Judicial Watch, a conservative non-partisan group, has released their list of the "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians of 2007". Significant is the fact that four currently active Presidential candidates, two Republican and two Democrat, are listed.
In this post, I list only the four Presidential candidates, listed in alphabetical order. You can read more about the other six entrants at the link.
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 guilty to one count of grand theft for defrauding investors as part of a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme.
2. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY): Giuliani came under fire in late 2007 after it was discovered the former New York mayor’s office “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 in the Hamptons…” ABC News also reported that Giuliani provided Nathan with a police vehicle and a city driver at taxpayer expense. All of this news came on the heels of the federal indictment on corruption charges of Giuliani’s former Police Chief and business partner Bernard Kerik, who pleaded guilty in 2006 to accepting a $165,000 bribe in the form of renovations to his Bronx apartment from a construction company attempting to land city contracts.
3. 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.
4. 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.
The other six on the list include Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was pardoned by his buddy George W. Bush even while two former Border Patrol agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, are allowed to rot in prison on a trumped-up conviction. Prison guards even deliberately housed Ramos in general population, then outed him to illegal immigrant prisoners, who predictably back-jumped him.
Conspicuously absent from the list are the oft-maligned Senator Ted Stevens and Congressman Don Young. While the Anchorage Daily News and KTUU Channel 2 would have you believe that these two are just one step away from the hoosegow, the fact is that investigations and allegations do not constitute proof. Ted Stevens in particular has plenty of political punch left, and I wouldn't be surprised if he's re-elected in 2008, even against a marquee Democrat like Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.
The Presidential candidates listed above are the first four you should strike from your list. As for the remainder, which one candidate is both electable AND wants to return to constitutional government, reduce the burden of government, and transform us from a corpulent, corrupt empire back into a republic? The answer:
Judicial Watch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Judicial Watch neither supports nor opposes candidates for public office. For more information, visit http://www.judicialwatch.org/.
Hat tip to Melcur for first posting this information on the Vanguard News Network Forum.