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December 1, 2011
With the recent revelations regarding insider trading by members of Congress, citizens expect an explanation and disclosure of lawmakers' financial records ("Keeping Congress clean," Nov. 28). I cannot find words to describe how despicable I find lawmakers' actions. If lawmakers would eliminate the fraud, misappropriation of funds and corruption that goes along with all the money they are spending and wasting, that would be a step in the right direction. Richard LaCourse, Forest Hill
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NEWS
May 29, 2014
What do the articles "Kamenetz and developer funding campaign chest " (May 20), "Kamenetz the kingmaker" (May 22) and "Craig, George call for investigation of Hogan" (May 21) have in common? They all elicit a feeling of absolute disgust on the part of readers when it comes to the role of campaign financing in elections. Isn't it disgusting to learn of the wheeling and dealing taking place and the accusations being made regarding campaign finance? In the political arena, information and ideas should be power, not money.
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NEWS
April 29, 2013
What a bombshell - more corruption in the state of Maryland ("Corruption alleged at jail," April 24). From what I read, we really do have the inmates running the asylum. It seems that public safety department secretary Gary D. Maynard is totally clueless as to who is really in charge there. But should anyone be surprised to see another case of corruption in this state? Citizens have already seen former Queen Mayor Shelia Dixon resigning with a full pension after she was found to have used gift cards on herself that were meant for the needy.
NEWS
May 23, 2014
On Sunday, Ukrainians will go to the polls to choose a new president to replace Viktor Yanukovych, the head of government who was deposed by a popular uprising in February. Barring the possibility of a last-ditch effort to disrupt the polling by armed separatists in the eastern part of the country, or Russian meddling aimed at discrediting the results, the elections could produce a government that is recognized as legitimate by the rest of the world and representative enough of the country's various regions and political factions that all Ukrainians can have some confidence that their concerns will be addressed.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
Regarding the recent editorial on the legislature's choice not to hold further hearings on the state's health care exchange ("Brown gets a reprieve," Feb. 4), it's about time The Sun started shining some light on the corruption that's so deeply entrenched in this state. But it still won't make a difference. Marylanders will still vote for Democrats no matter how much they get screwed and those in Annapolis know this fact. Steve Papaminas - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
November 10, 2009
In your editorial "Questions for Mr. Karzai" (Nov. 9) you make the case that if corruption isn't purged from the Afghan government, the United States should discontinue the war there against the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Frankly, I don't understand how one has anything to do with the other. If what we're doing there is making certain the people of Afghanistan have a stable government, and building the instrumentalities and infrastructure of a free and open society, then the corruption of the Karzai government would obviously need to be mitigated.
NEWS
January 20, 2010
Endemic corruption in Afghanistan amounts to a virtual tax on poverty-stricken Afghans, robbing them of the equivalent of a quarter of the war-racked nation's annual gross domestic product, a new U.N. report states. The report, released Tuesday by the United Nations' Office on Drugs and Crime, found that nearly 60 percent of Afghans regarded corruption as their biggest worry, outpacing concerns about the insurgency or joblessness. As President Hamid Karzai's government prepares for an international aid conference in London on Jan. 28, it likely will face tough questions about measures under way to battle corruption.
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By A. M. Rosenthal | November 27, 1991
SOMETIMES, when I read the stories from Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union about how the corruptions of capitalism have set in after the fall of communism, my mind is seized with memories and with wonderment.The stories are all true, I know, and should be told. And there will be many more of them that will have to be reported.But the stories present me with memories of the couple of years I spent living under a kind of corruption that I had not known existed.It was corruption not as a sometime thing but as the sum of society.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2010
The state's political corruption prosecutor will not step down in September as planned, but will instead remain in office until a replacement is named. In a harshly worded letter written this month, State Prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh said he was "disappointed" that Gov. Martin O'Malley had not moved more swiftly to convene a commission required by state law to help select his successor. Rohrbaugh posted the letter on his website Monday morning. "It is important that this state have an independent prosecutor who is not an elected politician," Rohrbaugh wrote.
NEWS
April 29, 2013
When Laura Neuman took over John Leopold's position as Anne Arundel County executive, her first order of business was to fire his existing staff, saying his proven corruption could have only existed through the connivance of those around him. That was very insightful on her part, but doesn't the same reasoning apply to the corruption uncovered at the Baltimore City Detention Center ("Corruption alleged at jail," April 24)? How could all of this have gone on for so long unless many people deliberately turned their backs to what was happening?
