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  • Breaking: Harry Reid Tied to MASSIVE Bribery Case (VIDEO)

    07/17/2014 12:25:45 PM PDT · by lbryce · 127 replies
    Political Insider ^ | July 17, 2014 | Editor
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is a shady operator. From changing the Senate rules which allowed him to increase the tax-raising power of the Senate Democratic majority, ties to shady lobbyists, and numerous scandals in Nevada, it is little wonder how a guy on a relatively modest public servant salary has become obscenely wealthy. Now, Reid has been linked to a new massive bribery case that had two state attorneys general arrested already. Utah prosecutors on Tuesday filed criminal charges against two former state attorneys general in a court filing that makes tantalizing references to a possible pay-to-play influence...
  • Chesapeake contractor gets prison for scheme [Navy sealift command contractor -- bribery]

    06/24/2014 2:46:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Norfolk Virginian Pilot ^ | 6/24/2014 | Tim McGlone
    As head of a Chesapeake defense contracting firm, Roderic Smith thought he had to "pay to play." He thought bribery was all part of the government contracting game. "The pattern and amounts of payments were very formulaic and routine," his lawyers said in a court filing. The scheme "was a scheduled system to provide continuous access to compete and win contracts." Smith would learn that this was not routine, but when he tried to get out, he was extorted by a co-defendant to stay in. It went on for more than eight years before federal authorities stopped it. Smith, 50,...
  • Why The 2022 World Cup Actually Might Not Be In Qatar After All: Bribery Allegations

    06/04/2014 7:12:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/04/2014 | ALICE SPERI, VICE NEWS
    Nobody was ever particularly thrilled with Qatar winning the bid to host the 2022 World Cup — a decision that was met with a slew of criticism, for reasons ranging from the country’s unbearable heat to its abhorrent record of migrant labor abuse. Even FIFA’s president Sepp Blatter admitted, last month, that giving the World Cup to the Gulf country was a “mistake” — though he seemed more concerned with the prospect of watching the game in 120-degree weather than with the human rights of the Nepali laborers building stadiums in similar temperatures. But Qatar’s coveted spot as a host...
  • Qatar Bought the 2022 World Cup for $5 Million in Bribes

    06/02/2014 7:35:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/02 | Daniel Greenfield
    How much does it cost an Islamic tyranny linked to terrorists to buy a World Cup? It’s a bargain at a mere $5 million FIFA officials are even cheaper than Olympic officials. In the investigation by The Sunday Times, the newspaper claims to have obtained millions of secret documents from a Fifa insider that prove Mohamed Bin Hammam made payments totalling $US5 million to football officials in return for support of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid.Bin Hammam made dozens of payments of up to $200,000 (147,000 euros) to top football officials to secure votes for Qatar. He allegedly deposited the...
  • After conviction, Ray Nagin must forfeit $500K

    05/27/2014 8:55:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 5:14 PM EDT
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will have to pay the government more than $501,000 as a result of his conviction on bribery and other charges, a federal judge said Tuesday. Nagin was convicted in February on 20 counts including bribery, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy during his two terms as mayor. The Democrat served from 2002 to 2010 and was known his impassioned pleas for help for the city after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. …
  • Bruno, Ex-State Senate Leader, Is Acquitted on Fraud Charges

    05/16/2014 10:30:25 AM PDT · by Phlap · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | 05/16/2014 | JESSE McKINLEY
    Standing in a federal courthouse in a city he long called his political home, former Senator Joseph L. Bruno, the once powerful State Senate majority leader, was found not guilty on federal fraud charges on Friday. The verdict put an end to a legal battle nearly a decade in the making. “This system, it works, sometimes its slow but it works.,” Mr. Bruno, 85, said on the courthouse steps minutes later, flanked by his legal team and family members. Mr. Bruno, a Republican, was one of the three most powerful politicians in the state until his resignation in 2008 amid...
  • Ehud Olmert sentenced to six years in prison, NIS 1m. fine

