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Political Scandal Scorecard

Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's (R-Calif.) resignation from the House yesterday after pleading guilty to corruption charges is just the latest in a series of scandals -- some large, some small -- currently dogging high-level elected officials.

Scandals are nothing new in politics, but it seems as though the past year has produced more than an average number. And with Michael Scanlon -- a key player in the influence-peddling scandal surrounding former lobbyist Jack Abramoff -- agreeing to talk to federal prosecutors, it's possible we'll see more allegations concerning members of Congress in the coming weeks.

In an attempt to catalogue these improprieties (alleged or proven), The Fix offers up a "Scandal Scorecard."  We limited the scorecard to members of Congress and governors currently in office to keep the list manageable.  Did we miss any?  E-mail or post in the comments section.

THE HOUSE

* Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas):  DeLay is currently fighting a two-front war. In Texas he is under indictment for his alleged role in funneling corporate dollars into 2004 state legislative races -- a no-no under Texas law.  In Washington, DeLay's name is frequently mentioned in connection with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, especially considering that his wife worked for a lobbying company to which Abramoff regularly referred business.

* Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.): Doolittle is another potential Abramoff casualty.  Abramoff hired Doolittle's wife to handle some fundraising for a nonprofit organization he founded and frequently used as conduit for the millions of dollars he received in fees from Indian tribes. Documents connected to fundraising done by Doolittle's wife for Abramoff have been subpoenaed.

* Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio): Ney appears to be the lawmaker most endangered by his relationship with the former lobbyist.  Ney has been subpoenaed by the Justice Department to turn over any documents relating to his dealings with Abramoff and has been informed by prosecutors that they are preparing a possible bribery case against him. Ney's problems center on two incidents in which he inserted comments into the Congressional Record favorable to a casino company that Abramoff was seeking to buy.

* Rep. Bill Jefferson (D-La.):  In August Jefferson's homes in Washington and New Orleans were raided by FBI agents seeking information in an ongoing investigation concerning the congressman's relationship with the vice president of Nigeria.  Subpoenas issued in the case seek evidence about whether Jefferson sought or made payments to Nigerian officials in relation to a telecommunications deal he was seeking to broker in the country.  Jefferson's chief of staff, who has been subpoenaed to testify in the case, is leaving her post, although she insists her departure has nothing to do with the ongoing probe.

* Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-Calif.): Cunningham accepted more than $2 million worth of bribes from two defensive contractors in exchange for conducting official business.  He resigned Monday and is likely headed to prison.

* Former Rep. Frank Ballance (D-N.C.): Yes, we said we're limiting this list to current members, but this is a fairly recent case so we're making a small exception to the rule. Ballance left office in 2004 and pleaded guilty to charges of mishandling money controlled by his charitable foundation. (Editor's Note: See Chris's correction to this item that ran in a separate posting on Dec. 7.)

THE SENATE

* Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.): Burns is yet another member who could be brought low by his ties to Abramoff and Scanlon. His former state director was a lobbyist at Abramoff's firm, and Burns has acknowledged that a provision that benefited several of Abramoff's clients was put into an appropriations bill overseen by a committee he chaired -- albeit, he said, without his knowledge. Democrats have already run two television commercials seeking to tie Burns, who is up for reelection in 2006, to Abramoff.

* Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.): Frist is currently under investigation by both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department for his sale of stock in a health care company founded by his father and brother. Frist authorized the sale of millions of dollars worth of stock in HCA Inc. shortly before the stock's value dropped, prompting questions of insider trading. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

GOVERNORS

* Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.): Blagojevich has struggled through his first term thanks to a series of allegations regarding wrongdoing in a variety of matters -- from his hiring practices to his alleged involvement in a fundraising scheme where businesses rewarded with contracts to handle teacher pensions would make donations that would eventually be funneled back to political campaigns. Blagojevich will be on the ballot next year.

* Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R-Ky.): After winning the governor's office in 2003, a handful of aides to Fletcher allegedly broke state hiring laws that mandate personnel be hired based on their merits not on political connections of any sort.  Fletcher pardoned the nine men in late August and then immediately fired them.  One of those who was pardoned has suggested Fletcher should resign his office in order to fully rid the state of questions surrounding hiring practices in the administration. A grand jury is still looking into the matter.

* Gov. Bob Taft (R-Ohio): Taft plead guilty this year to four misdemeanor charges centered on his acceptance of gifts from lobbyists. Taft is also entangled with the ongoing "Coingate" scandal surrounding the mismanagement of the state's pension fund by rare coin dealer Tom Noe, a personal friend and campaign contributor to Taft. The governor is not running for reelection next year.

-- Chris Cillizza

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 29, 2005; 11:56 AM ET
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Comments

Let's also not forget Maria Cantwell, who won one of the closest Senate elections in U.S. history, and was later found to have violated campaign finance law in having done so. By all rights she should not even be IN the Senate, so maybe that's why we she was left off the list?

Posted by: Maria Cantwell | December 7, 2005 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Forget Hastings' improprieties with women (I actually know nothing about them). He is the only sitting member of Congress to have been impeached -- for perjury and conspiracy -- and only the sixth federal judge in history to be removed.

If that's not deserving of inclusion, what is?

Posted by: Alcee Hastings | December 7, 2005 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey, let's give Randy Cunninham an "A" for being contrite, forthright, and straight-forward enough to say, "I cheated, and I was wrong, and I must pay".

That's likely the first honest statement out of the mouths of a GOP congressman since GOP Senator Jim Jeffords resigned from the party.

