Republican Cronyism Favoring Friends, Family and Loyalists

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  • TX Attorney General Ken Paxton [R]
    Personally lobbied to connect a business executive with prior criminal convictions for theft and fraud with the state comptroller overseeing a multimillion-dollar initiative meant to combat opioid overdoses despite him not having had any experience working on statewide public health initiatives
    20 Jun 2023
    According to an exclusive investigative report by Pro Publica and The Texas Tribune
  • Pardoned his son-in-law's father Charles Kushner who served 14 months in prison in the early 2000's for illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering 14 years after he concluded his sentence which benefits his namesake company by making it much easier for them to secure financing for major projects
    23 Dec 2020
  • Pardoned former Rep. and early 2016 campaign supporter Duncan Hunter who admitted to stealing campaign contributions for personal use days before he was set to begin his 11-month prison sentence
    22 Dec 2020
  • TX Attorney General Ken Paxton [R]
    Had a yearslong extramarital affair with a woman who worked for a Republican state senator and was able to keep it secret by using a fake Uber account to rendezvous with her then facilitated her transfer to a job working for a wealthy business executive and donor he was criminally involved with
    05 Nov 2020
    According to two people with direct knowledge who spoke on condition of anonymity with The Associated Press
  • Pardoned personal friend Conrad Black who published a fawning book with a title calling him a "President Like No Other" and previously served time for scheming to siphon off millions of dollars from the newspaper company he was CEO of
    15 May 2019
  • Paul LePage [2022 GOP ME Gov. Nominee]
    Pardoned his late mentor's grandson who was convicted of felony drug trafficking and tried to keep it secret in a breach of precedent in which governors usually publicly identify the names of people they pardoned
    27 Mar 2019
  • Judge Scott Steiner [R-CA]
    Had sex with an intern in his private chambers then later wrote her a letter of recommendation for a job in the local DA's office while also being a married father of two young children who ran on a platform highlighting the "importance of family" in his life
    09 Jun 2016
    According to an investigative report by The Washington Post
  • Gov. Haley Barbour [R-MS]
    Pardoned a man convicted of soliciting sexually explicit messages from an underage girl after having a private lunch with a close friend of his family
    10 Jan 2012
  • Sen. John Ensign [R-NV]
    Had his parents pay his close friend and his friend's wife who he had an affair with $96,000 to keep them both quiet and used his influence to get his friend a corporate lobbying job, all of which resulted in him eventually resigning from the senate
    09 Jul 2009
    According to reports by mainstream media outlets