    05/13/2014 4:46:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | May 13, 2014, 8:52 am | Yika Yaakov and Lazar Berman
    Judge blasts bribe-takers as ‘traitors’; former prime minister insists he’s innocent of corruption in Holyland case, will appeal conviction Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison, a two-year suspended term, and a fine of NIS 1 million ($289,000) in the Tel Aviv District Court on Tuesday, with the judge issuing a scathing rebuke of the former prime minister. The graft crimes for which Olmert was convicted, Judge David Rozen said, were “among the worst in the criminal code.” Rozen added that “without trust there can be no upstanding public service.” Olmert will have 45 days to appeal the...
  • Obama Birth Certificate Shocker: Evidence that Loretta Fuddy Was Paid Off?

    05/08/2014 8:29:49 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 37 replies
    The D.C. Clothesline ^ | 8 May 2014 | Dean Garrison
    Loretta Fuddy was the Health Director responsible for approving and releasing the “Certificate of Live Birth” that was sent to Barack Obama. Since that time, many have come to the conclusion that this birth record is a forgery. Fuddy died in December under bizarre circumstances. -SNIP- If I understand this correctly the woman made less than $100,000 yet managed to pay down her mortgage by well over $100,000 in a single year. For example, it sounds as if she could have made $90,000 and paid $140,000 toward her mortgage. How does that happen? That money came from somewhere. Could it...
  • Indicted Businessman Names Harry Reid as Alleged Recipient of Massive Bribe

    04/17/2014 7:37:18 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 108 replies
    GOP the Daily Dose ^ | 4/17/2014 | Amy Elizabeth
    A Utah businessman is rocking both state and national politics after claiming Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped him broker a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a federal investigation into his company quietly disappear, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Jeremy Johnson was allegedly told that the price would be $600,000, and claims to have made an initial payment of $250,000 when he was slapped with a federal lawsuit. Now he says he wants his money back. The Salt Lake Tribune points out that Johnson has no way of knowing whether the funds actually made it to...
  • Obama, Biden to announce millions for job training

    04/16/2014 1:21:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 | CNN White House Producer Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) – Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce highly skilled workers. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will head to a community college in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to make the announcement. The funding will come in two parts: $500 million toward a new job training competition that pairs community colleges with businesses, and $100 million for new apprenticeship programs to train workers. The White House says the new initiatives are meant to combat a...
  • Obama pal's ex-aide to plead guilty in grant scheme

    04/07/2014 7:15:11 PM PDT · by John W · 15 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 7, 2014 | Ray Long
    SPRINGFIELD—A onetime top aide to former state public health chief Dr. Eric Whitaker plans to plead guilty to bribery, theft and obstruction of justice in federal court this week in a $400,000 state grant kickback scam she is accused of trying to cover up, according to court documents the Tribune obtained. Quinshaunta Golden, 45, of Homewood, is scheduled to change her plea to guilty Thursday and has agreed to cooperate with authorities. Federal prosecutors have agreed to request a sentence of no more than 10 years and a month in prison, a copy of Golden's plea agreement shows. Whitaker, a...
  • Leftist Activists Bribe Israeli Passersby To Support ‘Peace’

    04/03/2014 11:15:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 4/3/2014, 7:48 PM | Ari Yashar
    If you can’t convince them, bribe them? As the peace talks crumble due to unilateral Palestinian Authority (PA) moves Tuesday breaching the talk conditions, and the US admits it can’t save the situation, one committed leftist group has decided to step in—by directly bribing Israelis to support “peace.” The group, Kol Echad (“One Voice”), announced that on Friday it will send dozens of activists to hand out checks for $1,175 to Israelis. The money for “peace” will apparently be passed out on Tel Aviv’s Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall on Friday between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. It is not known...
  • Will Ehud Olmert be sentenced to a long prison term for his bribery conviction?

