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15 Politicians Who Were Caught Taking Bribes

List of politicians who have been caught taking bribes.Politicians are elected with the purpose of serving office with the need of his or her constituents on their mind. They’re supposed to do what’s best for the people of their district and represent their needs. However, politics often tempts greedy and corrupt people to take office in hopes of using their political power to gain influence in the world and fill their bank accounts. The biggest political scandals are often about politicians who have taken or solicited bribes for their own benefit.


Bribery is such an offensive crime to most people because politicians are not supposed to think of their own needs before the needs of those who elected them. Bribes are usually taken to push forward a piece of legislation that is beneficial to a business person or corporation. Sometimes bribes are taken to help put somebody unsavory in office or in a position of power which they didn’t earn. No matter what the reason, bribery in politics is not only worth jail time, it earns the distrust of every constituent.


Which politicians have been caught taking bribes? This list features many politicians who have been caught taking bribes, many of whom served time.

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  1. Dennis Malone

    Frank Sparaco, a Republican Rockland County legislator, was offered multiple bribes to help put Dennis Malone, a Democratic candidate hopeful, on the ballot to become Clarkstown Highway Superintendent. Sparaco immediately went to officials and made secret audio recordings to catch Malone in the act. 

  2. Former Massachusetts Senator Dianne Wilkerson was arrested by the FBI for accepting bribes totaling $23,500. She resigned from office in 2008 and was convicted to 3.5 years in prison.

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    Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA
    Nationality: United States of America
  3. Chuck Turner

    Chuck Turner sullied his reputation as a a 60s activist when he abused is position on the Boston City Council by accepting $1,000 in exchange for help getting a liquor license. He became the first Boston City Council member to ever be expelled. Turner was sentenced to three years in prison but was released after 28 months. 

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    Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Nationality: United States of America
  4. California Senator Ronald Calderon's offices were raided by the FBI in 2013, as well as his office of California' Latino Legislative Caucus. Suspicions of Calderon accepting a bribe of 88k from an undercover FBI agent were leaked to Al Jazeera America. Charges have yet to been pressed, but Calderon was suspended from his committee assignments.

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    Birthplace: Montebello, California, USA
  5. In 2008 New York Senator Malcolm Smith did what many politicians do during election years: he held a golf fundraiser with a group of lobbyists. However, it was the claim that Smith told the group that campaign contributions were like an IPO, inferring that the sooner they give him money the more influence they'd have when he was in office. A grand jury has investigated his crimes, but no charges have been pressed. 

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    Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    Nationality: United States of America
  6. New York City Councilman Dan Halloran was arrested in 2013 under federal corruption charges. Halloran allegedly helped Malcolm Smith accept bribes to secure a spot on the Republican ballot for the mayoral election. He has yet to be charged, but he has decided against seeking re-election for city council.

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    Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
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