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									Judicial Watch's Ten Most Wanted Corrupt
Politicians Of 2013
By william Bigelow
Jan 2 2014,

                                                                          Judicial Watch (JW) has
                                                                          released its list of
                                                                          Washington’s “Ten Most
                                                                          Wanted Corrupt Politicians”
                                                                          for 2013, and it’s bipartisan
                                                                          in nature.
                                                                          Not only are eight members of
                                                                          the Obama Administration
                                                                          named, starting with Obama
                                                                          himself, but also GOP Speaker
                                                                          of the House John Boehner
                                                                          and GOP Senator Saxby
                                                                          As the release states,
                                                                          “President Barack Obama
actually tops this 'Top Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians' list for 2013 as the driving force behind so
many of the misdeeds... He is a master at catch-me-if-you-can, corrupt politics.”
Judicial Watch notes Obama’s penchant for ignoring Congress and rewriting federal law himself,
including rewriting the Obamacare law 14 times by executive fiat; his “continual lies” that Americans
could keep their own health care under Obamacare, despite his knowledge that “more than 40 to 67
percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked
them;” and his disavowal of responsibility for targeting the Tea Party and other conservative groups by
the IRS, though he had made remarks warning about the dangers of conservative groups since 2010.
Moreover, Judicial Watch referred to the latest Obama deceit:
      The latest Obama fix came on December 20, when he suddenly moved to allow hundreds of
      thousands of people who have lost their insurance due to Obamacare to sign up for bare-
      bone “catastrophic” plans. As National Review observed, “Of course, like every other
      exemption from Obamacare the latest fix is supposed to last only a year, raising the
      prospect that people will be kicked off their catastrophic coverage as soon as the 2014
      election is safely in the political rear-view mirror.