G. Long
Newport Beach

Posted by: gerry long | November 30, 2005 11:13 PM | Report abuse

i forgot all about jeff gannon!!
hilarious!

http://einkleinesblog.blogspot.com/

Posted by: jay lassiter | November 30, 2005 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Hi Chris. Great idea to start a list. Now that your readers have kindly provided some additonal names, I hope that you do a follow up to the list real soon.

Thanks.

Posted by: pmorlan | November 30, 2005 9:44 PM | Report abuse

AR Jim Traficant was a "DINO" and voted almost always with the Republicans in his last few years. I still remember a Republican Ohio Representative praising him on the House floor saying something like "He makes a lot of sense."

Posted by: Anonymous | November 30, 2005 2:33 PM | Report abuse

So many idiots, so little time. How quickly we forget Rep. Traficant and Sen. Toricelli and their like. Let's face it, there is corruption in both parties people. It's a fact of life. If you think that your party is "holier than thou" then you need wake up and smell the money.

Posted by: AR | November 30, 2005 12:09 PM | Report abuse

---"Attention to detail children:
We limited the scorecard to members of Congress and governors currently in office to keep the list manageable.
But thanks for the helpful additions, no matter how petty all of you came across in criticizing chris. "---

Except Chris DIDN'T limit the scorecard to current members. And he left off a number of miscreants, most of whom just happen to be... Republicans!

Petty seems better than stupid, at this point, child.

Posted by: Anarchist | November 30, 2005 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Why are you includeing Ballache? - you had to change your rules just to inlude him on the list. Looks like another "both parties are doing it" perversion of Journalism.

Posted by: hello | November 30, 2005 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Notice that Mr. Cilliza does not extend the
"Ballance Caveat" to the following. That caveat is in Mr. Cilliza's words:

"Yes, we said we're limiting this list to current members, but this is a fairly recent case so we're making a small exception to the rule."

Here are a few more exceptions that should fit the rule. Like his fellow Washington Poster,Mr. Woodward(who needed to set the record straight about who was talked to by whom at the Whiteshouse first, but, did not feel the need to point out that Scott McLellan was lying when he stated that "Libby and Rove were not involved in the leak". Boob Wayward's murky ethics aside, one can expect nothing less than politcal partisanship, hackery, and the faux "fair and BALLANCED" effort to make all things equal even when they are not.

Bill Janklow(R-SD)-Killed a man with his car after plowing into the victim at a high rate of speed while blowing through an intersection.

Governor John Rowland(R-CT) Guilty and jailed for political graft.

Governor George Ryan(R-IL) Under indictment, which means there is an ongoing case invloving Ryan.

Also Congress Sherwood(R-PA) Just pleaded out in a domestic battery claim by a women who was not his wife.

Keep up with the poor journalism, no wonder newspapers are going the way of the do-do bird.

-GSD

Posted by: Granite State Destroyer | November 30, 2005 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Dear "Close Reader"

If the list were indeed limited to politicians currently in office, then Ballance would not be on it, since he resigned well over a year ago. Perhaps you should consider a new screename, one that is more appropriate perhaps.

Posted by: Pozzo | November 30, 2005 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the inclusion of (Democrat) Ballance, whose offenses were committed before he entered Congress and left Congress last year, and the omission of (Republican) White House aide Libby who was indicted on felony charges in October: Hahahahaha!!! You were kidding, right? Your column was not in any way intended as an objective look at the facts, correct?

Posted by: Midlife | November 30, 2005 8:16 AM | Report abuse

The list posted by Barry in Houston is extremely impressive, but even it omits some GOP sinners. For example, acting House Majority Leader Roy Blunt tried to slip into homeland security legislation provisions benefitting Philip Morris at a time when he was dating a Philip Morris lobbyist (whom he married after divorcing his wife) and his son was also a Philip Morris lobbyist. House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo of California failed to report the value of foreign trips paid for by a lobbying group, paid family members from political accounts, and accepted campaign contributions from Jack Abramoff. Pombo wrote to the Secretary of the Interior pressing her to suspend environmental guidelines opposed by the wind power industry. Pombo did not mention that his parents have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties for wind power turbines on their ranch or that he himself owns a substantial interest in that ranch.

Posted by: FedUpWithGOP | November 30, 2005 7:18 AM | Report abuse

And while were at it, the biggest crime that has not been investigated in the entire office of the Vice-President of the United States. Oil meetings to set energy policy; secret Irag club; Halliburton no bid reconstruction contracts in Afganistan; Halliburton Subsidiary Brown and Root non bid contracts in Irag and Afganistan; Halliburton and subsidiaries no bid contracts in Katrina recovery.
Yes, the President of the Club of Corruption is headed by non other than our V-P.

oh no is that a Pat Roberson tornado coming my way...........Oh NO MR Bill.

Posted by: DB | November 29, 2005 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Yo Chris,

You missed a bunch of Republicans! Let me lend a hand and provide a list of all the ones I know of (includes state and local GOP officials, but even without them you still have plenty of GOP folk who have some explaining to do...):

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Gov. Robert Riley (R-AL)
Received contributions from. DeLay's ARMPAC, linked to Abramoff.


Senate President Ben Stevens (R-AK)
Probed for accepting consulting fees from oil services firm Veco. Subject to a recall petition. Son of US Senate Pro Tem President Ted Stevens.

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Arkansas Republican Party
Received contributions from DeLay's ARMPAC. Linked to Abramoff.

