Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2015 State Republican Scandals

  • Tennessee Senator Bob Corker failed to disclose two million dollars worth of hedge fund profits and millions more of income from his commercial real estate business. The total of profits from his commercial real estate business is unknown. Senator Corker blamed his failure to disclose the assets on a "filing error."
  • A Donald Trump rally turned violent after supporters of the candidate threw an African American protester to the ground and physically assaulted him after he tried to interrupt Trump's speech. Trump can also be heard yelling to ‘get him the hell out of here," but a campaign spokesperson later released a statement saying that Mr. Trump “does not condone this behavior.”
  • Ben Carson’s campaign admitted that Carson's story of being accepted to West Point was fabricated. According to a story told in Carson’s book, a 17 year old Carson dined with Gen. William Westmoreland, gaining a full scholarship. West Point, however, has no record of Carson applying or being admitted.
  • A former investigator on the House Benghazi Committee filed a federal lawsuit against the committee and Representative Trey Gowdy for discrimination and defamation. Brad Podliska, an Air Force Reserve major, accused the committee and Mr. Gowdy of firing him for refusing to advance an agenda targeting Hillary Clinton. He also claims that Rep. Gowdy illegally defamed him in public when he went on "Meet the Press" and accused him of mishandling classified information, which later turned out to be false. Podliska is not seeking monetary compensation, but instead asks for the court to require a statement saying that Gowdy’s allegation was false and to bar Gowdy from repeating it again.
  • Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert plead guilty to hiding money transactions in order to evade federal regulations requiring him to report where the money was going. Hastert was charged in May of 2015 with lying to the FBI and illegally hiding hush money payments to "Individual A." He was accused of intentionally structuring the payments to fall under the $10,000 threshold to avoid triggering federal reporting requirements. "Individual A" is widely believed to be a former wrestling student of Hastert's who was given monthly payments in order to keep him from going to the authorities or press about alleged sexual abuse.
  • Maine Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves has filed a lawsuit against Governor Paul LePage accusing the governor of using the power of his office to threaten a private school from hiring him as the schools President. It is illegal in the state of Maine, or anywhere else in America, to use the power of your office to blackmail a private entity into doing what you want.
  • While announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination, Trump described Mexican immigrants as criminals and "rapists." José Andrés and a second chef, announced that they were pulling their restaurants from Trump's planned Washington, DC, hotel due to Trump's comments. A lawsuit battle followed.
  • Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland was convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison for break federal campaign laws. Rowland was convicted of concealing his role as a paid consultant to Lisa Wilson-Foley's 2012 congressional campaign and using his position as a radio host to encourage his listeners to vote for her.