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    TARGET THE CORRUPT REPUBLICAN: Ohio Corruption Continues

    The Republican party of Ohio continues to be the most amazingly corrupt state party I have personally ever heard of. And I mean EVER! I have previously covered the corruption of Ohio Republicans, from Congressman Mike Oxley to Governor Taft to other smaller fish elsewhere on this blog. But things have progressed further. The Governor now faces criminal charges and the Attorney General is in trouble.

    Here is a Daily Kos diary on the problems of Governor Taft, drawing from the Columbus Dispatch:

    Gov. Bob Taft is expected to be charged this afternoon in Franklin County Municipal Court with four criminal misdemeanors for failing to disclose golf outings and possibly other favors…

    Taft's problems surfaced in connection with Thomas W. Noe, a prominent Republican campaign contributor who managed failed rare-coin investments for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. Taft appointed Noe to the Ohio Board of Regents and Ohio Turnpike Commission. Noe resigned from both jobs in the wake of the coin scandal.
    Noe, a Maumee coin dealer, has been accused of stealing nearly $4 million from the $50 million investment for personal use, and his lawyers have acknowledged a shortfall of up to $13 million.

    Multiple state and federal agencies are investigating, and three special grand juries have been seated. Noe, who denies any wrongdoing, has not been charged.
    Things really began unraveling on May 23 when Charles contacted the governor's office seeking records. He had found allegations, during the course of his investigation, that members of the governor's staff received lodging, accommodations and other items from Noe.

    Taft subsequently sent a letter to the Ethics Commission on June 14, acknowledging that he failed to list multiple list golf outings and other events on his financial disclosure forms over several years.


    This is all part of the current Republican practice of taking pretty blatant bribes (there, I said it!) from lobbyists and then pretty much support whatever those lobbyists want. Tom DeLay (TX), Randy Cunningham (CA) and the Blunts (MO) are further examples of this kind of disgusting Republican corruption.

    Now here is the amazing thing: Governor Taft pleaded NoLo, as we used to say in Los Angeles (“no contest” to the rest of you) meaning that he in essence admits guilt without legally admitting guilt. Here is a Daily Kos article on his guilt:

    From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

    Taft is found guilty

    Ohio Gov. Bob Taft publicly apologized and pleaded no contest today to four misdemeanor ethic charges in Franklin County Common Pleas Court for failing to disclose more than two dozen golf outings and other gifts he received.
    Taft, whose wife, Hope, accompanied him to court, was found guilty, fined $4,000 and ordered to write an email apology to state employees, and to send an email to the news media apologizing to the people of Ohio.

    Taft told the court that he was disappointed in himself for failing to meet the high ethical standards that he expects all state employees to meet. Taft is the first Ohio governor to be convicted of a crime while in office.


    Slap on the wrist for what is, in essence, nasty corruption. Let’s make this clear: Republican Governor Taft of Ohio is guilty of corruption and the Republican party still supports him. This is a continuing pattern of apologizing for corruption by the Republican Party.

    But Taft isn’t the only Ohio Republican to be corrupt. Let’s make THIS clear: corruption is rampant throughout the Republican Party, particularly in Ohio. Now, the attorney general of a state is supposed to be the top law enforcement official for that state. The Republican attorney general of Ohio is himself corrupt. His problems stem from the same “coingate” scandal that is dogging Governor Taft. Here is a Daily Kos diary covering attorney general Jim Petro’s latest problems.

    The gist is that Petro has been refusing to disclose to the public documents relating to a workers comp. fund and the “coingate” scandal. When Petro first argued that the documents were protected by the "trade secret" privilege, a court denied his defense and demanded he turn over the documents. He then, in contempt of court (an attorney general in contempt of court!!), he failed to turn over the documents. When once again ordered by the courts to produce the documents, he produced EDITED versions of those documents, in essence violating the court order. This is roughly where the case stands.

    Again, let’s make this clear: the Republicans are violating court orders, hiding facts from the public and, in essence, deeply engaged in corruption.

    These examples of Republican corruption are finally getting some press. But if we don’t keep pushing the media and Congress to pay attention to this corruption, it will be quickly forgotten. PLEASE, write your local media and the Ohio media complaining about Republican corruption. Aren’t we all embarrassed by this corruption? Isn’t this un-American?

    Also, if you like, write your Congresscritter demanding an investigation of this corruption.

    1 Comments:

    Anonymous Tammy Stickers said...

