Looks more like we need ‘extended background checks’ on our politicians….


List of American federal politicians convicted of crimes

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[List covers up to the year 2009]

This list consists of American politicians convicted of crimes either committed or prosecuted while holding office in the federal government. It includes politicians who were convicted or pleaded guilty in a court of law; and does not include politicians involved in unprosecuted scandals (which may or may not have been illegal in nature), or politicians who have only been arrested or indicted. The list also does not include crimes which occur outside the politician’s tenure unless they specifically stem from acts while they were in office.

Although the convicted politicians are arranged by presidential terms starting with the most recent, many of the crimes have little or no connection to who is President.

2009– (Obama (D) presidency)

Judicial Branch

Samuel B. Kent (R) The Federal District Judge of Galveston, Texas was sentenced on May 11, 2009, to 33 months in prison for having lied about sexually harassing two female employees. He had been appointed to office by George H. W. Bush in 1990. (2009) [1][2]

Thomas Porteous (D) The Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana was impeached, convicted and removed from office in December 8 2010 on charges of bribery and lying to Congress. He had been appointed to office by Bill Clinton in 1994. (2010)[3]

Legislative Branch

Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) pleaded guilty on February 20, 2013 to one count of wire and mail fraud in connection with his misuse of $750,000 of campaign funds. Jackson, Jr. agreed to plead guilty to charges of fraud, conspiracy, making false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, and criminal forfeiture. Jackson, Jr. used about $750,000 in campaign money for personal expenses that included a Michael Jackson fedora and cashmere capes. Sentencing is scheduled for June 28, 2013.[4]

2001–2009 (George W. Bush (R) presidency)

Executive branch

Courtney Stadd, Chief of Staff to NASA, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for conspiracy. (2012)[5]

Scott Bloch was appointed by George W. Bush to head the United States Office of Special Counsel and was sentenced to one month in prison for Contempt of Congress and sentenced to one year of un-supervised probation. Bloch had hired Geeks on Call to scrub his computer of files before they could be examined by Congress. (2010)[6]

Lewis Libby (R) Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney (R). ‘Scooter’ was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in the Plame Affair on March 6, 2007 and was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000. His sentence was commuted by George W. Bush (R) on July 1, 2007. The felony remains on Libby’s record though the jail time and fine were commuted.[7]

Lester Crawford (R) Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, resigned after 2 months. Pleaded guilty to conflict of interest and received 3 years suspended sentence and fined $90,000. (2006) [8]

Claude Allen (R) Advisor to President Bush on Domestic Policy, Allen was arrested for a series of felony thefts in retail stores such as Target. (2006) He was convicted on one count and resigned soon after.[9]

Darleen Druyun (D) Principal Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Druyun pleaded guilty to inflating the price of the contract to favor her future employer and to passing information on the competing Airbus A330 MRTT bid (from EADS). In October 2004, she was sentenced to nine months in jail for corruption, fined $5,000, given three years of supervised release and 150 hours of community service. She began her prison term on January 5, 2005.[10]

Jack Abramoff CNMI scandal involves the efforts of Abramoff to influence Congress concerning U.S. immigration and minimum wage laws. See Legislative branch convictions. Convictions within the Bush administration include:

David Safavian GSA (General Services Administration) Chief of Staff,[11] found guilty of blocking justice and lying, [12] and sentenced to 18 months[13]

Roger Stillwell Staff in the Department of the Interior under George W. Bush. Pleaded guilty and received two years suspended sentence. [12]

Susan B. Ralston Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to Karl Rove, resigned October 6, 2006 after it became known that she accepted gifts and passed information to her former boss Jack Abramoff.[14]

J. Steven Griles Deputy Secretary of the Interior pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 10 months.[15]

Italia Federici staff to the Secretary of Interior, and President of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, pleaded guilty to tax evasion and obstruction of justice. She was sentenced to four years probation.[16][17][18]

