“Politicans “…………. Friend or Foe? …… Money or Honor ?

PLEASE READ THIS WHOLE ARTICLE IT MAY JUST SURPRISE YOU..

In today’s world People who find themselves running for a political office, Seem to Put themsleves in the spot light and make themselves above the people who elect them into the office in which they are running for ……. Hello All of You Politicans ….You are Not Above Anyone……..As the Declaration of Independence says…….. The second paragraph in the Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness……………………….. Whatever that Maybe? …. But I find More and More Politicans Today Try to  Keep us ( You Know… The People  Who Put them Into Office  -THE WORKING CLASS PEOPLE )The American People  Under Their Control…….  Only to make us Empty promises They Have No Intention on keeping ….I am saden  to say that being a Politican Was Never Supposed to Be A Life time Career …It Also doesn’t make You Better than Anyone Nor does it give you the right to control the citizens of our country .. Many of Politicans make the regular hard working class people feel that they are Beneath them ..Many of politicans who run for an Office  Also  raise millions of dollars for an election with their  advertiements  Of Empty Promises and things to go along with it THEM.. Just to waste millions of dollars to do so .  It seems Now a days it is whoever has the most money wins …When it should be  about… What they can and will actually do for our country … for our state or City  and Our Citizens ..Right? How many politicans have you seen and know  Who would donate their funding if they did not win into the elected office? Not many … …..What a freaking Shame ……Now this brings me back to the politicans they make all these promises for Men and Women to serve in the military … Then when they get hurt or killed the United States Doesn’t have the money to take care of them ? ……Because  when it comes to returning home from war  There Just is Not Enough Money In Our Budget to care for Our Own Dam vets……Why because the Politicans  are Not  planning for these actions .. War is Hell and any Politican should know that Our country  Deserves better from Our Dam Politicans For servicemen and woman who served their country and now  deserve to be taken care of …. So  Again Our Politicans Only care of , for and about their own dam pockets and they lie to get where they are .. So Before You Think about Voting For any Politican ask yourself a few questions …Why Are they Running for the office they are running for ? What will they do to help make our city, state or federal government better? What will they do for the People of the United States? Why do they want to run for Office ? Are they a repeat runner for the office they are running in? If they are what did they do for the office they were elected in ?Why should we re -elect them into the same office they did Nothing in ? Are they choosing to make being a politican a career ? Why? …. Always Remember that a Person who chooses to be a Career Politican will Con You and Decieve you to believe the junk that comes out of their mouth …That is the Only way they can get Themselves to believe the junk that comes out of their mouth .. Not to mention getting re -elected into a job they really do Nothing in ….So Before you vote …………..Think Why ? What? and How ? They want to be elected and Why make it a career ? This is How Our Country has been running For Centuries and We Need , We Want and We Demand a change .. Our country  has been changing for decades and the Politicans have not change one bit….So again I ask you to  look, Really Look  into the person you are voting for and Really Think Is this the person You Want in the Office  That they are running for ? Then and Only Then Can We as American citizens make a informative choice and then and only then will we take back Our country and change it from within it .. One Dam Politican at a time .. Look at President Trump …………..He has Lead By example …He Has decided to Donate His salary to a worthy cause ….So..  Why Shouldn’t the rest of them Do the same ? I think Every Politican Should Donate 1 Years Salary back to the city , state or federal government that they are Elected into ? The city government officals should set up a fund to help people in their communities who need help .. Like people who are having financial hardship and need help to stay in their homes ( like with their taxes or water bills ) city officals should donate the 1st years salary to a special fund to help their Own community and the people who elected them into their Office ..Nice Idea Hun? Well the problem is that Not One Politican Would .. Why? Because they are use to the free pay checks and continue to rake in the cash for a job they barely do nothing in … Like the jobs of Mayor ……..Do You all realize a mayor gets paid $125,000.00 a year  and in some Cities even More ..and then there are the perks that go along with it .. Free Lunch …Free Dinner … and Anything ese they can get for Free……….. Then there is the Governor  who is paid a pretty penny and gives empty promises and then stands behind the Police who would rather shoot first and then not worry about it becasue their Governor stands behind them …. Our Countries Politicans Need to know that the American People are fed up and Sick of the Good old days of making the money doing nothing …And Having No One to answer to for it  …  So Now think about it ……….Are you proud of your politicans who get paid and sit around doing Nothing ?   If Our Own President can give up His salary for Charity ….Then Why can’t the rest of Our Countries Politicans do the same .. It would Help our Economy and Help Our Citizens Know that the person they elected are Not Just filling a seat in an office ………….But they actually give back something to the Ameircan people and To Their Communities…….. So Before You Go Out and Vote in the Next Election …Do Your HomeWork on the  Politicans…Dont just buy into what they are saying and Promissing………. BECAUSE REMEMBER THIS …. PROMISES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN ESPECIALLY WITH A DAM POLITICAN………..BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO COMMITTEMENT WITH NO ONE BUT THEMSLEVES AND THEIR OWN  FAMILIES …..THEY HAVE THEIR OWN AGENDA …THERE IS NOTHING WORSE THEN CROOKED POLITICAN .. BECAUSE THEY TAKE THE  PEOPLES TRUST AND STOMP ALL OVER THEM….  TAKE A GOOD LONG LOOK AT HOW MANY POLITICANS HAVE BEEN INDICTED , CHARGED AND CONVICTED OF FELONIES AND/OR OTHER CRIMES THESE POLITICANS HAVE COMMITTED .. BELIEVE ME……….. I KNOW…. I CHECK THEM OUT…. IT IS A PRETTY LONG LIST….. IN THE LAST 8 YEARS ALONE … HERE IS A LIST OF POLITICANS WHO HAVE BEEN CAUGHT….CHARGED AND CONVICTED FOR  COMMITTING CRIMES……….. IN WHICH THEY USED THEIR  ELECTED POSITION  OF REPRESENTING THE CITY, STATE OR FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS  AND COMMITTED CRIMES AND HAVE BETRAYED THE PUBLIC … THE VERY PEOPLE WHO PUT THEM INTO THE OFFICE THEY WERE ELECTED INTO ……….THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS …. TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THE LIST .. THERE IS MANY …HERE IS A LIST I FOUND AND THIS IS JUST ABOUT 8 YEARS  I WENT BACK EVEN MORE AND IT IS AMAZING HOW MANY POLITICANS HAVE CROSSED THE LINE INTO CRIMINALITY…

