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Obama, Holder among 'most corrupt politicians'

In a capital city where the U.S. Constitution apparently fast is becoming an anachronism, both the nation’s chief executive, Barack Obama, and his buddy, chief law enforcer Attorney General Eric Holder, have been named to a list of the nation’s “most corrupt politicians.”

“Barack Obama apparently believes it is his ‘prerogative’ to ignore the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law,” said the report compiled by Judicial Watch, the Washington-based watchdog on government behavior.

And the allegations connected to Holder go far beyond the cerebral world of political position, statement and argument – into the lives and deaths of real people.

“Revelations from the Operation Fast and Furious scandal suggest that programs approved by the Holder DOJ may have resulted in the needless deaths of many, including a federal law enforcement officer,” Judicial Watch said.

Read the inside story on Washington corruption, from the ultimate Washington insider, Jack Abramoff, in “Capitol Punishment.”

This year’s list, alphabetically, includes: Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala.; former Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev.; Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla.; Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill.; Barack Obama; Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif.; Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla.; Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; and Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska.

Dishonorable mentions for 2011 includes a potential GOP presidential candidate, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as well as former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C.; Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.; Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.; Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky.; and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

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Obama made last year’s list after Judicial Watch reminded Washington watchers of Obama’s promise regarding “transparency and the rule of law.”

“Instead, Americans have suffered through lies, stonewalling, cover-ups, corruption, secrecy, scandal and blatant disregard for the rule of law … this has been the Obama legacy in its first two years,” the report said then.

This year’s was not a significant improvement.

“Obama makes Judicial Watch’s ‘Ten Most Wanted’ list for a fifth consecutive year. (The former Illinois senator was also a ‘Dishonorable Mention’ in 2006.) And when it comes to Obama corruption, it may not get any bigger than Solyndra,” the 2011 report said.

“Solyndra was once known as the poster child for the Obama administration’s massive ‘green energy’ ‘initiative, but it has become the poster child for the corruption that ensues when the government meddles,” the report today said. “Solyndra filed for bankruptcy in September 2011, leaving 1,100 workers without jobs and the American taxpayers on the hook for $535 million thanks to an Obama administration stimulus loan guarantee.”

Judicial Watch cited Obama’s “reticence to release details” but said it’s abundantly clear that the Obama administration rushed the Solyndra loan through the approve process “so it could make a splash at a press event.”

“The company’s main financial backer was a major Obama campaign donor named George Kaiser. While the White House said Kaiser never discussed the loan with White House officials, the evidence suggests this is a lie. … Further demonstrating the political nature of the Obama administration’s activities, the Energy Department pressured Solyndra to delay an announcement on layoffs until after the 2010 elections.”

Even now, Judicial Watch said, Obama “continues to defend the indefensible.”

Other problems for Obama:

The list of evidence against Holder was nearly as long as that against Obama. Judicial Watch said his actions regarding the Operation Fast and Furious gun-running scandal, “in which guns were sold to Mexican drug cartels and others, alone should have brought about Holder’s departure.”

“This reckless insanity seems to have resulted in, among other crimes, the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed in a shootout with Mexican criminals in December 2010. Fast and Furious guns were found at the scene of his death. The Fast and Furious operation by itself should have resulted in Holder’s resignation, but it is the cover-up that has prompted serious calls for Holder’s ouster,” Judicial Watch said.

That, however, is just the tip of the iceberg, the report said.

For example, Holder announced his office no longer would defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act – a constitutional responsibility of his office.

“This failure to defend this federal law is unprecedented and raises serious questions as to whether President Obama and Eric Holder are upholding their oaths of office and following the Constitution’s command to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed.'”

There also are the questions about now-Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s participating in discussions about Obamacare, which is pending before the high court. And the DOJ’s decision to drop a case of voter intimidation against the New Black Panther Party was found likely to have been influenced by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the report said.

Further, Judicial Watch has found that Holder’s DOJ may be conspiring with Project Vote to boost welfare voter registrations, and Holder has announced his strategy to attack states where lawmakers want to protect against fraud in the voting booth.

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Among those givens “mentions,” Edwards was picked for being indicted by a grand jury on six felony charges apparently linked to the coverup of an extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter. Gingrich, now running for the GOP nomination for president, previously was reprimanded in Congress for “reckless” disregard for House rules and was targeted in a “scathing special counsel report.”

“Gingrich insinuated during one presidential debate that some members of Congress who took money from Fannie and Freddie should go to jail. And yet, over a span of eight years, according to ‘Bloomberg News,’ The Gingrich Group was paid between $1.6 and $1.8 million by the home mortgage company. At the same time, Freddie Mac was engaged in massive fraud. Gingrich suggested he was a ‘historian’ for Freddie Mac. But the evidence clearly shows he was ‘throwing his weight’ behind the two Government Sponsored Enterprises to prop them up, saying in one interview that Fannie and Freddie provided a more ‘liquid and stable housing finance system than we would have’ without them. Ironically, President Obama, the man who Gingrich is seeking to oust from office, is keeping secret each and every Freddie Mac (and Fannie Mae) document, including those that could shed light on Gingrich’s relationship with Freddie,” the Judicial Watch report said.

Napolitano, the report said, “presided over a campaign to bypass Congress and provide amnesty to millions of illegal alien lawbreakers all in an obvious attempt to garner more Hispanic votes for Obama’s re-election. At first, Napolitano’s campaign was begun in stealth. But in 2011 the Obama administration finally admitted that illegal alien amnesty is now the official policy of the United States of America, courtesy of Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS).”

And Sebelius has kept shrouded in secrecy some 1,472 waivers of Obamacare’s requirements given to unions and various companies, Judicial Watch said.

“Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against HHS on December 30, 2010, and yet the agency refuses to explain to the American people how decisions were made regarding which organizations received or did not receive a waiver. While HHS was disproportionately doling out waivers to unions, JW also obtained documents from HHS that provide new details on a massive, taxpayer-funded, multimedia campaign designed to promote Obamacare. The total cost of this campaign, which notably targets Obama’s electoral coalition, could reach as much as $200 million over the next five years.”

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