Jared Carpenter Vice-President of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, was discovered during the Abramoff investigation and pleaded guilty to income tax evasion. He got 45 days, plus 4 years probation.[19]

Mark Zachares staff in the Department of Labor, bribed by Abramoff, guilty of conspiracy to defraud. [20]

Robert E. Coughlin Deputy Chief of Staff, Criminal Division of the Justice Department pleaded guilty to conflict of interest after accepting bribes from Jack Abramoff. (2008) [17]

Legislative branch

Jack Abramoff CNMI scandal involves the efforts of Abramoff to influence Congressional action concerning U.S. immigration and minimum wage laws. See Executive branch convictions. Congressmen convicted in the Abramoff scandal include:

Tom DeLay (R-TX) The House Majority Leader was reprimanded twice by the House Ethics Committee and DeLay resigned 9 June 2006.[21] Delay was found to have illegally channeled funds from Americans for a Republican Majority to Republican state legislator campaigns. He was convicted of two counts of money laundering and conspiracy in 2010 and sentenced to three years.[22][23][24]

Jim McDermott (D-WA) In December 2004, the House Ethics Committee investigated McDermott over the leaking of an illegally recorded telephone conversation during a 1997 committee investigation. On March 31, 2008, Chief Judge Thomas Hogan ordered McDermott to pay John Boehner (R-OH) $1.05 million in attorney’s fees, costs and interest as well as $60,000 in fines.[25]

Michael Scanlon (R) former staff to Tom DeLay: working for Abramoff, pleaded guilty to bribery.

Tony Rudy (R) former staff to Tom DeLay, pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

James W. Ellis (R) executive director of Tom DeLay’s political action committee, Americans for a Republican Majority (ARMPAC), was indicted by Texas for money laundering. [26]

John Colyandro (R) executive director of Tom DeLay’s political action committee, Texans for a Republican Majority (TRMPAC), was indicted by Texas for money laundering [26]

Bob Ney (R-OH) pleaded guilty to conspiracy and making false statements as a result of his receiving trips from Abramoff in exchange for legislative favors. Ney received 30 months in prison.[27]

Neil Volz former staff to Robert Ney, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in 2006 charges stemming from his work for Bob Ney. In 2007 he was sentenced to two years probation, 100 hours community service, and a fine of $2,000.[28]

William Heaton,former chief of staff for Bob Ney (R), pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge involving a golf trip to Scotland, expensive meals, and tickets to sporting events between 2002 and 2004 as payoffs for helping Abramoff’s clients.[29]

John Albaugh former chief of staff to Ernest Istook (R-OK) pleaded guilty to accepting bribes connected to the Federal Highway Bill. Istook was not charged. (2008) [30][31]

James Hirni, former staff to Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) was charged with wire fraud for giving a staffer, Don Young (R) of Alaska, a bribe in exchange for amendments to the Federal Highway Bill. (2008) [32]

Kevin A. Ring former staff to John Doolittle (R-CA) was convicted of five charges of corruption. Doolittle was not charged. [33][34]

Duke Cunningham (R-CA) pleaded guilty on November 28, 2005 to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion in what came to be called the Cunningham scandal. Sentenced to over eight years in prison.[35]

William J. Jefferson (D-LA) in August 2005 the FBI seized $90,000 in cash from Jefferson’s home freezer. He was re-elected anyway, but lost in 2008. He was convicted of 11 counts of bribery and sentenced to 13 years in prison on November 13, 2009.[36] Jefferson’s Chief of Staff Brett Pfeffer, was sentenced to 84 months for bribery. (2006) [37]

Bill Janklow (R-SD) convicted of second-degree manslaughter for running a stop sign and killing a motorcyclist. Resigned from the House and given 100 days in the county jail and three years probation. (2003)[38]

Jim Traficant (D-OH) found guilty on 10 felony counts of financial corruption, he was sentenced to 8 years in prison and expelled from the House (2002) [39]

