Conservative Controversies & Scandals

Republican Abuse of Power Scandals

  • Rick Perry may have illegally used Texas Government resources just before he kicked off his Presidential Campaign. Phone records show that Perry made numerous calls to donors, business men, and appointees from his Governors office which hints that he may have been campaigning from government phones, which is illegal in the state of Texas. No legal actions have been taken as of yet.
  • Citing internal financial documents, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a Wisconsin tax-exempt charity called Prosperity USA footed the bill for about $40,000 worth of iPads, chartered airplanes and other expenses as Cain’s campaign got off the ground early this year 2011.
  • In August 2011, the New York Times revealed that Issa had been purchasing office space, businesses, and real estate in the district that he represents. Issa has also been using his position in Congress to secure millions of dollars in earmarks that improve roads and public works that promise to improve traffic and provide other improvements in the area that his commercial property is located in. One such earmark secured as much as $800,000 in earmarks for such an area. Traffic in the area has greatly eased and property valued has soared. A conflict of interest arises as it would appear that Issa has been using his public office for personal financial gain.
  • Federal prosecutors have uncovered evidence that Arpaio has misused nearly 100 million dollars in jail funds. As the investigation continues, investigators expect that number to go well above the $100 million mark.
  • Federal investigators have opened a second criminal probe of U.S. Rep. David Rivera, examining undisclosed payments from a Miami gambling enterprise to a company tied to the Republican congressman. The investigation is focusing on a $1 million consulting contract.
  • Chris Christie used a State Police helicopter to get dropped off at his son's baseball game, where he then took a limo to ride another 100 yards to the entrance of the field. He then left during the 5th inning, getting back into the car which drove him the 100 yards to the helicopter. Play had to be stopped until the helicopter left the area. The helicopter is one of two $12.5 million crafts that were purchased for homeland security reasons.
  • As chairman of one of the most powerful committees in Congress, Darrell Issa has built a team that includes staff members with close connections to industries that could benefit from his investigations. Several have ties to billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, A Republican staff counsel for the oversight committee is the son of a lobbyist pushing for regulatory changes on behalf of big corporations. At least four other staffers once lobbied Congress for companies and industry associations. Another counsel worked for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which Issa recently asked for input on government regulations. This could create the appearance of a conflict of interest.
  • The Scott Walker Administration has been criticized for alleged favoritism and cronyism. The girlfriend, Valerie Cass, of then State Senator Randy Hopper was hired for a short-term position at a salary higher than that of her predecessor. According to state records, she had never formally applied to the position, while multiple other qualified candidates with high-level recommendations were passed over for the job.
  • Scott Walker appointed Brian Deschane to an $81,500 per year job overseeing environmental and regulatory matters and dozens of employees at the Department of Commerce. Deschane's father, Jerry Deschane, is executive vice president and a longtime lobbyist for the Wisconsin Builders' Association, which donated $121,652 to Walker over the past two years. 2 days later, after a great public outcry, Walker demotes Deschane.
  • David Rivera, after dropping out of the Florida's state Senate race, is now be investigated for spending tens of thousands of dollars in 'thank you' money to his supporters. Those "thank you campaign" dollars to ACH are being scrutinized as part of a criminal investigation of the Republican representative's personal and campaign accounts by the Miami-Dade police and prosecutors.
  • Much like two years earlier, jails in Maricopa county were again found to be operating under unconstitutional conditions. Severe overcrowding along with detainees not receiving proper medical attention and being denied necessary prescription medications forced the courts hand once again. The courts once again issued a ruling that Arpaio must end the conditions and provide adequate medical treatment, sanitary food, and access to necessary medication for all inmates.
  • Over the two years prior to September, 2010, feuding between Arpaio and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas on one side, and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on the other side cost at least $5.6 million, most of which was paid to private attorneys. Arpaio and Thomas filed several lawsuits against the Board of Supervisors, including a federal civil-racketeering suit against the supervisors, four judges and attorneys who work with the county. Arpaio and Thomas lost every case, either by ruling of the courts, or by dropping the case.
  • A 63 page memo, written by Arpaio's deputy chief Frank Munnell, was made public. The memo described years of misconduct and corruption by Maricopa County Sheriff's Office under Arpaio's supervision. The memo describes how top MCSO officials "willfully and intentionally committed criminal acts by attempting to obstruct justice, tamper with witnesses, and destroy evidence." The FBI began conducting an investigation.
  • Christine O'Donnell is being investigated for misusing political funds from a previous campaign. It seems that O'Donnell was using campaign donations for rent and other personal expenses, while leaving her campaign employees unpaid and accruing thousands of dollars of debt.
  • Driver admitted on August 16, 2010, to taking taxpayer money from the Texas House of Representatives for expenses that had already been reimbursed to him by his own campaign. Essential he was being reimbursed twice for expenses during his campaign, one of those reimbursements coming from the tax-payers. Driver has plead guilty to 3rd degree felony charges and has been fined $5,000 and sentenced to 5 years probation.
  • Arpaio violated Arizona election laws by making in-kind donations with his direct-mailer that he funded in a year that he was not up for reelection. His 2012 campaign has been fined over $150,000 for the transgression.
  • A "John Doe" investigation launched in May 2010 has embroiled former Walker staffers and appointees from his time as Milwaukee County executive, his job before winning the governorship in November 2010. The investigation, led by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, has led to home raids targeting former staffers with close ties to Walker and numerous felony charges for election law violations, embezzlement, and misconduct in office.
  • Fernandez was arrested on corruption charges in April 2010. Charges range from receipt of unlawful compensation for official behavior, six counts involved acceptance of illegal campaign contributions and one count involved certifying a false campaign-finance report. Fernandez plead no contest to the charges and in February was sentenced to 22 months in prison.
  • C Street has been the subject of controversy over its claimed tax status as a church, the ownership of the property and its connection to the Fellowship, and the reportedly subsidized benefits the facility provides to members of Congress. Until 2009, C-Street was exempt from real property taxes. When it was revealed that rooms were being rented out as residencies, the exemption was amended to 34% exempt. Soon it was revealed that the Fellowship had no control over C-Street. Mainstream Christian Pastors filed a petition to revoke C Street's remaining tax exemption due to its secretiveness on the grounds that it is not a religious institute. Further investigations show that C Street charges its Capitol Hill residents rent that is well below market price for more tax breaks.
  • Joe Arpaio used his political power to open criminal investigations against Maricopa County Board members. The investigations have been found to be bogus and politically motivated. All of the investigations, save for one, Sandra Dowling's, had to be dropped. None of the original counts that Arpaio brought against Dowling held up and she plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of patronage for hiring her daughter for a summer job.