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  • Book of moron

    11/16/2011 6:28:58 AM PST · by KyGeezer · 2 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | 11/16/11 | REUVEN FENTON and BRUCE GOLDING
    There was apparently no treasure too small to be plundered. City Councilman Larry Seabrook’s alleged sales-slip scams included padding the prices on a stack of children’s books — including the classic pirate tale “Treasure Island” — according to evidence presented yesterday at his federal corruption trial. Five gift receipts that the Bronx Democrat allegedly claimed covered books bought for $25 each were actually for titles that cost just $3.99 apiece, a senior Barnes & Noble employee testified. José Nario, director of the merchandise system for the bookstore chain, said the five tomes were purchased on June 6, 2006, at a...
  • FBI raids RI lawmaker's office

    11/10/2011 4:36:49 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 25 replies · 1+ views
    WPRI.com ^ | Nov 9, 2011 | Nancy Krause
    FBI raids RI lawmaker's office Sources: Rep. under investigation for fraud Updated: Thursday, 10 Nov 2011, 6:02 AM EST Published : Wednesday, 09 Nov 2011, 3:30 PM EST * By Nancy Krause PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Federal investigators spent Wednesday bringing out boxes from the Providence office of Rep. John J. McCauley during an afternoon raid. According to Jim Martin from the US Attorney's Office in Providence, agents were executing a search warrant at McCauley & L'Europa Public Insurance Adjusters. Law enforcement sources told Eyewitness News McCauley, deputy speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, was under investigation for alleged...
  • Former Democratic Party chairman enters no contest plea

    10/19/2011 4:26:08 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 7 replies
    The Oakland Press ^ | 10-17-2011 | ANN ZANIEWSKI
    The former chairman of the Oakland County Democratic Party will be sentenced in December after entering a no contest plea to charges related to allegations of voter fraud. Michael McGuinness was charged earlier this year with three counts of uttering and publishing, and three counts of perjury. He and Jason Bauer, the former political director of the county’s Democratic Party, were accused of fraudulently entering the names of three people as candidates for a group calling itself The Tea Party for county commission or state Senate seats to appear on the November 2010 ballot. ...... Oakland County Executive L. Brooks...
  • NJ Lawmaker Pulls a Weiner, Resigns (another pol is naked on the net)

    08/03/2011 7:28:28 AM PDT · by Liz · 62 replies
    msnbc.msn.com ^ | 8/2/11 | Teresa Masterson / NBCPhiladelphia.com
    Cumberland County Freeholder and recent Dem party chair, Louis N. Magazzu took nude photos of himself and sent them to a woman online. After demands from fellow legislators, Magazzu resigned from office and had recently resigned as Dem party chair. He admitted he took the nude photos with his cell phone standing naked in front of a mirror. He sent the pics via email. Magazzu is still married, though he's been separated for two years, according to his attorney. The 53-year-old Democrat sent the nude photos to a woman with whom he corresponded online. He says she requested the photos...
  • Southie Rep. Wallace indicted on campaign finance charges

    07/21/2011 7:57:55 PM PDT · by massmike · 12 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 07/21/2011 | Chris Cassidy
    A Suffolk Grand Jury has indicted former South Boston state Rep. Brian Wallace and his campaign treasurer on charges of failing to report thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, the Attorney General’s office said today. Wallace, 61, and his treasurer, Timothy Duross, 50, of Boston, is accused of failing to report $6,345 in campaign contributions in 2008, representing 17 percent of his total contributions. Neither Wallace nor Duross were able to produce receipts or other backup documentation when asked to do so, according to the AG. Wallace was first elected Southie’s state rep in 2003 and opted not to run...
  • Former state Sen. Mandy Dawson arrested on federal income tax charge [Florida RAT]

    07/21/2011 8:39:45 AM PDT · by freespirited · 11 replies
    Tampabay.com ^ | 07/20/11
    Former South Florida state legislator Mandy Dawson was arrested Wednesday on a federal income tax charge, and she is scheduled to go before a judge in Orlando later Wednesday for her initial court appearance. The allegations are a troubling epilogue to the 16-year political career of the groundbreaking politician. Broward County’s first black woman in the state Legislature, she came to be known as a champion of the poor and the medically needy, serving six years in the state House followed by a decade in the state Senate. Dawson, a Democrat whose district stretched from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach...
  • Medicaid fraud probe focuses on state lawmaker (Dem.)