Vito Fossella (R-NY) US Congressman convicted of drunken driving in 2008, later appealed but then pleaded guilty in 2009 to same charge.[40]

Larry Craig Senator (R-ID) – Married Senator and critic of Clinton’s affair, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in a Minneapolis airport men’s room in June, after having been arrested on a charge of homosexual lewd conduct.(2007) [41]

Frank Ballance (D-NC) admitted to a federal charge of money laundering and mail fraud in October 2005 and sentenced to 4 years in prison. [42]

1993–2001 (Clinton (D) presidency)

Executive branch

Wade Sanders (D), Deputy Assistant United States Secretary of the Navy, for Reserve Affairs, was sentenced to 37 months in prison on one charge of possession of child pornography. (2009)[18][43][44]

Ronald H. Blackley, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy’s Chief of Staff, was sentenced to 27 months for perjury. Espy was found innocent on all counts.(1998)[45]

Legislative branch

Mel Reynolds (D-IL) was convicted of 12 counts of bank fraud. See also [List of federal political sex scandals in the United States](1999) [46]

Walter R. Tucker III (D-CA) was sentenced to 27 months in prison in 1996 for extortion and tax evasion. (1995)

Barbara-Rose Collins (D-MI) found to have committed 11 violations of law and house rules stemming from use of campaign funds for personal use. (1997) [47]

Wes Cooley (R-OR), Cooley was convicted of having lied on the 1994 voter information pamphlet about his service in the Army. He was fined and sentenced to two years probation (1997)[48]

Austin Murphy (D-PA) convicted of one count of voter fraud for filling out absentee ballots for members of a nursing home. (1999) [49]

House banking scandal [50] The House of Representatives Bank found that 450 members had overdrawn their checking accounts, but not been penalized. Six were convicted of charges, most only tangentially related to the House Bank itself. Twenty two more of the most prolific over-drafters were singled out by the House Ethics Committee. (1992)

Buz Lukens (R-Ohio) convicted of bribery and conspiracy.[51]

Carl C. Perkins (D-Kentucky) pleaded guilty to a check kiting scheme involving several financial institutions (including the House Bank).[52]

Carroll Hubbard (D-Kentucky) convicted of illegally funneling money to his wife’s 1992 campaign to succeed him in congress.[53]

Mary Rose Oakar (D-Ohio) pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor campaign finance charge not related to the House Bank.[54]

Walter Fauntroy (D-District of Columbia) convicted of filing false disclosure forms in order to hide unauthorized income.[55]

Congressional Post Office scandal (1991–1995) A conspiracy to embezzle House Post Office money through stamps and postal vouchers to congressmen.[56]

Dan Rostenkowski (D-IL) Rostenkowski was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison, in 1995.[57]

Joe Kolter (D-Pennsylvania) Convicted of one count of conspiracy [58] and sentenced to 6 months in prison.[59]

Jay Kim (R-CA) accepted $250,000 in illegal 1992 campaign contributions and was sentenced to two months house arrest (1992) [60]

1989–1993 (George H. W. Bush (R) presidency)

Judicial Branch

Robert Frederick Collins (D) Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Convicted of Bribery and sentence to 6 years and 10 months.[61]

Walter Nixon (D) US Judge (Mississippi) (appointed by Lyndon Johnson in 1968) Was impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate for perjury on November 3, (1989) [62]

Executive branch

Alberto Coll, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict. Sentenced to one-year probation and fined him $5000 for lying about a visit to Cuba. (2005)[63]

Catalina Vasquez Villalpando, (R) Treasurer of the United States. Pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and tax evasion. (1992)[64]

Legislative branch

Nicholas Mavroules (D-Massachusetts) convicted of extortion, accepting illegal gifts and failing to report them on congressional disclosure and income tax forms. Mavroules pleaded guilty to fifteen counts in April 1993 and was sentenced to a fifteen-month prison term. (1993) [65][66][67]

