Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2014 Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife were charged in Federal Court for illegally accepting thousands of dollars in gifts, vacations, and loans from businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. in exchange for special treatment from the Governor. McDonnell is the first Governor to face federal charges in Virginia's long history. Update: Governor McDonnell was convicted on 11 counts. He will be sentenced on January 6th, 2015.
  • Newly elected House Majority Whip Steve Scalise spoke at a White Supremacist conference in 2002, during his tenure as a state representative in Louisiana. Representative Scalise spoke at a workshop designed "to teach the most effective and up-to-date methods of civil rights and heritage related activism." Scalise insists he didn't know that he was speaking to a hate group and says that he used to speak to any group that would hear him talk abo'ut his dislike of 'slush funds.'
  • A former aide to Representative Frank Farenthold has sued the congressman and his office staff for creating a hostile work environment and gender discrimination. The former aide accused the congressman of making sexual comments about her and claimed he is regularly drunk on the job, which caused him to say a plethora of inappropriate things. She is seeking an unspecified amount of money for lost pay and emotional distress.
  • Trump Entertainment was sued $1.25 million for unpaid legal fees by law firm Levine Staller. The Trump Entertainment claimed the money was unsecured debt in an ongoing bankruptcy proceeding. The judge rejected Trump Entertainment's request to be absolved of the debt.
  • The National Republican Congressional Committee and outside Republican groups set up fake Twitter accounts to share internal polling data throughout the 2014 midterm elections. The fake Twitter accounts would share what would look like gibberish to most people, but was in fact internal polling data meant to help the Super PAC's determine where to spend their dollars. This collusion may violate election laws preventing coordination between Super PAC's and the campaigns they are supporting.
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott refused to take the debate stage for over four minutes in protest over a small fan that Charlie Crist was using. The Governor claimed that Crist broke the rules of the debate, but the Crist campaign released a signed document showing otherwise.
  • Jamaican fashion model, Alexia Palmer, filed a lawsuit against Trump's modeling agency for "fraudulent misrepresentation" and violation of immigration and labor laws, when they agreed as part of her visa application to pay her $75,000, but she claimed to have only received $3,880. The agency filed a motion to dismiss, and the judge granted it.
  • The Palin family was involved in a verbal and physical altercation at a birthday party they recently attend in Alaska. Multiple witnesses have come forward and claimed the brawl started shortly after the family arrived in their stretch hummer and Palin's son Track spotted a former boyfriend of Willow Palin. The witnesses say it only escalated from there with "Palin women screaming. Palin men thumping their chests. Word is that Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly." The Palin's were then asked to leave the party by the owner of the house, who was reportedly struck by Bristol Palin a number of times. No charges have been filed as of yet, but the police say they are investigating the brawl and will release more information at a later date.
  • Representative Tom Cotton aired a television advertisement accusing President Obama of hijacking "the farm bill and turn[ing] it into a food stamp bill." He went on to say that is the reason why he voted against the bill. This blatantly misleading advertisement neglects to inform his audience that the Farm Bill has always had provisions in it that pay for the Food Stamp program, as well as direct payments to American farmers. He also mislead his audience because the 2013 bill actually cut the budget for the Food Stamp program.
  • Oregon Senate candidate Monica Wehby has removed her health care plan from her campaign website after it was reported she plagiarized major portions of Crossroads USA's proposal and insinuated it was her own plan. Rove's plan was released in July of 2013 while Wehby's was released in November of the same year.
  • A California gun company developed a gun that they call "The Obama Blaster" and 'thanked' the President for "being being the distinguished firearms industry spokesman and salesman of all time." The advertisement also revisits long debunked claims of the President's citizenship and right to occupy the Executive Office.
  • Henry Rayhons, a longtime member of the Iowa House of Representatives, has been charged with sexually abusing his mentally incapacitated wife at her nursing home. Rayhons was informed that his wife could no longer consent to sexual activity back in June, but disregarded the nursing home staffs directives and had relations with his wife in her room. He was caught on tape throwing his underwear into a laundry bin and later confessed to 'having sexual contact' with his wife and was also in possession of the document stating his wife was no longer able to give proper consent to sexual relations.
  • Gia Arnold, a Republican running for a seat in the New York State Senate, has put her campaign on hold after admitting to having an extramarital affair and then leaving her husband. While she has decided to stop campaigning, she insists she will still be on the ballot this November.
  • In Terri Lynn Land's finacial disclosure forms, she claimed that she was worth $1.5 million dollars. She has since donated $3 million of her own money to her campaign. Her staff has claimed that she inadvertently omitted a joint banking account in her disclosures. The amount of money in this account has yet to be disclosed but the sudden appearance of $3 million to a campaign raises many questions.
  • A group of people including a GOP candidate and a local sheriff attempted to block a bus full of children they thought were undocumented immigrants being transported to a nearby immigration facility, but were surprised to find the bus full of children from a local YMCA. Adam Kwasan, the Congressional candidate, and local sheriff Paul Babeu were both on hand to rile up the crowd and encouraged them to block the bus. Kwasan didn't know that it was a bus full of YMCA youth until a reporter informed him, causing Kwasan to attempt to save face by saying that the children 'were sad too.'
  • Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis is currently under investigation for sexual misconduct after being accused of improperly touching a young boy during his confirmation mass.
  • Fox & Friends created a graphic that appears to be directly lifted from the logo of a popular video game. The show used the graphic a number of times when discussing the recent uptick of Central American children attempting to cross into the United States. To add insult to injury, the image Fox & Friends lifted is from a video game depicting a fictional city run by a religious zealot who populated his city with individuals who "literally worship America’s Founding Fathers and uses American iconography to rile up his citizens in support of a war with all of the heathens of the world that aren’t a part of his flying city."
  • A former aide to John Padgett, the head of the Georgia Republican Party, filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the Georgia Republican Party of racism and improper termination. Qiana Keith claims she was fired after bringing up her complaint to a superior and is asking for damages and lost wages. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
  • A state judge in Florida ruled the states newly drawn Congressional map unconstitutional after the state conducted a “secret, organized campaign” to draw the new Congressional boundaries in the decennial redistricting process. The judge ruled that two districts, District 5 and 10, were invalid and had to be redrawn, along with any other districts that would be affected by their redrawing. The judge agreed that the Republican legislature collaborated with conservative and other right-leaning groups to draw the districts in a way that would be beneficial to the Republican party and detrimental to the Democratic party.
  • "Abstinence-only" lawmaker, Senator Bill Cassidy announced that his unmarried 17 year old daughter was pregnant. In 2013, Cassidy co-sponsored the Abstinence-Only reallocation Act, which would award grants to public and private schools that stuck to teaching only abstinence.