a $7,000 bribe last year, just before the February 2012 primary election; however that didn’t stop him from winning that primary. And despite being removed from office by the legislature, Smith still won the general election handily this past November, sending him back to Springfield. AP reports that state law prevents Smith from being expelled from the legislature again for the same charges.

    Rep. La Shawn Ford faces bank fraud charges for allegedly making false statements to get an increase in a bank credit line. Ford Allegedly used the funds to buy a car and run his 2006 campaign, instead of rehabbing investment properties as he claimed he would.

    And having the toughest gun laws in the country, what kind of state would Illinois be without having politicians who get in trouble for illegal possession of a firearm? Sen. Donnie Trotter was arrested for trying to bring a gun through airport security. Trotter claims to “work in security” and said he forgot his gun in his bag.

    All three of the legislators have pleaded not guilty.


    • Thanks! I was going to post that when I read it in the paper over the weekend, but I forgot. Isn’t Illinois a wonderful state? Capital of corruption. From the top down. Those are all Chicago-area crooks.

    • I don’t know how many have been convicted since the article was written in 2008. We know Blago and his associates were added to the list. So impressive. Yet Illinois does little to curb the corruption. One dirty hand washes the other! And we got one of the dirtiest politicians from Illinois sitting as a Usurper in the White House.

      Illinois has long legacy of public corruption
      At least 79 elected officials have been convicted of wrongdoing since 1972


      Illinois’ official slogan is the “Land of Lincoln,” but an equally apt descriptor would be the “Land of Greased Palms.”

      The state, Cook County and its governmental seat, Chicago, have a long history of corruption by elected and appointed officials.


  2. I suspect that of those “local” corruptocrats who continue to get elected, most come from areas where their constituents are, shall we say, disproportionately criminal themselves? So it’s not such a big deal to do a little crime OR perhaps their attitude is that it’s fine to “stick it to the man, by any means necessary,” so long as they continue to bring home the bacon (redistribution of other people’s money).

  3. Vern Buchanan’s “mistakes” remind me of Claire McCaskill’s tax “mistakes”. And Tim Geithner’s. Funny how We the Peeps aren’t given a chance to label our crimes “mistakes”, much less to “correct” them only after we’re caught.

  4. This sticks it to Barry and the likes of Steven Chu:

    I’m surprised this comic ends up in widely-distributed newspapers, much less in the leftist ones.

  5. One area where the DemoncRATS and the Obama administration DO show “diversity” is in the diversity of their corruption. (There are a few Republicans thrown into the mix, but just a few.) We see women (black and white). We see Hispanics, Asians, blacks, and quasi-blacks (Barry). This stands MLK’s dream on its head: Color blind corruption. Content of character that’s as corroded and crooked as can be.

    One quibble with JW: I’d have dispensed with the alphabetical order and put Barry, Corrupter in Chief, at the top, since he’s “The One” who can do the most damage to We the Peeps.

  6. I was surprised that several had been dropped from the previous lists i.e., Nancy Pelosi and Charlie Rangel (who only had to apologize for his tax evasion errr errors. Barney Frank resigned but the Left wants him back again to hold a democratic seat.

    The Ethics Committee has dropped their ” investigation” into the Countrywide scandal for VIP mortgages so Barney and Chris Dobb are safe. Did we really think they might be found corrupt for their activities involving banks and mortgages that brought the US economic downfall?

    Elizabeth Warren, the Indian who isn’t, is already on the list for her lies. She won her seat from Scott Brown who is now going to go after John Kerry’s seat if Kerry is nominated as Sec. of State. Jessee Jackson took the mental health excuse to the hilt, but he still might be in serious trouble unless he stays hospitalized and uses mental illness as an excuse for his criminal behavior. He didn’t know he was using campaign funds to remodel his home or buy a Rolex for his mistress. Have we heard from Mrs. Jackson yet as in suing for a divorce?

    I agree with putting Obama and Holder right at the top of the lists.

