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CONGRESSIONAL HALL OF SHAME

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Ethics Hall of Shame


Meet the New Inductees into the Ethics Hall of Shame!

We are not so pleased to present three new inductees into our Hall of Shame.  You voted Reps. Weldon, Mollohan, and Lewis in by a landslide. Click on the pictures below to discover what each candidate did to receive this dishonor.

ex-Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) Forced to resign his position as House majority leader; under indictment for money laundering in Texas; likely the focus of a Justice Department investigation for his ties to admitted felon and former super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

ex-Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.)
Pleaded guilty to taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors and sentenced to 8 years in prison

ex-Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) Resigned as chairman of the House Administration Committee because of allegations that he used his office to help Jack Abramoff and his clients.

 

ex-Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) Went to bat for a Jack Abramoff client; he short-circuited an investigation into the owner of a failed savings and loan; his aides attempted to scuttle an environmental regulation that could have hurt the Pombo family’s business.

 

ex-Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) A major recipient of Jack Abramoff’s largess, who went to extraordinary lengths to help an Abramoff client.

 

Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) Involved in an investigation of alleged extortion in a business investment scheme; was found to have stashed large amounts of cash in his freezer

 

Jack Abramoff, Admitted Felon and Former Super-Lobbyist The poster child of why systemic reform to the influence-peddling system is so desperately needed in Washington.

 

 

AND THEY MISSED A FEW—JK’S ADDITIONS

Mark Foley (R-Fl) homosexual, alcoholic Congressman who in September was exposed for the emails he had been sending for years to the Congressional, teenage interns.  Two former interns testified that they had sex with him.  Hypocritically, introduced legislation to change sex offender laws and open up FBI records to be opened up to check the background of volunteers for youth organization such as the Boys and Girls Clubs.  Foley had been abused between the age of 13 and 15 by a Catholic priest while a quire boy.  He was sharing what he had learnt.  House Speaker Dennis Hastert resigned as a result of his awareness of this problem with Foley. 

Dennis Hastert R-IL, the longest serving Republican speaker.  He was aware for over 3 years of Mark Foley’s conduct.  Foley had been told by the chair of the 5-person committee that oversaw the page program, to stop making inappropriate emails. 

 

The biggest disgrace is the White House,

 

 

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