There’s an elite Washington-based club to which Barack Obama, David Petraeus, GOP Rep. Vern Buchanan and Attorney General Eric Holder belong, but probably would rather not.
It’s the list of the “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2012, released by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told WND in an interview that the criteria for inclusion on the list is based on the law.
“It’s not their policy positions that cause us to include someone on the list. It’s illegal activity,” Fitton said.
While the list is released in alphabetical order, Fitton said without a doubt Holder is deserving of the title of most corrupt.
“Eric Holder has refused to abide by repeated requests for documents in several investigations. He’s lied to Congress on Fast and Furious and he has abused the executive privilege provision of the law,” Fitton said.
Holder’s activities regarding voter fraud are also a part of Judicial Watch’s evaluation.
“He doesn’t investigate voter fraud because that means he would have to investigate Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign,” Fitton said.
“He’s refused to investigate voter fraud. He’s put pressure on the states about their intention to clean up their voter rolls and one of the biggest issues is his actions in Fast and Furious,” Fitton said.
Fitton said made the list because of broken promises and interference in the legal system.
“He’s done that with the Defense of Marriage Act, immigration and with the Fast and Furious investigation, claiming executive privilege,” Fitton said.
The report says if there were an award for broken campaign promises, Obama would certainly make the list.
“Were there a Hall of Fame for broken promises, here is one that would get in on the first ballot,” the report said.
The report cited Obama, shortly after he was inaugurated, saying, “Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”
But Judicial Watch said reality has been the opposite.
“Instead of transparency and the rule of law over the past four years, we have witnessed the greatest expansion of government in modern political history and, consequently, an explosion of government secrecy, scandals, and abuses of power,” the report said.
Also on the list are Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. Clinton and Rice made the list because they “lied about the events surrounding the Benghazi massacre.”
“Hillary Clinton, the only first lady to have been the subject of a grand jury investigation, is a regular visitor to our Most Corrupt list, while this is a first-time appearance for Ms. Rice,” Judicial Watch said.
“One day after the attack, on Sept. 12, 2012, Sec. Clinton said the following: ‘Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior, along with the protest that took place at our embassy in Cairo yesterday, as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear – there is no justification for this, none,’” the Judicial Watch report said, quoting Clinton.
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu also made the list because of his decisions on “green” energy companies.
Chu said the decision to back Solyndra, the solar panel company that went bankrupt, was his.
Judicial Watch said Chu’s political epitaph should be his decision “to pour $528 million tax dollars into a failing green energy boondoggle that went belly-up in 2011.” He actions are “indefensible and corrupt, especially in light of the fact that Solyndra’s key investor (Tulsa billionaire George Kaiser) also happens to be a major Obama campaign donor.”
Illinois Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr. made the list for allegations of campaign finance irregularities, which is also the reason Judicial Watch included Florida Republican Vern Buchanan.
New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez was included on the list for what the group calls a “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
“As far back as 2007, Sen. Menendez was investigated by a federal grand jury for illegally steering lobbying business to his former chief of staff Kay LiCausi, with whom he was also romantically linked,” the report said.
Fitton said Menendez, a Democrat, is on the list for a more recent incident.
“The fact that he allegedly permitted an illegal alien, registered sex offender onto his intern staff certainly qualifies him to be on the list,” Fitton said.
Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid is on the list for alleged influence peddling on behalf of a Chinese “green energy” company.
Florida Republican David Rivera is on the list for alleged ethics violations and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius made the list because of being found guilty for violating the Hatch Act.
“Sebelius became the first member of the president’s cabinet in U.S. history to have been found guilty of violating the Hatch Act when she campaigned for the reelection of Barack Obama in her official capacity of secretary of HHS,” the report said.
Recently elected Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., earned a Dishonorable Mention for her activities as the interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Former CIA Director David Petraeus also was on the Dishonorable Mention list for being forced to resign after it was discovered that he had an extra-marital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
Also on the Dishonorable Mention list are Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., for using her office to help family members’ business interests. Rep. Michael Grimm was included for alleged illegal campaign contributions.
Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., made the Dishonorable Mention list for his extra-marital affair.
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano made the Dishonorable Mention list for her actions over illegal immigration.
“Last year, Napolitano opened the floodgates of illegal immigration by having the Department of Homeland Security review all cases then before the immigration courts with an eye towards halting the deportation of many illegal immigrants allegedly with no criminal backgrounds. (JW uncovered records demonstrating this to be an utter lie. Many of the illegals let off the hook were convicted of violent crimes.),” the report said.
Obama and Holder both repeated from last year.
The entire 2011 list: 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.