    07/02/2011 9:30:41 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 9 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 7/1/11 | Michael Sallah, Rob Barry, and Carol Marbin Miller
    Months after Florida lawmaker Daphne Campbell promised to crack down on Medicaid fraud, state agents are now carrying out her pledge by focusing on an unexpected target: Campbell’s own health-care business. The state attorney general’s office is tracing hundreds of thousands in payments by the state to group home companies that were run by Campbell and her husband, according to sources close to the investigation. (snip) Neither Campbell, 54, a Democrat whose House district covers northeast Miami-Dade, or Hubert Campbell, 46, who was convicted in a mortgage fraud case in 2007, would respond to interview requests
  • D.C. attorney general: [City Councilman] Harry Thomas Jr. diverted public funds

    06/06/2011 4:24:49 PM PDT · by freespirited · 3 replies
    Wapo ^ | 06/06/11 | Mike DeBonis and David Nakamura
    D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. arranged to have more than $300,000 in public funds diverted to groups he controlled, and used the money as a lavish personal account, purchasing an Audi SUV and taking trips to Las Vegas and Pebble Beach, the city’s attorney general said Monday. In releasing a highly anticipated report, Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan alleges that Thomas’s inappropriate “conversion” of the money for personal use was “willful, intentional and knowing.” Nathan has filed a civil lawsuit aimed at forcing Thomas (D-Ward 5) to repay the money and intends to refer his findings to the U.S....
  • Former County Election Commissioner Sentenced 20 Years for Racketeering and Voter Fraud

    03/09/2011 3:28:26 PM PST · by Larry381 · 9 replies
    Dept Of Justice ^ | March 8, 2011 | United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Kentucky
    FRANKFORT, KY—A former democratic election commissioner in Clay County was sentenced today to 20 years for his role in helping a criminal enterprise make millions of dollars and obtain power and authority in the county. Charles Wayne Jones, 71, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Danny C. Reeves for conspiring with a former circuit court judge, a school superintendent, and other county officials in schemes that involved racketeering, money laundering, and voter fraud. Last March, a jury convicted Jones and seven others for their roles in the above mentioned schemes. The jury also found that the eight men were...
  • Officials in court for voter fraud: Councilman, Democratic election commissioner enter not-guilty

    01/30/2011 11:19:25 AM PST · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    http://saratogian.com/ ^ | Jan. 28, 2011 | DAVE CANFIELD
    After being brought into a Rensselaer County courtroom in handcuffs, Councilman Michael LoPorto and Democratic Election Commissioner Edward McDonough pleaded not guilty Friday to a combined 116 felony counts alleging they falsified dozens of absentee votes. The men were released on their own recognizance after being arraigned on an indictment handed up Friday morning. It charges McDonough, 47, with 38 counts of second-degree forgery and 36 counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument; LoPorto, 58, faces 13 second-degree forgery counts and 29 counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument. The Democrats had been the targets of a grand...
  • Developer: I gave $10G to Dianne Wilkerson

    12/23/2010 6:38:55 AM PST · by massmike · 13 replies · 1+ views
    bostonherald.com ^ | 12/23/2010 | Laurel J. Sweet
    A Boston developer, testifying publicly for the first time yesterday in an explosive pre-sentencing hearing for former Democratic state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, said he slipped the admittedly corrupt pol as much as $10,000 over the course of an eight-year friendship — and she wanted $10,000 more — before she finally went to bat for him in 2008 for his dream project of a life sciences center in Roxbury. “She did mention to me that cash would be preferable,” said businessman Azid Mohammed, who was placed on the stand at the request of Wilkerson’s defense team, in hopes of undermining the...
  • Gov. Christie and the Fight over Judicial Reform

    12/11/2010 7:00:54 PM PST · by freespirited · 13 replies
    Red State ^ | 12/11/10 | "Lexington_Concord" (screen name)
        Chris Christie’s fights with the teachers’ unions in New Jersey have been well documented in the national press and conservative blogosphere.  However, Christie has been engaged in another, possibly more significant fight over reforming the New Jersey Supreme Court that has, until now received relatively scant amounts of national attention. As detailed in the New York Times and the WSJ ($), the fight erupted in May when Christie exercised his (admittedly seldom-used) prerogative to not re-appoint the liberal John E. Wallace to the New Jersey State Supreme Court. As we have seen all too often at both the State and...
  • Jean Quan, Oakland's new mayor, gets car booted

    Oakland Mayor-elect Jean Quan got her car booted outside City Hall on Tuesday for failing to pay more than $1,000 in parking tickets.
  • State senator reportedly facing indictment on bribery charges (Dirty Democrat Ping!)

