Republican Bribery Scandals List

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  • Commissioner Eric Ulrich [R-NY]
    accepted over $150,000 in cash and gifts including premium NY Mets season tickets, a discounted beachfront apartment, a bespoke suit and a one-of-a-kind painting by an apprentice of Spanish surrealist Salvador DalĂ­ in exchange for helping his co-conspirators gain special access to top officials to get a leg up on various pet projects of theirs
    13 Sep 2023
    According to charging documents filed by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg
  • Sheriff Scott Jenkins [R-VA]
    accepted cash bribes totaling $72,500 to circumvent concealed carry gun laws by giving people fake deputy credentials that allowed them to carry a concealed weapon in any state without a permit
    29 Jun 2023
    According to charging documents filed by federal officials
  • State Rep. Rick Johnson [R-MI]
    accepted $110,200 in cash and other bribes including chartered flights from a businessman and two lobbyists in exchange for approving their medical marijuana business licenses during his time as chair of Michigan's marijuana licensing board
    06 Apr 2023
    According to charging documents filed by federal prosecutors
  • Sheriff Laurie Smith [R-CA]
    raked in thousands of dollars in illegal "pay-for-play" campaign donations from wealthy donors in exchange for granting them concealed weapons permits and accepted gifts including a suite at an NHL game from the same donors
    03 Nov 2022
    According to charging documents filed by local police
  • State Rep. Robin Smith [R-TN]
    accepted an illegal $24,000 payoff in exchange for pressuring other state lawmakers to contract with a fake consulting company the state speaker of the house secretly created
    07 Mar 2022
    She pled guilty to wire fraud and agreed to become a cooperating witness for the prosecution
  • TX Attorney General Ken Paxton [R]
    accepted thousands of dollars' worth of home remodeling and repairs in addition to securing employment for a woman he was having an affair with from wealthy real estate developer Nate Paul in exchange for investigating Paul's business adversaries and helping him settle a lawsuit in his favor
    11 Feb 2021
    According to an official complaint filed by seven of Paxton's top aides
  • City Council Member Mitchell Englander [R-CA]
    Accepted bribes during a lavish trip to Las Vegas which included $10k in cash, a free room, sex with an escort and a nearly $35,000 tab at a night club in exchange for directing major development projects to a prominent businessman in Los Angeles
    09 Mar 2020
    According to charging documents filed by federal officials
  • State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson [R-AR]
    took cash bribes totaling over $150,000 from the co-owner of orthodontic clinics in exchange for his efforts to help change a dental practices law he didn't like
    25 Jun 2019
    He pleaded guilty bribery in addition to other charges and was sentenced to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay over $350,000 in fines
  • State Rep. Jim Harrison [R-SC]
    accepted over $900,000 from a well-connected political consultant in exchange for acting in his client's interests in secret by not disclosing the true source of the funds as required by state law then lied to a grand jury about it in an attempt to cover it up
    26 Oct 2018
    He was found guilty and sentenced to eighteen months in prison
  • State Rep. Rick Quinn Jr. [R-SC]
    accepted over $4 million from lobbyists working on behalf of his father's consulting firm and then advocated on their behalf for legislation that would benefit them
    Dec 2017
    According to charing documents filed by state officials
  • State Sen. Jon Woods [R-AR]
    funneled roughly $600,000 in state funds to two non-profits in exchange for a large financial payoff facilitated through a third-party consulting company who concealed the bribes
    01 Mar 2017
    He was convicted by a federal jury and was sentenced to over 18 years in prison in addition to being order to pay $1.6 million in restitution
  • State Rep. Micah Neal [R-AR]
    received a $38k bribe to funnel $600k in government funds to a private evangelical Christian college and another non-profit organization
    05 Jan 2017
    According to charging documents filed by federal officials
  • Activist David Lausman
    took bribes including a free vacation to Thailand and a $11k luxury handbag from a military contractor when he was a captain in the Navy
    Jan 2016
    According to charging documents filed by federal officials
  • Commissioner Bernard Kerik [R-NY]
    accepted $255,000 worth of lavish home renovations and over $236,000 in rental payments from billionaire business developer Eitan Wertheimer in exchange for using his position as NYPD Commissioner to lobby on Wertheimer's behalf with city officials, failed to report the additional income on his federal taxes and lied to federal investigators when confronted about it
    09 Nov 2007
    He pleaded guilty to tax fraud and was sentenced to 4 years in prison
  • Gov. John Rowland [R-CT]
    accepted free vacations and construction services at his vacation home valued at $107,000 in exchange for directing state contracts to a prominent businessman and also failed to report the income on his taxes
    23 Dec 2004
    According to charging documents filed by federal prosecutors