Senator Frank Antenori (R) convicted of trespassing. (2016)..

 

  • State Representative Ceci Velasquez (D) was convicted of theft. (2016)
  • State Representative Richard Miranda (D) pleaded guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion. (2012)
  • State Representative Ben Arredondo (D) was charged with bribery, fraud and extortion. He was sentenced to 18 months of house arrest. (2012)
  • State Senator Scott Bundgaard (R) agreed to participate in domestic violence classes for six months after assaulting his girlfriend. (2011)
  • Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona Joe Arpaio (R) was found guilty of criminal contempt of court for violating a court order regarding immigration enforcement. He was pardoned soon after by President Donald Trump (R) (2017)
  • Nogales Mayor Octavio Garcia Von Borstel (D) was arrested on fraud, theft and money laundering charges. He was ultimately convicted of bribery charges and received a 3½-year prison term. He was sentenced to seven years’ probation on the fraud charges. (2014)

Arkansas

  • State Representative Micah Neal (R) was convicted of taking $38K of public money in kickbacks as part of the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (2017)
  • State Representative Steven B. Jones (D) convicted of bribery. (2015)
  • State Senator Paul Bookout (D) pleaded guilty to mail fraud. (2014)
  • Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas Mark Darr (R) was fined for multiple ethics violations. (2014)
  • State Treasurer Martha Shoffner (D) convicted on the charges of extortion and bribery and sentenced to 30 months. (2014)
  • State Representative Hudson Hallum (D) pleaded guilty to voter bribing. (2012)

California

  • State Senator Ron Calderon (D) brother of Tom was convicted of money laundering. (2016)
  • State Assemblyman Tom Calderon (D) brother of Ron was convicted of money laundering. (2016)
  • State Senator Leland Yee (D) charged with bribery, public corruption and gun trafficking. (2014)
  • State Senator Roderick Wright (D) was convicted of eight counts of perjury and voter fraud. He was sentenced to 90 days and barred him from ever holding public office again and will be required to perform 1,500 hours of community service and three years’ probation under the terms of his conviction. (2014)
  • State Assembly woman Mary Hayashi (D) was charged with felony grand theft after being caught on video surveillance allegedly shoplifting $2,445 worth of merchandise from San Francisco‘s Neiman Marcus store..She was sentenced to $180 fine and three years’ probation and was ordered to stay more than 50 feet from the store.
  • Mayor of San Diego Bob Filner (D) given three months of house arrest, three years’ probation, and partial loss of his mayoral pension after pleading guilty to state charges of false imprisonment and battery. (2013)
  • Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Bill Postmus (R) pleaded guilty to accepting a $100K bribe in connection with a local real estate development. (2010)

Colorado

  • State Representative Timothy J. Leonard (R) was found guilty of Contempt of Court and sentenced to 14 days in jail. (2016)
  • State Senator Steve King (R) pleaded guilty to embezzlement of public property and misdemeanor first-degree official misconduct. Sentenced to serve two years’ probation and complete 80 hours of useful public service. (2015)
  • State Representative Douglas Bruce (R), was convicted on four counts of felony criminal activity including, money laundering, attempted improper influence of a public official, and tax fraud. He was sentenced on February 13, 2012, to a total of 180 days in jail, $49,000 in fines, and six months of probation which included extensive disclosure requirements. (2011)
  • Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R) was found guilty of violating Colorado’s ethics laws by using state money to attend a Republican event in Florida (2012)

Connecticut

  • State Representative Victor Cuevas (D) convicted of bank fraud. (2016)
  • State Senator Ernie Newton (D) was sentenced to six months in prison for three counts of illegal practices in campaign financing. Newton had also been sentenced to four years for federal charges of accepting a $5,000 bribe, evading taxes and pilfering campaign contributions to pay for personal expenses. (2015)
  • State Representative Christina Ayala (D) convicted of election fraud. (2014)
  • State Senator Thomas Gaffey (D) convicted of larceny. (2011)

  • Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut Eddie Perez (D), was sentenced to eight years, suspended after three years, with three years in prison, to be followed by three years of probation for corruption. (2010)

Florida

  • State Representative Daisy Baez (D) convicted of perjury. (2017)
  • State Representative Erik Fresen (R) convicted of tax evasion. (2017)
  • State Representative Dwayne L. Taylor (D) convicted of fraud. (2017)
  • State Senator M. Mandy Dawson (D) convicted of fraud. (2011)
  • Port St. Lucie Mayor Patricia Christensen (D) was convicted of theft of campaign funds. In a guilty plea agreement, she was sentenced to probation. (2011)
  • North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau (D) was convicted on felony charges of participating in an $11 million mortgage fraud scheme. She faces up to 30 years in prison for conspiracy and wire fraud convictions. On March 20, 2015 she was sentenced to 65 months. (2014)