    A Democratic state senator who represents parts of Monroe, Carbon and Luzerne counties and lives in the Pittston area of Luzerne County has been reportedly indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly accepting thousands in bribes, The Citizens' Voice newspaper in Wilkes-Barre reports. The story posted on the newspaper's website says state Sen. Raphael Musto, D-14th District, received breaks on building renovations, holiday gifts and cash kickbacks from a company in exchange for state grants Musto helped secure.
  • Prince George's County (Maryland) Executive Jack B. Johnson arrested [NAME THAT PARTY ALERT]

    11/12/2010 1:57:13 PM PST · by freespirited · 19 replies · 2+ views
    Wapo ^ | 11/12/10 | Ruben Castaneda and Avis Thomas-Lester
    Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson was arrested at his home Friday morning by federal law enforcement agents, and he is tentatively scheduled to appear in court on federal charges later Friday afternoon. Johnson and his wife, Leslie E. Johnson, were taken away in handcuffs shortly before 1 p.m. Johnson, wearing a camel-colored suit and white shirt, did not address reporters' questions. Johnson, who is coming to the end of his term next month, is expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. Their appearances are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. The charges will be unsealed...
  • [South Texas Dem] Lawmaker found guilty of tampering, perjury

    10/27/2010 2:50:20 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    statesman.com ^ | October 27, 2010 | Steven Kreytak
    A Travis County jury today found South Texas lawmaker Kino Flores guilty of multiple counts of tampering with a governmental record and perjury in connection with omissions Flores made on financial disclosure forms required to be filed by state elected officials. Flores, a 14-year state representative, was convicted of five counts of misdemeanor tampering with a governmental record, four counts of felony tampering with a governmental record and two counts of misdemeanor perjury. He faces up to two years in a state jail and a $10,000 fine on each of the felony counts. Any state jail time assessed for each...
  • Massive healthcare fraud scheme uncovered in Miami (Owner and CEO are Democrat donors)

    10/22/2010 10:09:58 AM PDT · by Qbert · 1 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo Finance ^ | 10/22/2010 | Tom Brown
    MIAMI (Reuters) - The top two officials of a leading chain of community mental health centers were among four people arrested in Miami on Thursday in connection with a scheme involving about $200 million in fraudulent medical claims, U.S. prosecutors said. The four conspired to charge Medicare, the federal health insurance plan for the elderly and disabled, for mental health services that were either unnecessary or never provided to patients, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida. The arrested were: Lawrence Duran, owner of American Therapeutic Corp; Marianella Valera, chief executive officer of the company;...
  • Auditor candidate claimed two property tax exemptions (Another DEMOCRAT tax cheater)

    10/07/2010 9:59:06 PM PDT · by jocon307 · 1 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 10/07/2010 | S. Geisler & W.V. Robinson
    Suzanne M. Bump, the Democratic nominee for state auditor, considers the Berkshire town of Great Barrington her home. She and her husband vote and register their cars there. It is the address she lists on the Nov. 2 ballot. Because of that, she receives a benefit: exemption from paying a personal property tax levied on homeowners who are not full-time residents. But Bump and her husband, Paul F. McDevitt, have saved more than $6,000 in Boston property taxes since 2006 by reporting that a condominium they own in South Boston is their principal residence, according to tax and property records...
  • Bell official pocketed $1.5M in salary and unusually generous benefits [20 weeks paid vacation!!]

