Reblogged from The Secular Jurist:
By Robert A. Vella
As we have detailed many times on this blog, corruption is rampant in American politics and has been getting progressively worse since the U.S. Supreme Court unleashed torrents of special interest money with its Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions in 2010 and 2014. The problem has gotten so bad that some politicians are no longer using rhetorical pretenses to conceal this “pay-to-play” system which enables quid pro quo exchanges between public officials and their financial benefactors.
During his second inaugural speech in January, New Jersey governor Chris Christie had this to say about the purpose of government:
“I will not let up. I will insist we work together,” he said. “And I will make this government truly work for those who pay for it.” [emphasis added]
In 2011, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker – who survived a recall election the following year – discussed conspiratorial plans to destroy the union-backed labor movement in his state with a journalist impersonating himself as the radical right-wing billionaire David Koch (see: Scott Walker Gets Punked By Journalist Pretending To Be David Koch).
Fortunately, some level of institutional justice remains in America. It appears now that these two embattled governors will face criminal prosecutions in the coming months.
Court documents were unsealed today in Wisconsin that reveal prosecutors alleging that Scott Walker, the state’s Republican Governor, was at the center of a “criminal scheme” to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups – including Karl Rove – during 2011 and 2012.
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Walker has not been formally charged yet, as federal Judge Rudolph Randa has temporarily put the John Doe investigation on hold, but it looking more and more like it is only a matter of time until the hammer falls and corrupt reign of Scott Walker comes to an end in Wisconsin.
From Salon – Report: Prosecutor zeroing-in on Chris Christie:
Esquire reports that [U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul] Fishman is, to some degree, faced with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to choosing which charges to level against Christie allies and potentially the governor himself. “Christie’s Port appointees — not only [David] Samson, but former [Port Authority] Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni and his oddball sidekick David Wildstein — all face near-certain indictment and are being pressed to hand up Christie,” Esquire claims.
In regard to Samson, a Christie mentor and former attorney general of the state, one source tells Esquire that the septuagenarian — who reportedly has Parkinson’s disease — “got sloppy, arrogant, and greedy” during his time as Port Authority chairman, awarding contracts to various firms with ties to his legal practice. “Samson will want a deal,” the source tells Esquire. “This way, he’d get one or two years. He’d have a future on the other side. He won’t want to die in jail.”