GeorgiaState Representative Tyrone Brooks (D) convicted of tax fraud. (2015)

  • State Senator Charles Walker (D) was convicted of 127 felony charges related to various schemes. Walker paid $698,047 in restitution and another $200,000 in fines and court fees. (2013)

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  • Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter (R) resigned and pleaded guilty to bribery. (2012)

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Idaho

  • State Senator John McGee (R) pleaded guilty to probation violation and a disturbing the peace charge related to sexual harassment that had occurred at the Idaho State Capital Building and was jailed for 44 days. (2012) He had previously been arrested for grand theft auto and driving under the influence  McGee pleaded guilty to DUI and was sentenced to 180 days, serving 5 in jail, plus community service, 175 days’ probation, plus fines and restitution. (2011)

Illinois

  • State Representative Keith Farnham (D) convicted of distributing child pornography. (2014)
  • State Representative Derrick Smith (D) was arrested and convicted of accepting a $7,000 bribe. (2014)
  • State Representative La Shawn K. Ford (D) pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor tax charge. (2014)
  • State Representative Constance A. Howard (D) convicted of mail fraud. (2013)
  • State Representative Ron Stephens (R) was found guilty of repeated drug abuse and DUI (2010)

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Indiana

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  • Mayor of East Chicago George Pabey (D) was convicted by a federal court jury on September 24, 2010, of conspiracy and theft of government funds. (2010)

Iowa

  • State Senator Kent Sorenson (R) pleaded guilty to one count of falsely reporting expenditures and one count of obstruction of justice. (2013)[86]

Kansas

  • State Representative Trent K. LeDoux (R) pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud. He was sentenced Monday to 18 months in federal prison for defrauding Farmers and Merchants Bank of Colby, Kan., of more than $460,000. (2014)

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  • District Judge Timothy Henderson (R) was found guilty of “repeated inappropriate and offensive remarks” to female staff members and female prosecutors” and was suspended for 90 days without pay (2015)

Kentucky

  • State Representative Keith Hall (D) was convicted of bribery and sentenced to 7 years in prison. (2016)
  • State Representative Ben Waide (R) convicted of campaign violations. (2016)
  • Commissioner of Agriculture Richie Farmer (R) was convicted of corruption and sentenced to 27 months in prison. (2014)

Louisiana

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  • New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (D) was found guilty on 20 counts of bribery and was sentenced to ten years in federal prison. (2014)
  • Mayor of New Roads Thomas “Tommy” Nelson (D) was convicted of racketeering. (2010)
  • Mayor of Mandeville Eddie Price III (R) was sentenced to 60 months on charges of income tax evasion and corruption. (2010)

Maine

  • State Representative David R. Burns (R) pleaded guilty to misdemeanor forgery and theft charges and was sentenced to 6 months. (2012)
  • State Representative Frederick Wintle (R), pleaded guilty to a concealed weapons charge (2011).

Maryland

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Massachusetts

  • State Representative Carlos Henriquez (D) was convicted of two counts assault and battery charges and sentenced to 2.5 years, with six months to be served in the Middlesex County House of Correction and Jail in Billerica, Massachusetts and the remaining two years to be spent on probation.(2014)
  • State Representative Stephen Stat Smith (D) pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of deprivation of rights under color of law for his role in a voter fraud scheme. (2012)
  • Speaker of the House Salvatore DiMasi (D) was found guilty of using his position to secure multimillion-dollar state contracts for Cognos, a business intelligence software company, in exchange for kickbacks.(2011)
  • State Senator Anthony D. Galluccio (D) was given one year in prison after failing a sobriety test and violating his probation from a previous hit and run accident. (2010)

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  • East Longmeadow Selectman Enrico “Jack” Villamaino (R) pleaded guilty to charges of voter fraud during his state representative campaign in which he admitted to changing 280 party affiliations from Democrat to un-enrolled. He was sentenced to one year in the house of corrections and one year’s probation. (2012)
  • Boston Councillor Chuck Turner (Green Party) was expelled from the Boston City Council on December 1, 2010, following his conviction on federal bribery charges. (2010)

Michigan

  • State Senator Bert Johnson (D) was convicted of fraud. (2018)
  • State Representative Brian Banks (D) was convicted of fraud for filing false financial statements (2017)
  • State Senator Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) was convicted of assault and was sentenced to 10 months in jail, five years of probation and not be allowed to hold public office. (2015)
  • Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court Diane Hathaway (D) was sentenced to 366 days in Prison for criminal mortgage fraud. (2013)
  • State Representative Brian Palmer (R) pleaded no contest to one count of Neglect of Duty by a Public Official. The conviction stems from Palmer using his position to assist the ring-leaders in a $9 million Ponzi scheme. Since Palmer lost $400K of his own money and assisted authorities in their investigation, he received a reduced sentence. (2013)

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Mississippi

  • State Senator Chris Massey (R) was arrested for aggravated assault with a shovel for an argument with two maintenance workers. He was found guilty and given 6 months’ probation. (2016)
  • State Representative Greg Davis (R) was indicted on state charges of embezzlement, false pretense and making fraudulent statements. He was convicted and sentenced to serve 2½ years in state prison. (2012)
  • Judge Bobby DeLaughter (D) pleaded guilty of one count of lying to the FBI and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. (2010)

