Most Corrupt Politicians : Why we elect politicians? A simple answer to this question is that we want them to stand for us and do some meaningful work for the betterment of our lives. Like every other nation in the world, the American public also elects its politicians so that they could represent interests of common man in the halls of government.
Unfortunately, expectations of public come to an end when plans and proposals for community development derail by the dubious presence of corruption. Our government’s officials take oath to serve the interests of public and are entrusted with a duty to serve the people but all this looks like a fool’s paradise when none of these duties is brought into practice. Politicians are over and again caught with their hand in the cookie jar.
Here is a list of top 10 most corrupt politicians in US history :
10. William Marcy Tweed (Boss Tweed)
Mr. Tweed started his political career as a New York alderman and was soon after elected to a term of congress. One of the corrupt politicians in the US, Tweed embezzled money worth $25 to $200 million. Mr. Tweed and his accomplices were ultimately brought down in the year of 1871 and sent to lockup.
9. Vernon Buchanan
The allegations against Mr. Buchanan are numerous. He had been held accountable for fraud, criminal activities and conspiracy, to name a few. It is alleged that he compelled his car dealership employees and Sarasota 500 Corp to contribute to re-election campaigns with the threat of being fired if they did not comply with him.
8. George Ryan
He has been perhaps the most corrupt government officials of the US. He served as the governor for just one term and after sometime, it was found that Mr. Ryan was involved in a number of criminal activities. After a thorough investigation, he was discovered guilty on 22 felony charges, including bribery, tax fraud, racketeering, money laundering and last but certainly not the least, extortion. He also used campaign funds for his own personal use. After a lengthy trial, he was convicted on all 22 counts.
7. Rod Blagojevich
Mr. Blagojevich has been notoriously famous and touched new heights by making numerous high profile television appearances. He was convicted of 23 criminal acts, though only found guilty of one and that was lying to federal investigators.
6. Mitch McConnell
Mr. Bates was United State Senator who also started a lobbying firm that soon became a very successful enterprise. He is the longest serving senator in US history. He, and his company, was found involved in number of unlawful activities and political corruption.
5. Charles Rangel
Charles Rangel, who once chaired the congressional committee, was responsible for federal tax policy. His bad days start when he got into trouble for not paying his own taxes. When found guilty, he stated that he forget to pay taxes on $75,000 he earned from property he owned. He was later censored by Congress for his activities.
4. Spiro Agnew
He got into trouble when the U.S. Department of Justice started investigating Mr. Agnew for tax laundering, extortion, conspiracy and even bribery. This investigation led to criminal charges and political corruption, he finally accepted bribes related charges that happened during his tenure as the governor of Maryland.
3. Maxine Waters
She was found guilty of supporting her husband using the authority and political clout of her office to help him out in his bad days. Mrs. Walter’s husband had stock in a certain bank that was going through some financial difficulties during the recent banking fiasco.
2. Ray Blanton
Mr. Ray Blanton, Governor of Tennessee set some criminals scot free and sent them back into the society. During his incumbency he released 24 convicted assasins and another 28 culprits that were charged for a plethora of serious criminal activity. It made him the corrupt government officials of US.
1. Budd Dwyer
Budd Dwyer tried to end his life on January 22, 1987, when found guilty of a great number of political corruption and scams. He was charged with accepting a whopping campaign donation for exchange of a multi-million dollar contract with a famed computer company, 1 count of conspiracy to commit bribery and 4 counts of inter-state transportation in aiding racketeering,. Mr. Dwyer was charged with 55 years of sentence and immense fines.