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On this website I was able to read just in the year of 2006, what government officials had admitted to or were accused of when it comes to corruption within the United States’ government. I thought it would be important to mention the case of Jack Abramoff again, only because what we have been discussing in our class. Him and Tom DeLay, pleaded guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials on behalf of Indian tribes and other clients. Other cases mentioned that I believe to be important are:

In March, former congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison for accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors in exchange for government business.

In April, Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W. Va., abandoned his seat on the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct – commonly known as the ethics committee – amid allegations that he improperly directed government funds to foundations in his state, to his own financial benefit. Mollohan has denied wrongdoing.

Some may say that in other parts around the world this is part of everyday life, and bribes are an accepted business and government practice. But does the United States not pride itself on being “better than that”? My problem is, is that we have let our current system of “donating” money spin out of control. Here is the website that I found. http://www.globalintegrity.org/reports/2006/United%20States/notebook.cfm?gclid=CLzvlojRx5ICFR70IgodLkLHYQ

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