    03/31/2014 6:50:44 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/31/2014 15:51 | NATI GABBAY, DANIEL CLINTON
    Legal experts agree that the state is likely to seek several years in prison for Olmert following his conviction in the Holyland affair; the fact that he has served in high government positions may work against him. With Ehud Olmert having been convicted Monday of bribery in the Holyland trial, attention will now turn to whether or not the former prime minister will serve time in prison for his crimes, and if so, how much time. Judge David Rozen said at the conclusion of the reading of the verdict against Olmert and nine others in the Holyland trial in Tel...
  • Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. tossed in jail after conviction on bribe charges (NYC)

    03/08/2014 5:43:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, March 7, 2014 12:33 PM | John Marzulli
    Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. was convicted of extortion and soliciting bribes by a federal jury Thursday and immediately tossed in jail. The corrupt Brooklyn Democrat closed his eyes and held his head with both hands as the jury foreman pronounced him guilty of all 21 counts in the indictment. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Capers then told the judge that Boyland, 43, broke the law even while on trial. FBI agents surveilled him driving in Brooklyn and Manhattan recently despite the suspensions of his license, registration and auto insurance. …
  • Obama Admin Announces 'Retroactive' Obamacare Subsidies

    02/28/2014 1:24:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/28/14 | Wynton Hall
    On Thursday, the Obama administration quietly announced it will allow consumers in states with busted Obamacare websites to retroactively bag taxpayer-funded insurance subsidies, even if they purchased health insurance outside the Obamacare marketplace. The move by the Obama administration will help Democratic candidates facing voters irate over Obamacare by now retroactively cutting checks to citizens in states with broken Obamacare websites. As CBS News reports, "Those who stand to benefit the most are Democratic governors who plunged ahead and ran into problems" because "Republican governors basically defaulted to federal control of online sign-ups in their states." Democratic Oregon Gov. John...
  • Former Arkansas (Democrat) state treasurer pleads not guilty (10 mail fraud charges)

    02/27/2014 1:21:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 2/27/14 | Jill Bleed - ap
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner pleaded not guilty Thursday to mail fraud charges alleging that she misspent campaign funds — counts that won't be part of her upcoming bribery and extortion trial. Shoffner, a Democrat, didn't speak during her arraignment in federal court on the new charges, 10 counts of mail fraud. The charges allege that she misspent $9,800 in campaign funds on clothing, cosmetics and other personal items. The judge set a March 31 trial date. Shoffner is scheduled to stand trial Monday on the bribery and extortion charges. In that case, she is...
  • Closing arguments in the Ray Nagin corruption trial present the former mayor as predator, or prey

    02/10/2014 9:14:50 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 2/10/14 | Mark Waller
    Closing arguments in the Ray Nagin corruption trial on Monday centered on whether the former New Orleans mayor was a predator focused on helping himself or prey for an assortment of shady operators. The prosecution portrayed Nagin as an opportunist who pursued businessmen under pressure to win city business, targeting them to line his own pockets. The defense characterized those contractors -- some of whom suffer from their own legal and financial problems -- as scheming to use Nagin without his knowledge, and now eager to testify to help their own situations. After the lawyers made their final pitches, the...
  • N.Y. Democrat’s chief of staff said bribery made her ‘hot’

    02/09/2014 4:03:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/07/14 | Douglas Ernst
    The chief of staff and star witness against a Democratic New York state assemblyman charged with taking bribes from undercover agents was recorded at a restaurant admitting that taking her own illegal payoff didn’t make her feel shame but arousal. “You just, like, made me hot,” said William Boyland Junior’s chief of staff, Ry-Ann Hermon, when an agent gave her a $1,000 payoff at the Blue Water Grill in Manhattan during a recorded 2011 meeting. The audio was played Thursday at Mr. Boyland’s corruption trial in Brooklyn federal court.
  • (Democrat New Orleans) Ex-Mayor Nagin goes on trial for bribery charges (finally)

