Judicial Watch has compiled their 10 most corrupt politicians of 2009 and Chris Dodd, the prohibitive favorite coming off his title-winning campaign last year, claims his 2nd straight crown this year.
This marks two years in a row for Senator Dodd, who made the 2008 "Ten Most Corrupt" list for his corrupt relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and for accepting preferential treatment and loan terms from Countrywide Financial, a scandal which still dogs him.
In 2009, the scandals kept coming for the Connecticut Democrat. In 2009, Judicial Watch filed a Senate ethics complaint against Dodd for undervaluing a property he owns in Ireland on his Senate Financial Disclosure forms. Judicial Watch's complaint forced Dodd to amend the forms.
However, press reports suggest the property to this day remains undervalued. Judicial Watch also alleges in the complaint that Dodd obtained a sweetheart deal for the property in exchange for his assistance in obtaining a presidential pardon (during the Clinton administration) and other favors for a long-time friend and business associate. The false financial disclosure forms were part of the cover-up. Dodd remains the head the Senate Banking Committee.
So, to one of the bright lights in the most ethical Congress ever, we salute you, Senator Dodd!
Rounding out the Top 10:
Senator John Ensign (R-NV)
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner
Attorney General Eric Holder
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)/ Senator Roland Burris (D-IL)
President Barack Obama Oh, my
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Rep. John Murtha (D-PA)
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
It should be noted that this list is in alphabetical order and Chris Dodd really isn’t #1 but we couldn’t resist the convergence of a great photo op and him being listed first. To prevent any confusion in future years, perhaps we could advise the Senator to stay off this list altogether. As someone who’s taken an oath to uphold the law and represent the people, that’s probably not asking too much.