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Meet the New Inductees into the Ethics Hall of Shame!

We are not so pleased to present three new inductees into our Hall of Shame.  You voted Reps. Weldon, Mollohan, and Lewis in by a landslide. Click on the pictures below to discover what each candidate did to receive this dishonor.


                                           
Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.)  Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.)  Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.)
96.7%                                97.9%                                 99.6%



An unprecedented wave of corruption, cronyism and special-interest sleaze has gripped our nation’s capital. To bring greater public attention to individuals involved in these ethics scandals – in the hope of preventing such abuses of the public trust in the future – Public Citizen established the Ethics Hall of Shame.

To be included, a member of Congress must have committed illegal acts or engaged in conduct that is highly abusive of the public trust in the service of special interests. Those members of Congress in the "dishonorable mention" category have been involved in activity that is ethically questionable or offensive to the public trust, but which does not rise to the same level of wrongdoing as that of the inductees into the Hall of Shame.  

To read detailed profiles of the people inducted into the Ethics Hall of Shame, click on the pictures below.

Rep. Tom DeLay

ex-Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) Forced to resign his position as House majority leader; under indictment for money laundering in Texas; likely the focus of a Justice Department investigation for his ties to admitted felon and former super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Rep. Randy Cunningham

ex-Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.)
Pleaded guilty to taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors and sentenced to 8 years in prison.

Rep. Bob Ney

ex-Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) Resigned as chairman of the House Administration Committee because of allegations that he used his office to help Jack Abramoff and his clients.

Rep. Richard Pombo

ex-Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) Went to bat for a Jack Abramoff client; he short-circuited an investigation into the owner of a failed savings and loan; his aides attempted to scuttle an environmental regulation that could have hurt the Pombo family’s business.

Sen. Conrad Burns

ex-Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) A major recipient of Jack Abramoff’s largess, who went to extraordinary lengths to help an Abramoff client.

Rep. William Jefferson

Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) Involved in an investigation of alleged extortion in a business investment scheme; was found to have stashed large amounts of cash in his freezer

Jack Abramoff

Jack Abramoff, Admitted Felon and Former Super-Lobbyist
The poster child of why systemic reform to the influence-peddling system is so desperately needed in Washington.

Rep. John Doolittle

Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) Passed $37 million in defense contracts to the same man that bribed "Duke" Cunningham, held a fundraiser in one of Abramhoff's skyboxes, and is currently under investigation by the Justice Dept.


Sen. Bill Frist

ex-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) Under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for possible insider stock trading; he also went to extraordinary lengths to insert a provision into a new law that will insulate drug companies from some defective products lawsuits.

Rep. Roy Blunt

ex-House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) Slipped a favor for a major tobacco company into legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security but withdrew it after getting caught.

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