    • There is something seriously wrong in Massachusetts. First of all, they elect the fake Indian, who gypped eligible people out of the scholarships she hogged by lying. Now they’re talking about handing Kerry’s Senate seat to Barney? It’s bad enough that they elected him multiple times after his boyfriend was caught running a gay brothel out of their apartment. Will this vastly increase Barney’s pension? Is that the deal? Can he collect two pensions? One from the House and another from the Senate? If they appoint anybody else, won’t that person then be eligible for a Senate pension, even if the person serves for only months? So corrupt, that whole deal. We the Peeps screwed any which way you look.

  7. One of the dishonorable mentions will stay on in her present job. The cabal is still in power, and the lies and cover-ups will continue.

    Napolitano Returns as DHS Secretary
    Jan 14, 2013, 10:06 AM PDT Snip

    Janet Napolitano will stay on as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. She has been the longest serving secretary in DHS history.

    During her tenure, Ms. Napolitano has claimed the southern border is as secure as ever, but evidence contradicts her. She has denied any knowledge of Operation Fast & Furious, the gun-walking scheme that allowed guns to land in the hands on Mexican drug cartels.


    • What does she know? Everybody who stays–you just know that they KNOW. Actually, I think they said that she’s staying, as well as Holder, to maintain SOME semblance of diversity in the administration, considering all the WHITE MEN Barry’s appointing. But what choice does he have? They KNOW, too.

    • That appears to be Obama’s conversation verbatim…and that sure tells me the guy is still on drugs. Even scarier that he sits in the Oval office making any kind of decisions. His mouthpiece, Jarrett, is running the country into the ground.

      What a nightmare and we are still living it.

      • Can you imagine if GWB had EVER come even close to putting on a performance like that? These are the same people who call the ARTICULATE Governor Palin stupid. The likes of Barry, who cannot string three words together without stuttering (and lisping), without his teleprompter. Here’s another, courtesy of the Obama File: http://assets.amuniversal.com/1048a6402dea01300872001dd8b71c47 Again, it’s amazing these ever make it to print.

        btw, the CORRUPTION FIGHTING Governor Sarah Palin won a Golden Globe last night. She did, now, didn’t she? Without Sarah and without the RABID leftists’ hatred of anybody who stand up to them and openly disagrees with them, Julianne Moore (not to mention Tina Fey) would be NOWHERE.

    • Rosemary Woodhouse

      I wonder how his “fitness test” went.

  8. More corruption. Yet another broken law, by Barry, who readily admits it via his spokespersons: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/276969-obama-budget-delayed-again-white-house-tells-paul-ryan

    White House tells Paul Ryan it won’t meet budget deadline

    The White House has informed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that it will miss the legal deadline for sending a budget to Congress.

    Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients told Ryan (R-Wis.) late Friday that the budget will not be delivered by Feb. 4, as required by law, a House aide said.

    “Late Friday evening, Deputy Director Zients confirmed that for the fourth time in five years, the president’s budget will not be submitted in compliance with the law,” the aide said.”

  9. I think the judiciary should be added to most corrupt. They have acted like politicians. There certainly are a string of them.

    • Oh yes, lets push Obama to do it…do use an EO for gun control. Nothing else has worked! They called for impeachment over his invading and firing on Libya without congressional approval too and nothing happened. It was a Democrat threatening at that time, Dennis the Menace Kucinich.

    • He’s supposedly got a list of NINETEEN executive orders he can issue. Isn’t that Screwy Louie’s favorite number?

    • ““If the president is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist,” he said.”

      Gee, ya think? Too late already? They should have stopped him in his tracks the FIRST TIME.

    • Linked from that story:

      I love Walter Williams. He fills in for Rush sometimes and those are special days. Such a brilliant man and so wise and (OMG, dare I say it?) articulate.

  10. Rosemary Woodhouse

    You beat me to it, Zenway! Why wait, indeed?

  11. Rosemary Woodhouse

    Just saw ths comment on Breitbart and, as always, share the best w/ WTPOTUS

    From Plato’s book:
    “Won’t he smile in welcome at anyone he meets, saying that he’s no tyrant,making all sorts of promises both in public and in private, freeing the people from debt, redistributing land to them, his followers, and pretending to be gracious and gentle to all?”

