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Is Illinois the Most Corrupt State?

By Ben Pershing and Paul Kane

During Tuesday's press conference to announce the indictment and arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Robert Grant, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Chicago field office, made a bold statement about his adopted home state:

"I got here four years ago. A lot of you were in the audience asking the question of whether or not Illinois is the most corrupt state in the United States, and I didn't answer that question yes or no, and I can't answer that question today. I don't have 49 other states to compare it with. But I can tell you one thing: if it isn't the most corrupt state in the United States, it's certainly one hell of a competitor."

Now, every state in the union has had a political scandal or two at some point. But there are a few states that really seem to stand out, and Illinois is one of them. But is it the MOST corrupt? Let's compare it to two other states much in the news for the wrong reasons in recent years -- Louisiana and New Jersey -- and at the end of this post, you can cast your own ballot for which of the three deserves the dubious crown. And into the sewer we go ...

Illinois: Yesterday was certainly not this state's first time at the scandal rodeo, even if investigators and other appropriately cynical Illinois observers professed to being genuinely shocked by the Blagojevich revelations.

Let's start at the top. As the Los Angeles Times points out, "Of the 10 Illinois governors who have served over the last 50 years, Blagojevich is the fifth to be charged with criminal conduct. Three were convicted, and one was acquitted." Those totals include: Blagojevich's predecessor George Ryan (R), who is currently in federal prison after being convicted in 2006 of charges that included racketeering, bribery and extortion; Dan Walker (D), who plead guilty to federal charges related to the savings and loan scandal in 1987, a decade after he left public office; Otto Kerner Jr. (D), who served three years in federal prison after his 1973 conviction on 17 federal corruption counts; and William Stratton (R), who was acquitted on tax evasion charges in 1965.

That pattern of wrongdoing has trickled down well below the governor's office. In a much-cited 2006 article, the Chicago Sun-Times found that "at least 79 current or former Illinois, Chicago or Cook County elected officials had been found guilty of a crime by judges, juries or their own pleas since 1972." Ouch.

Louisiana: They practically wrote the book on corrupt politics down in the Pelican State, and you don't need to have a long memory to understand why.

Rep. William "Cash in the Freezer" Jefferson (D) is currently awaiting trial on 16 federal corruption charges. His constituents, having grown tired of waiting, voted Saturday to oust him from Congress.

On a grander scale, former Gov. Edwin Edwards (D) was investigated almost too many times to count. He stood trial on the same corruption charge twice in the 1980s, with a mistrial in 1985 and an acquittal in 1986. He was indicted again in 1998 and eventually convicted on 17 counts. Edwards has been in prison since 2002.*

And that's just the tip of the iceberg in a state where the history of corruption goes back decades, including the "Louisiana Scandals" of 1939 that brought down Gov. Richard Leche and a host of other officials. ""Half of Louisiana is under water and the other half is under indictment," ex-Rep. Billy Tauzin once famously said. Compared to these other two states, maybe "half" isn't so bad.

New Jersey: Any discussion of rampant corruption has to include the Garden State, where crooked politicians seem to sprout like weeds. There are almost too many examples to name, so let's just focus on two recent doozies.

Sen. Robert "The Torch" Torricelli (D) was investigated for a series of corruption allegations, leading to the guilty pleas of several campaign donors who admitted to illegally funneling "straw donor" contributions to his 1996 campaign. Eventually prosecutors focused on Torricelli's relationship with a donor who also gave the senator thousands of dollars worth of gifts, including jewelry for his ex-wife and girlfriend, and a television set for the senator, allegedly in exchange for his help on international deals with the South Korean government. Torricelli managed to avoid federal charges but was "severely admonished" by the Senate ethics committee, a rebuke that sent his polling numbers into a free fall. He withdrew from his 2002 reelection bid five weeks before election day, infamously asking New Jersey voters, "when did we become such an unforgiving people?"

Former Gov. James McGreevey (D), also investigated first for accusations related to campaign contributions, resigned in November 2004 after admitting an extramarital affair with a male aide, accusing the aide of trying to extort the governor for hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep the affair secret. McGreevey, who had met the aide while on a trip to Israel, appointed him to a sensitive homeland security position shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In keeping with the tradition of memorable quotes at New Jersey resignation press conferences, McGreevey told New Jersey voters: "My truth is, I am a gay American."

That's just a taste of Jersey-style politics. But does that put the state above Illinois and Louisiana in the rankings? Does Blagojevich put his state over the top, or does Jefferson win it for his? Vote here, and then sound off in the comments sections below. And feel free to sell your vote to the highest bidder!