Rep. J. D. Hayworth (R-AZ)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA)
Ethics probe for accepting salary from two men's fitness magazines while governor, possible kickback from American Media publisher to Schwarzenegger charity and silence money to a woman who had an extramarital affair with Schwarzenegger. This probe may go criminal.

Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA)
Probed for bribery regarding financial ties with and favors for defense firm MZM. Pleaded guilty to tax evasion, conspiracy, Nov. 28, 2005.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
Tied to Abramoff scandal on loan papers. Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Doug Ose (R-CA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff, including Indian casino money.

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Gov. John Rowland (R-CT)
Convicted, imprisoned 2004 for accepting free renovations to his vacation cottage as well as charter flights and vacations from a state contractor, and defrauding the Internal Revenue Service by not paying taxes on the free services.

Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Attorney General Jane Brady (R-DE)
Accused of helping MBNA Bank of Wilmington skirt campaign finance laws.

Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL)
Probed for campaign donations from MZM, Inc. in relation to Duke Cunningham probe. Currently a US Senate candidate.

Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff. Probed for corporate ties to Yang Enterprises, involved in over billing state of Florida. Feeney was Jeb Bush's 1994 running mate for Lt. Gov.

Rep. Ric Keller (R-FL)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff and Kidan.

Ralph Reed, candidate for Lt. Gov. (R-GA)
Probed for involvement in Abramoff, Kidan, DeLay Indian casino money laundering.

Sen. John Isakson (R-GA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Gov. Felix Camacho (R-Guam)
Probed for ties to Abramoff and demoting Acting US Attorney for Guam Frederick Black.

New Hawaii PAC and House GOP PAC (R-HI)
Campaign violations filed against a number of GOP candidates for the state legislature and US House for skirting spending limits.

Dalton Tanonaka, former Lt. gubernatorial and congressional candidate (R-HI)
Under FEC investigation for disguising and failing to report campaign loans. Also investigated for possible illegal foreign funding from Hong Kong and Japan.

State Rep. and House Minority Leader Galen Fox (R-HI)
Convicted on federal charges of fondling a woman on a Honolulu to Los Angeles commercial flight

Rep. Michael Simpson (R-ID)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Butch Otter (R-ID)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House (R-IL)
Probed for accepting money from Turkey.

Rep. Jerry Weller (R-IL)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff. (Weller is also married to the daughter of Guatemalan dictator and mass murderer [300,0000 Guatemalans] Efrain Rios Montt.)

Bob Kjellander, Republican National Treasurer (R-IL)
Under Federal probe for steering investment contracts to Illinois Teachers Retirement Fund.

State Rep. Lee Daniels (Elmhurst), Former House Leader (R-IL)
Under Federal investigation for misuse of state employees for political activity and state contract kickbacks.

Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN)
Under investigation for soliciting campaign donations in return for INDOT (Indiana Dept. of Transportation) contracts.

Thomas Sharp, INDOT Commissioner (R-IN)
Under investigation for soliciting campaign donations in return for INDOT (Indiana Dept. of Transportation) contracts.

Jim Kittle, GOP state chairman (R-IN)
Under investigation for soliciting campaign donations in return for INDOT (Indiana Dept. of Transportation) contracts.

Rep. Chris Chocola (R-IN)
Received DeLay ARMPAC money. FEC investigating.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Jim Ryun (R-KS)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Adam Taff, 2004 congressional candidate, KS-3 (R-KS)
Indicted for campaign violations and wire fraud.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R-KY)
Criminal probe in a state employees' merit system scandal. Received contributions from DeLay's ARMPAC, linked to Abramoff.

Dan Druen, Transportation Commissioner (R-KY)
Merit system scandal, witness tampering. Indicted.

Bob Wilson, Deputy Personnel Secretary (R-KY)
Merit system scandal. Indicted

Darrell Brock, Chairman of Kentucky GOP (R-KY)
Merit system scandal. Indicted.

Basil Turbyfill, Personnel Adviser to KY Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R-KY)
Merit system scandal. Indicted.

Bill Nighbert, Transportation Secretary (R-KY)
Merit system scandal. Indicted.

Dick Murgatroyd, Deputy Chief of Staff to KY Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R-KY)
Merit system scandal. Indicted.

Jim Adams, Deputy Transportation Secretary (R-KY)
Merit system scandal. Indicted.

Cory Meadows, Executive Director, Transportation Dept. (R-KY)
Merit system scandal. Indicted.

Lloyd Cress, Environmental Protection Commissioner (R-KY)
Probed in merit system scandal.

Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Lt. Gov. Stephen Pence (R-KY)
Received contributions from DeLay's ARMPAC, linked to Abramoff.

Dave Disponett (R-KY)
Indicted for violation of Kentucky civil service law.

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
Linked to Abramoff in a case involving a Louisiana Indian tribe.

Maine Republican Party
Received contributions from. DeLay's ARMPAC, linked to Abramoff.

Joseph Steffen, aide to Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R-MD)

Resigned for starting a rumor campaign against Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley.

Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R-MD)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff

Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs - controlled by Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA)
Under ethics cloud for awarding a $10,000 contract to conservative Boston Herald columnist to write columns supportive of Romney's policies.

Lawrence Novak, Vice Chair, state GOP (R-MA)
Arrested by FBI for drug money laundering.

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Mike Cox, Attorney General (R-MI)
Failed to pursue felony pollution charges against Graceland Fruit after a major Department of Environmental Quality investigation.

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI)
Investigated by House Erthics Committee for accepting campaign contributions in return for her yes vote on the 2004 Medicare bill.

Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R-MN)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Sen. Christopher Bond (R-MO)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Gov. Matt Blunt (R-MO) (also son of Roy Blunt)
Received contributions from DeLay's ARMPAC, linked to Abramoff.

Rep. Roy Blunt, House Majority Leader (R-MO)
Investigated for trading illegal PAC money with DeLay through Blunt's Rely on Your Beliefs Fund. Received Indian casino money from tribes represented by Abramoff.

Rep. Charles Pickering (R-MS)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS)
Received funds from casino Indian tribes represented by Abramoff.

Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Probed for links to Abramoff.

Rep. Dennis Rehberg (R-MT)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Former Rep. Jon Christensen (R-NE)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
Received tainted money from DeLay. Refused to return it.

Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Jon Porter (R-NV)
Received $25,000 from DeLay's ARMPAC.

Sen. John Sununu (R-NH)
Probed for receipt of money from DeLay tainted PAC.

Rep. Jeb Bradley (R-NH)
Probed for receipt of money from DeLay tainted PAC.

Gene Chandler, State House Speaker (R-NH)
Campaign contributions violations.

James Tobin, Northeast political director National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee (R-NH)
Indicted, conspiracy, GOTV phone line jamming, Sununu 2002 campaign.

Chuck McGee, former Exec. Dir. New Hampshire Republican Party (R-NH)
Pleaded guilty, conspiracy, GOTV phone line jamming, Sununu 2002 campaign.

Allen Raymond, GOP Marketplace President (R-NH)
Pleaded guilty, conspiracy, GOTV phone line jamming, Sununu 2002 campaign.

Tom Wilson, GOP State Chairman (R-NJ)
Probed for his firm receiving $2.7 million from the Burlington County Bridge Commission.

Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-NJ)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff, may have laundered money from DeLay through his "MIKEPAC" to GOP candidates in Texas and other states.

Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Jeanine Pirro, Westchester County District Attorney and US Senate candidate (R-NY)
Probed for campaign donations from mobsters. Her husband served a year in prison for tax evasion.

Gov. Froilan Tenorio (R-Northern Marianas Islands)
Grand Jury probe, ties to Abramoff.

Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC)
Probed for ownership of shady Russian bank whose other major investor is a former KGB general. Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Hayes Martin, Treasurer of Charles Taylor's congressional campaign (R-NC)
Indicted, fraud and money laundering.

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Richard Clayburgh, House candidate, ND-At Large (R-ND)
Received contributions from DeLay's ARMPAC, linked to Abramoff.

Gov. Bob Taft (R-OH)
Misuse of state funds/ethics violations. Convicted, four first degree misdemeanors, pleaded no contest (admission of guilt). $4000 fine and public apology.Two Federal Grand Juries, one state Grand Jury still investigating Taft.

Thomas Noe, Bush-Cheney 04 campaign chair, NW Ohio; Turnpike Commissioner; University Regent (R-OH)
Misuse of state funds for rare coin fund. Indicted by Federal grand jury, arrested in Florida.

Bernadette Noe, Thomas Noe's wife, Chairman of Lucas County GOP; Chairman of Lucas Co. Board of Elections (R-OH)
Misuse of state funds.

Brian Hicks, Chief of Staff to Gov. Bob Taft, member Ohio University Board of Trustees (R-OH)
Convicted for an ethics violation dealing with his stay at Tom Noe's home in Florida.

Cherie Carroll, Chief of Staff Executive Secretary to Gov. Bob Taft (R-OH)
Convicted for accepting the payment of meals at "fine dining establishments" valued at over $500 from Tom Noe while he was doing business with Ohio.

Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH)
Being probed for involvement with Abramoff, Kidan, and DeLay, Indian casino money laundering. Recipient of contributions from Abramoff and Kidan. Indictment may be imminent.

Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH)
Probe of financial ties to Games, Inc., and proposal to put Ohio State Lottery on the Internet. Received contributions from DeLay's ARMPAC, linked to Abramoff.

Rep. Ralph Regula (R-OH)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Douglas Moormann, Gov. Taft's Executive Assistant for Business and Industry (R-OH)
Under criminal investigation for accepting loan from Noe.

Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

State Rep. Dan Doyle (R-OR)
Convicted for misuse of campaign funds.

Rep. Don Sherwood (R-PA)
Investigated by DC police for assaulting and choking a 29-year old Maryland woman. Sherwood, who is married and campaigned for office on "family values", also has been sued by the woman, who claims he attacked and choked her in their "love nest." Sherwood defended himself by stating that he wasn't trying to choke her - he was just trying to give her a "back rub".

Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Recipient of money from DeLay's ARMPAC (subject of Federal indictments), money laundered from Abramoff sources.

Puerto Rican New Progressive Party (the name of the Republican Party in Puerto Rico)
Paid Abramoff $400,000 for lobbying for 1998 statehood referendum.

Mike Battles, House candidate in 2002 (R-RI)
Firm, Custer Battles, disbarred from Iraq contracts following allegations of overcharging and money laundering.

Vincent Cianci, Mayor of Providence (R-RI)
Convicted in 2002 and sentenced to 5 years in prison for conspiracy related to Federal charges of racketeering, extortion, witness tampering, and mail fraud. Also resigned from office in 1984 after being convicted of assaulting a man with a lit cigarette, an ashtray and a fireplace log.

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
Received contributions from DeLay's ARMPAC, linked to Abramoff.

Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-SC)
Received contributions from DeLay's ARMPAC, linked to Abramoff.