    01/27/2014 2:46:30 AM PST · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 26, 2014 | Michael Kunzelman and Kevin McGill
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who led the city during its darkest days after Hurricane Katrina, will be thrust back into the spotlight this week when he goes on trial in a corruption case that mushroomed at the end of his eight-year tenure. [Snip] Nagin's 21-count indictment includes bribery and wire fraud charges, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and 20 years in prison, respectively.
  • Bob McDonnell, and the perils of being famous but not rich

    01/22/2014 2:27:54 PM PST · by libstripper · 8 replies
    The Week ^ | Jn. 22, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    "We are broke," confessed former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's wife Maureen in an email to his staff, and "have an unconscionable amount in credit card debt." Let's assume for the sake of argument that this is true. Does it exonerate the McDonnells from the very-serous allegations of accepting gifts in return for using the governor's office to dish out special treatment? Of course not. And yet... it might serve as at least a partial explanation as to why someone who seemed to be a rising star in politics would risk throwing it all away.
  • Former Va. Gov. McDonnell and wife charged in gifts case

    01/22/2014 9:47:18 AM PST · by libstripper · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 22, 2014 | Rosalind S. Helderman, Carol D. Leonnig and Sari Horwitz
    Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were charged Tuesday with illegally accepting gifts, luxury vacations and large loans from a wealthy Richmond area businessman who sought special treatment from state government. Authorities allege that for nearly two years, the McDonnells repeatedly asked executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. for loans and gifts of money, clothes, golf fees and equipment, trips, and private plane rides. The gifts and loans totaled at least $165,000.
  • Extortion and Bribery Revisited

    11/27/2013 8:06:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: This column is a continuation of my previous column “Bribery and Extortion,” which serves as an extended review of Peter Schweizer’s excellent new book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets. In the wake of the tragic December, 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Vice President Biden criticized more than just the gun industry. He also criticized the video game industry. He argued specifically that video games contribute to a national culture of violence. He stated immediately that he didn’t know what the government was going to do about it. Nonetheless, he said,...
  • WebMD received almost 5 million bucks for feds to promote Obamacare

    11/13/2013 6:41:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/13/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    A performer who pays for good reviews from critics usually isn't any good, and that would seem to be the case for Obamacare, too. Except that it is the taxpayers, not the performer laying out the bribe money, and the magnitude of the bribe dwarfs even the most lavish junkets offered by Hollywood. The Washington Times has a blockbuster exclusive story: Two months before enrollment began in the Obamacare exchanges, the administration's top health care official heaped praise on WebMD for launching an online resource to help Americans navigate the complex law. The consumer health care site had the occasional...
  • Bribery and Extortion

    11/12/2013 3:51:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2013 | Mike Adams
    As a criminology professor, one of the biggest challenges I face is explaining the difference between similar yet distinct criminal offenses. When students struggle, I usually help them with criminal law hypotheticals. For example, when explaining the difference between bribery and extortion, I tell them to imagine the following scenario: "A man is pulled over by a State Trooper for driving 100 miles per hour. As the Trooper approaches and asks for his wallet, the man pulls out a $100 bill and says 'I bet you $100 that you're going to give me a ticket.' The Trooper smiles, takes the...
  • Exclusive–Documents: Congress Charges Secret Fee to Land Top Committee Spots

    10/21/2013 4:08:03 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 10-21-13 | Wynton Hall
    Members of Congress must pay secret fees known as “party dues” to the Democratic and Republican parties to secure and maintain top committee chairmanships and assignments, newly uncovered internal documents reveal. The never-before-published lists are reprinted inside the new book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, written by Government Accountability Institute President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer. Senior congressional staffers say the committee price lists have long been rumored to exist but that few people on Capitol Hill have seen them, giving them an almost "mythical" quality. The book contains copies...
  • INTERVIEW: Life after prison for Monica Conyers