*CORRECTION:
The original version of this item incorrectly said that former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards had only served three years in prison. He has been incarcerated since 2002.

By Ben Pershing  |  December 10, 2008; 2:40 PM ET
Categories:  Blagojevich , Ethics and Rules  
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I grew up in Ohio and I'd like to put the state in the running. Do you guys remember James Traficant making a hilarious spectacle out of himself in front of the house of representatives?

Beyond that, we're a large state with a history of political machines and union corruption.

Posted by: zosima | December 10, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if we're the most corrupt state, but we are now the state most famous for corruption...that's for sure.

Posted by: camasca | December 10, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

On a per capita (and certainly per square mile) basis, Rhode Island is the undisputed champ!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 10, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Puerto Rico

Posted by: playahatah | December 10, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Five governors in 50 years either indicted or convicted, over 70 Chicago aldermen and county commissioners since 1970, and let us not forget the corrupt mayors of Chicago, with Big Bill Thompson named the most corrupt city mayor in the nation because he sold out the city to Al Capone. The current Daley administration rivals that of Thompson, except that he has sold out the city to all of his friends and family. Illinois is, and will remain, the most corrupt state in the Union!

Posted by: rperry1 | December 10, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I almost forgot about the judges. Even county judges in the 1970s and 1980s were indicted and convicted of bribery. That means that every branch of government has been corrupted, and each branch has a Federal Prison Alumni Chapter. Sorry La. and N.J., no one can hold a candle to the Land of Lincoln when in comes to political graft and corruption.

Posted by: rperry1 | December 10, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Another really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS.

Posted by: hclark1 | December 10, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

well, include Mississippi as a contestant. A state with the lowest of the low rankings in every possible way: education, health care, you name it.
Why is a small state completely unable to provide for it's citizens year after year? Because a small group of those at the top skim off every possible dollar for themselves year after year.
Look how Haley Barbour has made out for his guys since Katrina?
Very well, thank you.

Posted by: cms1 | December 10, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh please. Illinois is just better at uncovering the corruption than some other states. That doesn't mean they have more.

When Greg Palast, the muckraking journalist, visited Santa Fe last year, he claimed that of the 26 states he'd lived in, New Mexico was the most corrupt. He later apologized for having forgotten Louisiana.

What about Alaska? Their elected officials don't even seem aware of the existence of ethical standards (Sarah Palin notwithstanding). Or Randy 'Duke' Cunningham of California. He's a potential Hall of Shame member.

But for real corruption, you have to up the ante. Think about what auditors will eventually find when they look at US expenditures (military and otherwise) in Iraq during the past six years.

Which is why I bet they never look.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 10, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

hclark1 and rperry1 (are you the same person?): Illinois is an equal-opportunity corruption state...the reason why we have all Democratic constitutional officers and a Democratic-dominated General Assembly is because of the corruption and graft from 30 years of Republican-run Springfield. Believe me, the Illinois GOP is equally-accomplished in pay-to-play, even though they don't have a deep field of players anymore.

Just to prove how equal-opportunity Illinois is on pay-to-play, even former Communist Helen Shiller, the latest good pal of Mayor Daley and developer Peter Holsten, has manipulated the Wilson Yard Tax Increment Finance District in her Chicago ward so it operates as $52-million-plus slush fund for Holsten--with NO liabilities for him--while Holsten kicks back a few hundred here and a few thousand there into Shiller's campaign fund on a regular basis. And the taxpayers who are funding it have been walled out of all planning and all oversight. See a fine example of pay to play at http://www.fixwilsonyard.org/

Posted by: winngerald | December 10, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I believe Connecticut must be on the list considering that it is a very small State. Gov. Roland: prison; Mayor Gannon: prison; Mayor Giordano: prison. Furthermore there are recent convictions for association related to a classic mafia crime: trash collection. These are only the facts that came to my mind at this moment.

Posted by: ninco | December 10, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

The corruption in Chicago is top to bottom. From Governor to building inspectors. Every city job is a payoff of some sort, and those city employee shakedown the citizens for personal profit, or political payback. There is a reason every Chicago politician looks like a mobster or gangbanger, its because they are!

The shakedowns get subtle and subtler, but no less threatening! If you run a small business in this city, it is really like Gotham city, and fear rules the day!

Posted by: Nobodynobodysent | December 10, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

You failed to mention the 1960 presidential election and the voter fraud perpetrated in Chicago. While not really corruption, how about the insane actions at the 1968 Democratic Convetion?

Alas, let's see what happens with your savior, Obama. On November 5th, he had a meeting with the Governor to discuss whom it was that should replace him. Of course, as of yesterday, he now seems to have forgotten that the meeting ever took place.

