Conservative Controversies & Scandals

Historical Major Republican Scandals & Controversies (Before 2014)

  • McCain became enmeshed in a scandal during the 1980s as one of five United States Senators comprising the so-called Keating Five. Between 1982 and 1987, McCain had received $112,000 in lawful political contributions from Charles Keating Jr. and his associates at Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, along with trips on Keating's jets that McCain belatedly repaid in 1989. In 1987, McCain was one of the five senators whom Keating contacted in order to prevent the government's seizure of Lincoln, and McCain met twice with federal regulators to discuss the government's investigation of Lincoln.
  • While on vacation Romney prepared to put his boat into the water, an officer told Romney not to launch because his license appeared to have been painted over and if he launched there would be a $50 dollar fine. Romney felt that his license was still visible and decided to ignore the order from the officer and pay the fine. After Romney put the family boat into the water, the officer reappeared visibly angry and arrested Romney for disorderly conduct. Romney was handcuffed on the scene, taken to the local police station, and booked. Charges were later dropped.
  • Trump hired a contractor to demolish a building. The contractor hired 200 undocumented Polish laborers, paying them off the books. The local Wreckers Union sued Trump for $4 million in unpaid union pensions. Many workers alleged they weren't paid in full. The court agreed, resulting in Trump settling for an undisclosed amount.
  • Representative Steve Stockman was arrested and charged with a felony possession of three 10 milligram tablets of Valium after a search revealed he was in possession of the drug. Stockman wound up pleading no contest to a lesser count of “use of a controlled substance,” which is a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to two days in jail.
  • A 1973 lawsuit against Trump and the Trump Organization claimed that superintendents at Trump properties would mark African American’s applications with a ‘C’ for ‘Colored’ and other racial codes. The secret system for coding applications was used to filter minorities out of renting available units, in favor of white renters, according to the Department of Justice.
  • The Watergate scandal was a political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s as a result of the June 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and the Nixon administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement. The scandal eventually led to the resignation of Richard Nixon on August 9, 1974, the only resignation of a U.S. President. The scandal also resulted in the indictment, trial, conviction and incarceration of 43 people, including dozens of Nixon's top administration officials.
  • Video has surfaced of Michael Peroutka giving a speech at succession conference in Alabama. In his speech encouraged succession and the application of theocratic law. He goes on to talk about bring down the "current regime" and replacing it with with a theocracy based on the Bible. At the of the speech he sang "Dixie" referring to the song as his 'national anthem.' "Dixie" was the de facto anthem of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
  • Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland is charged with violating campaign finance laws while working as an adviser to congressional campaigns after leaving office.Rowland, 57, pleaded not guilty in April 2014 to charges of conspiracy, falsifying records in a federal investigation, causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission and causing illegal campaign contributions while working as a campaign adviser from 2009 to 2012. Rowland's lawyers have moved to have his case dismissed but were denied by the judge.