Rep. Henry Brown (R-SC)
Received contributions from DeLay's ARMPAC, linked to Abramoff.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff

Rep. Bill Janklow (R-SD)
Convicted of second degree manslaughter and imprisoned for running a stop sign at a rural intersection near Trent, SD and hitting motorcyclist Randolph E. Scott, killing him. Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Van Hilleary (R-TN)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Sen. Bill Frist, Senate Majority Leader (R-TN)
Under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for insider trading on his Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) stock

Rep. Tom DeLay, House Majority Leader (R-TX)
Probed for campaign finance fraud, ties to Abramoff/Kidan, Saipan sweat shops. Grand Jury, Travis County prosecutor, and House Ethics Committee probing DeLay. Indicted by Travis County District Attorney for 1 count of criminal conspiracy and 2 counts of money laundering. Arrested and booked at Harris County jail October 20, 2005. Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Jim Ellis, Director Americans for a Republican Majority (ARMPAC) PAC (R-TX)
Tied to DeLay and Abramoff, indicted.

John Colyandro, Texans for a Republican Majority (TRMPAC), DeLay associate (R-TX)
Indicted.

Warren RoBold, Lobbyist and DeLay associate (R-TX)
Indicted.

State House Speaker Tom Craddick (R-TX)
Probed for campaign violations involving TRMPAC and DeLay.

Sam Walls, candidate for Texas House (R-TX)
Photos of him wearing women's clothes surfaced in the 2004 runoff campaign.

State Rep. Todd Baxter (R-TX)
Investigated for receiving ARMPAC and TRMPAC money from Republican National Committee. To resign from office.

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)
Recipient of $10,000 from ARMPAC in 2003. Arrested for DWI in South Dakota.

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
Probed for receiving money from casino Indian tribes represented by Abramoff.

Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Gov. Jim Douglas (R-VT)
Opposition to universal health care in Vermont tied to huge contributions from insurance industry.

Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA)
Probed for contributions from MZM, Inc. (related to Duke Cunningham probe).

Jerry Kilgore, failed gubernatorial candidate (R-VA)
Received $5000 from MZM, Inc. (related to Duke Cunningham probe).

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Sen. George Allen (R-VA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff and Kidan.

Rep. George Nethercutt (R-WA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Spokane Mayor Jim West (R-WA)
Under Federal and state investigation for abusing his office to obtain sexual favors and soliciting sex over the Internet from underage males.

Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV)
Received contributions from DeLay's ARMPAC, linked to Abramoff.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Mark Green (R-WI)
Recipient of funds from DeLay's ARMPAC.

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.

Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY)
Recipient of contributions from Abramoff.


OTHER REPUBLICANS ACCUSED OF RECENT WRONGDOING (mostly in Washington, DC area):

Jack Abramoff, GOP lobbyist Adam Kidan, DC Dial-a-Mattress franchise in DC and Abramoff associate
Indicted for wire fraud, conspiracy Indicted, wire fraud, conspiracy.

Michael Scanlon, former chief of staff to Tom DeLay
Being probed for involvement in Indian casino scandal with Abramoff, Kidan, and DeLay. Indicted Nov. 18, 2005 for conspiracy to defraud Indian tribes. Pleaded guilty Nov. 21.

Steve Rosen, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Indicted for criminal conspiracy involving classified national security information.

Keith Weismann, AIPAC
Indicted for criminal conspiracy involving classified national security information.

Larry Franklin, Colonel, USAF Reserves, Dept. of Defense
Indicted for criminal conspiracy involving classified national security information.

Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President's Chief of Staff
Probed for illegal disclosure of CIA classified information. Indicted on 5 counts: Obstruction of justice, making false statements and perjury.


White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove
Probed for illegal disclosure of CIA classified information, still facing possible indictments.

David H. Safavian, Head of Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget, former Chief of Staff, General Service Administration
Arrested by FBI for making false statements about helping Jack Abramoff acquire two Federal properties in DC and Maryland.

Kenneth Tomlinson, Ex-Corporation for Public Broadcasting Chairman and current Broadcasting Board of Governors member
Under investigation for violating the Public Broadcasting Act.

Patricia Harrison, President Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Probed for violating Public Broadcasting Act.

Vice President Dick Cheney
Investigated for criminal conspiracy in divulging the identity of covert CIA agent.

President George W. Bush
Probed in Abramoff scandal.

J. Steven Griles, former Interior Deputy Secretary
Probed for links to Abramoff.

Posted by: Barry in Houston | November 29, 2005 10:32 PM | Report abuse

This really is pretty sad. Wait, here's TPM's Josh Marshall shedding a little light on this twaddle:

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/007133.php

Posted by: ibc | November 29, 2005 10:23 PM | Report abuse

most of the posters here are missing the narrative, IMHO. Chris's job is not to make declaritive statements of fact if those facts are inconveniently opinionated in some way. if the facts skew against the prevailing grain, and that grain has a rightish feel, then Chris tries to make the facts go back to the center, where his narrative (both metaphorically and in the case of his bosses, literally) demands it must live.

this weird divorce of facts from what we actually see and hear with our senses is the fault of the left, frankly, and i say that as a card-carrying member thereof. it was our (well, nous, really) idea that post-modernity demanded less objective understanding and more nuanced "viewpoint" understanding. the greater culture was inculcated by such views. we are now reaping what we sowed. the right has cleverly noticed that mixing post-modern there-is-no-objective-right-way-to-look-at-things with modern american reportorial there-are-two-sides-to-all-questions is a recipe for success! you can say anything and these well educated idiots like chris will print them with equal weight, whatever their measurable veracity! seriously, Chris, you are such a tool, but all of the mainstream reporting is doing this, it's not your fault. it's just sad, and it is ruining our country.

what many here should do is realize that there is nothing "right wing bias" about it, it's just Conventional Wisdom, full stop.