Missouri

  • State Representative Steve Webb (D) convicted of theft. (2013)
  • Governor of Missouri Roger B. Wilson (D) on May 12, 2012, was fined $2,000 by the Missouri Ethics Commission. In July he was sentenced to two years of probation on the money laundering charge. (2012)
  • State Representative Ray Salva (D) convicted of fraud. (2011)
  • Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives Rod Jetton (R) was arrested for “recklessly causing serious physical injury” to an unnamed woman during sadomasochistic sex and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault. He was sentenced to probation and fined. (2010)

Montana

  • State Senator Jason Priest (R) pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and resisting arrest. (2014)
  • State Senator Art Wittich (R) was found guilty of campaign violations by coordinating with and taking illegal corporate contributions from, the Western Tradition Partnership. (2014)
  • State Representative Tony Belcourt (D) was convicted of four federal corruption charges involving projects on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation. He was sentenced to 7½ years in prison. (2014)
  • State Representative Mike Miller (R) was found guilty of accepting unlawful contributions from Western Traditional Partnership and agreed to pay a $4,000 fine and not run for public office for four years. (2010)
  • State Representative Joel Boniek (R) was found guilty of “quid pro quo corruption” in taking $9,060 in contributions from Western Tradition Partnership. (2010)

Nevada

  • State Assemblyman Steven Brooks (D) convicted of making threats to kill. (2013)

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  • Clark County Recorder Frances Deane (R) was found guilty of 3 felony counts of theft & misconduct and sentenced to 5 years’ probation (2010)

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New Hampshire

  • State Representative Kyle Tasker (R) was charged with three drug offenses and one count of using a computer to lure a teen. The teen was actually a police officer working undercover. He was sentenced to 3–10 years. (2016)
  • State Representative Albert ‘Max’ Abramson (R) was found guilty of one felony count of reckless conduct for shooting a firearm. He received a suspended jail sentence and was ordered to pay a fine and complete community service. (2012)
  • State Representative Gary Wheaton (R) was arrested for a second offense of speeding and driving on a suspended license. He pled guilty to recklessly endangerment. (2011).
  • State Representative James E. Ryan (D) stole checks from contributors that were intended for the Committee to Elect House Democrats. He pled guilty to felony charges of theft, forgery and issuing bad checks. (2009)

William Denley (R) State Senator, was arrested on his third DWI, and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 5 years’ loss of license. (2009)

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New York

  • Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate Tom Libous (R) was convicted of lying to FBI. (2015)
  • Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver (D) convicted of federal corruption. (2015)
  • Minority Leader of the State Senate John L. Sampson (D) was convicted of obstructing justice and making false statement. (2015)
  • Majority Leader of the State Senate Malcolm Smith (D) was found guilty in federal court of conspiracy, wire fraud, bribery and extortion for trying to bribe a Republican Party official to let him onto the Republican ballot in the 2013 New York City mayoral race. (2014)
  • State Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa (D) sentenced to a year in jail for entering into a sham marriage in order to gain U.S. citizenship. (2014)
  • State Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. (D) convicted of bribery (2014)
  • State Assemblyman Eric Stevenson (D) found guilty of bribery, conspiracy and other related charges. (2014)
  • State Assemblyman Nelson Castro (D) convicted of perjury (2013)
  • State Senator Shirley Huntley (D) convicted of mail fraud.She was sentenced to one year and a day in prison. (2013)
  • State Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez (D) fined $330,000 after groping, intimidating and manipulating young female staffers. (2013)
  • Majority Leader of the State Senate Pedro Espada Jr. (D) On May 14, 2012, a federal jury found Espada guilty of embezzling money from federally funded healthcare clinics, after 11 days of deliberation he was sentenced to five years in prison. (2012)
  • State Senator Vincent Leibell (R) found guilty of felony briberytax evasion, and obstruction of justice charges related to $43,000 in cash kickbacks he took from 2003 to 2006. (2012)
  • State Senator Nicholas Spano (R), Spano pleaded guilty to a single count of tax evasion. He was sentenced to 12 to 18 months in federal prison. (2012)
  • New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi (D), was convicted on charges surrounding a “pay to play” scheme regarding the New York State Pension Fund, and was sentenced to 1–4 years. (2011)
  • State Senator Carl Kruger (D) resigned his seat and pleaded guilty to charges of corruption and bribery. (2011)
  • State Senator Efrain Gonzalez Jr. (D) was convicted of fraud and embezzling $400,000 from the West Bronx Neighborhood Association Inc. and was sentenced to seven years in federal prison (2010)
  • State Health Commissioner Antonia Novello (R) pleaded guilty to depriving the taxpayers of $48,000 by making her staff do personal chores for her, such as taking her shopping and picking up her dry cleaning. Her plea deal called for 250 hours of community service at an Albany health clinic, $22,500 in restitution and a $5,000 fine. (2009)

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North Carolina

  • State Senator Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr. (R) convicted of fraud for misusing campaign contributions and falsely labeling them as expenses. Sentenced to 8 months(2016)
  • State Representative Deb McManus (D) resigned her State House seat and plead guilty to a tax charge. (2013)
  • State Representative Stephen LaRoque (R) convicted on 12 counts including theft, money laundering and filing false tax returns. (2013)
  • Governor Mike Easley (D) was convicted of a federal campaign law felony (2010).

