Here on the East Coast, in the ‘Land Between the Two Rivers,’ as Philadelphia is affectionately known, corruption convictions of Democrat politicians fall like rain in a summer thunderstorm. Pennsylvania has had one official after another convicted of corruption- one of the latest is ex-Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
Recently, the once mighty and powerful US Rep. Chaka Fattah, Philadelphia’s version of New York’s Charles Rangel, was convicted of federal corruption charges:
Washington (CNN) “Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah was convicted on federal corruption charges Tuesday. The 59-year-old Democrat, who represents West Philadelphia, was found guilty on all 23 charges he faced, which included racketeering, money laundering and fraud.”
(West Philadelphia was a recent Hillary Clinton campaign stop)
Yes, big Chaka went down, but not before his son “Little Chaka” Chip Fattah was also convicted on fraud related charges for bilking creditors, investors and the School District of Philadelphia where he was a consultant:
Philadelphia Inquirer: “Chaka “Chip” Fattah Jr. was convicted Thursday on bank- and tax-fraud charges, a significant setback in his family’s ongoing legal fight with federal authorities.”
Pennsylvania’s Convicted Felon, Ex- Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
As typical as these stories are of big city Democrat corruption, they look small when you consider the case of our now convicted felon, former PA Attorney General, and Hillary Clinton supporter Kathleen Kane:
The Kane Caper -Liberal Derangement Syndrome
HARRISBURG – “Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, who was convicted Monday of perjury and other crimes, will resign Wednesday, her once-promising career in state politics felled by a fixation on seeking revenge against enemies that led her to break the law.”
The Kane case has been unfolding like a slow motion train wreck almost since the moment Kane took office.
Driven by typical lust for revenge and a healthy dose of liberal derangement syndrome, the once up and coming Democrat politician was convicted of leaking secret Grand Jury testimony to get back at perceived political enemies, then lying about it.
Any of this sound familiar? As the case unfolded, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended her law license, a prerequisite for doing the job tax payers elected her to do.
Still with the writing on the wall, Kane arrogantly refused to resign and save everyone involved the embarrassment, time and cost of a trial few thought she had a snowballs chance in Hell of winning.
When a picture is worth a thousand words…
The Clinton – Kane “connection”-Paranoia and deflection.
Kane concocted a defense that consisted of more paranoia and deflection. She asserted she was being attacked by the ‘good old boys” (we know what that’s code for) because she discovered pornographic E-MAIL on state computers.
Seriously- more Democrat e-mail scandals, you can’t make this up.
While a few people resigned over inappropriate use of state computers related to the e-mails, the court refused to allow her to use that as a defense for leaking secret testimony and lying to investigators about it.
She was quickly convicted and this week has finally resigned in utter disgrace after being convicted on all counts ending our excruciating, collective political/legal nightmare.
Make no mistake, Kane was an incompetent, partisan hack. One of her more famous botched cases involved multiple Philadelphia politicians involved in corruption. Kane refused to bring charges citing racism, because the politicians in question were black:
“The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office ran an undercover sting operation over three years that captured leading Philadelphia Democrats, including four members of the city’s state House delegation, on tape accepting money, The Inquirer has learned. Yet no one was charged with a crime.
Prosecutors began the sting in 2010 when Republican Tom Corbett was attorney general. After Democrat Kathleen G. Kane took office in 2013, she shut it down. In a statement to The Inquirer on Friday, Kane called the investigation poorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism, saying it had targeted African Americans.”
Deeper and Deeper
However Philadelphia’s own District Attorney, Seth Williams railed against Kane’s blatantly political decision and took up the cases on his own. Did I mention Seth Williams is African American? It gets better:
PHILADELPHIA — “Announcing new charges in a political corruption case that Attorney General Kathleen Kane dismissed as racist and unwinnable, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said a grand jury found no support for her claim that investigator’s targeted black lawmakers”.
Philadelphia’s District Attorney: Seth Williams.