    08/07/2010 5:58:11 PM PDT · by freespirited · 40 replies
    Mnpls Star-Tribune ^ | 08/07/10 | Koua Fong Lee
    BELL, Calif. - A former Bell city official's huge $787,000 salary is only half of his unusually generous total compensation, according to local media reports. KTTV Fox 11 News first reported on Friday night that former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo's benefits, which include 20 weeks paid vacation, bring his total annual compensation to more than $1.5 million. According to public records reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Rizzo was to receive $386,786 in paid vacation and sick benefits this year, in addition to his base salary. The documents show that Rizzo's investment accounts and other benefits received payments. The...
  • Feds appeal sentence of powerful ex-Pa. Sen. Fumo [RAT-Phila]

    07/08/2010 8:02:14 AM PDT · by freespirited · 1 replies
    PHILADELPHIA — U.S. prosecutors are taking the rare step to appeal the sentence of former Pennsylvania state Sen. Vincent Fumo in his sprawling corruption case. The 67-year-old Fumo is serving a 4 1/2-year sentence for defrauding the state Senate, a museum and a nonprofit of millions. Prosecutors had sought a 15-year term. In an appeal filed Thursday, they call Sr. U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter's decision "unreasonable" and "unduly lenient." They are also appealing the one-year term of ex-Fumo aide Ruth Arnao. Fumo was convicted last year of using the victim groups to maintain his mansion, spy on political rivals,...
  • FBI, IRS raid Senator Mellow's home, office (PA State Senate Democrat Leader)

    06/18/2010 12:34:01 PM PDT · by Rational Thought · 15 replies · 705+ views
    Times-Tribune.com ^ | 06/18/2010 | JOE MCDONALD, DAVID FALCHEK AND BORYS KRAWCZENIUK
    The FBI and Internal Revenue Service are investigating state Senate Democratic Leader Robert J. Mellow for unspecified illegal activity, FBI spokesman Frank Burton Jr. said today. The agencies were executing search warrants at Mr. Mellow's home in Archbald and at his legislative office in Peckville, said Mr. Burton, an FBI spokesman in Philadelphia. FBI agents are removing items from Mr. Mellow's Archbald home and from his Peckville district office. Agents carried filled plastic bags from his office and house to their vehicles, but refused to comment on what they took or the nature of the raid. Mr. Mellow has been...
  • Convicted: Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez found guilty of bribery

    06/18/2010 8:52:48 AM PDT · by Steve495 · 284+ views
    Radio Vice Online ^ | June 18, 2010 | Steve McGough
    After a long corruption investigation and a two-month trial, current Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez - a Democrat - was found guilty of bribery and a couple of other charges. He was found not guilty of fabricating evidence. Read more...
  • Attorney Charged With Taking Sex As Payment

    06/16/2010 9:56:58 AM PDT · by Abathar · 24 replies · 968+ views
    PRINCETON, Ind. -- A southwestern Indiana attorney running for prosecutor has been indicted on charges that he had sex with a female client for her to pay off a $550 debt for legal work in a civil case. Authorities said an Indiana State Police investigation of William Wallace, 57, of Princeton, began when the woman reported that Wallace had shown her boyfriend a video of their sexual encounters.
  • Dirty Judge Pleads Guilty In Kids-For-Cash Case

    04/29/2010 8:17:11 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies · 296+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/29/10 | Friends of Ours
    Michael T. Conahan, a Luzerne County, PA Common Pleas Judge whom federal prosecutors charged last September with sending supposedly delinquent kids to a privately-run juvie hall in exchange for cash from its builder and former owner, has agreed to plead guilty to a racketeering charge as reported by Hank Grezlak and Leo Strupczewski for The Legal Intelligencer. Conahan's co-defendant and fellow Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. continues to maintain his own innocence. In any event, "news of the plea deal is likely to cause a great deal of unease among some in Northeastern Pennsylvania, sources told The Legal Intelligencer, because...
  • [Wife of Former OH AG] Alyssa Lenhoff Pleads Guilty [Name That Party!]