    10/19/2013 4:21:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    WXYZ ^ | 9/30/13 | Ronnie Dahl
    (WXYZ) - She's been keeping quiet since being released from prison, but now, Monica Conyers is breaking her silence. Monica Conyers showed support for her husband John during a tribute for the longtime congressman. **SNIP** The former Detroit City Council president is still on probation after serving 27 months for bribery. She is still limited in what she can say to the media, but says, she's happy to be home and is spending time focusing on her family, herself and cooking.
  • Obamacare website firm's execs had White House access

    10/15/2013 7:20:31 AM PDT · by libstripper · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct. 15, 2013 | Richard Pollock
    Senior executives from CGI Federal -- the company that won the Obamacare website contract -- enjoyed high-level access to top Obama administration officials, according to White House visitors' logs. CGI Federal is the U.S. subsidiary of CGI Group, the Canadian company based in Montreal that won the $93 million contract from the Department of Health and Human Services in December 2011 to build Healthcare.gov, the main Obamacare web site. Prior to the official award, senior CGI executives met with top White House officials and attended a number of invitation-only addresses by President Obama.
  • ObamaCare Phones Offered To Health Insurance Buyers

    10/03/2013 7:49:08 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    Say hello to Obamacare phones. In Tennessee, those shopping on the new health insurance co-ops could end up with more than just some health insurance. They might even walk away with a free smartphone. The Nashville Business Journal is reporting that Community Health Alliance, Tennessee’s Obamacare health insurance co-op, is using the prospect of a free phone to encourage folks to enroll:
  • Last free football tickets for Ga. lawmakers

    09/14/2013 8:34:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2013 11:11 AM EDT | Ray Henry
    One college football tradition in Georgia will soon disappear: Letting politicians into the stadium for free. A new law taking effect next year bans lobbyists from giving Georgia’s politicians free college football tickets, a rite as well-established as Game Day beer and barbecue in the football-obsessed South. … Disclosure reports show that lobbyists have given Georgia politicians nearly $1,400 in college football tickets and related entertainment since the start of the season in late August. That’s just the beginning. … Many lawmakers get tickets in Georgia because the Legislature controls the $6.4 billion higher education budget, including the roughly $1.9...
  • Residents protest renaming street Alcee Hastings Way

    08/21/2013 1:06:42 PM PDT · by kevcol · 12 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | August 19, 2013 | Heather Carney
    <p>A couple, who drives daily through their Huntington community on Southwest 148th Avenue, isn't happy with the commission’s decision to rename that street “Alcee Hastings Way.”</p> <p>Frank and Iris Scarfone sent out hundreds of emails and fliers asking residents to show up at Wednesday’s Miramar commission meeting to protest the street renaming. They say their community was never asked about the renaming and that Hastings’ controversial political history will have a negative impact on the community.</p>
  • Staffer Of Ex-Detroit City Councilwoman Pleads Guilty To Taking Bribes

    08/14/2013 8:14:07 AM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | August 14, 2013 | Local
    George Stanton, who worked with ex-Councilwoman Alberta Tinsley-Talabi, pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting $15,000 in bribes from Roy Dixon, an investment sponsor before the two Detroit pension funds . . Furthermore, Dixon is charged with embezzling more than $3 million in Detroit pension fund money from a separate private equity investment by both Detroit retirement systems in a used car dealer who specialized in customers with poor credit. . . Tinsley-Talabi has not been charged with any criminal wrongdoing.
  • China probes drugmaker Sanofi for alleged bribery

    08/10/2013 8:10:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 10, 2013 10:29 AM EDT
    Chinese authorities have launched an investigation against French drugmaker Sanofi following a news report that accused the company of bribing hundreds of Chinese doctors in 2007. An unnamed whistleblower told the Guangzhou-based, state-owned 21st Century Business Herald that the French company had paid 503 doctors a total of $274,000 to prescribe Sanofi products, disguising the payments as grants for research programs. China’s official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday that the Beijing municipal health bureau was teaming up with disciplinary authorities to look into the research programs and determine whether the payments were actually bribes. …
  • 2 Chicago men charged in Zimbabwe plot