Posted by: Robert Green | November 29, 2005 10:10 PM | Report abuse

A very nice list sir

Posted by: You reported I decided | November 29, 2005 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Obviously this is not very Ballanced. Another case of the MSM being run by the right wing?

Posted by: spearhead | November 29, 2005 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Again, executive branch here, but where on earth did that missing $8 billion dollars go in Iraq? Isn't that sort of an enormous scandal (regardless of whether or not the media covers it)? How about "Heckuva job Brownie"? How about the FEMA's mishandling of funds (Carnival Cruiselines, anyone?) or the bridge to nowhere in Alaska? How about the mess that is the New Orleans reconstruction -- enormous sums of money are being spent, but there seem to be few real results for the people who need them. The foretold destruction of a modern American city seems to be a pretty huge scandal.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 29, 2005 8:24 PM | Report abuse

If you're including executive branch (and how could you not?) do pulled nominees count? I'm thinking here of Bernie Kerik -- mob-connected Giuliani crony who was almost the Director of Homeland Security? His story (stories) involves corruption and cronyism, and is just plain sordid to boot.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 29, 2005 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Be careful talking badly about Pat Robertson, db. He may issue a 'Patwa' against you like he did with Dover and Chavez!

Posted by: ErrinF | November 29, 2005 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Good point db. The Republican establishment panders to the "let me cram my God down your throat" crowd by adopting the faux piety these extremists demand while at the same time sucking at the teat of big business.
Guess what? Money trumps morality every time. These people aren't Christians. They just play them on TV. In truth they're amoral: The end always justifies the means.

Posted by: Mike 234 | November 29, 2005 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Actually, NoAgenda.org does clearly have an agenda, and they don't seem to deny this. Their shtick is that the 'No Agenda' refers to the Democratic leadership. I guess there's a good buck to be made off the right wingers these days, as long as you have some sort of propogandist hook. Cute.
At least it does expose Democratic corruption, albeit one-sidedly. Too bad it seems to be done out of the desire to distract from Republican corruption more than anything else.

Posted by: ErrinF | November 29, 2005 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I like the quote from above, the "let me cram my God down your throat" folks. It really doesn't matter what a few right wing zealots say and spin, the GOP has ALWAYS been the party of Corruption. Warren G. Harding "Teapot Dome" , Herbert "let every man starve" Hoover, Richard Nixon Watergate, Ronald Reagon Iran Gate, George Dumbya Bush "Flame-Plame-Blame" and the Lies to the American people for going to war in Irag...the yet to be investigation that will when finally revealed prove that this sitting President should be impeached along with this Vice-President.

Sure we have Clinton and Lewisinksy scandal which was a personal scandal. The balance of the charges Whitewater, travel gate etc were simply GOP ploys to disrupt and take power from the President.

So with history of their side, the GOP is the party of corruption. Nancy Pelosi has it right, there is a culture of corruption within this Republican controlled government.

Posted by: db | November 29, 2005 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, lets do the Executive Branches of the last two administrations and see how that score card adds up. Could be a lot of fun.
Posted by: Crazy Politico | Nov 29, 2005 4:13:56 PM

By all means! Start with the Bush administration, please, then go on to the Clinton administration. Then explain how two wrongs make a right. Both Republicans and Democrats have corruption in their midst. The whole system's pretty bogus anyway, a de facto one party system that supports the status quo of the rich staying on top with very little real change being allowed to happen. Where there's money and power, there's corruption. What adds to it all is a complacent American electorate and a tepid, timid press.

Posted by: ErrinF | November 29, 2005 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Just look at the American Federalist Journal lineup of columnists and links. It reads like a murderer's row of right-wing nutcases.

And the resource! How on earth could it possibly be partisan with such a cool name like "No Agenda". I gotta give it to the right wingers...they have lefties like me beat out all over the place with their names.

"Patriot" Act
"Clear Skies" Act
"No Child Left Behind" Act

But I like "No Agenda". It can either imply that the Democrats have no agenda of their own, or the owners of the site have no agenda and are just interested in informing the public in a fair and balanced, non-biased sort of way.

Posted by: J. Crozier | November 29, 2005 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Here's a good resource documenting the culture of corruption in the Democratic party:

http://www.noagenda.org

Posted by: The Editors, American Federalist Journal | November 29, 2005 6:08 PM | Report abuse

You missed Alcee Hastings. Ongoing sexual relationships with two female staff assistants, one making well over 100k (http://alceehastings.blogspot.com/). Neither actually work. The local media knows, the Democratic party leadership knows, but noone does anything. People have a right to know where their taxes are going.

Posted by: Bi-Partisan | November 29, 2005 5:36 PM | Report abuse

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051129/ap_on_go_ot/tribes_letters___donations

The abramoff crap is just getting started, IMO. There seem to be filthy hands on both sides of the isle.

Posted by: Buddy | November 29, 2005 5:34 PM | Report abuse

From the article that "Crazy Politico" posted:

"""Of the 18 largest recipients of tribe contributions directed by Abramoff's group, six, or one-third, were Democrats."""

2/3 of the recipients were GOP, and most of the money went to the GOP. This includes both DeLay and Bush. So, if you want to investigate, let's investigate EVERYONE.

Posted by: FairAndBalanced? | November 29, 2005 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Let me check the OTHER scorecard...