    04/26/2010 3:08:53 PM PDT · by freespirited · 8 replies · 478+ views
    WYTV ^ | 04/26/10
    Accompanied by her lawyer, a nervous-looking Alyssa Lenhoff walked into the Franklin County Municipal Court Monday to plead guilty to state ethics charges. At one point, she appeared on the verge of tears as the judge accepted her plea and told the wife of Ohio's former attorney general, "it gives me no pleasure to meet you here." Lenhoff was given a suspended jail sentence and fined $1,000 and court costs. The single count of having an unlawful interest in a public contract dealt with her work to obtain a $6,500 grant from the Ohio Attorney General's Office while her now-estranged...
  • FBI, IRS raid NY state senator's Bronx clinic

    04/21/2010 6:49:47 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 18 replies · 864+ views
    hosted ^ | Apr 21 | JIM FITZGERALD
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal authorities raided a government-funded clinic run by the state Senate's majority leader, one day after New York's attorney general accused him of siphoning $14 million from it. About a dozen FBI and IRS agents and investigators from the attorney general's office appeared Wednesday at the Soundview Healthcare Network in the Bronx, where a big canopy above the front door lists Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. as its president and CEO.....
  • NY attorney general sues state Senate leader

    04/20/2010 9:43:37 AM PDT · by freespirited · 4 replies · 191+ views
    Google/AP ^ | 04/20/10
    New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is accusing state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. of siphoning $14 million from the senator's government-funded Bronx clinic. Cuomo announced a lawsuit Tuesday against nearly 20 current and former officials of an Espada company known locally as Soundview. The attorney general says Espada diverted charitable assets to himself, relatives and friends and for his political operation. There was no immediate comment from Espada, who had called Cuomo's investigation a "witch hunt" to boost the attorney general's political career. They are both Democrats. Espada is a freshman senator who was instrumental in a coup...
  • O.C. lawyer James Toledano indicted (former county Democratic Party chairman, assembly candidate)

    04/04/2010 9:51:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 727+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/4/10 | My-Thuan Tran
    An Orange County grand jury has indicted attorney James Toledano, the former chairman of the county's Democratic Party and a three-time Assembly candidate, on two felony counts related to an alleged extortion scheme. The jury on Friday also indicted one of Toledano's clients, former personal trainer Michael Earl Roberts, on the same charges. Roberts, 44, allegedly made dozens of harassing and threatening phone calls to a former client and her friends between 2006 and 2008 and threatened to sue her, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Roberts said he was going to "destroy" her by having false and...
  • Judge orders fmr IN mayor, aides to pay $108 million (East Chicago--guess the party!)

    03/12/2010 4:12:31 AM PST · by BobbyT · 4 replies · 374+ views
    HAMMOND, Ind. – A federal judge has ordered a former northern Indiana mayor and two ex-aides to pay $108 million in civil damages in an alleged sidewalks-for-votes scheme. The suit says former East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick and others spent $24 million in public money on private driveways, patios and walkways to court voters in 1999. Pastrick left office in 2004 and was never charged criminally.
  • Levin Repays Property Tax Credit

    03/06/2010 9:42:50 PM PST · by RedMDer · 23 replies · 519+ views
    Roll Call ^ | March, 25, 2010 | Jennifer Nachnin
    Newly appointed House Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin (D-Mich.) repaid a Maryland property-tax credit Friday that he should not have received, his office confirmed.
  • Ex-Birmingham, Alabama mayor sentenced for fraud (63-year-old Democrat, 15 years in prison)

    03/05/2010 10:52:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 408+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/5/10 | Verna Gates
    TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (Reuters) – Larry Langford, the former mayor of Alabama's largest city, Birmingham, was sentenced on Friday for his role in a high-profile federal case for corruption. Judge Scott Coogler sentenced Langford, a 63-year-old Democrat, to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors had sought a term of at least 24 years after Langford's conviction on an array of fraud and bribery charges last year. "I'm not interested in who I make happy or don't make happy," said Coogler as he pronounced the sentence. In addition to his time behind bars, Langford was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to pay...
  • Bennett report: [Marion] Barry benefited from city contract obtained for ex-girlfriend

    02/16/2010 12:53:42 PM PST · by freespirited · 12 replies · 335+ views
    Wapo ^ | 02/16/10 | Tim Craig
    D.C. Council Member Marion Barry personally benefited from the contract he obtained for his former girlfriend and directed earmarks that "provided substantial financial benefits to some of his close friends and supports," according to a report by attorney Robert S. Bennett. In the report, Bennett stated Barry violated "D.C. law, council rules and policies and procedures" and recommends his findings be referred to the U.S. Attorney for possible criminal charges. Barry responded that he did nothing wrong because the council had no written procedures outlining whom a council member could give a contract to. In July, after news surfaced that...
  • Suspended Jersey City mayor Leona Beldini convicted [Name That Party!!]