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Ohio

  • State Representative Ron Gerberry (D) found guilty of charge of unlawful compensation of a public official. (2015)
  • State Representative Steve Kraus (R) convicted of a fifth-degree felony. (2015)
  • State Representative Peter Beck (R) convicted of perjury. (2015)
  • State Representative Dale Mallory (D) found guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor count of filing a false disclosure form and a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of improper gratuities and was sentenced to a total of $600 in fines and a year of probation. (2014)[202]
  • State Representative Sandra Williams (D) convicted of filing a false report. (2014)
  • State Representative Clayton Luckie (D) convicted of corruption. (2013)
  • State Representative W. Carlton Weddington (D) was convicted on bribery charges and sentenced to three years in prison. (2012)

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Pennsylvania

  • State Representative Marc Gergely (D) convicted of conspiracy. (2017)
  • State Representative Leslie Acosta (D) convicted of embezzlement. (2016)
  • Attorney General of Pennsylvania Kathleen Kane (D) was convicted of perjury. (2016)
  • State Representative Louise Bishop (D) was convicted of corruption. (2016)State Representative Michelle Brownlee (D) was convicted of a conflict of interest. (2015)
  • State Representative Harold James (D) was convicted of corruption. (2015)
  • State Representative Ronald Waters (D) was convicted of bribery. (2015)
  • State Representative Cherelle Parker (D) lost her appeal of a drunk driving conviction and began serving her sentence of 3 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, and a 1-year license suspension. (2015)
  • Treasurer of Pennsylvania Rob McCord (D) pleaded guilty to two counts of extortion. (2015)
  • State Senator LeAnna Washington (D) was convicted of conflict of interest. (2014)
  • Turnpike Commission CEO Joe Brimmeier (D) pleaded guilty to felony conflict of interest charges. (2014)
  • Turnpike Commission Chief Operating Officer George Hatalowich (D) pleaded guilty to felony conflict of interest charges. (2014)
  • Turnpike Commission Chairman Mitchell Rubin (D) was sentenced to 24 months of probation for his plea to commercial bribery. (2014)
  • State Representative Jose Miranda (D) was convicted of fraud. (2013
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin (R) was convicted in February 2013, on six of seven corruption charges including theft of services, criminal conspiracy, and misappropriation of state property. (2013)
  • State Senator and Republican Majority Whip Jane Orie (R) was convicted in March 2012, of 14 counts of forgery, conflict of interest and theft of services, which included five felonies. (2012)
  • State Senator and Democratic Minority Floor Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate Bob Mellow (D) pleaded guilty to using Senate staffers for campaigns. (2012)
  • State Representative Joseph F. Brennan (D) announced that he was withdrawing his reelection bid after allegations that he assaulted his wife and then drove drunk from the scene of the incident.He was later convicted on both the DUI and assault charges. (2012)
  • Secretary of Revenue of Pennsylvania Stephen Stetler (D) convicted of using state resources. (2012)
  • State Representative John M. Perzel (R), pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges, including two counts of conflict of interest, two counts of theft, and four counts of conspiracy, concerning a scheme to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on computer technology from Aristotle, Inc. for the benefit of Republican political campaigns. (2011)
  • State Representative Brett Feese (R) sentenced to 4 to 12 years in state prison, an additional 2 years of probation, a $25,000 fine, and $1 million in restitution for his role in the Computergate state government corruption scandal. (2011)

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Rhode Island

  • State Representative Raymond Gallison (D) convicted of fraud. (2017)
  • Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives Gordon Fox (D) plead guilty to wire fraud, bribery and filing a false tax return. Fox used $108,000 from his campaign account for personal expenses, accepted a $52,000 bribe to push for the issuance of a liquor license for a Providence restaurant in his role as a member of the Board of Licenses, and failed to declare these illegal sources income on his tax returns. (2015)
  • State Representative Joseph Almeida (D) was given a $1,000 fine and a year on probation for mis-using funds. (2015)
  • State Representative Leon Tejada (D) convicted of tax fraud. (2015)
  • State Senator Patrick McDonald (D) convicted of embezzlement. (2014)
  • State Representative John McCauley Jr (D) convicted of tax evasion. (2013)
  • State Representative Leo Medina (D) convicted of stealing life insurance. (2013)
  • State Senator Christopher Maselli (D) convicted of bank fraud. (2010)

South Carolina

  • State Representative Jim Merrill (R) convicted of corruption. (2017)
  • State Representative Chris Corley (R) pled guilty to first-degree domestic violence for beating his wife and threatening to kill her with a gun. (2017)
  • Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives Bobby Harrell (R) pleaded guilty to illegally using campaign funds for his own use. He was sentenced to a one-year prison term. (2014)
  • State Representative Nelson Hardwick (R) pled guilty to assault and battery in the third degree for sexual harassment of a female employee. He was ordered to resign and fined. (2015)
  • State Representative Thad Viers (R) convicted of money laundering, sentenced to 3 years in federal prison. (2015) Previously arrested in 2012 on charges of harassing a 28-year-old woman described as an ex-girlfriend. He subsequently withdrew his bid for GOP nomination to the US Congress from South Carolina’s 7th congressional district, citing “personal reasons.” He was sentenced in 2014 to 60 days in jail for second-degree harassment.
  • State Representative Kristopher Crawford (R) was convicted by a jury of four misdemeanor counts of failure to file his taxes. (2012)
  • Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina Ken Ard (R) resigned his position and pleaded guilty to 7 counts of misuse of campaign funds. He was sentenced to five years’ probation, fined $5,000 and required to work 300 hours of community service. (2011)

Tennessee

  • State Representative Joe E. Armstrong (D) convicted of falsifying tax returns. (2016)

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  • Mayor of Nashville Megan Barry (D) pleaded guilty to felony theft related to an affair she had with the police officer who ran her security detail. (2018)