    However after a series of unpopular actions, including stirring up a war, the leader begins to alienate some of his most ardent advisers who begin to voice their misgivings in private. Following a purge of these advisors the tyrant attracts some of the worst elements of the state to help him rule. As the citizens grow weary of his tenure the tyrant chooses to attract foreigners to resupply his dwindling bodyguards. The citizens finally decide they’ve had enough and begin to discuss rebellion.

    At this point in the story the student asks his teacher incredulously: “What do you mean? Will the tyrant dare to use violence against [the people] imprison or to hit [them] if [they] don’t obey? The teacher answers, “Yes – once he’s taken away [the people’s] weapons.”

    The name of book 8 in the 10 book series from Plato Is THE REPUBLIC

  12. Rep. Steve King: President Seems to Think He Can Set Aside Language of Constitution & His Oath of Office (Video)
    January 15, 2013, 9:24 AM

    Rep. Steve King (R-IA) commented today on President Obama’s vow to raise the debt limit without negotiations with Republicans in the House. King was on America’s Newsroom this morning.

    “He does not have the constitutional authority to raise the debt limit. And, I understand that the White House has receded from that argument in the last several days. But, if the president should decide to defy the constitution it does put the House in the position that we have to defend it. We’ve all taken an oath to uphold the constitution and we respect the oath we gave unlike the president who seems to think he can cavalierly cast aside the language of the constitution and his oath of office. So there’s a couple things we can do.

    It’s pretty obvious by now that Barack Obama has no intention of following the US Constitution when it gets in his way of reshaping America. Good for Rep. King for holding this president accountable.


  13. The real-life Dirty Harry defends himself:

    Reid denies involvement in Utah businessman scheme

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office said Monday he was never involved in a deal to have a Utah businessman pay the senator to make a federal investigation disappear.

    St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson, who’s accused of running a $350 million software scheme, said a top official in the Utah attorney general’s office orchestrated an agreement in 2010 to pay $600,000 to someone connected to Reid.

    Johnson told The Salt Lake Tribune over the weekend that he believed Reid would intervene in the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into his business.

    A spokeswoman for Reid’s office, Kristen Orthman, said Monday that the Nevada Democrat “had no knowledge or involvement” in Johnson’s case and said the allegations “are nothing more than innuendo and simply not true.”

    Federal prosecutors allege that Johnson’s company sent software to consumers for a supposedly risk-free trial but billed them anyway. …”

    Sure, Harry. We the Peeps believe you. 🙂 They’re trying to pin it all on a Republican.

  14. If people cannot see by now that our system is rigged and what is now in place is nothing more then a dictatorship they are part of the problem. We as a nation have been over taken. We are no longer checks and balances, rules and laws. These criminals are rewarded for crimes not honesty. They have worked for their criminalistic behavior not for rule of law. They are rewarded for such. They are protected from within not from without by every gate manned that has the power to take down the criminals that have taken over this country. These people have purposely installed this cabal in every area of the nation. They have played their part to the hilt. Infiltrated every area of government, was part of their agenda, in the making for years. This was to bear fruit in our generation and their goal was civil unrest, revolution. They want blatant criminal activity that is not prosecuted but reward. They want it in your face, American citizens to be made aware of these activities that are so out of control and yet no one is held to the rule of law, that adventurely people will become so irate, infuriated, crazed by this that they will cause massive protest, that they will take it to the streets like other countries and martial law will ensue. This is all in the makings, all in the plan, they have lived and trained for this for decades. These crimes that they continue to do and in spite of are planned, staging just like all the false flags that are going on now. They are put in place to rile up the masses, infuriate, craze everyone into anger, protest and violent behavior. They want to overtake you by martial law and possibly worse. I don’t have answers, but I do know their intentions. Will they win, or will the American people, I have my money on the latter. America will rise again and these criminals will never see the light of day for their over take of this great nation. Their mental illness, that has been in the news much lately, is exactly why it has been headline news. It’s they who are mentally Ill their plans of taking over America has been a long waiting dream, one that only very sick, unbalanced minds think they can do and will stop at nothing to bring about. Stay safe, God be with you and don’t let them take what is not theirs to take….

  15. Nancy..seems like yesterday… IS IMPEACH~MENT still off the TABLE?


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