    02/11/2010 2:37:20 PM PST · by freespirited · 31 replies · 673+ views
    Northjersey.com ^ | 02/11/10 | Peter Sampson
    Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini was found guilty Thursday of two of six counts in a scheme to extort bribes from a government informant posing as a developer seeking favorable action on high-rise condominium project. The jury returned its split verdict shortly after 4 p.m. on the second day of deliberations in U.S. District Court in Newark. Beldini, 74, was acquitted of the most serious charges of conspiracy to commit extortion and two counts of attempted extortion. The jury found her guilty of two counts of receiving bribes from Solomon Dwek, the convicted swindler behind the largest FBI corruption...
  • State Senate votes to boot Sen. Hiram Monserrate, citing his misdemeanor assault conviction (NY)

    02/09/2010 8:28:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 516+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | February 9th 2010 | Glenn Blain and Kenneth Lovett
    Roske/APHiram Monserrate vows to fight his expulsion from the state Senate. ALBANY - The state Senate voted to boot embattled Sen. Hiram Monserrate on Tuesday night, citing the lawmaker's conviction in the assault on his girlfriend. The vote was 53 to 8 with one abstention. The dramatic vote came after hours of impassioned closed-door debate - the only question seemed to be just when Monserrate would be expelled. Senate Democratic leader John Sampson, wanted to make the ouster effective on June 30, giving Monserrate time to appeal his conviction of misdemeanor assault against his girlfriend. But with Republican support, there...
  • Bronx Councilman Seabrook busted on fraud and extortion charges

    02/09/2010 9:34:40 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies · 307+ views
    New York Post ^ | 02/09/10 | BRUCE GOLDING and CLEMENTE LISI
    Three-term City Councilman Larry Seabrook was indicted today on extortion, fraud and money laundering charges -- including shaking down a Bronx boiler company who had received a contract from the Yankees -- after he was caught stealing as part of an ongoing probe stemming from a slush fund scandal, authorities said. The feds claim Seabrook, who has been a member of the City Council since 2001, shook down the unnamed company for $50,000 after they were awarded a lucrative contract by the Bronx Bombers to install boilers at the new Yankee Stadium. Seabrook (D-Bronx) took the money, in the form...
  • Ex-Assemblyman From Queens Gets Six-Year Term for Influence Peddling

    02/05/2010 10:24:41 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies · 191+ views
    New York Times ^ | 02/04/10 | COLIN MOYNIHAN
    The former assemblyman Anthony S. Seminerio, who prosecutors said took more than $1 million in payments from people and organizations doing business with the state, was sentenced to six years in prison by a federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday. For 30 years Mr. Seminerio, a Democrat, cultivated a streetwise persona and the trappings of crude political clout while representing the 38th District in southwest Queens. * * * The judge also chided him for his “refusal to acknowledge the breadth and depth of your criminal conduct.” Mr. Seminerio, 74, is among more than a dozen state lawmakers who have...
  • Another Daley Alderman Heads to the Slammer: Are the Wheels Coming Off the Chicago Machine?

    02/03/2010 1:55:45 PM PST · by STARWISE · 20 replies · 546+ views
    Big Journalism ^ | 2-3-10 | Frank Ross
    Like father like son. Chicago Alderman Isaac “Ike” Carothers has pleaded guilty to corruption and faces 28 months in jail. His father, former Alderman William Carothers, was convicted of attempted extortion in 1983. Here’s how Chicago’s WGN TV News announced the 31st Chicago City Council Alderman since 1973 – but, hey, who’s counting – to be convicted of crimes that include paying a bribe, taking a bribe, extortion, attempted extortion, tax fraud, tax evasion, racketeering, and ghost-payrolling schemes. Ike was formally charged with fraud and bribery last May by U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the legal beagle who has former...
  • Ald. Carothers pleads guilty to corruption, resigns [Name that party Alert]