    Corruption count
    Since January 1, 2000. Federal level, Governor level, elected and appointed officials, aides etc.
    Please let me know of any errors.

    Convicted/Pled Guilty
    --------------
    Republican Governor George Ryan - 4/17/2006 racketeering and bribery - (76 people convicted)
    Republican Governor Bob Taft - 8/18/2005. 5 counts failure to report gifts from Lobbyists
    Republican Governor John Rowland - 12/24/2004 Bribery
    Republican Governor Sonny Perdue - Campaign ethics violations

    NH GOP Chair Chuck McGee - conspiricy to make harrasing phone calls to block people from voting.
    Republican Aide Allen Raymond
    Republican James Tobin (NE Regional Dir., Bush campaign) - 12/15/05 conspiracy to commit telephone harassment, aiding and abetting of telephone harassment
    Republican Charles McGee (Executive Director of the NH Republican State Committee )
    Republican Shaun Hansen. GOP Marketing aide - conspiracy to commit telephone harassment and aiding and abetting telephone harassment

    Republican Aide Scott Falwell - racketeering, mail fraud and obstruction of justice
    Republican Aide Alexandra Prokos - Perjury
    Republican Aide Jim Ellis - 13 counts of unlawful acceptance of a corporate political contribution, money laundering
    Republican Aide John Colyandro - money laundering
    Republican Brian Hicks - bribery
    Republican Chief of Staff Peter Ellef - Bribery
    Republican Roger G. Stillwell - Interior Department official - bribed by Abramoff

    Republican Lobbyist Jack Abramoff - defrauding of American Indian tribes and corruption of public officials
    Republican Tony Rudy (lobbyist and aide to Tom Delay) - conspiricy
    Republican Representative Bob Ney - Conspiricy to defraud the United States and making false statements
    Republican Neil Volz (lobbyist and aide to Bob Ney) - bribery and corruption
    Republican William Heaton(Bob Ney's chief of staff) - Conspiricy
    Republican Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham - conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion

    Republican David Hossein Safavian. Lying, obstruction of Justice

    Democratic Senator Traficant - bribery and forcing his aides to perform chores

    Republican Chief of Staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby - two counts of perjury, one of obstruction of justice, and one of making false statements to federal investigators
    Republican Tom Noe - Laundered money for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign, theft, corruption, party chairman and Bush Pioneer fundraiser
    Republican Gov Ernie Fletcher - 13 aides indicted
    Republican Micheal Scanlon (lobbyist and aide to Tom DeLay) - bribery
    Deputy Secretary Steven Griles - bribery, perjury, obstrcting a congressional investigation.
    Republican Congressional aide Mark Zachares - bribery


    Confessed under grant of Immunity
    ---------------------------------
    Monica Goodling, White House liaison for Alberto Gonzales - Hired federal prosecuters based upon party affiliation.


    Indicted/Charged
    ----------------
    Republican Tom Delay - conspiring to violate Texas state election law, money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Reprimanded by House Ethics Committee
    Republican Lawrence Novak
    Republican Nathan Taylor
    Kyle "Dusty" Foggo (George W Bush's CIA Executive Director) - 30 wide-ranging counts of fraud, conspiracy,
    money laundering, leaking classified information.
    Republican Lurita Alexis Doan, Administrator of the General Services Administration - violations of the Hatch act.
    Democratic Senator William Jefferson - 16 counts of racketeering, soliciting bribes and money-laundering


