Always remember: As Republicans were going after Bill Clinton and calling themselves the moral superior, House Speaker Newt Gingrich was cheating on his wife, his replacement Bob Livingston retired in disgrace after being outed by Hustler magazine for having affairs, and the next holier-than-thou speaker, Dennis Hastert, was looking down his nose passing anti-gay laws knowing he slept with boy students when he was a HS teacher.

Anticipatory Bribery

Washington has been rocked by the scandal of J. Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker in the history of the U.S. House, indicted on charges of violating banking laws by paying $1.7 million (as part of a $3.5 million agreement) to conceal prior misconduct, allegedly child molestation.

That scandal contains another one that’s received less attention: the fact that Hastert, who never made much money as a teacher or a congressman, could manage such payments because after retiring from Congress he became a high-paid lobbyist.

This second scandal is perfectly legal but it’s a growing menace.

In the 1970s, only 3 percent of retiring members of Congress went on to become Washington lobbyists. Now, half of all retiring senators and 42 percent of retiring representatives become lobbyists.

This isn’t because more recent retirees have had fewer qualms. It’s because the financial rewards from lobbying have mushroomed, as big corporations and giant Wall Street banks have sunk fortunes into rigging the game to their advantage.

In every election cycle since 2008, more money has gone into lobbying at the federal level than into political campaigns. And an increasing portion of that lobbying money has gone into the pockets of former members of Congress.

In viewing campaign contributions as the major source of corruption we overlook the more insidious flow of direct, personal payments – much of which might be called “anticipatory bribery” because they enable office holders to cash in big after they’ve left office.

For years, former Republican House majority leader Eric Cantor was one of Wall Street’s strongest advocates – fighting for the bailout of the Street, to retain the Street’s tax advantages and subsidies, and to water down the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation.

Just two weeks after resigning from the House, Cantor joined the Wall Street investment bank of Moelis & Co., as vice chairman and managing director, starting with a $400,000 base salary, $400,000 initial cash bonus, and $1 million in stock.

As Cantor explained, “I have known Ken [the bank’s CEO] for some time and … followed the growth and success of his firm.” 

Exactly. They had been doing business together so long that Cantor must have anticipated the bribe.

Anticipatory bribery undermines trust in government almost as much as direct bribery. At a minimum, it can create the appearance of corruption, and raise questions in the public’s mind about the motives of public officials.

Was the Obama White House so easy on big Wall Street banks – never putting tough conditions on them for getting bailout money or prosecuting a single top Wall Street executive – because Tim Geithner, Barack Obama’s treasury secretary, and Peter Orszag, his director of the Office of Management and Budget, anticipated lucrative jobs on the Street? (Geithner became president of the private-equity firm Warburg Pincus when he left the administration; Orszag became Citigroup’s vice chairman for global banking.)

Another form of anticipatory bribery occurs when the payment comes in anticipation of a person holding office, and then delivering the favors.  

According to the New York Times, as Marco Rubio ascended the ranks of Republican politics, billionaire Norman Braman not only bankrolled his campaigns but subsidized Rubio’s personal finances.

A case of anticipatory bribery? Certainly looks like it. In the Florida legislature, Rubio steered taxpayer funds to Braman’s favored causes, including an $80 million state grant to finance a genomics center at a private university and $5 million for cancer research at a Miami institute. “When Norman Braman brings [a proposal] to you,” Rubio said, “you take it seriously.”

Hillary and Bill Clinton have made more than $25 million for 104 speeches since the start of last year, according to disclosure forms filed with the Federal Election Commission in mid May – of which she delivered 51, earning more than $11 million of the total.  

Now that she’s running for president, she’s stopped giving paid speeches. But her husband says he intends to continue. “I gotta pay our bills,” he told NBC News.

Anticipatory bribery? Asked about his paid speeches, some of which pay $500,000 or more, Bill Clinton said, “People like to hear me speak.”

That may be the reason for the hefty fees, but is it possible that some portion comes in anticipation his having the intimate ear of the next president? 

We need some rules here. 

First, former government officials, including members of Congress, shouldn’t be able to lobby or take jobs in industries over which they had some oversight, for at least three years after leaving office.

Second, anyone who runs for office should bear the burden of showing that whatever personal payments they received up to three years before were based on their economic worth, not anticipated political clout.

Finally, once they declare, even their spouses should desist from collecting big bucks that could look like anticipatory bribes.
Former US House speaker Dennis Hastert accused of molesting four boys
Prosecutors says Hastert sought to hide his abuse of a 14-year-old boy, which allegedly took place while he worked as a high school wrestling coach

Dennis Hastert, the former US house speaker, moltested four boys while working as a high school wrestling coach, prosecutors have said.

Hastert agreed to pay one of his victims, who was aged 14 at the time of the abuse, $3.5m, court filings have shown.

The filing is the first time prosecutors have confirmed Hastert, who worked as house speaker from 1999 to 2007, paid hush-money to conceal sex abuse.

It chronicles a chain of deception that began with Hastert exploiting his position of trust as a teacher and coach and carried on years later to include lying to bank officials and making false claims of extortion to the FBI to conceal his wrongdoing.

The filing recommends that a federal judge sentence Hastert to up to six months in prison for violating banking laws as he sought to pay one of his victims, identified in court documents as “Individual A,” to ensure the person kept quiet.

Fucking disgusting

Is the race of the bikers relevant to the murder investigation…Is the race of Josh Duggar relevant to his molestation investigation…Is the race of Dennis Hastert relevant to his indictment for fraudulent misconduct…How come when the criminal is white their race and culture is NEVER brought up
—  Born Free #therealbornfree (The Book of Born Free…The Wisdom of Living Right Now!)
Hastert Paid to Hide Sexual Misconduct With Student: Official
A federal official said that Hastert paid a man to conceal a sexual relationship they had while the man was a high school student.


Oh somewhere Bill Clinton is sending notes that I imagine go like this

“Karma is a bitch.

Peace & love,


to some peeps this week.

So GOP thought they were too clever, they went after BC and boom impeachment. Only the men who were yelling the loudest where in fact themselves cheating on their wives…

Newt Gingrich, the one who led the impeachment effort because BC Lewinski’d himself, was also cheating.. 2 other GOP leaders at that time, were as well…. so they plucked this dude from nowhere to lead the party….. and now he too, he of family values, he too, = sexual misconduct.

Nabbed by the Feds paying off the victim. Appears its a SM with a former male student too (this part might get corrected). Oh worst of all, he was nabbed because of the first version of the Patriot Act HE passed in Congress when he was the GOP leader.


Oh Karma…

Troubling History Of Republican Speakers Of The House 1995 - 2015
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U.S. Accuses Ex-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Paying to Hide ‘Misconduct’

CHICAGO — J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, has been charged with lying to the F.B.I. and making cash withdrawals from banks in a way that was designed to hide that he was paying $3.5 million to someone for his “misconduct” from years ago, a federal indictment released on Thursday…

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In 2013, conservative reality TV star Josh Duggar—of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting fame—was named the executive director of the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying group in D.C. which seeks “to champion marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society.” During that time, he also maintained a paid account on Ashley Madison, a web site created for the express purpose of cheating on your spouse.

Those infamously hypocritical Republican “family values” strike again…please note that the Family Research Council still opposes marriage equality…because - you guessed it - “family values”

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