Albert Bustamante (D-Texas) convicted of accepting bribes. (1993) [68]

David Durenberger Senator (R-Minnesota) denounced by Senate for unethical financial transactions and then disbarred (1990). He pleaded guilty to misuse of public funds and given one year probation (1995) [69]

1981–1989 (Reagan (R) presidency)

Executive branch

See also: Reagan administration scandals

Housing and Urban Development Scandal A controversy concerning bribery by selected contractors for low income housing projects.[70]

James G. Watt (R) United States Secretary of the Interior, 1981–1983, charged with 25 counts of perjury and obstruction of justice. Sentenced to five years probation, fined $5,000 and 500 hours of community service[71]

Deborah Gore Dean, (R) Executive Assistant to (Samuel Pierce, Secretary of HUD 1981–1987, and not charged). Dean was convicted of 12 counts of perjury, conspiracy, bribery. Sentenced to 21 months in prison (1987).[72]

Phillip D. Winn (R) Assistant Secretary of HUD, 1981–1982, pleaded guilty to bribery in 1994.[72]

Thomas Demery, (R) Assistant Secretary of HUD, pleaded guilty to bribery and obstruction.[72]

Joseph A. Strauss, (R) Special Assistant to the Secretary of HUD, convicted for accepting payments to favor Puerto Rican land developers in receiving HUD funding.[73]

Wedtech scandal Wedtech Corporation convicted of bribery for Defense Department contracts.[74]

Mario Biaggi (D-New York) sentenced to 2½ years. (1987)[75]

Robert Garcia (D-New York) sentenced to 2½ years.[76]

Iran-Contra Affair (1985–1986); A secret sale of arms to Iran, to secure the release of hostages and allow U.S. intelligence agencies to fund the Nicaraguan Contras, in violation of the Boland Amendment.[77]

Caspar Weinberger (R) United States Secretary of Defense, was indicted on two counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice on June 16, 1992. [13]

Weinberger received a pardon before his trial from George H. W. Bush on December 24, 1992.[78]

Robert C. McFarlane (R) National Security Adviser, convicted of withholding evidence. Given 2 years probation. Later pardoned by President George H. W. Bush[79]

John Poindexter (R) National Security Advisor, was convicted on April 7, 1990 for his role in the Iran-Contra Affair. The convictions were reversed in 1991 on appeal .[80]

Oliver North (R) Member of the National Security Council, was fired by President Reagan on the same day Poindexter resigned.[81][82] North was found guilty of perjury and conspiracy, but the charges were overturned on appeal.

Elliott Abrams (R) Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, convicted of withholding evidence. Given 2 years probation. Later pardoned by President George H. W. Bush.[83] http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/walsh/summpros.htm

Michael Deaver (R) White House Deputy Chief of Staff to Ronald Reagan 1981–85, pleaded guilty to perjury related to lobbying activities and was sentenced to 3 years probation and fined $100,000 [84]

Sewergate A scandal in which funds from the EPA were selectively used for projects which would aid politicians friendly to the Reagan administration.

Rita Lavelle (R), assistant EPA Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency misused ‘superfund’ monies and was convicted of perjury. She served six months in prison, was fined $10,000 and given five years probation. (1984) [85]

Legislative branch

David Durenberger Senator (R-Minnesota), denounced by the Senate for unethical financial transactions (1990) and then disbarred as an attorney.[86] In 1995 he pleaded guilty to 5 misdemeanor counts of misuse of public funds and was given one years probation.[87]

Donald E. “Buz” Lukens (R-Ohio), Convicted of two counts of bribery and conspiracy. (1996) [88] See also Sex scandals.