    02/01/2010 7:13:55 PM PST · by freespirited · 7 replies · 374+ views
    Chicago Breaking News ^ | 02/01/10 | Jeff Coen and Todd Lighty
    Ald. Carothers pleads guilty to corruption, resigns February 1, 2010 6:48 PM | 44 Comments | UPDATED STORY Ald. Isaac "Ike" Carothers pleaded guilty today to federal corruption charges in a deal with prosecutors that calls for him to be sentenced to 28 months in prison. Hours after entering the plea, Carothers resigned from the City Council in a letter to Mayor Richard Daley. "Please keep me and my family in your prayers," Carothers wrote. In admitting he accepted $40,000 in improvements to his home for supporting a developer's controversial project in his ward, Carothers joins a long list of...
  • Athens County Democratic chairwoman resigns

    01/13/2010 10:05:17 AM PST · by flutters · 1 replies · 283+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | January 13, 2010 | Jim Phillips
    ATHENS, Ohio -- The chairwoman of the Athens County Democratic Party has resigned following her conviction on two misdemeanor charges of falsifying campaign-finance reports. In a letter to the county Board of Elections dated yesterday, Susan Gwinn announced that she had resigned Monday and turned over control of the party to Vice-Chairwoman Debbie Perry in accordance with party by-laws. Visiting Judge William H. Wolff Jr. filed his verdict in Athens County Common Pleas Court earlier Monday. The judge found that Gwinn falsified two campaign-finance reports in connection with her run for prosecutor in 2008: a pre-primary report, by not including...
  • Nebraskans on Sen. Ben Nelson’s Healthcare sellout: “Sue us!”

    12/23/2009 11:39:47 AM PST · by freespirited · 12 replies · 1,549+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/22/09 | Jodi McLeod
    “Equality before the law” may be the state motto for Nebraska, but some Nebraskans are asking for sister states to sue the Cornhusker state. “Is there anyone out there that will sue the State of Nebraska and/or Senators Ben Nelson and Harry Reid?” asks Patricia Rief-Heskett of Omaha. .. “The deal the senator made for Nebraska is against the law and against the Constitution,” says Rief-Heskett... And the Omahans has crossed all of her ‘ts’ and dotted all of her ‘i’s. “Our Constitution states in Article 1, Section 9: `No preference shall be given by any regulation of commerce or...
  • McCain: Ted Kennedy Would Be Disappointed that Health Care Reform Bill Isn't Bipartisan (BARF)

    12/21/2009 3:03:28 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 74 replies · 1,669+ views
    "I worked with him on many issues across party lines. There has never a major reform accomplished in the history of this country that hasn't been bipartisan, and he certainly, uh...all of the negotiations and efforts that I made with him, we never engaged in this kind of unsavory process of offering people different deals, which in the end cost people from other states lots of money and put burdens on them."
  • McCain: Obama administration has been more partisan than Clinton White House (wants bipartisanship)

    12/20/2009 8:15:58 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 45 replies · 1,816+ views
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave his challenger in the 2008 presidential election a stiff review Sunday as President Barack Obama nears completion of his first year in office. "[Obama] said there would be a change in the climate in Washington," McCain said. "There's been a change. It's more partisan. It's more bitterly divided than it's been." (snip) "At least under 'Hillarycare' they tried seriously to negotiate with Republicans," McCain said."There's been -- there has been no effort that I know of that -- serious across-the-table negotiations, such as I have engaged in with Democrats and with other administrations. And that...
  • Bexar Democrats Missing $200,000: Former Treasurer Suspected Of Taking Money

    12/17/2009 6:15:57 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 658+ views
    KSAT ^ | Wednesday, December 16, 2009 | Charles Gonzalez
    The Bexar County Democratic Party is missing $200,000. Carla Vela, outgoing party chairwoman, said at a hastily called press conference Wednesday that more than $200,000 of the party's money is missing from at least two accounts. Vela said that she first found out about the missing money on Monday afternoon, nearly five months after she first heard rumors that a $100,000 check she wrote in July as a partial payment of the 2008 primary had bounced... Vela said that she never looked into the issue further after treasurer Dwayne Adams repeatedly reassured her that it was a mistake... Vela said...
  • Revenue secretary quits in advance of new corruption charges

