Political corruption has been around for a long time in our country. When it comes to political corruption, Republicans and Democrats are both guilty. The recent conviction of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia on charges of corruption was no surprise to those who had been following the complicated story. The governor and his family traded government “favors” for gifts and money they received from Johnnie Williams, CEO of Star Scientific. Although the governor tried to stop information gathering by investigators — for instance, he attempted to hold back emails that had been subpoenaed — in the end, he was convicted.
This was just another example of state and local officials who have been charged with and convicted of political corruption during the last four years. Continue reading