Posted by: jcyr4 | December 10, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

It must be some kind of worlwide political pandemic. We reckon that in our own country we would rank our States in this order - NSW (most), TAS and WA equal second. We dont know who is third as they are keeping very quiet.

We cannot allow USA hegemony on this as well can we?

Posted by: wandererfromoz | December 10, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Louisiana is the most corrupt state, the people are more backward than Illinois. Illinois problem is Chicago. Chicago has always beem a machine city. Obama please stay clear of this mess. Fox network loves this drama. Who needs Hollywood, we have politics. It is real, it is not fake.

Posted by: nativeva1 | December 10, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

The most corrupt state or district? Washington DC where corruption is institutionalized and a lot more sophisticated (i.e., Cheney War Machine and Halliburton Inc).

I would ask how Fitzgerald got promoted through the ranks of the Department of Justice. Did he get promoted by looking the other way when he noticed this form of corruption? Was it convenient for him to do this, in order for him to go after the easy investigations like the Governor B. of Illinois?

Posted by: AD11 | December 10, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I will not hide my vote under that bushel of a taunt from the Washington Post. I pick up the Post's steaming gauntlet. How much am I bid for my vote? Certainly a hacker will have little trouble hooking into my email address.
O.K. Go.....

Posted by: CharlesGriffith1 | December 10, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Louisiana deserves the prize. If a Katrina-size event happened in Illinois or New Jersey, the state-and-local political machinery would be capable of a halfway decent response. Louisiana is pretty much paralyzed by corruption, and has been for generations.

Posted by: smulluc | December 10, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Louisiana, according to http://corporatecrimereporter.com/corrupt100807.htm
Illinois has a strong showing at the number 6 spot, down from number 5 in 2004. Rankings may improve in light of current events!

Posted by: foundrysmith | December 10, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Arizona has a long history of corruption. At one point practically all the politicians in the state were in the stable of an organized criminal, Kemper Marley. Where Blagojevich tries to get hostile journalists fired, Marley actually blew one up with a car bomb.
Later, the state produced the Savings&Loan scandal, which included both Arizona senators. Recently there was the conviction of Congressman Rick Rienzo.

AZ deserves an honourable mention. But I guess Illinois remains the standard by which others are judged.
Having said that, these last few years rookie contender Ohio has swept the field.

Posted by: Bud0 | December 10, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

It is like a parody that you waited until December to discuss Chicago corruption. Just when I got used to saying "President Obama" in my head, I am forced to contemplate a President Biden.

Posted by: RezkoLot | December 10, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Where is Mrs. O'Leary when you need her the most?

Chicago has had a Democratic Mayor since 1931, and now 49 of 50 Chicago Aldermen are Democrats.

Since 1973, the U.S. Attorney has indicted 30 aldermen and convicted 27. The mob still runs things in Illinois.

Posted by: alance | December 10, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse


"Is Illinois the Most Corrupt State?"

oh come on... you aren't being fair to illinois... just because they sell their congressional seats to the highest bidder doesn't mean they are corrupt.

look at obama.. he probably only spent a low six figure amount for his u.s. senate seat there.. and he isn't corrupt. right?

Posted by: DriveByPoster | December 10, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

The stench of corruption hangs low over the BO transition team.

Spooging Obama bailout dollars through the nimble hands of these old kleptocrats will bankrupt us all.

Posted by: georgejones5 | December 10, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse


Prince George's County beats them all put together !!!!

Posted by: properbostonian1 | December 11, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Most corrupt state? Pennsylvania.The politicians here feel people are slaves.

Posted by: jellyhouse56 | December 11, 2008 2:13 AM | Report abuse

Why was Sen. Durbin pushing to commute the sentence of convicted former Gov. George Ryan?

Maybe there would be a benefit to punishing these corrupt public officials with hard time in federal prison with "common" criminals.

The current system obviously does not impose an appropriate level of RISK for engaging in activities that violate the public trust or state/federal law.

It is time to make “white-collar crime” a serious offense on par with violent crime and/or drug offenses. Also, it is time to build “retirement prisons” for elderly convicted public officials.

A crime against the state/government COULD lead to execution…a crime committed by the state against the citizens’ gets you a few months in a celebrity rehab.

Posted by: 2moons | December 11, 2008 4:12 AM | Report abuse

Blagojevich is corrupt because he was using his position in public office to enrich himself at the expense of his constituency.

