25 Biggest Political Scandals In History

Politics, as many people know, can be quite a dirty business, leading to some of the biggest political scandals in history. Because of the many perks that are included with public service, such as fame, power, money, and honor, there are certain politicians that cannot control themselves and give in to the temptations of corruption and greed. There are still others that are falsely accused or claims are falsely exaggerated, but the scandal remains. Whether Democrat or Republican, some of the more common scandals that are mentioned in the news have to do with extramarital affairs, excessive use of funds, improper utilization of taxes, and more. While these are far from the only political scandals, these were some of the most newsworthy and influential scandals of their time. Here are the 25 Biggest Political Scandals In History that truly stand out.

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The Profumo Affair

Profrumo sitting at deskhttp://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/profumo-resigns-in-sex-scandal

The Profumo Affair was a 1963 British political scandal named after John Profumo, Secretary of State for War. His affair with Christine Keeler, the reputed mistress of an alleged Soviet spy, followed by his lying in the House of Commons when he was questioned about it, forced the resignation of Profumo and damaged the reputation of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s government. Macmillan himself resigned a few months later because of ill health.

24

The Wilbur Mills Scandal

Wilbur Mills against yellow backgroundhttps://timeline.com/wilbur-mills-tidal-basin-3c29a8b47ad1

Wilbur Mills was a popular US congressman, but things fell apart for him after getting a DUI right after engaging in a scuffle with Argentinean stripper, Fanne Fox. To make things even more comical, when he was pulled over, she was actually with him in the car. Before the police officer could even say a word, however, she jumped out the back and dove into a drainage ditch, after which she was taken to a mental hospital and left Wilbur with some serious explaining to do.

23

The Keating Five

Linsoln Savings and Loanhttps://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-lists/top-ten-political-scandals-22369/the-keating-five-184443/

The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980’s. Basically they had prevented Charles Keating, Chairman of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association from being audited in return for receiving campaign funding. Unfortunately for everybody else in America, the association collapsed under the corruption, causing billions of dollars worth of damages and ruining the reputations of the senators.

22

The Appalachian Trail Lie

mark sandford headshothttps://www.thestate.com/news/special-reports/state-125/article47320885.html

From June 18 until June 24, 2009, the whereabouts of politician Mark Sanford were unknown to the public, as well as to his wife and the State Law Enforcement Division, which provided security for him. He had told his staff that he would be hiking the Appalachian Trial but failed to answer any phone calls. Not long afterwards, however, reporter Gina Smith ran into him at the airport in Atlanta returning from Argentina. Apparently he had a mistress and had decided to go pay her a visit.

21

Prince Harry's Nazi Costume

profile shot of prince harryhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1481148/Prince-Harry-faces-outcry-at-Nazi-outfit.html

Long before his picture perfect royal wedding, Prince Harry attended a private party and was photographed wearing an armband with a Nazi insignia. While this was only one of many scandals the hard-partying prince was caught up in during his adolescence, it was the most memorable for many, and led to an official apology by the prince and palace.



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