Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2014 Major Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • The Administration of Chris Christie has been accused of withholding millions of Sandy emergency relief funds for a New Jersey town that refused to approve a massive redevelopment plan that the governor favored. The mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, claimed that Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Richard Constable, who is Governor Christie‚Äôs community affairs commissioner spoke on behalf of the Governor in making the demand. While the two officials in question have denied the allegations, recently released documents seem to say otherwise. Dawn Zimmer, who is the mayor, also said that she will be happy to speak under oath and take a lie detector in order to prove her claims.
  • The National Rifle Association has agreed to pay a $63,000 fine to the state of Rhode Island after admitting to violating state campaign financing laws. The case stems from a lawsuit filed by the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats that alleged the NRA failed to disclose donor names to one of its now defunct PAC's going all the way back to 2002. It is a violation of Rhode Island state law for a national PAC to donate to a state PAC in Rhode Island.
  • Fox News chairman Roger Ailes is purportedly the brain child behind a fake blog that created to combat Fox News critics. "The Cable Games" was a blog written anonymously by Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton and was used solely for the purpose of attacking other media personalities and channels. The fake blog also routinely propped up Roger Ailes as a "Boy Scout, patriot, American."
  • Governor Chris Christie is under a Federal investigation regarding possible misuse of federal funds given to New Jersey after the state was ravaged by super storm Sandy back in 2012. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has concluded after an initial audit that a full investigation is warranted into whether Christie used his position to choose a politically friendly public relations company to air television advertisements encouraging people to visit New Jersey over another company that bid over two million less.
  • A new book being released by Gabriel Sherman accuses Roger Ailes, the CEO of Fox News, of a long pattern of sexist and misogynist behavior towards the women that work at the station. Ailes is accused of making unwanted advances towards women during job interviews, demanding that the women on Fox News show more legs, and complaining that he didn't spend money on a glass desk for the female hosts to wear pant suits.
  • Fox News chairman Roger Ailes has purportedly tried to use his influence to take over the small town of Garrison, N.Y. Ailes has purchased the towns small newspaper to ensure he controls the flow of information throughout the town and hired an editor that attacked any critic of the new direction the newspaper had taken. Ailes also reportedly shows up to town meetings with body guards and lawyers to try to intimidate the towns residents into submitting to his demand in rewriting the zoning laws that prevent him from future development. If that wasn't already enough, Ailes has also recruited Republican candidates more to his liking to run for a variety of town offices.
  • A forthcoming book by Gabriel Sherman interviews a woman that worked with Roger Ailes in the 1980's who claims that Mr. Ailes offered her a pay raise in exchange for weekly sex with him whenever he would like. Randi Harrison, the woman in question, claims that Mr. Ailes said he would pay her an extra $100 per week if she would agree to the demand.
  • Dinesh D'Souza, a prominent conservative commentator, has been charged with "making illegal contributions to a United States Senate campaign in the names of others and causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission in connection with those contributions." D'Souza is accused of reimbursing upwards of $20,000 to individuals that donated to an unnamed candidate. Update: D'Souza plead guilty to a single felony charge of 'making illegal campaign contributions to a U.S. Senate campaign.' The felony count carries a maximum of 24 months in prison, but the deal D'Souza struck with authorities asks for a sentence between 10 and 16 months.