    08/09/2013 6:22:01 AM PDT · by kevcol · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Aug 6, 2013 | Jason Meisner and Katherine Skiba
    "The Chicago connection NEVER surrenders or forgets its friends," a criminal complaint quoted one of the men as writing in a 2009 letter to the head of Zimbabwe's national bank. The two, Prince Asiel Ben Israel and C. Gregory Turner, were charged with violating federal law by lobbying on behalf Zimbabwe's longtime president, Robert Mugabe, whose violent and oppressive regime has been the target of U.S. economic sanctions since 2003. According to the charges, Ben Israel and Turner attempted to persuade undisclosed federal and state government officials — including an Illinois state senator and two U.S. representatives from Chicago —...
  • FBI Arrests Mayors Of Miami Lakes & Sweetwater

    08/06/2013 9:26:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 8/6/13
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the mayors of Miami Lakes and Sweetwater Tuesday on bribery charges. “They both were surprised,” a source familiar with the case told CBS4′s Jim DeFede. The arrests, first reported by CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, will be separate cases involving different people... Maroño is not only the Mayor of Sweetwater, but also president of the Florida League of Cities and was part of Governor Rick Scott’s transition team.
  • Business groups paying Hillary $200,000 per speech for some reason

    07/13/2013 10:21:01 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/12/2103 | Dan Calabrese
    Hey, if she can get them to pay it, far be it from me to argue that anyone should stop it from happening. Supply and demand, baby. It’s the same reason I have no problem with ballplayers making more money than some guy working to cure cancer - because when private parties freely enter into an agreement, God bless them. And they are, as the Washington Post reports: In the six months since stepping down as secretary of state, Clinton has addressed apartment-complex developers in Dallas, private-equity managers in Los Angeles and business executives in Grand Rapids, Mich. Still to...
  • Secret files reveal how pay-to-play works in N.J.

    06/24/2013 10:13:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger via NJ.com ^ | June 23, 2013 at 9:10 PM | Christopher Baxter
    The engineering firm Birdsall Services Group was built of New Jersey steel, the kind forged in a fire of wheeling and dealing and political influence that made the company a titan in the brawl for millions of dollars worth of public contracts. Now it’s all melting down. Birdsall, bankrupt and a shadow of its former self, admitted in state court this month to dumping loads of illegal campaign donations into the coffers of elected officials, a practice one former employee said “regularly won contracts” for the company. It was classic Jersey: Banned by law from giving more than $300 to...
  • 'Duke' Cunningham a free man today

    06/04/2013 6:44:51 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 23 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | June 4, 2013 | By John Wilkens
    Randy “Duke” Cunningham, the former North County congressman convicted of taking bribes while in office, should be a free man today. His 100-month sentence completed, the 71-year-old Navy ace is due to be released from a halfway house in New Orleans. Attempts to reach him for comment were unsuccessful, but he’s said in various letters over the years that he plans to live in Arkansas, where he has family.
  • CORRUPTION BOMBSHELL SHAKES ROCKLAND, NEW YORK CITY AND ALBANY

    05/29/2013 11:23:18 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 22 replies
    Several Rockland County and New York City-based lawmakers were arrested by federal authorities on corruption charges today. Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin (D) and Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret (D) were among those arrested. The Spring Valley pair are being hit with charges for allegedly taking bribes on sales of village property and asking for a stake in a company as conditions in a deal. Bronx GOP Chairman Jay Savino, who happens to live primarily in Congers and is Clarkstown’s tax certiorari attorney, was arrested for allegedly selling the mayoral ballot line in New York City to Senator Malcolm Smith of...
  • US Charges 3 NYU Researchers in Chinese Bribery Case