    12/15/2009 8:15:25 AM PST · by Daveinyork · 8 replies · 490+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 12-15-09 | Brad Bumsted
    HARRISBURG — State Revenue Secretary Stephen Stetler resigned from office this morning, hours before prosecutors were expected to announce more charges in their ongoing public corruption investigation. He is the third Revenue secretary to resign in the Rendell adminstration.
  • Rep. Thompson faces ethics probe over credit card measure, industry donations

    12/04/2009 6:16:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 441+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/4/09 | Tony Romm
    Concerns that the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee may have used a credit card bill to woo donations from credit card companies has prompted the chamber's ethics panel to open an investigation. The Washington Post first reported on Friday that staffers to Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) suspected foul play as early as this summer, after the committee unexpectedly took up a tough bill that would have implemented new fees to protect against credit card identity theft. According to the Post, Thompson collected about $15,000 in donations from the industry shortly after those hearings began, but no bill was...
  • Baucus Nominated Girlfriend for U.S. Attorney

    12/04/2009 7:51:21 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 49 replies · 2,401+ views
    Roll Call ^ | December 4, 2009 | John Stanton
    Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus’ office confirmed late Friday night that the Montana Democrat was carrying on an extramarital affair with his state office director, Melodee Hanes, when he nominated her to be U.S. attorney in Montana. According to a source familiar with their relationship, Hanes and Baucus began their relationship in the summer of 2008 – nearly a year before Baucus and his wife, Wanda, formally separated in April. The Senator has since divorced his wife. Hanes ended her employment with Baucus in the spring of this year. Hanes, who is divorced and now lives with Baucus in the...
  • VOTE FRAUD: OH College Democrats Implicated in Vote Bounty Scheme

    12/01/2009 1:07:39 PM PST · by CRNC · 30 replies · 3,318+ views
    RedState ^ | 12/1/09 | James Richardson
    Embattled Athens County, Ohio Democratic Chairwoman Susan Gwinn was indicted Monday on two counts of election-related bribery, special prosecutors announced today. Gwinn, who last month was charged with six felonies for campaign finance crimes and money-laundering, became the subject of a voter fraud investigation after an email from College Democrats Vice President Kellie Galan surfaced in which students were promised a cash bounty for every voter brought to the polls. "Remember, if you bring a friend from 4th ward they are more then [sic] a friend, they're 5 bucks!" Galan wrote to fellow College Democrats in the email. Athens' 4th...
  • Leader of Athens (Ohio) Democratic Party indicted on bribery charges (Shocking!)

    11/30/2009 4:14:04 PM PST · by buccaneer81 · 24 replies · 1,062+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | November 30, 2009 | Randy Ludlow
    Leader of Athens Democratic Party indicted on bribery charges Monday, November 30, 2009 6:10 PM By Randy Ludlow THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH The embattled chairwoman of the Athens County Democratic Party was indicted today on charges she sought to buy the votes of some Ohio University students. A grand jury charged Susan Gwinn with two counts of election-related bribery, said Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost, the special prosecutor in the case. No one else, including members of the OU College Democrats, was indicted after grand jurors heard testimony and evidence today, Yost said. The indictment comes after authorities investigated a charge...
  • Unburied bodies tell the tale of Detroit — a city in despair

    11/21/2009 12:37:15 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 58 replies · 2,557+ views
    The Times ^ | 11/21/2009 | Tim Reid
    The abandoned corpses, in white body bags with number tags tied to each toe, lie one above the other on steel racks inside a giant freezer in Detroit’s central mortuary, like discarded shoes in the back of a wardrobe. Some have lain here for years, but in recent months the number of unclaimed bodies has reached a record high. For in this city that once symbolised the American Dream many cannot even afford to bury their dead. “I have not seen this many unclaimed bodies in 13 years on the job,” said Albert Samuels, chief investigator at the mortuary. “It...
  • Byrd becomes longest-serving Congress member (tributes pour in to the Rat Porker alert)

    11/18/2009 9:57:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies · 932+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 18, 2009 | Laurie Kellman
    <p>West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd became the longest-serving lawmaker in congressional history Wednesday, a milestone to be marked with a morning of Senate tributes and a special resolution.</p> <p>It was unclear whether Byrd would be able to attend Wednesday's session.</p>