1. Blame the Clintons....check!
2. Say "The other guys are bad too!" as often as possible...check!
3. Ignore any and all points made by the other side...check!
4. Muddy the waters as much as possible by making linkages without any actual proof or even allegations (Reid has accepted campaign contributions from Abramoff...he must be as guilty of the Republicans even though no "tit-for-tat" payback is demonstrated to date like has been demonstrated on the other side)...check!

Yep. I think you hit every single one of the Republican talking points Politico!

Your two main (and only) arguments are:

1. Clinton was just as bad!
2. Reid is just as bad!

That's all well and good, until you get to the cold, hard, facts. Polls show, including the Washington Post poll since you referenced a WP article, that more people believe that honesty and ethics have DECLINED under Bush than the opposite. In other words, most people just don't agree with you that the Clinton Administration was just as bad. The two big scandals of the Clinton Administration - lying about infidelity and an investigation into a possible illegal land deal that made no money that found no wrongdoing - just don't seem so bad to folks any longer now that we've seen the Bush years.

Your effort to link Reid to Abramoff would also be fine and dandy, if not for the fact that the Bush Justice Department hasn't yet put Reid under investigation. (I think it is safe to say that Karl Rove is certainly looking for dirt on Reid to use and would have been happy as hell to announce wrongdoing about Reid if he could find any.)

Nor has any allegation been made that Reid traded political favors to Abramoff in return for campaign contributions. In other words, you've put the two names together but you haven't shown any wrongdoing. On the Republican side, the people who are under investigation for ties to Abramoff are under investigation because the investigators believe they can demonstrate an influence peddling relationship.

Interestingly enough, you don't even bother trying to say that the Republicans mentioned aren't sleazy. You just try to divert attention from the fact that they ARE sleazy by pointing the finger at someone else.

"The other side is just as bad!"

Posted by: J. Crozier | November 29, 2005 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Crazy Politico can't deal with the truth and has to streeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch to try to find Dems involved in scandal. R stands for rogue. Get a clue, CP. There are a lot of gops in trouble right now, and there is no way you can deny that.

http://www.washingtonrox.blogspot.com

Posted by: Daedalus | November 29, 2005 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Since we are so concerned about Abramoff, here's a quote from the June 5th Post:

Among the biggest beneficiaries were Capitol Hill's most powerful Democrats, including Thomas A. Daschle (S.D.) and Harry M. Reid (Nev.), the top two Senate Democrats at the time, Richard A. Gephardt (Mo.), then-leader of the House Democrats, and the two lawmakers in charge of raising funds for their Democratic colleagues in both chambers, according to a Washington Post study. Reid succeeded Daschle as Democratic leader after Daschle lost his Senate seat last November.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/02/AR2005060202158_pf.html

Posted by: Crazy Politico | November 29, 2005 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Don Sherwood had a visit from the Washington police after a 29-year old woman who was not the 64-year old congressman's wife called 911 and complained that Sherwood had choked her. Sherwood said he had merely been giving the woman a back rub. He is one of those holier-than-thou family values conservatives.

Posted by: FedUpWithGOP | November 29, 2005 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, lets do the Executive Branches of the last two administrations and see how that score card adds up. Could be a lot of fun.

http://crazypolitics.blogspot.com

Posted by: Crazy Politico | November 29, 2005 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I think limiting the scandal scorecard to members of Congress and the governers is pointless. Why not mention the big boys in the Executive branch? Are their scandals not important enough to warrant mentioning?

That aside, it sure seems like even WITHOUT including the Executive branch there are more Republicans on that list than Democrats...even including a FORMER Congressman.

Posted by: J. Crozier | November 29, 2005 3:24 PM | Report abuse

What about Virgil Goode and Katherine Harris and their connections to the Cunningham-MZM scandal?

Posted by: KCinDC | November 29, 2005 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I would agree that this is a flawed piece. Limit the list? Why? We need to understand the full scope of corruption currently, not just a partial list for convenience sake.
And the exception for Ballance. Why? This writer sets a rule then arbitrarily breaks it. As readers, we're barely discussing corruption, and instead discussing the shoddiness of this piece.
Back to the subject: Anybody mention David Safavian, the man in charge of procurement for the White House who was arrested this year on corruption charges? Safavian is another offshoot of the Abramoff scandal, which obviously isn't limited to the Legislative branch.

Posted by: ErrinF | November 29, 2005 2:50 PM | Report abuse

The Republican's can not "spin" this stuff away. They are going to get hammered in the next election and in 2008. Thank God we have to deal with them for only 3 more years.

The Press knnew that Bill Clinton was "slick" before he became Prersident.

The Press also knew the George W. Bush was "stupid" before he beacame President.

Next time we should maybe listen to the Press. It seems they can predict Presidential personalities.

For my part I'd rather have a slick President than a stupid one.

Posted by: Joseph | November 29, 2005 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I don't get the Ballance mention either. The guy who replaced him has been re-elected already so its not like he was even a member of this Congress. If you are going to mention him you might as well mention Rostenkowski.

Posted by: Scotttac | November 29, 2005 2:25 PM | Report abuse

"Did we miss any?"

You missed an entire BRANCH of government! Hulloooooo!

I know its been mentioned here, but I don't see how anybody who considers themselves a journalist can write about corruption in govt and NOT include the executive branch is just beyond me.

Posted by: FairAndBalanced? | November 29, 2005 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I need a wallet-sized scandal scorecard to carry around with me...

Posted by: Pete Bogs | November 29, 2005 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Again, why limit it to Congress and Governorships and leave out Executive Branch?

