william jefferson

In striking down long-standing campaign contribution limits last week, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the right to donate to as many candidates as you like is protected by the First Amendment and that the government has an interest only in preventing direct quid pro quo corruption.
Incarceration is apparently no excuse for not disclosing your political campaign committee activity.
Politicians have always been an ethically challenged bunch. It's gotten to be a competition to see who can shock America the most with their depraved behavior.
A more appropriate definition of corruption today would be the abuse of public trust for private gain. The US has the resources to pursue such a definition both at home and abroad.
I am aghast to discover former congressman William J. Jefferson could depart Washington a convicted criminal and still take home approximately $60,000 a year in retirement pay.
"Silly season" refers to late summer, when governments go on massive taxpayer-funded vacations all over the world. This year's season could produce a bumper crop of silly.
Americans may trust Mr. Obama, but they don't trust Congress, certainly not about major reform of health care and not in such uncertain times.