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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Paul Rawlings: Corruption

  • Corruption accusations against the Obama administration don't hold a candle to the corruption charges of the Bush administration
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  • “The Obama gang is the most corrupt and dangerous administration this country has experienced in one hundred fifty years.”   Quote from an article attacking President  Obama without setting out the alleged “corruption” for a very good reason—THERE HAS NOT BEEN ONE MEMBER OF THE OBAMA “GANG” CONVICTED OF A “CORRUPT ACT.”
     
    Corruption is defined as “inducement to do wrong by unlawful or improper means such as bribery.”
     
    The following people are some of the “gang” members who plead guilty or were convicted of a “corrupt” act or acts during the George W. Bush administration.  This  Bush “corrupt”  list does not include: (1) the names of the hundreds of people responsible for corporate “corruption” acts at Enron, World Com or dozens of other corporations.   (2)  the names of the hundreds of people guilty of “corruption” at dozens of Wall Street securities firms which required a Bush $700 billion TARP bailout.
     
     
    On January 3, 2006, Jack Abramoff, a Republican lobbyist, plead guilty to three felony counts, conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion, was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison and agreed to pay $1.7 million in taxes and make restitution  of $27 million to clients he had defrauded.
     
    White House Secret Service records show Abramoff had 7 appointments with the George W Bush White House staff..  On May 9, 2001 President Bush had his picture made with an Indian tribal official who was an Abramoff client.
     
    Felipe Sixto Special Assistant to President Bush sentenced to 30 months in prison for stealing $600,000.
     
    Scott Block Special Counsel to President Bush pleaded guilty to criminal contempt of Congress.
     
    Lewis Libby, Chief of Staff to Vice President Cheney, convicted of perjury and sent to prison for 30 months and fined $250,000.
     
    Roger Stillwell, Bush Department of the Interior, pled guilty to accepting hundreds of dollars worth of concert tickets from Abramoff and received a 2 years  sentence
     
    Steven Griles, Bush Deputy Interior Secretary plead guilty to obstruction of justice for lying about his relationship with Abramoff.
     
    David Safavian, Bush White House Official, found guilty of covering up his dealings with Abramoff and sentenced to 18 months in prison. 
     
    Bob Ney, Republican Congressman from Ohio plead guilty to accepting bribes from Abramoff and was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison.
     
    Page 2 of 3 - Neil Volz, Chief of Staff to Ney left to work for Abramoff, plead guilty to conspiring to corrupt Ney and other congressmen.
     
    William Heaton, Chief of staff for Ney plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges.
     
    Thomas Hart, Chief of staff for Ney plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges.
     
    Italia Frederici, Bush Interior Department Staff, plead guilty to tax evasion and obstruction of Justice of a Senate investigation of Abramoff’s relationship with the Bush Interior Department.
     
    Mark Zachares, aide to Republican Congressman Don Young plead guilty to accepting thousands of dollars from Abramoff in exchange for official acts on Abramoff’s behalf.
     
    Kevin A. Ring staff member of Republican Congressman John Doolittle was convicted of 5 charges of corruption.
     
    Michael Scanlon, staff member of Republican House Majority Leader Tom Delay, plead guilty to bribery.
     
    Tony Rudy, staff member of Republican House Majority leader, Tom DeLay plead guilty to conspiracy
     
    Tom Delay, Republican House Majority leader was reprimanded twice by the House Ethics Committee and resigned from the House June 9, 2006 and was convicted of two counts of illegally channeling  campaign funds.
     
    John Albaugh, chief of staff of Republican Congressman  Ernest Istook pled guilty to accepting bribes connected to the Federal Highway Bill.
     
    Jared Carpenter Vice-President of Republicans for Environment Advocacy pled guilty to income tax evasion.
     
    Robert Coughlin, Bush Justice Department, plead guilty to accepting bribes from Abramoff.
     
    Horace Cooper, Bush Labor Department , and former aide to Republican Dick Armey, pleaded guilty to falsifying a document by not reporting gifts from Abramoff.
     
     
     
     
    “Lawyergate”  Bush fired 11 U.S. Attorneys he had appointed without giving any reason.  A Congressional hearing was scheduled on these firings.  Attorney General Gonzales, Karl Rove, advisor to President Bush, Harriet Miers Legal Counsel to President Bush and 9 other Senior White House and Justice Department officials resigned and REFUSED TO APPEAR AND TESTIFY BEFORE THE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING THESE FIRINGS.
     
    Bush, and his top officials, used the RNC web servers for millions of emails that were destroyed, lost or deleted in violation of the Presidential Act and the Hatch Act.  Of 88 top Bush officials no emails could be found for 51 of them and  millions of emails to and from President Bush, Rove, Cheney, Andrew Card, Sara Taylor and Scott Jennings, were DESTROYED, LOST OR DELETED.
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    History shows the most  “corrupt” Presidential administrations are Republicans which began almost a hundred years ago with the “Teapot Dome” scandal and the above list shows “corruption” was alive and well when the last Republican President occupied the White House. 
     
    (Paul Rawlings of Heber Springs contributes monthly to the editorial pages of The Sun-Times)

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