Is This What Dean Means by a Culture of Corruption?
The Ballance scandal
?Former U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance, a North Carolina Democrat, was sentenced to four years in prison on Oct. 12 for conspiring to divert taxpayer money to his friends and family through the charitable organization he founded in 1985.
But almost two weeks later, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee still has not returned the thousands of dollars in "dirty money" that Ballance contributed to the DCCC, the National Republican Congressional Committee wants everyone to know.
The NRCC said based on press reports, it appears that the DCCC has no plans to return the $29,500 that Ballance contributed to its coffers.
And Ballance isn't the DCCC's only "dirty money" contributor. The NRCC noted that third-quarter Federal Election Commission reports show the DCCC has not yet returned $5,000 donated by a Chicago attorney who pled guilty to attempted extortion.
Could it be the credit report scandal
, where two aides to Chuckie Schumer obtained the credit report of a man planning to run for the Republican nomination to the Senate from Maryland?
Could it be Jon Corzine's peculiar new investments
in the form of loans and grants to black churches in New Jersey while he runs for governor?
Could it be the New Mexico Treasurer's Office scandal
?Gov. Bill Richardson and other Democrats are confronting their own hurricane, a political storm from the corruption scandal engulfing state Treasurer Robert Vigil and his predecessor, Michael Montoya.
Vigil and Montoya -- both Democrats -- have pleaded not guilty to federal felony charges alleging they extorted kickbacks from financial advisers in exchange for steering state investment business to them.
Hat Tip: Chris at Lucky Dawg
reminded us (in the comments) of the New Mexico flap.