    Under investigation
    ---------------------------
    Republican Senator Ben Stevens - bribery, corruption
    Republican Karl Rove - Abramoff, interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice
    Republican President George W. Bush - Abramoff, interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice
    Republican Vice President Dick Cheney - Abramoff, interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice
    Republican Governor and RNC Chairman Haley Barbour - Laundered money from foreign governments into presidential elections. Used non-profit organizations for illegal purposes. Perjury.
    Republican Representive Mark Foley - Pediphilia
    Republican Representive Mark Reynolds - Covered up for Mark Foley
    Republican Representive Dennis Hastert - Covered up for Mark Foley
    Republican Governor Mitt Romney - Made false statements to bondholders
    Republican Governor/Ex Representative Jim Gibbons - Bribery
    Republican Attorney General Gonzales - Fired US Attorneys for prosecuting Republicans, interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice, lying to Congress, perjury, witness tampering.
    Republican Paul J. McNulty - Deputy Attorney General. Interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice, lying to Congress, perjury
    Republican Senator Pete Domenici - Used influence to get a US Attorney fired
    Republican Representative Heather Wilson - Used influence to get a US Attorney fired
    Republican Representative Tom Feeney - bribery
    Republican Representative Richard George Renzi - bribery, conflict on interest.
    Republican Representative Jerry Lewis - Accepted gifts from Lobbyists, bribery, honest services fraud, dispensation of special favors
    Republican Representative John Doolittle - Accepted money from Jack Abramoff in exchange for favors.
    Democratic Representative Alan Mollohan -May have funnelled money to his own home-state foundations
    Republican Representative Rick Renzi - bribery, sponsored legislation that dealt hundreds of millions of dollars to his father’s business
    Republican Representative Tim Murphy - Ethics violations regarding use of Congressional staff for campaign purposes.
    Republican Representative Gary Miller - Illegal land deals, tax fraud
    Republican Representative Ken Calvert - Steered federal money to projects near his private real estate developments.
    Republican Representative Don Young - bribery

    Implicated - May be under investigation
    ---------------------------------------
    Richard Shelby (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - AL)
    Robert Riley (REPUBLICAN GOVENOR- AL)
    J. D. Hayworth (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - AZ)
    Dana Rohrabacher (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA)
    Doug Ose (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA)
    Richard Pombo (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA)
    John Doolittle (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA)
    Ed Royce (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA)
    Scott McInnis (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CO)
    Rob Simmons (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CT)
    Tom Feeney (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - FL)
    Ric Keller (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - FL)
    John Isakson (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - GA)
    Saxby Chambliss (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - CA)
    Jack Kingston (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - GA)
    Michael Simpson (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - ID)
    Butch Otter (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - ID)
    Jerry Walker (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - IL)
    Dan Burton (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - IN)
    Charles Grassley (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - IA)
    BOB EHRLICH (REPUBLICAN GOVENOR- MD)
    Dave Camp (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MI)
    Gil Gutknecht (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MN)
    Christopher Bind (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- MO)
    Jim Talent (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- MO)
    Charles Pickering (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MS)
    Roger Wicker (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MS)
    Thad Cochran (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- MS)
    Dennis Rehberg (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- MT)
    Jon Christensen (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NE)
    John Ensign (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NV)
    Roger Wicker (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MS)
    Jim Saxton (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NJ)
    Frank LoBiondo (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NJ)
    Mike Ferguson (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NJ)
    Heather Wilson (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NM)
    Charles Taylor (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NC)
    Walter Jones (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NC)
    Jean Schmidt (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OH)
    Ralph Regula (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OH)
    Ernest Istook (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OK)
    James Inhofe (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- OK)
    Tom Coburn (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OK)
    Gordon Smith (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- OR)
    Arlen Specter (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- PA)
    Curt Weldon (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - PA)
    Joe Pitts (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - PA)
    John Thune (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - SD)
    Bill Janklow (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - SD)
    Van Hilleary (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - TN)
    Chris Cannon (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- UT)
    Eric Canter (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - VA)
    Randy Forbes (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - VA)
    George Allen (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- VA)
    Tom Davis (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - VA)
    George Nethercutt (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WA)
    Doc Hastings (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WA)
    Dave Reichert (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WA)
    Mark Green (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WI)
    Paul Ryan (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WI)
    Shelly Moore Capito (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WV)
    Mike Enzi (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- WY)
    Barbara Cubin (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WY)
    Robert Riley (REPUBLICAN GOVENOR - AL)
    Marilyn Musgrave (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE- CO)
    Jim Nussle (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - IA)
    Matt Blunt (REPUBLICAN GOVENTOR- MO)
    Roy Blunt (REPUBLICAN MAJORITY LEADER - MO)
    Jon Christensen (FORMER REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE- NE)
    Jeb Bradley (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NH)
    John E Sununu (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - NH)
    Jean Schmidt (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OH)
    Joe Wilson(REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - SC)
    Gresham Barrett (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - SC)
    Henry Brown (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - SC)

    Convicted: 102 Republicans. 1 Democrat
    Indicted: 5 Republicans. 1 Democrats
    Confessed under grant of Immunity: 1 Republican. 0 Democrats.
    Under investigation: 21 Republicans. 1 Democrat.
    implicated: 75 Republicans. 0 Democrats
    Total: 204 Republicans. 3 Democrats.

    11:57 AM  

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