Most Corrupt Politicians in America
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and members of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
For violating the Hatch Act by using taxpayer dollars to both influence partisan elections and alter the electorate for partisan advantage. Mr. Kobach’s zealous abuse of taxpayer resources to push debunked conspiracy theories and attempt to hinder the democratic process. Under mounting legal pressure, including a complaint from the ADLF, the sham Commission disbanded without issuing any findings in January 2018.
Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita
For his illegal campaigning for U.S. Senate and for forcing taxpayer-funded staff to perform campaign work. Rep. Rokita extensively campaigned for US Senate without filing as a candidate. After publicly talking about his candidacy, he was notified by the FEC that he had 35 days to declare his candidacy but didn’t declare for months. In a separate issue, Rokita also forced his official staff to perform campaign work, according to former staffers. House Ethics rules are clearly prohibit members of Congress from forcing official staff to perform campaign duties.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
For illegal lobbying and misuse of taxpayer money. Pruitt violated the Antideficiency Act by misusing the taxpayer funds that support the EPA. In his official capacity as Administrator of the EPA he publicly denounced the Paris climate accord and encouraged lawmakers to defeat bills before Congress that would affirm the US’s support for the agreement. His public statements constitute unlawful communication for grassroots lobbying and publicity or propaganda purposes.
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens
For violating Missouri’s Sunshine Laws. Greitens earned his place on the list for concealing records from Missourians about his administration. His staff used private email during his transition into the Governor’s office and continues to use text messages on private cell phones to conduct official business, all of which hides correspondence from public record.
– Indiana Congressman Luke Messer
For campaigning for US Senate without filing as a candidate. Messer announced a Statewide Finance Committee before actually registering as a statewide candidate. He also announced he raised over $700,000 in contributions, far in excess of the $5,000 that can be raised without filing.
– Former Montana Judge Russell Fagg
For campaigning for US Senate without filing as a candidate. Judge Fagg touted endorsements, sought donations, and spoke out against his opponent, all without declaring his candidacy. By not officially declaring, Judge Fagg was able to hide campaign finance information from Montana voters for months.
– Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley
For illegally campaigning for US Senate. He campaigned extensively, spending nearly $200,000 to further his campaign, without actually filing as a candidate. That amount is far in excess of the $5,000 that can be raised or spent without filing.
North Dakota State Senator Tom Campbell
For failure to report use of company property in campaign ads. In a September campaign ad, millionaire businessman Tom Campbell stands in front of a truck that prominently displays the words “Campbell Farms,” the name of one of his businesses, on the truck’s window. Under FEC rules, Campbell must declare this an in-kind donation, but he failed to do so.
California Congressman Duncan Hunter
For his exceptionally close affiliation with the vaping industry in violation of House Ethics Rules. From vaping during a House committee hearing, to urging President Trump and U.S. Navy officials to be more favorable towards e-cigarettes and endorsing specific brands, it’s sometimes unclear whether Hunter is working for his constituents or a for-profit industry.