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Ex-Legislator in Milwaukee Takes Plea Agreement

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, former state Senator Brian Burke could face jail time and stiff penalties for crimes he committed while in office: The Milwaukee Democrat is charged with 13 felonies and five misdemeanors that accuse him of claiming $88 daily expense reimbursements on days he wasn’t in Madison,…

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Members of Congress Retain Lobbyists to Run PACs

A study recently released by The Center for Public Integrity shows that at least 79 members of Congress have appointed lobbyists to head their campaign committees or leadership Political Action Committees (PACs) since 1998. Currently, 39 sitting members of Congress retain lobbyists as the treasurers of their campaign committees or…

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George Ryan Trial, Part 1

The second day of the testimony of Scott Fawell, Ryan’s campaign manager and chief of staff, began much more sedate than the first (not attended by this observer). Fawell had been cautioned by Judge Pallmeyer to limit his responses to direct answers and to avoid the theatrics that he had…

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Migrant Identity Fraud

Assuring that employers hire only legal residents continues to be a low priority for federal officials and rampant identity fraud continues to hinder efforts to verify employees’ immigration status, according to a recent report from the congressional watchdog called the General Accountability Office. The GAO report said that under the…

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Troubled State Treasurer

New Mexico’s state treasurer, Robert Vigil, will continue to collect his annual salary of $85,000 even though he stepped down after being charged with federal extortion. Prosecutors say that Vigil and the state’s former treasurer, Michael Montoya, demanded kickbacks from financial advisors for steering state investment business through them.

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Questionable Government Contracts

More than 80% of the $1.5 billion in contracts signed by FEMA for hurricane Katrina-related work were awarded without bidding or with very limited competition. Why? Because many of the firms awarded the major contracts have big political connections, not only to Mississippi’s governor but also to President George W.…

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Cheating in Chicago

It’s comforting to know that longtime Democratic political consultant and former head of Chicago’s largest public interest group, Robert Creamer, ?never intended to enrich himself? when he ran a check-kiting scheme and failed to pay thousands of dollars in taxes. At least that is what his wife, Democrat U.S. Congresswoman…

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Judge Rewarded For Misconduct?

An Orlando Florida circuit judge was removed from the bench eight months ago for judicial misconduct yet he has been collecting his regular annual salary of $139,497 to stay home and go golfing. A Judicial Qualifications Commission found Orange Circuit Judge James Henson guilty of taking on a criminal-defense client…

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Kentuck Governing

There appears to be no end in sight to the scandals surrounding Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher. The latest involves the indictment of his buddy, Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert, for violating Kentucky whistleblower law and seeking revenge against a public employee who reported hiring violations to the attorney general. Recently, nine…

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“Your Honor” Is Disgraced

For the first time in 15 years, a state judge has been charged in federal court. His name is David A. Gross and he sits on the bench in Nassau County, New York. Gross was recently arraigned on federal money-laundering charges along with three men described by prosecutors as mob…

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Saved By the Storm

Thanks to Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz Jr. won’t have to go to trial for federal tax evasion, at least not in early October as originally scheduled. An indictment accuses Diaz and his former wife of filing misleading tax returns. The indictment says that in 1999 the…

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Campaign Ethics Violations

Corruption in fundraising is so rampant in Los Angeles County that nearly a decade ago voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative that limited election fundraising. The problem is that the violations continue and no candidate or donor has ever been fined, punished or prosecuted for breaking the law. The reason is…

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Denver Obscenity

Tax payers in Colorado may be surprised to hear that their money is helping fund obscene programs on Denver Community Television. A program called The 241 Jack Show features a comedy routine full of profanities and references to hardcore recreational drugs. The second part of the show features erotic dancers…

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Medicaid Fraud in New York

New York’s Medicaid system is the largest and most expensive in the nation, with an annual budget of $44.5 billion. Apparently, it is also the easiest to cheat. Corrupt doctors and dentists have cheated the system of billions of dollars over the years, but here is the best part; state…

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Race Defense in Dallas

An FBI investigation into federally funded, low-income housing contracts targets several black Dallas politicians who say the investigation is racially motivated. Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill, council members Leo Chaney and Maxine Thronton-Reese and City Plan Commission members D’Angelo Lee, Melvin Traylor and Carol Brandon have been named in subpoenas…

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Crooked Windy City

There really is nothing new about corruption in Chicago, a city where clout and patronage have for years flowed freely. But lately, things have really gotten out of control at City Hall. A federal investigation into the wrongdoing has so far led to 30 indictments and 23 convictions. Those charged…

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Clinton State Department Documents Outlined bin Laden Threat to the United States in Summer 1996

Declassified “Top Secret” Analysis Warned Clinton Administration of bin Laden’s Wherewithal to Attack U.S. Interests Worldwide (Washington, DC)  Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released two declassified “Top Secret” State Department documents that warned Clinton administration officials of the

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U.S. Navy Paid $1.69 Million to The Rendon Group

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, said today that it has obtained U.S. Navy contract documents, under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) (5 U.S.C. ‘ 522), detailing U.S. government payments of $1,699,830.00 to a public relations firm known as The…

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Justice Deptmartment defies Appellate Court Ruling on Clinton Pardon Documents

Bush Administration Undermines Freedom of Information Act (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, is in receipt of 915 blacked-out pages relating to the Clinton pardon scandal after four years of litigation. Judicial Watch originally filed a Freedom of Information Act

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Pentagon Sued For Records on Propaganda, Psy-Ops and “Perception Management” Targetting U.S Civilians

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. ‘ 552, from the Department of Defense…


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