Didn't Dick Cheney walk through the revolving door and become a multimillionaire as CEO of Halliburton? Isn't he still getting paid (stocks?) by this company which receives BILLIONS of $$$ in defense contracts? Bush appointed “trail-blazer” fundraisers ($100,000 +) to administrative positions and ambassadorships…

Blagojevich was ATTEMPTING to sell the senate seat. Cheney got elected vice-president. Corruption is Corruption is Corruption.

Posted by: 2moons | December 11, 2008 4:24 AM | Report abuse

You forget the great state of West Virginia? Former Governor Arch Moore was FINALLY convicted of extortion in the last 1980s after being indicted after being caught with a desk drawer full of cash in the governor's office. Shades of William Jefferson. A former state senate president has been convicted along with various local officials throughout the years. The current governor's daughter was recently involved in a scandal in regards to her MBA. West Virginia probably has the highest per capital voting of dead people as well.

Posted by: davidlwickham | December 11, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

With this years election the light shone brightly on all the corruption in Alaska.

Posted by: sonnysgone | December 11, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

I remember when New Jersey could have been named as the most corrupt state, but then the liberal "reformers" had their way with the state. Back when New Jersey was run by a consortium of the Hague-dominated Hudson County political machine, crooked labor union bosses, and even a few mafioso, the state was efficiently run and had neither a sales tax nor an income tax. Post-reform however, there is both a sales and income tax and the infrastructure is in shambles. Why? Because crooks steal only enough for their own desires, and one person can spend only so much. While "liberals," steal not only for themselves, but for all their greedy constituents, as well. The moral of this story is: when forced to choose between a politically moderate, pragmatic crook and a liberal, vote for the crook.

Posted by: JerseyWarren | December 11, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

If everyone could learn to live their own lives according to their conscience and not worry about who's got what and what everyone else is doing, we'd have peace in this world. But the truth is, the same people who run out and accuse people of this and that more than likely would have done the same thing as the person they're accusing.

Jealousy is just a hateful form of greed.

I don't care about the Illinois governor. Let him sell it -why not? Lobbyists, special interest groups, big corporations, hollywood, unions, and foreigners have bought Congress and everyone else in politics -why shouldn't this guy profit too? Just par for the course when you really think about it.


Posted by: prsntNacctd4 | December 11, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I grew up in Chicago under the original Mayor Daly (da mare) and remember that, if you voted "the right way," you received a 55 oil gallon drum for your trash (the only thing they'd allow for trash pickup). And you needed to vote "the right way" a second time to get a lid. If someone in your household didn't, the lid didn't come. And, if you voted the wrong way, you could lose the lid. And without the lid, the drum would rust out. Even as a kid, I saw the inconsistency between that and the notion of a secret ballot I heard about in Civics class. Government by presents and brick bats.

Posted by: gilbertk1 | December 11, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Texas wins hands up ... I mean, hands down.

The problem with the Illinois data is that prosecutors in the Land of Lincoln fight dirty.

The proof is in poetry (mine, not Carl Sandburg's):

“The Bug Was Hid in Blago’s Hair”

The bug was hid in Blago’s hair.
Fitzpatrick thus did not play fair.
As for the hair, I do not care,
Be it Blago, or Palin Fair.
But when one looks beneath the hair,
For Rod and Sarah, nothing’s there.
Burma Shave.

by James A. Swanson, Los Altos, CA
“The Bush League of Nations”
www.bushleagueofnations.com [for free download of entire book]

Posted by: jimswanson | December 11, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I see someone includes Prince Georges County, Maryland in the comments. My money would be on Maryland as the most corrupt state -- gave us a culture of corruption that goes back to Agnew and Marvin Mandel, Steny Hoyer and his pay-to-play pals with government contracts, and the old d'Alesandro machine, which produced among other things Nancy Pelosi. Is the Post digging in this fertile territory? Or is it just too close to home?!?

Posted by: beautyseer | December 11, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Rhode Island needs to be included in the choices. Buddy Cianci can battle it out with any of the other slimeballs/wiseguys any day.

Posted by: steveboyington | December 11, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I nominate New York. We have three senators blackmailing the majority leader [after Jan.] for a bigger piece of the senate and a big shot judge Spargo is his name blackmailing lawyers who come before him.

Posted by: pat3 | December 11, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Rhode Island and its Mafia have to be at the top

Posted by: lsrosenberg | December 11, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse


Electors Challenged To Investigate Birth Dispute
'Only reasonable explanation' is he wasn't born in the U.S.

Posted: December 11, 2008
10:53 am Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

An activist organization has posted a video on YouTube challenging members of the Electoral College to investigate the dispute over Barack Obama's birth certificate and eligibility for office.