A little honesty goes a long way...the snide comments, not that far.

-GSD

Posted by: GSD | November 29, 2005 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, I see that Bill Janklow left office and he isn't on the list, but Ballance is?

Rowland was forced from office because of scandal....but why include him...

-GSD

Why would you exclude the Executive Branch? Perhaps because it would make the list of Republican malfeasance look a little longer?

Posted by: GSD | November 29, 2005 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Edward B. Miller, the deputy chief of staff to Maryland's Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich, founded a company called Grassroots Interactive, which was apparently set up to serve as a money-laundering operation for Jack Abramoff. Ehrlich professes to be unconcerned about Miller's ties to Abramoff. Ehrlich also brought into the state government his long-time political hatchetman, Joe Steffen, to arrange for the firing of state employees who were Democrats. One of the dismissed Democrats was a Baltimore County councilman, who was paid $100,000 by the state after he contested his firing in court. Ehrlich was finally forced to dismiss Steffen when it was revealed that the latter was spreading scurrilous rumors about the personal life of Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, who is the leading Democratic candidate to oppose Ehrlich next year. A committee established by the General Assembly is investigating the Ehrlich administration's personnel practices.

Posted by: Alan | November 29, 2005 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Attention to detail children:

We limited the scorecard to members of Congress and governors currently in office to keep the list manageable.

But thanks for the helpful additions, no matter how petty all of you came across in criticizing chris.

Posted by: Close Reader | November 29, 2005 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Don't you think it's odd that the Let-me-cram-my-God-down-your-throat crowd is so well-represented in this rogue's gallery of Republican House miscreants? Cunningham, DeLay and Doolittle would head any list of politicians most likely to equate their own agenda with "God's" agenda. I guess you really can fool some of the people all of the time.

Posted by: Mike 234 | November 29, 2005 2:05 PM | Report abuse

You failed to mention that Delay has been reprimanded by the House 3 times for prior ethics allegations?

How about Mayor Jim West(R) in Spokane, set for a recall in a gay sex scandal....

Jeesh, Chris, no wonder hacks like Judith Miller and Boob Wayward get all the glory.

-GSD

Posted by: GSD | November 29, 2005 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I also notice that Governor Blagojevich is "struggling"..no mention if Gov. Taft or Gov. Fletcher are "struggling"....


Hmmmmmm.......

Is Lewis Libby "struggling"...how about Karl Rove?

Posted by: GSD | November 29, 2005 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes, one Democrat doing someting wrong > the entire Republcan party being corrupt to its core in the world of crazypolitico.

Chris, let's not forget this collection of fascinating Republican characters:

http://www.the7thfire.com/child_sexual_abuse/grand_old_pedophiles.htm

Posted by: Anonymous | November 29, 2005 1:46 PM | Report abuse

A little bit of a double posting at the end.

Sorry.

-GSD

Posted by: GSD | November 29, 2005 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cilliza,

How about cracking open the world-wide web for some more thorough research.

Congress:

Former Congressman Bill Janklow(R-SD) Convicted and jailed for killing a man with his car after blowing through a stopsign at a high rate of speed.

Governors:

John Rowland(R-CT)Convicted and jailed for graft, had work done on his house and some other bribe related charges.

George Ryan(R-IL) Under indictment for hiring practices.(I notice you had Blagojevich--this one must have slipped your mind)

Jim McGreevy(D-NJ) Resigned under fire sexual relationship with a male staffmember.

Executive:

Lewis Libby(R)-Assistant to the Vice President, 5 count indictment, perjury, false statements.

Karl Rove(R)-Assistant to the President, currently under investigation.

Larry Franklin(R)-DOD employee, pleaded guilty in espionage case.

Leandro Aragoncillo-46, was a U.S. Marine most recently assigned to the staff of Vice President Dick Cheney, arrested for spying in the Whitehouse.

Kenneth Tomlinson(R)-Former Head of CPB, under investigation.

Armstrong Williams(R)-Investigation revealed that payments to him for propaganda efforts were illegal.

Etcetera:

New Hampshire-4 Republican operatives arrested for election 2002 phone jamming scandal. # have pleaded guilty, one is due for trial soon.

Now that a stand-up comic has done the research that a well connected journalist should have done. Can I get paid now.

4 NH Republican party functionaries charged with election night voter tampering, 3 have been found guilty, fourth on trial.

Member of Dick Cheney's staff-charged with spying for Phillipines.

Larry Franklin Bush D.O.D. employee pleded guilty to severa espionage charges.

Republican Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher, 9 staff members indicted.

Republican Governor of Ohio, Bob Taft indicted on 4 driminal misdemeanor counts relating to gifts and disclosure.

Jeff Gannon/James Guckert-Gay internet prostitute allowed into press gaggles and repeatedly logged into the Whitehouse.

Armstrong Williams and Maggie Gallagher involved in illegal propaganda efforts by the Whitehouse

Posted by: Anonymous | November 29, 2005 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Any reason not to mention Harry Reid, who's taken tens of thousands from Abramhoff and his related groups?
http://crazypolitics.blogspot.com

Posted by: Crazy Politico | November 29, 2005 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"Currently in office," yet you include Ballance? Was this an attempt to make the post seem, ahem, balanced?

Facts are facts, Chris. Republicans have a stranglehold on corruption and scandal at the moment.

Posted by: Mike | November 29, 2005 1:30 PM | Report abuse

So many scandals...

If these things keep up, you'll need to make the Scandal Scorecard a weekly feature like the Friday Line or whatever its called.

Posted by: corbett | November 29, 2005 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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