We all know that politics breeds corruption, there’s no two ways about that. And there’s really no exception to the rule, as both Democrats and Republicans have been exposed in the past for their fraudulent deeds.
But why are Republican politicians more overwhelmingly attracted to corruption? Its almost as if Capital Hill is a magnetic field that, once they’re there, Republicans get sucked into the world of insider trading, unscrupulous behavior and greed, with special interests padding their campaign and personal bank accounts. And its all done in the name of The American People!
An increasing number of House Republicans are getting wrapped up in allegations of ethics violations ahead of the November elections, handing Democrats easy campaign fodder and putting the GOP in an unexpected bind.
Republican leaders in the lower chamber pledged to run an ethically sound ship when they took control last year. But as the second session gets under way, nearly a dozen GOP lawmakers are being questions on a wide array of their financial dealings, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has not publicly admonished them.
By next Monday the House Ethics Committee is slated to decide whether to formally investigate Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.). Moreover, allegations arose over this past weekend that Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) might have accepted illegal campaign donations, according to The New York Times.
Additionally, there are the three Republicans — Reps. Pete Sessions (Texas), Buck McKeon (Calif.) and Elton Gallegly (Calif.) — who earlier this month were referred to the House Ethics Committee for taking part in Countrywide’s VIP mortgage program, aimed at gaining special favor from lawmakers.