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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10

Elliot Spitzer

Elliot spitzer headshothttps://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/12/10/the-humbling-of-eliot-spitzer

According to published reports, investigators believe Spitzer paid up to $80,000 for prostitutes over a period of several years while he was Attorney General, and later as Governor. Spitzer first drew the attention of federal investigators when his bank reported suspicious money transfers, which initially led investigators to believe that Spitzer may have been hiding bribe proceeds. The investigation of the governor led to the discovery of the prostitution ring, after which he obviously resigned.

9

Barack Obama's Birth Certificate

Barack Obama headshothttps://www.snopes.com/fact-check/birth-certificate/

Throughout his campaign and much of his presidency, President Obama faced wide spread rumors and controversy regarding the validity of his Hawaiian birth certificate. While the release of his short and long form birth certificates proved his Hawaiian birth, many conspiracy theorists believe these certificates are forgeries.


8

Bill Clinton – Monica Lewinsky Scandal

Bill clinton headshothttps://www.history.com/topics/monica-lewinsky

Infamous for his firm denial and then subsequent admission of having an affair with 22-year-old White House aid Monica Lewinsky, Bill Clinton faced impeachment on the grounds of perjury and obstruction of justice, although he was later acquitted.

7

William Jefferson Scandal

William Jefferson headshothttps://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/us/06jefferson.html

Suspecting Louisiana congressman William Jefferson of bribery, the FBI raided his congressional offices in May 2006, but he was re-elected later that year. On June 4, 2007, however, a federal grand jury indicted Jefferson on sixteen felony charges related to corruption which led to a 13-year prison sentence. The FBI’s search of Jefferson’s congressional office was the first of its kind and was disputed all the way to the Supreme Court – changing the way congressional investigations can be conducted.


6

Far Spread Harassment on Capitol Hill

The capitol building against a purple night skyhttps://www.gop.gov/the-house-is-addressing-sexual-harassment-on-capitol-hill/

In the era of the #MeToo movement, widespread reports began to come to light regarding sexual harassment within the US government. One of the most shocking results of this newfound attention was that tax-payers were funding settlements for sexual harassment against congressmen and that all victims of sexual harassment in congress were made to sign an agreement barring them from talking about the harassment. Due to this attention, congressional policies and general public opinion has drastically changed.

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