The next highest Obama official on the list is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, noted for her
evasion of responsibility for the Benghazi massacre, saying, “…the level of responsibility for the
failures… was set at the Assistant Secretary of State level and below,” and yelling “What difference
does it make?” when asked why the attack transpired and why the administration lied about a video
being the cause of the attack. That outburst followed her statement at a September 14, 2012, event
honoring the victims, during which she said, “We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi
that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen the rage and violence directed at American
embassies over an awful video that we had nothing to do with.”
JW also targets Clinton for the
conflict of interest regarding
her bosom buddy Huma
Abedin, who had worked as a
“special government
employee” (SGE), a consultant
position allowing her to
represent outside clients while
continuing as a top adviser at
State. Lastly, JW cites the
potential conflict of interest
between Hillary Clinton’s role
as Secretary of State and Bill
Clinton’s international
ventures, as noted in 2008
when Bill released a list of donors to his library and foundation in what he termed “a deal between”
Obama “and Hillary.” According to the Associated Press, “Saudi Arabia gave $10 million to $25
million to the foundation. Other government donors include Norway, Kuwait, Qatar, Brunei, Oman…”
Attorney General Eric Holder is chosen for lying about whether the Department of Justice (DOJ) could
prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act for publishing classified material. Holder stated, “In
regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material – this is not something I’ve
ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.” However, NBC news reported
Holder approved a search warrant for the email account and phone records of Fox News reporter James
Holder is also noted for “bludgeoning states over taking steps to prevent voter fraud… Judicial Watch
went to court in North Carolina in early December to defend the State of North Carolina against a DOJ
lawsuit to prevent enforcement of the state’s recently passed law HB 589, which simply requires that
voters present a photo ID before casting their ballots.”
JW writes, “The DOJ is similarly assaulting Texas in federal court as part of this ideological effort to
suppress efforts to protect election integrity. More than a dozen states – including Kansas, Indiana,
Tennessee and Wisconsin – have similar laws that require voters to show government-issued photo
identification at the polls, and Obama’s attorney general has launched a campaign to challenge them
all.” Then there’s the small matter of Holder’s travel expenses – “from March 2008 until August
2012… $697,525.20 were personal travel expenses." All, of course, at taxpayer expense. Lastly, there is
Holder’s continued stonewalling on the “Fast & Furious” gun-running scandal.
What would a top-ten-most-corrupt list be without Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and his corrupt donors
and pals? As JW quotes from FrontPage.com, “Harvey Whittemore was sentenced to two years in
prison for funneling more than $130,000 in illegal campaign funds to Sen. Harry Reid’s re-election
committee in 2007...” Peter Schweizer writes for Fox News, “Sen. Reid has sponsored at least $47
million in earmarks that directly benefitted organizations that one of his sons, Key Reid, [RW1] either
lobbies for or is affiliated with.”
In addition, JW notes, “Obama and Reid have long opposed a proposed nuclear waste dump in Yucca
Mountain, Nevada, which has already cost U.S. taxpayers an astounding $15 billion, according to
various federal audits. So, Obama simply instructed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to
decline to conduct the statutorily mandated Yucca Mountain licensing process, essentially destroying
the project. In mid-August, a federal appellate court ruled that Obama ‘is simply flouting the law.’”
                                                                        The icing on the cake, as JW
                                                                        writes, took place when, on
                                                                        “November 21, 2013, – a day
                                                                        which should live in congressional
                                                                        infamy – Reid gutted the long-
                                                                        standing filibuster rules of the U.S.
                                                                        Senate in order to grease the path
                                                                        for Barack Obama’s court
                                                                        Next up is John Brennan, CIA
                                                                        Director, who “revealed that the
                                                                        U.S. and its allies had 'inside
                                                                        control over any plot' in its efforts
                                                                        to thwart a May 2012 terrorism
                                                                        bomb plot, thus blowing the cover
                                                                        on undercover agents within al
                                                                        Qaeda” in a May 7, 2012,
                                                                        teleconference with various TV
                                                                        terrorism consultants. As Reuters
reported, “The next day's headlines were filled with news of a U.S. spy planted inside Yemen-based al
Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), who had acquired the latest, non-metallic model of the
underwear bomb and handed it over to U.S. authorities. At stake was an operation that could not have
been more sensitive – the successful penetration by Western spies of AQAP, al Qaeda's most creative
and lethal affiliate. As a result of leaks, the undercover operation had to be shut down.”
JW also points out Brennan’s involvement in influencing the storyline of the movie “Zero Dark
Speaker of the House John Boehner is selected for what Government Accountability Institute President
Peter Schweizer calls the “Tollbooth Strategy,” explaining, “You pay money at a tollbooth in order to
use a road or bridge. The methodology in Washington is similar: if someone wants a bill passed, charge
them money to allow the bill to move down the legislative highway.” Schweizer reported that Boehner
apparently used the Tollbooth Strategy to collect more than $200,000 in political donations from
executives just days before holding votes on bills critically important to their industries.
Add former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, whose DHS U.S.
Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) “abandoned required background checks in 2012,
adopting, instead, costly ‘lean and lite’ procedures in an effort to keep up with the flood of amnesty
applications resulting from the DACA directive… the directive actually created a new avenue of chain
migration, whereby immediate relatives of DACA requesters could be approved for amnesty.” As a
result, according to an agency memo from District 15 Director David Douglas, “some of the districts
closer to the U.S./Mexico border have been inundated.” JW concludes, “Napolitano’s legacy is one that
has gutted, for political reasons, the very immigration laws she swore to uphold.”
Who could forget Former IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller, who wound up admitting to the
targeting of anti-Obama Tea Party groups during the 2012 presidential election, as the IRS purposefully
stonewalled the approval of nonprofit applications from “Tea Party” and other conservative groups that
were seeking tax exempt status. Of course, Miller’s partner in crime, former IRS Director of Exempt
Organizations Lois Lerner, was also named. As JW points out, “Eventually, the IRS acknowledged that
while she was in charge, IRS agents improperly targeted Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny when they
applied for tax-exempt status from 2010-2012.” JW adds of Miller and Lerner’s targeting, “they both
lied about it in separate appearances before
Another GOP member of the list is Senator Saxby
Chambliss (R-GA), who is “one of the key abusers
who used leadership PAC loopholes to convert
campaign cash into lavish lifestyle upgrades for
themselves and their family members.” According
to The New York Times, his “leadership PAC spent
$10,000 on golf at Pebble Beach, nearly $27,000 at
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and $107,752 at the
exclusive Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Fla. The
amount Mr. Chambliss spent at the Breakers in the
2012 election cycle, the book reports, is three times
what the senator gave to the National Republican
Senatorial Committee during the same period.”
Lastly, there is Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:
      [Sebelius] solicited financial support for
      President Obama’s huge health care disaster.
      In May, Secretary Sebelius was caught hitting
      health care companies up for cash to fund
      Obamacare after Congress rejected all of the
      administration’s requests. But, that was just
      for openers – in October Sebelius redefined
      the term “incompetence” when she oversaw
      the disastrous launch of the Obamacare

Dishonorable mentions on the JW list were former
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for using his
staff to work on Mayors Against Illegal Guns
(MAIG) at taxpayer expense; outgoing Virginia
Gov. Bob McDonnell, who “became the subject of an FBI probe because of his possible quid-pro-
quo dealings with Jonnie R. Williams Sr., the chief executive of Star Scientific;" incoming Virginia
Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who has a “Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation hanging
over his head;” and former Rep. Rick Renzi, as in June, 2013, Renzi was convicted on 17 counts of
extortion, racketeering and other federal charges; in October, he was sentenced to three years in prison.
One more dishonorable mention to really complete the list: National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who
made the list last year for her duplicity with regards to Benghazi. This year she was chosen for
accepting the position of National Security Advisor, which requires no Senate approval.


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