Texas

  • State Representative Carlos Uresti (D) convicted of fraud and money laundering. (2017)
  • State Representative Ron Reynolds (D) was convicted of battery and was sentenced to one year in jail. (2015)
  • State Representative Naomi Gonzalez (D) convicted of drunken driving, sentenced to 15 days in jail. (2014)
  • State Representative Linda Harper-Brown (R) was found guilty of ethic violations and fined $5,000. (2014)
  • State Representative Joe Driver (R) pleaded guilty to using tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to reimburse himself for travel expenses that his campaign had already funded. (2011)
  • State Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D) convicted of DWI. (2010)

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  • State District Judge Angus Kelly McGinty (R) was arrested because he solicited and accepted bribes in exchange for favorable rulings. He pleaded guilty and was given a two-year prison sentence (2014)

Utah

  • State Representative Sheldon Killpack (R) pled quilty to DUI was sentenced to 180 days, 1 year’s probation and fined. (2010)

Vermont

  • State Senator Norm McAllister (R) guilty on a misdemeanor charge of prohibited acts of prostitution, for arranging for his tenant to have sex with a friend of McAllister’s in order to pay her electric bill. (2017)

Virginia

  • State Delegate Joe Morrissey (D) resigned his seat after he was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. (2014)
  • State Delegate Phil Hamilton (R) sentenced to 9½ years in prison for federal bribery and extortion.(2010)

Washington, D.C.

Wisconsin

  • State Representative Bill Kramer (R) was sentenced to five months in jail, after pleading no contest to two charges of sexual assault with three accounts of sexual assults n 2011.
  • State Representative Jeff Wood, (R), has pleaded no contest to fifth-offense OWI charge which is a felony. He has been sentenced to spend nine months in jail, with three years’ probation. (2011)

Local

  • Mayor of Racine Gary Becker (D) was convicted of attempted child seduction, child pornography, and other child sex crimes. (2010)

Wyoming

Local

  • County Attorney Richard Bohling (R) of Albany County was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine for conviction on one count of official misconduct. (2013)

2000–2009

Alabama

  • State Representative Suzanne L. Schmitz (D) was found guilty on 7 out of 8 counts of federal fraud charges. (2009)
  • State Senator Edward McClain (D) was convicted on 48 counts of money laundering, mail fraud, bribery and conspiracy. (2009)
  • Governor of Alabama Don Siegelman (D) was found guilty of bribery, mail fraud and obstruction of justice on June 29, 2006, and sentenced to 88 months. (2006)

Local

Alaska

  • Alaska political corruption probe in which VECO Corporation an oilfield service corporation, was investigated by the IRS, FBI and Department of Justice. Veco executives Bill Allen and VP Rick Smith pleaded guilty to federal charges of extortion, bribery, and conspiracy to impede the Internal Revenue Service. The charges involved bribing Alaska lawmakers who came to be known as the “Corrupt Bastards Club: to vote in favor of an oil tax law favored by VECO that was the subject of vigorous debate in 2009 and were part of a larger probe of political corruption in Alaska by federal authorities.
    1. State Representative Thomas Anderson (R), Found guilty of seven felony counts of extortion, bribery, conspiracy, and money laundering. Sentenced on October 15, 2007, to a term of 60 months in prison.
    2. State Representative Pete Kott (R), found guilty on three charges of bribery and sentenced to six years in prison and fined $10,000. (2007)
    3. State Representative Vic Kohring (R), convicted on November 1, 2007, of three counts of bribery by the Veco Corporation. In May 2008, he was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.
    4. State Representative Bruce Weyhrauch (R), was sentenced to five years.
    5. State Senator John Cowdery (R), pleaded guilty to lesser charges on 3/10/09. Sentenced to six months’ house arrest and a $25,000 fine.
    6. State Representative Beverly Masek (R), was sentenced to six months on September 23, 2009.

Local

  • District Court Judge Dennis Cummings, (R) The Alaska Judicial Commission ruled he was guilty of illegal ex parte (one-sided communications) and had committed perjury. He was suspended from the bench for three months (2009)

Arizona

  • Corporation Commissioner Jim Irvin (R) was found guilty of trying to influence a corporate bidding war and fined $60K. (2003)

Arkansas

  • State Representative Trish Groe (R) pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. Having already been convicted of driving on a suspended license, she was sentenced to spend 10 days in jail. (2007)

California

  • State Senator Tom Berryhill (R) was found guilty of money laundering by Judge Jonathan Lew and the California Fair Practices Commission of deliberately trying to conceal, deceive or mislead the transfer of $40,000 to the Republican Central Committee of Stanislaus County and the Republican Central Committee of San Joaquin County, which then passed it to the campaign of Bill Berryhill, his brother, thus circumventing California’s contribution limits of $3,600 per donation. (2008)

Local

  • Mayor of Inglewood Roosevelt F. Dorn (D) pleaded guilty on January 25, 2010, to a misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charge, He was placed on probation for two years, was fined $2,000 and was barred from ever holding public office again. (2009)
  • Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Ed Jew (D), was sentenced to 64 months in federal prison for extortion, and a year in county jail for perjury. (2008)

Connecticut

  • Governor of Connecticut John G. Rowland (R) Rowland resigned from office during a corruption investigation, and later pleaded guilty to one-count of deprevation of honest services. (2004) He served ten months in a federal prison followed by four months’ house arrest, ending in June 2006.