Abscam FBI sting involving fake ‘Arabs’ trying to bribe 31 congressmen.(1980) [89] The following Congressmen were convicted:

Harrison A. Williams Senator (D-New Jersey) Convicted on 9 counts of bribery and conspiracy. Sentenced to 3 years in prison.[90]

John Jenrette Representative (D-South Carolina) sentenced to two years in prison for bribery and conspiracy.[91]

Richard Kelly (R-Florida) Accepted $25K and then claimed he was conducting his own investigation into corruption. Served 13 months.[92]

Raymond Lederer (D-Pennsylvania) “I can give you me” he said after accepting $50K. Sentenced to 3 years.[93]

Michael Myers (D-Pennsylvania) Accepted $50K saying, “…money talks and bullshit walks.” Sentenced to 3 years and was expelled from the House.[94]

Frank Thompson (D-New Jersey) Sentenced to 3 years.[95]

John M. Murphy (D-New York) Served 20 months of a 3-year sentence.[96]

Mario Biaggi (D-New York), Convicted of obstruction of justice and accepting illegal gratuities he was sentenced to 2½ years in prison and fined $500K for his role in the Wedtech scandal, see above. Just before expulsion from the House, he resigned. The next year he was convicted of another 15 counts of obstruction and bribery. (1988) [97]

Pat Swindall (R-Georgia) convicted of 6 counts of perjury. (1989) [98][99]

George V. Hansen (R-Idaho) censured for failing to file out disclosure forms. Spent 15 months in prison.[100]

Frederick W. Richmond (D-New York),Convicted of tax evasion and possession of marijuana. Served 9 months (1982) [101]

Dan Flood (D-Pennsylvania) censured for bribery. After a trial ended in a deadlocked jury, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year’s probation.[102][103]

Joshua Eilberg (D-Pennsylvania) pleaded guilty to conflict-of-interest charges. In addition, he convinced president Carter to fire the U.S. Attorney investigating his case.[104]

Judicial branch scandals

Alcee Hastings (D-Florida), Federal District court judge impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate of soliciting a bribe (1989).[105] Subsequently elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (1992)

Harry Claiborne (D-Nebraska), Federal District court Judge impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate on two counts of tax evasion. He served over one year in prison.[106]

1977–1981 (Carter (D) presidency)

Legislative branch

Fred Richmond (D-New York) – Convicted of tax fraud and possession of marijuana. Served 9 months in prsion. Charges of soliciting sex from a 16-year-old boy were dropped after he submitted to counseling. (1978) [107]

Charles Diggs (D-Michigan), convicted on 29 charges of mail fraud and filing false payroll forms which formed a kickback scheme with his staff. Sentenced to 3 years (1978) [108]

Michael Myers (D-Pennsylvania) Received suspended six-month jail term after pleading no contest to disorderly conduct charged stemming from an incident at a Virginia bar in which he allegedly attacked a hotel security guard and a cashier.[109]

Frank M. Clark (D-Pennsylvania) pleaded guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion on June 12, 1979 and sentenced to two years in prison.[110]

Koreagate scandal involving alleged bribery of more than 30 members of Congress by the South Korean government represented by Tongsun Park.

Richard T. Hanna (D-California) was convicted and sentenced to 6 years in prison.[111]

Richard Tonry (D-Louisiana) pleaded guilty to receiving illegal campaign contributions.[112]

1974–1977 (Ford (R) presidency)

Legislative branch

James F. Hastings (R-New York), convicted of kickbacks and mail fraud, he also took money from his employees for personal use. Served 14 months at Allenwood penitentiary. (1976) [113]

John V. Dowdy (D-Texas), Allegedly tried to stop a federal invesitgation of a construction firm. He served 6 months in prison for perjury. (1973) [114][115]

Bertram Podell (D-New York), pleaded guilty to conspiracy and conflict of interest. He was fined $5,000 and served four months in prison. (1974)[116]

Frank Brasco (D-New York) Sentenced to three months in jail and fined $10,000 for conspiracy to accept bribes from a reputed Mafia figure who sought truck leasing contracts from the Post Office and loans to buy trucks.[104]

