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Corruption and American Politics By Michael A. Genovese and Victoria A. Farrar-Myers ...

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Corruption and American Politics


The Politics of Corruption
and the
Corruption of Politics

Michael A. Genovese

House member William J. Jefferson (D-LA), the subject of an FBI investigation, was indicted after, among other things, investigators discovered $90,000 in cash in Mr. Jefferson's freezer, giving a wholly new meaning to the term “cold, hard cash.”

House member Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA) resigned his seat after pleading guilty to accepting over $2.4 million in bribes.

House member James Traficant (D-OH) was expelled from the House of Representatives after being convicted of accepting bribes, racketeering, and other offenses.

Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) was impeached and removed from office by the Illinois state senate after, among other things, it was