    05/28/2013 7:04:43 PM PDT · by Wingy · 18 replies
    Reuters Health Information ^ | May 20, 2013 | Nate Raymond and Jonathan Stempel
    NEW YORK (Reuters) May 20 - U.S. authorities brought criminal charges against three New York University researchers on Monday, alleging they conspired to take bribes from Chinese medical and research outfits for details about NYU research into magnetic resonance imaging technology. A criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan charged Yudong Zhu, 44, Xing Yang, 31, and Ye Li, 31, with commercial bribery in connection with NYU research financed by the U.S. government. Federal prosecutors and the FBI said the three conspired to receive payments from a Chinese medical imaging company, United Imaging Healthcare, and a research...
  • Inside Iraqi Corruption

    03/29/2005 4:35:34 PM PST · by Softwar · 460+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3/29/05 | Charles R. Smith
    Inside Iraqi Corruption Charles R. Smith Tuesday, March 29, 2005 John A. Shaw is a curious example of Washington politics gone mad. Shaw is a veteran government employee who served inside the White House under Presidents Ford, Nixon and Reagan and was an associate deputy secretary in the Department of Commerce. In 2001, Shaw was appointed by Bush Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld to head the newly formed Office of International Technology Security. In this post, Shaw began the difficult task of reforming government controls over the export of sensitive technology to foreign countries. In 2003, Shaw began investigating allegations of...
  • The Good Guys are Losing. Why?

    04/28/2013 9:09:02 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 30 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 28, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Can't we just wait for heroes to save us? That's easy but won't work.A fascinating article titled The Good Guys are Not Coming to Save Us was posted on April 23rd at Free-Man's Perspective. The first paragraph observes, A lot of Americans know that the US government is out of control. Anyone who has cared enough to study the US Constitution even a little knows this. Still, very few of these people are taking any significant action, and largely because of one error: They are waiting for “the good guys” to show up and fix things. The article provides much food for thought....
  • Gun-control bribery

    04/22/2013 11:22:55 AM PDT · by Edmunds mom · 4 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 4/22/13 | Scott Walter
    “Bribery isn’t what it once was,” said an official with one of the major gun-control groups. “The government has no money. Once upon a time you would throw somebody a post office or a research facility in times like this. Frankly, there’s not a lot of leverage.” So reports the center-left Politico, in a story that hasn’t received half the attention it should. Of course, many folks aren’t comfortable admitting that for decades, nonprofit advocacy groups have colluded with politicians to expand the federal government’s control over citizens—the Constitution and Bill of Rights be damned.
  • Another New York lawmaker charged in corruption case

    04/06/2013 10:11:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 4, 2013, 3:11 p.m. | Tina Susman
    For the second time in three days, prosecutors announced corruption charges Thursday against a New York state lawmaker, this time accusing a legislator of accepting bribes from businessmen who wanted his help in running and maintaining adult day-care centers. A 36-page complaint charged Sen. Eric Stevenson, who represents the 79th District in the Bronx, with accepting about $22,000—most of it stuffed into envelopes and handed over at a number of secretly recorded meetings—between April 2012 and this month. Stevenson, 46, who was elected in 2010, was charged with fraud, conspiracy and bribery and could face at least 20 years in...
  • Mumbai: possible Tiger links probed (Hillary Clinton's background and Ram Ranjan?)

