Political corruption is the use of legislated powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain. Misuse of government power, such as repression of political opponents and general police brutality, is not considered political corruption. Neither are illegal acts by private persons or corporations not directly involved with the government.
All forms of government are susceptible to political corruption. Forms of corruption vary, but include bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, patronage, graft, and embezzlement. While corruption may facilitate criminal enterprise such as drug trafficking, money laundering, and trafficking, it is not restricted to these organized crime activities. In some nations, corruption is so common that it has gained normative status. The end point of political corruption is a kleptocracy, literally "rule by thieves".
Bribery around the world is estimated at about $1 trillion and the on the bottom billion people living in extreme poverty.
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News Happy Repeal Day! Here Are Some Things You May Not Have Known About Alcohol Prohibition.
by Radley Balko (Huffington Post)
Today is the 80th anniversary of Repeal Day, when America finally lifted its disastrous, 13-year experiment with alcohol prohibition. Here are a few facts about booze and Prohibition you may not have known:
News Constable conduct comes under scrutiny
A current Arizona Constable, who asked not to be identified because he fears reprisal, said that a core group of men have been draining the city, county and state of thousands of dollars a year.
If documents obtained by The Glendale Star are legitim
News Government Chemist Tampered With 40,000 Cases, Locking Countless Innocent Americans in Prison
In a maddening scandal that is rocking the state of Massachusetts, a government crime lab chemist has been caught intentionally forging signatures and tampering with evidence in as many as 40,000 cases, destroying the lives of countless innocent Amer
News EU fines banks record $2.3 billion over interest rate-fixing scandal
The banks admitted to colluding to manipulate benchmark interest rates used to set the price of mortgages and student loans.
News The New Lefts war on private civic engagement
http://dailycaller.com, Nick Dranias
First it was the Tea Parties. Then it was anyone or anything that supported the American Legislative Exchange Council.
News Volcker Rule In Limbo
http://www.slate.com, By Matthew Yglesias
The Volcker Rule is exhibit a for the argument that tough rules to curb Wall Street abuses are easier to describe in brief than to write in detail.
News Enroll America Director Conspires to Release Private Data
fter meeting with several Obamacare Navigators who openly encouraged our undercover reporters to lie about income status, health history and more, it became clear that personal data was also being cross-pollinated.
News EPIC Waste & Corruption at the Pentagon: Doctored Ledgers Leave $8.5 Trillion Unaccounted For
Excerpt from Reuters:
Because of its persistent inability to tally its accounts, the Pentagon is the only federal agency that has not complied with a law that requires annual audits of all government departments.
News Cheating students more likely to want government jobs, study finds
College students who cheated on a simple task were more likely to want government jobs, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania found in a study of hundreds of students
News JPMorgan, gov't settle all issues
The Justice Department and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have reached agreement on all issues in a $13 billion settlement of a civil inquiry into the companys sales of low-quality mortgage-backed securities that collapsed in value in the financial crisis,
News Bulgarian students demand end to govt corruption
Ivaylo Dinev believes the time has come to change his world. To do so, he's chosen a tactic straight from the 1960s the sit-in. The 24-year-old anthropology student is the informal leader of a group that has occupied Sofia University's main building
News New invoices bring taxpayer-paid legal bills for McDonnell gifts scandal to $575,000
Attorneys representing Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and other government officials grappling with federal and state investigations of McDonnells interactions with a wealthy political benefactor have charged taxpayers $575,000.
News California lawmaker says he was asked to wear wire
Embattled state Sen. Ron Calderon says federal authorities wanted him to wear a wire and record conversations with the Senate leader and another lawmaker. After he refused they tried to ruin his reputation by raiding his offices and leaking an affida
News Prosecutors clash with D.C. attorney general over records in ongoing city corruption probe
Federal investigators are asking questions about the Districts decision two years ago to pay out millions of dollars to the former city contractor at the center of the ongoing probe into Mayor Vincent C. Grays 2010 campaign.
News Philadelphia police probe Instagram account identifying witness 'rats'
It remains unclear how rats215 obtained the victims testimony, the Inquirer said. The case was handled by a secret indicting grand jury a practice the Pennsylvania Supreme Court authorized last year to protect witnesses in violent crime cases.
News US Navy admirals under investigation in widening bribery scandal
2 Navy admirals placed on temporary leave after their access to classified materials was suspended. This comes as part of a growing investigation into allegations that Naval officers illegally accepted bribes from a military contractor.
News U.S. foreign service officer pleads guilty in visa-processing scheme
A U.S. foreign service officer pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to accepting more than $3 million in bribes in a visa-processing scheme that allowed nearly 500 foreign nationals to enter the United States.
News Dianne Feinstein To Make 1 Billion Dollars Off Us Postal Properties ?
"National award-winning investigative journalist Peter Byrne reports that the husband of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has been selling post offices at bargain basement pricesoften to his own business partners.
Headlines: Dianne Feinstein To Make 1 Billion Dollars Off Us Postal Properties ? -- U.S. foreign service officer pleads guilty in visa-processing scheme -- US Navy admirals under investigation in widening bribery scandal -- Philadelphia police probe Instagram account identifying witness 'rats' -- Prosecutors clash with D.C. attorney general over records in ongoing city corruption probe -- California lawmaker says he was asked to wear wire -- New invoices bring taxpayer-paid legal bills for McDonnell gifts scandal to $575,000 -- Bulgarian students demand end to govt corruption -- JPMorgan, gov't settle all issues -- Cheating students more likely to want government jobs, study finds -- EPIC Waste & Corruption at the Pentagon: Doctored Ledgers Leave $8.5 Trillion Unaccounted For -- Enroll America Director Conspires to Release Private Data -- Volcker Rule In Limbo -- The New Lefts war on private civic engagement -- EU fines banks record $2.3 billion over interest rate-fixing scandal -- Government Chemist Tampered With 40,000 Cases, Locking Countless Innocent Americans in Prison -- Constable conduct comes under scrutiny -- Happy Repeal Day! Here Are Some Things You May Not Have Known About Alcohol Prohibition. --