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Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham

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September 2007: 'In this remote town of 2,000, the people who have been planning the center for more than a decade say they feel unfairly tarnished by anti-earmark sentiment, prompted in part by the scandals surrounding the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former Representative Randy Cunningham of California and by proposed projects like the $200 million “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska.'

July 2007: WASHINGTON – In two days of prison interviews with federal agents this year, disgraced former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham described a level of corruption on his part more extensive than previously known and dealt a potentially devastating blow to the defense being waged by one of the defense contractors alleged to have bribed him.

August 2006: The Cunningham scandal set off alarms about the proliferation of Congressional earmarks — money for pet projects inserted anonymously in spending bills — which critics say pervert public policy, encourage cronyism and waste federal money. The 12,000 earmarks in this year’s spending bills amount to $64 billion.

July 2006: Wilkes, who was close to former representative Randy 'Duke' Cunningham (R-Calif.) before Cunningham's recent conviction for taking $2.4 million worth of bribes, was identified as co-conspirator No. 1 in court documents charging Cunningham, a former Appropriations Committee member. Lewis and Wilkes have denied wrongdoing.

February 2006: Convicted former representative Randy 'Duke' Cunningham (R-Calif.) should be sentenced to the maximum 10 years in prison because of 'unparalleled corruption' that included a 'bribe menu' on congressional letterhead telling a defense contractor what payments were required for different levels of federal funding, federal prosecutors said in court papers yesterday.

December 2005: So far this year, at least seven lawmakers have been indicted, have pleaded guilty or are under investigation for improper conduct such as conspiracy, securities fraud and improper campaign donations. In the past two weeks alone, Rep. Randy 'Duke' Cunningham (R-Calif.) resigned from Congress and pleaded guilty to tax evasion and conspiracy, and public relations executive Michael Scanlon admitted his role in a conspiracy to try to bribe a congressman.

November 2005: The latest court case came yesterday in San Diego when Rep. Randy 'Duke' Cunningham (R-Calif.) wept openly after pleading guilty to tax evasion and conspiracy. His plea bargain came less than a week after public relations executive Michael Scanlon coolly admitted his role in a conspiracy to try to bribe a congressman.

July 2004: Republican member of House of Representatives from California.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Financial Recipient from (past or present) MZM Organization Feb 8, 2006
Member of (past or present) Republican Party (U.S.) / Republican National Committee Organization Jul 7, 2006
Member of (past or present) US House of Representatives Organization Jul 7, 2006
Opponent (past or present) Carol C. Lam Esq. Person Jan 31, 2007
Possible/Unclear Brent R. Wilkes Person Jul 7, 2006

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Aug 12, 2009 A Window Into C.I.A.’s Embrace of Secret Jails ("Interrogation Inc. part 2 of 2)

QUOTE: The existence of the network of prisons to detain and interrogate senior operatives of Al Qaeda has long been known, but details about them have been a closely guarded secret... [The former European supply chief for the C.I.A. Kyle D. Foggo] Mr. Foggo acknowledged a role, which has never been previously reported.

New York Times
Aug 11, 2009 Transcripts, E-Mails Detail Campaign to Oust U.S. Attorney

QUOTE: The dismissal of New Mexico U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias in December 2006 followed extensive communication among lawyers and political aides in the White House who hashed over complaints about his work on public corruption cases against Democrats, according to newly released e-mails and transcripts of closed-door House testimony by former Bush counsel Harriet Miers and political chief Karl Rove.

Washington Post
Feb 23, 2008 Arizona's Rep. Renzi Is Indicted In Land Deal

QUOTE: The indictment makes Renzi the fourth sitting lawmaker to face federal charges since 2005 in the Justice Department's continuing crackdown on public corruption, and it represents a fresh blow to congressional Republicans struggling with numerous allegations of ethical wrongdoing in their ranks.

Washington Post
Feb 20, 2008 Not the Price of Doing Business

QUOTE: ...a former Democratic state senator...asked the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission for permission to pay his legal bills from his campaign coffers. The request is unacceptable on its face. When people contribute to a candidate...[it] is unlikely that they are expecting their dollars to help their preferred candidate fend off federal corruption charges.

New York Times
Nov 06, 2007 Ex-Contractor Is Convicted in Bribery Case

QUOTE: With Mr. Cunningham pulling the strings, prosecutors said, Mr. Wilkes was able to secure millions of dollars of contracts for services like digitizing official documents. Often those contracts provided services the government did not want, the prosecutors said.

New York Times
Sep 12, 2007 Earmark Gone, Indian Project Is One-Winged

QUOTE: In this remote town of 2,000, the people who have been planning the center for more than a decade say they feel unfairly tarnished by anti-earmark sentiment, prompted in part by the scandals surrounding the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former Representative Randy Cunningham of California and by proposed projects like the $200 million “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska.

New York Times
Jul 17, 2007 Imprisoned Cunningham outlines depths of corruption to FBI

QUOTE: In two days of prison interviews with federal agents this year, disgraced former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham described a level of corruption on his part more extensive than previously known...

San Diego Union-Tribune
Jun 01, 2007 The corporate takeover of U.S. intelligence: The U.S. government now outsources a vast portion of its spying operations to private firms -- with zero public accountability.