Richard T. Hanna (D-CA), convicted in an influence-buying scandal. (1974)[117]

1969–1974 (Nixon (R) presidency)

Executive branch

Watergate (1972–1973) Republican ‘bugging’ of the Democratic Party National Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel led to a burglary which was discovered. The cover up of the affair by President Richard Nixon (R) and his staff resulted in 69 government officials being charged and 48 pleading guilty, including 7 for actual burglary. Eventually, Nixon resigned his position.[118]

John N. Mitchell (R) former Attorney General, convicted of perjury.[119]

Frederick C. LaRue (R) Advisor to John Mitchell, convicted of obstruction of justice.[120]

Richard Kleindienst (R) Attorney General, found guilty of “refusing to answer questions” given one month in jail.[121]

H. R. Haldeman (R) Chief of Staff for Nixon, convicted of perjury [122]

John Ehrlichman (R) Counsel to Nixon, convicted of perjury.[123]

Egil Krogh (R) Aide to John Ehrlichman, sentenced to 6 months.[120]

John W. Dean III (R) Counsel to Nixon, convicted of obstruction of justice.[120]

Dwight L. Chapin (R) Deputy Assistant to Nixon, convicted of perjury.[120]

Charles W. Colson (R) Special Consul to Nixon, convicted of obstruction of justice.[121]

Legislative branch

Cornelius Gallagher (D-New Jersey) pleaded guilty to tax evasion, and served two years in prison.[124]

J. Irving Whalley (R-Pennsylvania) Received suspended three-year sentence and fined $11,000 in 1973 for using mails to deposit staff salary kickbacks and threatening an employee to prevent her from giving information to the FBI.[104]

Martin B. McKneally (R-New York) Placed on one-year probation and fined $5,000 in 1971 for failing to file income tax return. He had not paid taxes for many years prior.[125]

New York US Representative James Fred Hastings (R-NY) was a delegate to the 1968 Republican National Convention and the 1972 Republican National Convention. He was elected to Congress in 1968 and served from January 3, 1969, until he resigned on January 20, 1976 after being convicted of kickbacks and mail fraud. He served 14 months at Allenwood penitentiary (1976).[126]

1963–1969 (Lyndon B. Johnson (D) presidency)

Legislative branch

Ted Kennedy Senator (D-Massachusetts) drove his car into the channel between Chappaquiddick Island and Martha’s Vineyard, killing passenger Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and received a suspended sentence of two months [127] (1969)

Daniel Brewster (D-Maryland) Senator pleaded no contest to accepting ” an unlawful gratuity without corrupt intent “.[128]

Frank W. Boykin Congressman (D-AL) was convicted of conspiracy and conflict of interest in July 1963. [129]

1961–1963 (Kennedy (D) presidency)

Legislative branch

Thomas F. Johnson (D-Maryland) was convicted of conspiracy and conflict of interest regarding the receipt of illegal gratuities.[130]

Frank Boykin (D-Alabama) Was placed on probation and fined $40,000 following conviction in a case involving a conflict of interest and conspiracy to defraud the government. He was pardoned by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965.[131]

1953–1961 (Eisenhower (R) presidency)

Legislative branch

Thomas J. Lane (D-Massachusetts) convicted for evading taxes on his congressional income. Served 4 months in prison, but was re-elected three more times.[132] before his 1962 defeat due to re-districting. (1956) [133]

Ernest K. Bramblett (R-California) Received a suspended sentence and a $5,000 fine in 1955 for making false statements in connection with payroll padding and kickbacks from congressional employees.[134]

1945–1953 (Truman (D) presidency)

Legislative branch

Walter E. Brehm (R-Ohio) convicted of accepting contributions illegally from one of his employees. Received a 15 month suspended sentence and a $5,000 fine.[135]