The U.S. Constitution requires that the president be a "natural born" citizen, but the organization, Democratic-Disaster.com, says instead of providing the documentation, Obama has hired three law firms to make certain the public does not have access to it.


http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=83346

Posted by: AJAX2 | December 11, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

www.need4trth.blogspot.com

I don't think Illinois is the most corrupt state. I think possibly Alabama and Georgia are the two most corrupt states.
They are red states.

Is this the kind of introspection Republicans are supposed to be doing at this moment? I thought intropsection meant, looking deeply at self. Not looking outwardly at others and standing at the ready to accuse and condemn. Even without any evidence. I guess most Republicans are really bad judges at heart.

I don't like condemning Republicans but they so easily point the finger at everyone else and forget they themselves are quite possibly the most corrupt party in our history's political existence. Yet, though they live in candy glass pane houses, they are the very first to cast stones. Here's another example of the right (wrong) wing/corporate media bias when it comes to priveledging lies from the Republicans

Posted by: need4trth | December 11, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Chicago and Springfield politics have been corrupt since, at least, the 1920's. Corruption in their politics is a way of life and you guys at the Post are trying to tell us that Obama is clean. Right!

City and State democrats and union leader thugs go hand in hand in corruption in Illinois and New Jersey. These two states are bar none, the two most corrupt state governments on the planet.

Posted by: walterndebby | December 12, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

sadly, the whole country is corrupt;
greed and publicity are the prime incentives for too many public officials.
That's the American way, which will NOT
change in my lifetime--because the majority
remains indifferent.
edward v. hanrahan

Posted by: forested2000 | December 12, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Just check the FBI's report on crimes and you will have your answer to this question.
Obama's who served in the House and Senate and his home State and its government were the worst.

Posted by: jrbreslin1 | December 12, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: atsegga | December 12, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Per Capita, Alaska has a good chance at top spot. Check out www.adn.com/fbi for an extensive list of our politicians under investigation. Cronyism is rife here, including in the current administration of our not so illustrious governor, Palin. She is a role model for grifters, but in fairness she comes from a long line of corrupt legislators and administrators here. She's just not as articulate, you betcha. ;-)

Posted by: bweyand1 | December 12, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The answer is North Dakota. Crazy, I know. Can anyone even name a politician from North Dakota?

Posted by: megustayo | December 12, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Alaska See Stevens, Young, and Palin's new house and that is only the current batch.

Posted by: RD123 | December 13, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Bank of America and Mr. Higgins missing $millions, It can happen to you, my fellow Americans


More info: http://mrhigginsbank.blogspot.com/

Posted by: srmaxhiggins | December 13, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

i have come to the conclusion,too many politicians,feel they are the elite and do not have to answer to us;the peasents.after all they know every thing.they can spend our tax money how ever they see fit.they cover each others misdeeds and only when it is too blatent do they move.they only serve themselves and their cohorts.

Posted by: rockyusmc | December 14, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Pennsylvania: where our "run away from work to campaign for Hillary" governor Ed "Big Cardboard Check" Rendell admitted on a talk radio show that, while as mayor of Philadelphia, he condoned a "wink and a nod" collection policy for the city's alcoholic drink tax, where "mom and pop" bar owners were occasionally given a pass on their taxes, while hotel bars were expected to pay in full, on time, "or else".

Posted by: srpinpgh | December 15, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

New Jersey isn't the most corrupt state only because the politicians have legalized everything. If it's legal, it isn't corrupt, right? NOT!! There is a reason why New Jersey's economy is in the tank - and the reason is policiticians like Dem Richard Codey our sometime erstwhile Governor who replaced Jim McGreevey and promptly forced a Sports Arena down our throats that nobody in the State wanted and at which nobody but Corporate execs and politicians can afford to attend games. But we are paying for it - and paying for it - and paying for it. Ditto our much-touted EZ Pass systems forced down our throats by erstwhile Repub Governor Christie Whitman.

Posted by: wwwqueen | December 15, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm just curious what kept Alaska off this list. Two consecutive governors under investigation and one senator convicted of a felony in the last five years, and that's what? Less corrupt than decades-old scandals in Louisiana?

Posted by: katie84 | December 15, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: sbrendasara48 | December 15, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Well, if I were to pick states with the highest corruption, I would quickly say: California and Texas hands down. They gave us our national corruption system of the last three republican so-called 'presidents', Scumbag Reagan, Scumbag Bush I, and Scumbag Bush II, who have infused their Corporation U.S.A. owners into our country's corrupt system of weapons sales, oil corporations, and pharmaceutical corporations, while using the Wall Street stock brokers and banks to finish off the job of robbing the U.S. Treasury.

Posted by: donald_mcmunn | December 15, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

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