QUOTE: The federal government relies more than ever on outsourcing for some of its most sensitive work, though it has kept details about its use of private contractors a closely guarded secret. Intelligence experts, and even the government itself, have warned of a critical lack of oversight for the booming intelligence business.

May 25, 2007 House Votes to Lift Veil Over Lobbyists’ Donations

QUOTE: The House voted Thursday to drag into public view the role that registered lobbyists play in soliciting and collecting contributions for political campaigns, exposing for the first time one of the most effective ways that influence-seekers ingratiate themselves with lawmakers and presidents.

New York Times
Mar 30, 2007 Firing of US attorneys: Was it too political?

QUOTE: The issue in this case is whether Bush administration officials went too far and engaged in unacceptable actions – such as pressuring the attorneys to use their powers for the specific electoral benefit of the GOP.

Christian Science Monitor
Feb 13, 2007 Ex-CIA Official Indicted Over Agency Contracts: Foggo Accused of Steering Contracts to GOP Fundraiser

QUOTE: The indictment is the latest development in a lengthy federal criminal probe into the dark side of a budget process known as "earmarking," in which lawmakers have directed federal contracts to favored designees who were either friends or campaign contributors. Last year the probe led to a prison sentence for one lawmaker, Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham -- who, the government said yesterday, used two prostitutes financed by Wilkes.

Washington Post
Feb 06, 2007 Justice Department Attorney Defends Firings

QUOTE: Several lawmakers, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), have been further angered by a little-noticed provision slipped into USA Patriot Act legislation last year that now allows Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales to appoint replacement prosecutors indefinitely.

Washington Post
Jan 24, 2007 Hill Pensions for the Convicted May End: House Passes Bill to Deny Payments in Future Cases

QUOTE: the House voted unanimously yesterday to deny federal pensions to lawmakers convicted of bribery, perjury and other related felonies. "Corrupt politicians deserve prison sentences, not taxpayer-funded pensions," said freshman Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-Kan.), chief sponsor of the bill. But the punishment of those who betray the public trust will not be far-reaching.

Washington Post
Jan 19, 2007 Prosecutor Firings Not Political, Gonzales Says: Attorney General Acknowledges, Defends Actions

QUOTE: Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales acknowledged yesterday that some U.S. attorneys have been asked to resign their posts in recent weeks because of performance issues, but he denied any political motives....Gonzales's remarks in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee came in response to questions from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and other lawmakers about the forced removals of at least six U.S. attorneys, including several who have overseen some of the government's highest-profile corruption prosecutions.

Washington Post
Sep 14, 2006 Congress lifts blinds on its spending: After 2005's bribery and corruption scandals, Congress moves to list US federal expenditures on a searchable database.

QUOTE: It's the least controversial of all the reforms Congress has considered since last year's bribery and corruption scandals, and its passage will provide an effective new tool for anyone wanting to look over lawmakers' shoulders soon after they clear spending bills.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 07, 2006 Congress eyes 'pork-barrel' reforms: With the US public pressing for change, both Senate and House consider making earmarks and their sponsors far more visible

QUOTE: the reforms would mark a sea change in the way Congress does business, especially in the Senate, where project add-ons are seldom challenged before a vote - and where a senator's "secret hold" on a bill is enough to derail it quietly.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 06, 2006 Deal Maker Details the Art of Greasing the Palm

QUOTE: Mr. Wilkes was described as “co-conspirator No. 1” in a plea agreement signed by Representative Randy Cunningham, a California Republican on the House Appropriations Committee. In the plea deal, Mr. Cunningham admitted accepting more than $2.4 million in cash and gifts from Mr. Wilkes and other contractors....Mr. Wilkes acknowledged that he was a willing participant in what he characterized as a “cutthroat” system in which campaign contributions were a prerequisite for federal contracts.

New York Times
Aug 01, 2006 Pentagon To Scrap Site Connected To Scandal: Rep. Goode's Earmark Led to Contract Award

QUOTE: The Pentagon has decided not to renew a contract with a company caught up in the scandal involving former House member Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.), forcing the closure of an intelligence center in Virginia that grew out of a 2003 "earmark" in legislation by Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-Va.)...The end of the contract could result in the loss of at least 30 jobs...Court papers associated with Wade's guilty plea said that "Representative A," identified as Goode, received $46,000 in contributions from Wade that were disguised to appear as if they had come from MZM employees in 2003 and 2005.

Washington Post
Jul 25, 2006 On Capitol Hill, the rolling pork barrel is picking up speed

QUOTE: earmarks are embroiled in controversy surrounding legislators' relationships with lobbyists...the expansion of the pork barrel is startling: Earmarks added to spending bills totaled $3.1 billion in 1991, compared with a record $29.3 billion in fiscal year 2006, according to Citizens Against Government Waste.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 06, 2006 Lobbying Firm Underreported Income: Some Clients Paid With Public or Tax-Exempt Funds in Bids for 'Earmarks'

QUOTE: A Washington lobbying firm at the center of a federal corruption probe failed to disclose at least $755,000 in income from 17 nonprofit organizations and governmental entities, and $635,000 from 18 other clients between 1998 and 2005...

Washington Post

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