Local

  • Mayor of Bridgeport Joseph Ganim (D), was convicted of leveraging his position to receive kickbacks from city contractors for more than $500,000 in cash, meals, clothing, wine and home renovations. (2003)
  • Mayor of Waterbury Philip Giordano (R) While investigating municipal corruption,The FBI discovered phone records and pictures of Giordano with a prostitute, as well as with her 10-year-old niece and her eight-year-old daughter. He was arrested on July 26, 2001, and, in March 2003, was convicted of 14 counts of using an interstate device, his cellphone, to arrange sexual contact with children.He was also convicted of violating the girls’ civil rights. He was sentenced to 37 years in prison.

Florida

  • State Representative Bob Allen (R) was convicted for trying to perform fellatio on an undercover male police officer. Allen was convicted on November 9, 2007, and sentenced to six months’ probation, and was fined $250. (2007)
  • State Senator Alberto Gutman (R), was convicted of corruption in a Medicare fraud scheme. Gutman, his wife and 23 others were sentenced to 5 years in federal prison, 3 years’ probation and fined $50,000. (2000)

Local

  • Mayor of Orlando Ernest Page (D) was convicted of bribery and official misconduct during a temporary stint as mayor. He was subsequently sentenced to 42 months in prison. (2006)

Georgia

  • State Senator Charles Walker (D) convicted of charges including tax evasion, mail fraud and conspiracy (127 counts, in all),He was sentenced to 10 years. (2005)
  • Schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko (R) sentenced to eight years in prison for embezzlement of federal education funds. (2004)
  • State Representative Robin Williams (R) was convicted of campaign fraud. (2004)
  • State Representative David Graves (R) from Macon, found guilty of multiple counts of DUI, was sentenced to 10 days in jail, ordered to 20 days of home confinement, 240 hours of community service, alcohol counseling and fined. His driver’s license was suspended for 12 to 18 months. (2005)

Hawaii

  • State Representative Galen Fox (R) was convicted of sexual misconduct when he improperly touched a woman flying next to him. (2006)
  • State Representative Nathan Suzuki (D) was found guilty of tax fraud. (2004)
  • State Senator Marshall Ige (D) convicted of corruption. (2002)

Local

  • Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich (D) was charged with conspiracy to commit mail, wire fraud and solicitation of bribery. He was impeached and removed from office by 59-0 votes of the Illinois Senate.On August 17, 2010, he was convicted on just one of 24 federal charges. In a retrial in 2011, he was found guilty on 17 other counts and sentenced to 14 years in prison.(2011)
  • Governor of Illinois George H. Ryan (R) was convicted of 18 counts of corruption and sentenced to 6 years and six months. (2006)
  • State Representative Patricia Bailey (D) was convicted of perjury and fraud. (2005)

Local

Indiana

  • State Representative Dennie Oxley (D) convicted of impersonating a public servant. (2009)

Kansas

  • State Representative Phil Hermanson (R) while being investigated, Hermanson pled guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of prescription drugs. (2009)

Louisiana

Massachusetts

  • State Senator J. James Marzilli, Jr. (D) pleaded guilty to all charges against him, including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct and was sentenced to three months in prison.(2008)
  • State Senator Dianne Wilkerson (D) was video taped by the FBI stuffing bribe money into her bra. Wilkerson pleaded guilty to eight counts of attempted extortion. (2008)
  • Speaker of the House Thomas Finneran (D) pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice and received 18 months’ probation.(2004)

Maryland

  • State Senator Thomas L. Bromwell (D) was sentenced to seven years in prison for racketeering, corruption and fraud to benefit construction company Poole and Kent. (2007)
  • State Delegate Robert A. McKee (R) pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to a 37-month term.] (2006)

Missouri

  • State Senator Jeff Smith (D) convicted of two counts of obstruction of justice. He was sentenced to one year and a day of prison and was fined $50,000. (2009)
  • State Representative Nathan Cooper (R) convicted on two felony counts of immigration fraud. (2007)

Nebraska

  • State Treasurer Lorelee Byrd (R) pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge of misconduct. (2003)
  • State Senator Ray Mossey (R) was found guilty and pled no contest to prescription drug charges and was sentenced to 2 years’ probation. He was also sentenced to one year’s probation for drunken driving when Mossey’s blood-alcohol level tested at twice the legal limit. In addition, he was fined $14,000 for using campaign finance funds to pay an online dating service and a tattoo parlor. (2005)
  • Regent David Hergert (R) of the University of Nebraska was arrested soon after his election for violating campaign finance laws. He pled guilty to false reporting and obstruction and was sentenced to 5 years’ probation and fined $654,000 (2005)

Nevada

  • State Controller Kathy Augustine (R) was impeached and convicted of using state personnel and property for her re-election campaign, but not removed from office. She was fined $15,000. (2004)
  • State Representative Brent Parker (R) pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a male undercover police officer. He was ordered to attend a 10-week therapy class or face up to 180 days in jail (2003).

Oklahoma

Ohio

  • Governor of Ohio Bob Taft (R) pleads no contest and is convicted on four misdemeanor ethics violations. He was fined $4,000 and ordered to apologize to the people of Ohio. (2005)

Oregon

  • State Representative Dan Doyle (R) resigned from office and was sentenced to 15 months in jail for finance violations. (2005)

