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Extortion in New Mexico

Last month we reported how New Mexico’s state treasurer, Robert Vigil, was still collecting his annual salary of $85,000 even though he stepped down after being charged with federal extortion. Not surprisingly, Vigil denies the charges. But the government’s case against him has gained momentum now that former New Mexico…

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Detroit Absentee Ballots

Last week, a judge removed Detroit City Clerk Jackie Currie from her duty of overseeing the city’s mayoral election (Detroit Free Press article). Currie was not controlling election workers who were violating election laws by taking advantage of elderly citizens voting by absentee ballots. An investigation by Detroit News raises…

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Who’s Enforcing the Gambling Laws?

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has a well-documented cozy relationship with various casinos and an LA Times article illustrates just how tight he is with the world’s largest poker club. The problem is that the department Baca was elected to run is responsible for enforcing gambling laws, which of…

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Ohio Election

It will be interesting to see what happens with the four proposed constitutional amendments, sponsored by liberal groups, on today’s ballot in Ohio. Even the mainstream media has reported that angry John Kerry supporters (Associated Press article) across the country donated money in an effort to overhaul elections in the…

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Judgeships For Sale In New York?

The Brooklyn New York District Attorney is investigating whether several judges paid their way to the bench (New York Daily News). The man who apparently has evidence, Clarence Norman, is the former head of the Brooklyn Democratic Party and he refuses to cooperate. A notorious Brooklyn political powerhouse and former…

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Investigation Website Regarding Henry Cisneros Quietly Surfaces

Amidst the media frenzy surrounding Special Counsel Fitzgerald and the indictment of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, another investigation’s website has quietly opened: the website for Independent Counsel Barrett, the man in charge of investigating former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros. In 1994 the Department of Justice

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The Power of Drug Money

Pharmaceutical firms nationwide have secretly dished out hundreds of thousands of dollars to political leaders and civil rights groups that have endorsed the industry’s controversial initiative in the November 8 California election (LA Times article). The measure, called Proposition 78, would establish a discount prescription drug program for certain

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A Re-Hash of Hillary’s Role in Whitewater

The following is an excerpt of Jeffrey Rubin’s review of Peter Schweizer’s recent book, Do As I Say (Not As I Do): But nothing the Clintons could have done illegally in Whitewater could be half as appalling as what they did legally. Whitewater, as you may recall, was a real…

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Clinton Pays Eight Senate Staffers to Work on Campaign

Senator Clinton’s dual use of her full-time Senate staffers is somewhat unprecedented. At the moment she is paying eight of the staffers as much as a $2,600 monthly stipend in order to work on her upcoming re-election campaign. Despite what one might think, this practice is perfectly legal. But despite…

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More Trouble For Marion Barry—What’s New?

It’s not surprising that the politician best known for appearing in an FBI surveillance video smoking crack, is once again in legal trouble. Marion Barry, a four-term District of Columbia mayor, appeared in that tape 15 years ago and later got convicted on drug charges and served jail time. Now…

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Socialist Drug-addict Athlete Leads Anti-American Protest

Folks at the White House must be shaking in their boots that a washed out soccer player well known for his drug addiction and tight friendship with Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro, is the guy leading an anti-American protest at a South American summit that George Bush will attend this week.…

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Massachusetts Fraud/Extortion

A top aide to former Springfield Mayor Michael Albano was indicted on tax fraud charges and within 24 hours the mayor of nearby Chicopee was arrested and charged with extortion. Anthony Ardolino was former mayor Albano’s chief of staff from 1996 to 2001 and for years federal investigators have been…

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FOIA At Work

Here is a perfect example of how valuable the Freedom of Information Act?a favorite Judicial Watch tool?is: When former head of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Lester Crawford, resigned abruptly a few months ago, mum was the word from government officials. Suspecting some kind of financial wrongdoing on the…

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Oil-for-Food Money Could Be Traced to Clintons

In the final report of the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program issued by Paul Volcker (available at their website), an American name turns up that some may remember from the Clinton years. That name is Marc Rich. The report states that Marc Rich & Company financed…

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Alito Building Momentum

It appears President Bush’s second choice to replace the retiring Sandra Day O’Connor is much more popular than his first, especially among conservatives. Hugh Hewitt has a new poll up on the Alito nomination. With 18,000 votes counted, approximately 94% think President Bush made a wise choice and would support…

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Former Governor Indicted

Don Siegelman was the governor of Alabama from 1998 until 2002 and in 2006 he will be a candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. But first he must answer to some serious charges detailed in an indictment this week. Siegelman pleaded not guilty to corruption charges for supposedly trading political…

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GOP Donor Charged

A major GOP donor already involved in an Ohio state government scandal has been charged with giving thousands of dollars to other people to contribute to President Bush’s re-election campaign in order to skirt a $2,000 limit on individual contributions. Tom Noe, a coin dealer already being investigated for the…

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Offical Report: Massive Fraud at U.N.

It is not surprising that the final report of an ongoing independent investigation reveals that the United Nation’s oil-for-food program was so badly managed and supervised that more than half of the 4,500 companies doing business with Iraq paid Saddam Hussein illegal surcharges and kickbacks. The lengthy inquiry details how…

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City Attorney’s Suspicious Money

Here is an original line from an elected official who took campaign money tainted with suspicion and conflict-of-interest; ?I was not aware they were donors.? That is what Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said when the local newspaper printed a story that documents how he took thousands of dollars…

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Councilman Faces Larger Debt After Indictment

Today a grand jury indicted Philadelphia City Councilman Rick Mariano for taking bribes “to help businessmen finagle schemes that cost taxpayers more than $700,000 – crimes that netted him just $30,000.” Considering the seriousness of the charges, an attempted cover-up of the illegal misdeeds, allegations of witness intimidation, and a…


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