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By Erin Cox and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is proposing to eliminate the state prosecutor's office, the independent agency that secured a string of high-profile political convictions in recent years. Gansler, a Democrat running for governor, called the office "a holdover from the Watergate era" that overlaps with other law enforcement offices and said scrapping it would save taxpayers as much as $1.2 million a year. But others called the proposal cause for concern, saying the agency's independence puts it in a unique position to prosecute government or electoral wrong-doing.
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By Peter Morici | April 1, 2014
The advent of cable television gave universities vast opportunities to profit from football and basketball, and the large and most lucrative programs dominate the national championship tournaments and earn huge sums. Northwestern's football program reaped an $8 million profit on its $30 million in revenue during the 2012-13 season, for example, and it is hardly a perennial powerhouse like Notre Dame or Alabama. Yet student athletes - who are expected to train year-round and work 40 to 60 hours a week during the season - receive only scholarships for tuition, room and board and limited expenses.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
Regarding the recent editorial on the legislature's choice not to hold further hearings on the state's health care exchange ("Brown gets a reprieve," Feb. 4), it's about time The Sun started shining some light on the corruption that's so deeply entrenched in this state. But it still won't make a difference. Marylanders will still vote for Democrats no matter how much they get screwed and those in Annapolis know this fact. Steve Papaminas - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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Dan Rodricks | December 28, 2013
The 1970s corruption investigation known as Abscam, celebrated in "American Hustle," one of the holiday season's hottest movies, had its roots in Baltimore. It was in Charm City that the FBI tested the sting-style operation that marked Abscam as a particularly theatrical and effective form of undercover investigation. Baltimore FBI agents later trained those who carried out the Abscam sting. Abscam famously featured FBI agents posing as Arab sheiks, along with an accomplished con artist (played by Christian Bale in "American Hustle")
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By Robert B. Reich | December 11, 2013
The Justice Department has just obtained documents showing that JPMorgan Chase, Wall Street's biggest bank, has been hiring the children of China's ruling elite in order to secure "existing and potential business opportunities" from Chinese government-run companies. "You all know I have always been a big believer of the Sons and Daughters program," says one JPMorgan executive in an e-mail, because "it almost has a linear relationship" to winning assignments to advise Chinese companies.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | December 8, 2013
You want to know the worst part? It isn't the incident where a police officer stopped a man at the 207 Quickstop convenience store and threw his purchases -- cans of Red Bull -- to the sidewalk. It isn't the incident where an officer stopped a woman outside that Miami Gardens store, pawed through her purse, then emptied the contents onto the ground and kicked at them. It isn't the dozens of times Earl Sampson -- never convicted of anything more serious than possession of marijuana -- has been arrested for trespassing while working as a clerk at the self same store.
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By Miranda S. Spivack, The Washington Post | July 6, 2011
Leslie Johnson walked into the Prince George's County Council chambers Tuesday morning, and began her usual routine — joining her colleagues in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Although most of the council didn't know it, she had just handed in a resignation letter. Minutes later, she left through a back door. It was Johnson's first appearance in public since she pleaded guilty last week to destroying evidence in a federal investigation of county government corruption. At the time, Johnson said she would stay on the council until her sentencing in October, prompting vociferous objections from fellow politicians and the public.
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By ANTHONY LAME and ANTHONY LAME,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 21, 1996
"Dirty Little Secrets: The Persistence of Corruption in American Politics," by Larry J. Sabato and Glenn R. Simpson. Times Books. 430 pages, $25.Just in time for the United States' quadrennial orgy of presidential and congressional elections, a political scientist and journalist have teamed up to take a close look at how the electoral system is working.As their title suggests, Larry Sabato, a professor at the University of Virginia, and Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson conclude that the system isn't working well at all and is in immediate need of reform.
NEWS
December 3, 2013
Some of the biggest political contributors in recent elections don't appear on any list of the usual suspects; they are neither corporations, unions nor extremely wealthy individuals. Instead, they are new nonprofit organizations that have been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service because of the ostensible "social welfare" activities they engage in. In truth, however, these groups have morphed into some of the nation's most powerful backstage political actors, shelling out millions of dollars to support candidates for office without ever having to disclose where their money is coming from or who is trying to influence the outcome on an election.
NEWS
November 26, 2013
The federal indictments handed down last week against 14 more corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center in a massive jail scandal reinforce questions about whether officials have yet done enough to root out corruption at the facility. The latest indictments come on top of the 13 employees charged in April when the scandal broke and suggest that the wrongdoing there was even more widespread than initially reported. What's still unclear is how far up the chain of command the rot extended and whether all those who bear any responsibility for this mess have been called to account for crimes that apparently went on for years right under their noses.
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