J. Parnell Thomas (R-New Jersey): a member of the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC), was convicted of salary fraud and given an 18-month sentence and a fine, resigning from Congress in 1950. He was imprisoned in Danbury Prison with two of the Hollywood Ten he had helped put there. After serving his 18 months he was pardoned by Truman (D) in 1952,[136]

Andrew J. May (D-Kentucky) Convicted of accepting bribes in 1947 from a war munitions manufacturer. Was sentenced to 9 months in prison, after which he was pardoned by Truman (D) in 1952.[137]

James M. Curley (D-Massachusetts) fined $1,000 and served six-months for fraud before Harry S. Truman commuted the rest of his sentence.[138]

1933–1945 (Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) presidency)

Legislative branch

John H. Hoeppel (D-California) convicted in 1936 of selling an appointment to the West Point Military Academy. He was fined $1,000 and sentenced to 4-12 months in jail.[139]

1921–1923 (Harding (R) presidency)

Executive branch

The Harding administration was marred by scandals stemming from his appointment of men in his administration whom he had known in Ohio. They came to be known as the Ohio Gang. They include;

Albert Fall (R) Secretary of the Interior who was bribed by Harry F. Sinclair for control of the Teapot Dome federal oil reserves in Wyoming. He was the first U.S. cabinet member to ever be convicted; he served two years in prison. (1922) [140]

Charles R. Forbes (R) appointed by Harding as the first director of the new Bureau of Veterans Affairs. After constructing and modernizing VA hospitals, he was convicted of bribery and corruption and sentenced to two years in jail.[141]

Thomas W. Miller (R), Head of the Office of Alien Property: convicted of fraud by selling valuable German patents seized after World War I for far below market price as well as bribery. Served 18 months.[142]

1901-1909 (Theodore Roosevelt (R) presidency)

Legislative Branch

Henry B. Cassel (R-Pennsylvania) was convicted of fraud related to the construction of the Pennsylvania State Capitol (1909).[143][144]

John Hipple Mitchell Senator (R-Oregon) was involved with the Oregon land fraud scandal, for which he was indicted and convicted while a sitting U.S. Senator. (1905) [145]

Joseph R. Burton Senator (R-Kansas) was convicted of accepting a $2500 bribe in 1904. [146]

1869–1877 (Grant (R) presidency)

Executive branch

Whiskey Ring: Massive corruption of Ulysses S. Grant’s (R) administration involving whiskey taxes, bribery and kickbacks ending with 110 convictions. (1875) [147]

John J. McDonald (R) Supervisor of the Internal Revenue Service. Convicted and sentenced to three years.[147] [148]


Matthew Lyon (Democratic Republican-Kentucky). First Congressman to be recommended for censure after spitting on Roger Griswold (Federalist-Connecticut). The censure failed to pass.[149] Also found guilty of violating John Adams’ Alien and Sedition Acts and sentenced to four months in jail, during which he was re-elected (1798) [150]

John Pickering, Federal Judge appointed by George Washington was impeached and convicted in absentia by the U.S. Senate for drunkenness and use of profanity on the bench in spite of the fact neither act was a high crime or misdemeanor. (1804)[151]

See also

List of federal political scandals in the United States

List of federal political sex scandals in the United States

Federal politicians:

List of United States senators expelled or censured

List of United States Representatives expelled, censured, or reprimanded

State and local politics:

List of American state and local politicians convicted of crimes

List of state and local political scandals in the United States

List of state and local political sex scandals in the United States

Notes – (Gives references to every claim made above).

And these are the type of people that are seeking ‘extended background checks‘ on We The People? The very same type that are presently disregarding our Constitution at will? Wonder how much the list will be expanded once ‘Obama’ is [finally] finished? We all know about the present and recent criminal acts of our federal government after all.

No, it looks more like we need ‘extended background checks‘ on our politicians. We would probably be far more secure in that event. It also appears, based upon recent events. That we need not only a House cleaning, but the senate could use a good vacuuming. It probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to scour out the courts, agencies and bureaus as well….