Williams blasted Kane in a news conference Tuesday, in which he detailed charges that Philadelphia state Reps. Ronald Waters and Vanessa L. Brown took thousands of dollars in bribes from a secret informant posing as a lobbyist.
The charges of conspiracy, bribery and conflict of interest against the Philadelphia Democrats are the second set to arise from the case originally investigated by the attorney general’s office and abandoned by Kane after she took office in 2013.”
The Depths of Corruption- Where’s the Bottom?
But just as the Kane case is finally wrapping up, others may be emerging on the horizon. The first involves Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams himself. It seems like Seth likes to accept gifts and not report them.
PHILADELPHIA: “For almost six years, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams concealed a mounting heap of booty that included free home improvements, lavish vacations, cash, and passes to Eagles, Phillies, and 76’ers games. There is no doubt that he knew better.
When former Attorney General Kathleen Kane killed an investigation of several Philadelphia Democrats who accepted unreported gifts from an undercover informant, Williams successfully prosecuted them for acts similar to what he now blithely dismisses as accepting “gifts” from his ‘friends.’”
Williams raked in far more than the nearly $9,000 in gifts that the politicians he prosecuted accepted. Home repairs provided by a New Jersey builder; trips to Key West, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Punta Cana; an iPad; a couch; and other gifts that William’s received totaled more than $160,000.
Even Philadelphia’s Mayor
The second and potentially more combustible is against Philadelphia’s recently replaced Mayor Michael Nutter. Once again, the charges involve inappropriate use of funds; these involve Mayor Nutter’s lavish travel and expense accounts.
The frugal Mayor who liked to close fire companies in the name of fiscal discipline also had a taste for the good life… on other people’s dime. Maybe he should look up Chip “Little Chaka” Fatah. Finally we have our very own version of a small time Clinton style slush fund:
PHILADELPHIA: “A review by the City Controller’s Office found that more than $380,000 in revenue from the Philadelphia Marathon was used as a “slush fund” for grants not approved by the board, trips to Italy for then mayor Michael Nutter and his staff, as well as an event that included an open bar last year.
The report notes 20 line items of grants and expenses from the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia that went unchecked by the fund’s board of directors. The Fund is responsible for overseeing revenues and expenditures from the race.”
The Union Connection
Last but not least, authorities raided the offices of a very powerful Electricians union President as well as a local city councilman:
PHILADELPHIA NBC 10: “Federal agents conducted raids Friday across Philadelphia and New Jersey, pulling truckloads of documents and computers from locations that included two row houses, a pub, a union hall and the political offices of a City Councilman. A common link for all the search sites became clear immediately: the city’s most influential labor union, IBEW Local 98, and its powerful leader known by the moniker Johnny Doc.”
Anyone who knows anything about Philadelphia politics knows that the Electricians Union under John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty is the most powerful labor force in the region.We previously reported on the raid.
Philadelphia Electricians Union Boss John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty with guess who…
Councilman Henon is intimately connected to the Union:
Prior to serving on City Council, Bobby Henon worked as an electrician after completing the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 college-accredited apprenticeship program. He worked his way up through the union, eventually becoming Local 98’s Political Director, a position which allowed him to help draft and lobby for legislation at every level of government on behalf of his fellow members.
PA Supreme Court Guarantees the Continuance of the Problem.
Dougherty’s brother was recently elected to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court further cementing the influence of the union. This could get ugly.
The pattern here is clear for anyone who wants to see it: corrupt Democrat politicians up and down the line using slush funds as their personal expense accounts.
Other elected officials lying, committing all manner of fraud and breeches of the public trust. They will even use charges of *gasp* RACISM against each other if they think they can gain an advantage. This corruption is endemic, cancerous and pervasive throughout our government and not just at the local or state levels.
Unfortunately, Philadelphia isn’t an exception; it’s more of the norm. It’s time for us to think long and hard about who we elect going forward. It’s time to take back our country.