Pennsylvania

  • State Senator Vince Fumo (D) was found guilty of 139 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and filing a false tax return. Two staffers were also arrested and indicted on charges of destroying electronic evidence, including e-mail related to the investigation. (2009)
  • Secretary of Revenue of Pennsylvania Stephen Stetler (D) sentenced to 1½–5 years in prison, fined $35,000, order to pay $466,621 restitution for multiple corruption convictions. (2009)
  • State Representative Milton Street (D) convicted of tax evasion and was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison. (2008) Street appealed, but his conviction was affirmed by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • State Representative Linda Bebko-Jones (D) and her chief-of-staff were charged with forging some of the signatures on their nominating petitions. They were both sentenced to 12 months’ probation and fined $1,500 with community service. (2007)
  • State Representative & Democratic Whip of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Mike Veon (D), convicted of mis-using state funds and sentenced to 6–14 years in jail. (2007)
  • State Representative and Democratic Leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Bill DeWeese (D) found guilty of five of the six felony counts with which he was charged and sentenced to 30–60 months.(2007)
  • State Representative Jeffrey Habay (R) was convicted of 21 counts of harassment, solicitation for perjury and intimidation. (2007).
  • State Representative Frank LaGrotta (D) pleaded guilty to two counts of corruption for giving away $26,000 of state funds in the 2006 Pennsylvania General Assembly bonus controversy. Sentenced to six months’ house arrest, probation, and fines. (2007)
  • State Representative Thomas W. Druce (R) was convicted in 2000 of a 1999 hit and run that killed a man. (2000)
  • State Representative R. Tracy Seyfert (R) pleaded guilty to Theft of Federal Property by acquiring a $160,000 dollar, 10 ton generator for her own use if the power grid had failed on the Millennium. She was sentenced to five years in federal prison and assessed a $5,000 fine. (2001)
  • State Senator Bill Slocum (R) pleaded guilty to six criminal misdemeanor charges for filing false reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and discharging 3.5 million gallons of raw sewage into Brokenstraw Creek while he was a sewage plant manager in Youngsville, Pennsylvania.(2000)
  • State Representative Frank Gigliotti (D) was convicted and sentenced in 2000 to 46 months incarceration for extortion, mail fraud, and filing a false income tax return.(2000)
  • State Representative Jeffrey Habay (R) was found guilty on December 12, 2005, of conflict of interest. he resigned and was sentenced to 6 to 12 months of prison followed by four years of probation.
  • State Senator F. Joseph Loeper (R) pleaded guilty in federal court of falsifying tax-related documents to conceal more than $330,000 in income he received from a private consulting firm while serving in the Senate.He resigned his senate seat on December 31, 2000, and was later released from federal prison at Fort Dix, New Jersey, after serving 6 months.(2000)

Local

  • President Judge of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Mark Ciavarella (D) sentenced to 28 years in federal prison for his involvement in the Kids for cash scandal. (2009)
  • Senior Judge Michael Conahan (D) sentenced to 17.5 years in federal prison for his involvement in the Kids for cash scandal. (2009)
  • Cumberland County Commissioner Bruce Barclay (R) was convicted of two felonies and several misdemeanors using cameras hidden in radios, motion detectors and intercom systems, other men having sex in bathrooms, bedrooms and recreation areas. He also admitted to regularly hiring male prostitutes (2007)
  • WOW …OUTRAEOUS …RIGHT ?.. THESE ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO GOT CAUGHT .. AS YOU KNOW THE OLD SAYING GOES : IT IS NOT WHAT YOU KNOW IT IS WHAT THEY CAN PROVE ……..AND IS WHY MANY POLITICANS GET AWAY WITH CRIMES … WHICH THEY SHOULD HAVE A HEAVIER SENTENCE THEN  A SLAP ON THE WRIST…SO REMEMBER BEFORE YOU EVEN THINK ABOUT A CANIDATE CHECK THEM OUT COMPLETELY AND GO FROM THERE… THIS IS JUST WITHIN A TEN YEAR PERIOD ………… IT DOESN’T LIST THE THE MINOR INFRACTIONS ..AS YOU CAN SEE THAT THESE PEOPLE WHO WERE CAUGHT RECEIVED A SLAP ON THE WRIST COMPARED TO AN AVERAGE CITIZEN ……………AS HISTORY HAS REPEATED ITSELF THE LAW DOESN’T SEEM TO APPLY TO THE RICH BECAUSE THEY LIVE BY A DIFFIRENT  SET OF RULES AND KNOW HOW TO BEND AND MINIPULATE THE LAWS TO THEIR OWN ADVANTAGE  …  ALL POLITICANS SHOULD BE BONDED AND SHOULD BE BETTER WATCHED OVER .. ALL THE POLITICANS SHOULD GO THOUGH A TWICE A YEAR RANDOM CHECK OF FUNDS AND WHAT THEY ARE USING THEM FOR ..THEY ARE  PEOPLE WHO WE TRUST AND ELECT INTO  ANY POLITICAL OFFICE….. THEY  ARE NOT ABOVE ANYONE AND THEY SURE ARE NO BETTER THAN THE PEOPLE WHO VOTE  FOR THEM  ….. WHICH BECAUSE THEY ARE OUR POLITICANS THEY SHOULD BE HELD TO A HIGHER STANDARD……. RIGHT?   THEY JUST HAVE MORE MONEY THAN WE THE PUBLIC WHO DONATE TO THEIR CAUSE …IN HOPE THAT THEY DO THE RIGHT THING ?THAT WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES DESERVE BETTER …………THEY THINK THEY ARE  BETTER THAN THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THEM IN OFFICE .BUT THEY ARE NOT …..THEY SHOULD BE BETTER WATCHED OVER AND THE  FUNDS THEY COLLECT FROM THEIR CAMPAIGNS SHOULD BE BETTER MONITORED AND CONTROLED … BY A THIRD PARTY NOT CONNECTED TO ANY POLITICAN OR ANY GOVERNMENT OFFICE ..WE THE PUBLIC AND THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES DESEVER BETTER ..

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