    12/01/2008 9:50:21 PM PST · by earmarksrus · 7 replies · 821+ views
    It's a Kwazy Life ^ | December 1, 2008 | Tom Lamb
    Link "Pakistan told Indian officials to look into all aspects, including an LTTE or Al-Qaeda connection. Pakistan also informed India that some of the terrorists appeared to be South Indians and looked like LTTE cadres. India investigated every angle," the official said. London's Pakistani High Commissioner in an interview told BBC over the weekend that some of the terrorists looked very much like South Indians. From Sir Lanka Ministry of Defence ....... A little known terror outfit "Deccan Mujahideen" has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Anti-terrorist operations are continuing as Indian security forces take on the formidable mission to...
  • Bribery Allegations Surfaced Against WSJ in China

    03/17/2013 10:50:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | DEVLIN BARRETT And EVAN PEREZ
    The Justice Department last year opened an investigation into allegations that employees at The Wall Street Journal's China news bureau bribed Chinese officials for information for news articles. A search by the Journal's parent company found no evidence to support the claim, according to government and corporate officials familiar with the case. The U.S. government, meanwhile, is nearing the end of a broader investigation of the Journal's owner News Corp NWSA -0.95% . stemming from allegations of phone hacking and bribery at U.K. tabloids, among other issues, according to people familiar with the case. During the course of that broader...
  • Comment on this. Bribing elected officials to perform Their normal duties.

    02/03/2013 1:24:40 PM PST · by jongaltsr · 4 replies
    Sending money to the corrupt only further corrupts them for still more. They need to enforce what is already law and not be bribed to do so. Therefor it is totally worthless (counter productive actually) to bribe those that we elected. ------------------------------------------------------- Why should we send donations to politicians and other organizations to perform functions that they should not need money or motivation to perform. It is already written in law what their responsibilities and duties are. OUR sending money to such organizations and individuals only bleeds us further and makes them richer. I (personally) NEVER send money to politicians...
  • Inquirer Editorial: Time to stop playing favorites in Traffic Court (Philadelphia's ticket fixing)

    01/20/2013 12:41:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Philly ^ | 1/20/13
    Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi has stepped into the leadership void left by a state Supreme Court that seems more concerned with quelling embarrassment than fixing the historically dysfunctional Philadelphia Traffic Court. Pileggi wants to abolish the city's Traffic Court and transfer its authority over moving violations to Municipal Court. The Delaware County Republican's proposal comes in the wake of a scathing report documenting widespread ticket-fixing at Traffic Court for the friends and families of the politically connected. **SNIP** The report was ordered by Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille after the FBI raided judges' homes and the court. It...
  • How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation

    12/07/2012 12:30:53 PM PST · by AZLiberty · 10 replies
    HBR Blogs ^ | December 7, 2012 | James Allworth
    If there's been one topic that has entirely dominated the post-election landscape, it's the fiscal cliff. Will taxes be raised? Which programs will be cut? Who will blink first in negotiations? For all the talk of the fiscal cliff, however, I believe the US is facing a much more serious problem, one that has simply not been talked about at all: corruption. But this isn't the overt, "bartering of government favors in return for private kickbacks" corruption. Instead, this type of corruption has actually been legalized. And it is strangling both US competitiveness, and the ability for US firms to...
  • New website logs complaints from Pennsylvania voters (bribery and machine tampering)

    11/16/2012 1:36:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Triblive ^ | 11/15/12 | Adam Smeltz
    New website logs complaints from Pennsylvania votersBy Adam Smeltz Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012, 12:01 a.m. More than 500 voters used a new Pennsylvania website to complain about possible problems in the Nov. 6 election, the Department of State said Wednesday. The 534 complaints range from concerns about voter intimidation to potential issues with absentee ballots, voter registration, bribery and machine tampering, according to a state report. **SNIP** Election officials in several counties said they haven’t received complaints filed through the page. Ruman didn’t share specifics from the complaint files, but a state overview showed 14 people in Allegheny County...
  • Chicago Bar Offers Free Drink for Votes Against Romney

    11/03/2012 8:24:24 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-03-12 | Rebel Pundit
    A Chicago Bar called “Rocks” is currently offering free drinks to voters at their election-night party. The above photo of the flyer for the bar makes light of the Chicago way, of voting “early and often, (As long as it isn’t for Romney).”