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Benedict Arnold V

Benedict Arnold V

Benedict Arnold was at one time an accomplished general in the American Continental Army during the revolutionary war. He commanded the fort at West Point, New York, and in an arrangement to secure a massive financial payout from the enemy, he unsuccessfully attempted to surrender his forces to the British. Arnold's scheme was detected when American forces captured British Major John André carrying papers that revealed Arnold's plan. His name has become synonymous with treason.


Bill Clinton

President William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman" has become the political catch phrase that will forever be associated with Bill Clinton's legacy. Delivered with a holier-than-though conviction and with what has become known as Clinton's "finger wagging", Clinton barked this phrase on January 26, 1998 at a White House press conference. Clinton's broader phrase included the following:

"But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false, and I need to go back to work for the American people. Thank you."

Clinton's words were of course a misleading lie that would ultimately lead to his impeachment and a settlement to the sexual harassment legal case with Paula Jones. Bill Clinton's corruption is arguably an extension of his self proclaimed invincibility and stupidity.

Marion Barry

Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry

In Washington, where national politics take center stage, it took Mayor Marion Barry to reach a new pinnacle of race-induced political corruption theatrics. Mayor Barry was caught (on film) in 1990 in an FBI sting operation soliciting the services of a prostitute and smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room. The Democrat decided to bow out of the re-election race, was convicted and served six months in prison. Despite the shame, he played the race card and successfully reclaimed the mayor's position in 1995. However, to the surprise of no independent thinker, Barry continued his use of illegal drugs and tested positive for cocaine use later in 2005.

Rod Blagojevich

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

The Land of Lincoln is no stranger to corrupt politicians, however, Governor Hot Rod Blagojevich managed to reach a new low. Blagojevich, 52, was arrested at his Chicago home for what U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald called “a political corruption crime spree.” The Illinois governor and his former chief of staff, John Harris, 46, attempted to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat, solicit bribes (and kickbacks) and pressure the Chicago Tribune to halt critical editorials and fire reporters who may be critical of the politician.


Eliot Spitzer

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer

Former New York State Attorney General and self proclaimed crime fighter Eliot Spitzer resigned in March 2008 after federal prosecutors learned he was Client Number 9 in their prostitute sting involving the Emperors Club VIP, a pricey prostitution ring that the Democratic governor routinely used for his fling with high-priced call girl Ashlee Dupree at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. Though he lost his gubernatorial position, Spitzer was not criminally charged in the case.

Spitzer is yet another politician who believed himself above accusation and chastised those who would question him.

Kwame Kilpatrick

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

The Motor City's so-called "Hip Hop" mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice after he repeatedly lied during a lawsuit about having an extramarital affair with his chief of staff. Kilpatrick also pleaded no contest to assaulting a sheriff's detective. Kilpatrick agreed to a plea deal that requires him to serve minimal jail time, five years of probation and to pay the city of Detroit $1 million in restitution, and keeps him from running for public office while on probation. The Democrat was widely cited as being arrogant, above the law and providing extraordinary political favors to friends and members of the Black community.

William Jefferson

Congressman William "Dollar Bill" Jefferson (D-LA)

William (Bill) Jefferson is alleged to have accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to help broker high-tech business deals in Nigeria. The list of allegations against Jefferson is beyond description and includes numerous occasions where he funneled private and public funds to himself and his family members. In addition to being caught on tape discussing his illegal deals, the FBI search of his home uncovered $90,000 in cash stuffed in his freezer.

You may want to visit Judicial Watch for additional list of corrupt politicians.


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