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Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace: Money Laundering
Illegal manipulation to turn ill-gotten money "clean"

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in chronological order

  David Ferdinand Durenberger (b. 1934) — also known as David F. Durenberger — of South St. Paul, Dakota County, Minn.; Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in St. Cloud, Stearns County, Minn., August 19, 1934. Republican. Lawyer; executive secretary to Gov. Harold LeVander, 1967; U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1978-95. Catholic. Member, Jaycees; Knights of Columbus; Elks; Lions. Investigated in 1990 by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics over allegations that he had broken rules restricting Senators' outside income, in particular by laundering about $100,000 in speaking fees into book royalties. Denounced by unanimous vote of the Senate in July 1990 for bringing "dishonor and disrepute" to the body. Subsequently he was disbarred; in 1995 he pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts of misusing his congressional expense account. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Paul J. Silvester (born c.1963) — of West Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. Born about 1963. Republican. Connecticut state treasurer, 1997-99; appointed 1997. In September 1999, pleaded guilty to federal charges of racketeering, money laundering and bribery. His bail was revoked in January 2002 for improper contacts with a defendant in another corruption trial. Still living as of 2002.
  Barbara A. Bullock (born c.1939) — also known as Barbara Bullock — of Washington, D.C. Born about 1939. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1996, 2000. Female. President of the Washington Teachers Union, 1994-2002; pleaded guilty in 2003 to federal charges of embezzlement from a labor union, over her use of a union credit card to purchase costly costly luxury items including jewelry, furs and clothing; she and two co-conspirators also wrote union checks to themselves and to intermediaries who shared the proceeds, amounting to millions of dollars. Her chauffeur pleaded guilty to money laundering on her behalf. Sentenced to nine years in prison; the sentence was later reduced to six and a half years. Still living as of 2007.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Frank W. Ballance, Jr. (b. 1942) — of Warrenton, Warren County, N.C. Born in Windsor, Bertie County, N.C., February 15, 1942. Democrat. Lawyer; librarian; college professor; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1982-85; member of North Carolina state senate, 1989-2002; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1996, 2000; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 1st District, 2003-04; resigned 2004; indicted in federal court in September 2004 on federal money laundering charges for diverting state funds through a charitable foundation; pleaded guilty to one count, sentenced to four years in prison, fined $10,000, ordered to pay restitution, and disbarred. African ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Thomas Dale DeLay (b. 1947) — also known as Tom DeLay; "The Hammer"; "Hot Tub Tom" — of Lake Jackson, Brazoria County, Tex.; Sugar Land, Fort Bend County, Tex. Born in Laredo, Webb County, Tex., April 8, 1947. Republican. Member of Texas state house of representatives, 1979-85; U.S. Representative from Texas 22nd District, 1985-; delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988; indicted in 2005 on criminal conspiracy and money laundering charges; the conspiracy charge was later dismissed; trial pending. Baptist. Member, Rotary. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Books by Tom DeLay: No Retreat, No Surrender : One American's Fight, with Stephen Mansfield (2007)
  Critical books about Tom DeLay: Lou Dubose & Jan Reid, The Hammer : God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress
  Arthur E. Teele (1946-2005) — also known as Art Teele — of Florida. Born in Prince George's County, Md., May 14, 1946. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war; lawyer; director, U.S. Urban Mass Transportation Administration, 1981-83; Presidential Elector for Florida, 1992; as Miami city commissioner in 1997-2004, he chaired the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA); an investigation of corruption in the agency, started in 2003, led to charges that he had accepted $135,000 in kickbacks from two construction companies; as a result, he was removed from office in 2004 by Gov. Jeb Bush; in August, 2004, when he and his wife were under surveillance, he drove his car at a police detective in an attempt to run him over, and also threatened to kill police officers who had been following his wife during the investigation; convicted in March 2005 on charges related to this incident; indicted on July 14, 2005, on federal conspiracy and money laundering charges, over a scheme to fraudulently obtain contracts for electrical work at the Miami International Airport through a "minority-owned" shell company; published police reports revealed that he had put his mistress on the CRA payroll, that he regularly bought and used cocaine, and that he frequently made use of a male prostitute. Church of God in Christ. African ancestry. Member, Kappa Alpha Psi; NAACP; Freemasons. Came to the offices of the Miami Herald newspaper, and shot himself in the head with a semiautomatic pistol; he died two hours later in the trauma unit of Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Miami-Dade County, Fla., July 27, 2005 (age 59 years, 74 days). Interment at Culley's MeadowWood Memorial Park, Tallahassee, Fla.
  Relatives: Married to Stephanie Kerr.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Thomas T. Anderson (b. 1957) — also known as Tom Anderson — of Anchorage, Alaska. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, August 4, 1957. Republican. Lawyer; member of Alaska state house of representatives 19th District, 2003-07; arrested and indicted in December 2006 on federal federal bribery, extortion, and money laundering charges; tried and convicted in July 2007; sentenced to 60 months in prison. Lutheran. Still living as of 2009.
  Relatives: Son of Tom R. Anderson and Christiane Anderson; married 2005 to Lesil McGuire (1971-).
  See also Wikipedia article
  Stephen Ernest Stockman (b. 1956) — also known as Steve Stockman — of Beaumont, Jefferson County, Tex. Born in Bloomfield Hills, Oakland County, Mich., November 14, 1956. Republican. Accountant; U.S. Representative from Texas 9th District, 1995-97; defeated, 1992 (9th District), 1996 (9th District), 2006 (22nd District); candidate in primary for Texas railroad commissioner, 1998; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Texas, 2014; arrested in March 2017 and charged in federal court on multiple counts, including obtaining $1.25 millon under false pretenses, money laundering, making false statements to the FEC, not reporting income on his tax return; tried starting in January 2018; convicted in April of 23 felonies; sentenced to ten years in prison and ordered to pay more than $1 million restitution. Baptist. Member, National Rifle Association. Still living as of 2020.
  Relatives: Married 1988 to Patti Ferguson.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail — Encyclopedia of American Loons
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