1/3 of Congressional Black Caucus Members Were Named in Ethics Probes


If you are a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the chances that you will eventually face an ethics probe are better than the odds of you becoming president, senator or a Nobel Prize winner.

The question is why.

According to a 2012 National Journal study, five of the six lawmakers under review by the House Ethics Committee were Black Caucus members. Yet just one in 10 House members belong to the group.

In 2009, all eight lawmakers under ethics investigation were African-American. Besides Jackson, they included Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., who was later convicted of accepting gifts from donors with business before his tax-writing panel and 11 other ethics violations.

All told, the Journal says, an astonishing one-third of sitting black lawmakers have been named in an ethics probe at some point in their Hill careers.

Some of this level of criminality can be explained by putting the Congressional Black Caucus members in context within the Democratic Party and the urban political machine. But that doesn’t quite cover it either.

What is notable about the Congressional Black Caucus members is how sloppy and unqualified they often seem to be. We often poke fun at Sheila Jackson Lee, but she’s not exactly an exception. There’s a basic gap between them and many high ranking African-American Democrats.

The corruption of the CBC isn’t an accident. If you look back at the careers of Jackson-Lee or Hastings, it becomes clear that their willingness to put their ethics and votes up for sale was a crucial factor in their political history.

  • JacksonPearson

    The very name Congressional Black Caucus is disgustingly racist. Heaven forbid to have a Congressional White Caucus, because the real racists would come out and torch Washington. IMO, the majority of blacks in congress, believe they have a right to be corrupt, and are!

    • KTH

      Jackson, kinda dovetails what we were discussing with yesterday's Sheila Jackson Lee story.
      Many of these Black politicians are simply uneducated, racist "community leaders" whose common enemy (Whitey) propels them into office.
      Uneducated, uncivilized inner city Blacks want to blame White racism for their failures – a racist rabblerousing activist is just what they are looking for.
      And, of course, the crimnality and immorality that plague their communities are not left behind when they take office.
      Again, how can one have empathy or sympathy for these people when they demand so little from the politicians that they elect to represent them?…

      • JacksonPearson

        Yep, low information voters and politicians are one, and the same!

  • Jeff Bargholz

    In other words, Black lawmakers only represent 10% of the total but they represent 83% of those under ethics review. THAT MEANS THAT BLACK REPS ARE 830 TIMES MORE LIKELY THAN THEIR PEERS TO BE UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR CORRUPTION(!) All this despite the fact that institutionalized race privilege makes it harder to convene an investigation against Blacks than any other race or ethnicity.

    What is it with native born American Blacks and rampant criminality? Non-muslim Black immigrants from Africa have a very low rate of criminality opposed to the astronomically high rates for local Blacks and Black Caribbean immigrants, so it's not strictly a racial thing.

    • Mary Sue

      their criminality is linked to Identity Politics.

      • Jeff Bargholz

        Mary sue;

        Yes, among other things-none of them good. Worst of all is that our currently sick society encourages and rewards identity politics, and none moreso than Blacks. Moderates and conservatives do not wallow in identity politics so every group on the entitlement list was put there by the left.

        So why aren't any other identity groups equally prone to criminality?

        • obama guy

          Give me a scientific explanation for your idiocy and ignorance.

          • Mary Sue

            You're Justifying Identity Politics and the teachings of Ethnic/Gender/Multicult Studies. REALLY?!

        • obama guy

          And why are other whites not prone to your ignorance and idiocy?

          • Jeff Bargholz

            obama gay,

            lets hear your sooper scientific breakthrough that disproves simple mathematics. I don't think the short buses run at this time of night so you might have to pick up your notes at special ed tomorrow.

          • obama guy

            I'm not gay, but what is that they say about projection. You brought it up. I get it though,
            you feel sexually inadequate.

          • Jeff Bargholz

            obama gay,

            so now you have a sooperer scientific method to determine my sexual orientation? You're more special than I thought.

            Stop drinking the bong water.

        • WhateverMan

          Oh they are. But their kind of crime is glossed over. it;s called white collar crime, affect much more people and destroys entire economies.but since they are a chosen, they can get away with it.

          • KTH

            Name me ONE Black-led big city administration that is not awash with white collar crime.
            Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, DC, New Orleans, Chicago, Newark, Atlanta, etc etc etc.
            The effects on these cities' citizens is devastating! Many of them are bankrupt or on the verge.
            Can't blame Whitey for that…

          • KTH

            lol…an unrelated but oh so appropriate and timely story in today's edition proving my point in my first response to your post : http://frontpagemag.com/2013/arnold-ahlert/atlant
            Absolutely criminal!
            No one hurts Black children more than Black adults…

          • Jeff Bargholz

            WhineyMan,

            every Black Rep under investigation is a white collar criminal.

            America's economy was destroyed by policies devised and enacted by Fannie Mae, Freddy Mac and Barack Hussein Obama-with some help by White collar Barney frank and Chris dodd.

            If you are robbed, raped or murdered there is more than an 800% chance that the criminal will not have a White collar or anything else White.

            Are you moonbats proud of what you've helped wreak?

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    A Dem power junta is what it is, and its base believes the ends justifies the means, regardless of color. But it is the case, a perpetually aggrieved minority (via race poliitics) has a special amount of chutzpah, and herein lies its results – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/22/the-moral-dec

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • WhateverMan

      Stay in israel and mind your own business.

      • Jeff Bargholz

        WhicheverMan,

        stay in your cave with the other anti-Semites, you moonbat.

  • Jeff Bargholz

    Adina,

    that explains why the Dems have so many crooked Reps but it dosn't explain why Black Reps are so egregiously crooked that they are investigated for ethics violations at a rate 830 greater than non-Blacks. The House and Seanate are so crooked they sit sideways and most corruption was legalized long ago, so why the discrepency?

  • obama guy

    Uh yeah guys. And 100 percent of anti-semitic accusations are hurled at people who are Jewish.
    And why is their such rampant idiocy from someone named Jeff Bargholz?

    • Mary Sue

      It's simple. The black reps are being caught as crooked because they think they're ENTITLED to be crooked as "payback", sticking it to The Man. It's not got to do with the color of their genes, it's got to do with the beliefs they were taught: RE: Identity Politics. Many aggrieved blacks believe in it to salve their own consciences when they do unethical things, because it's all to Get Back At Whitey.

  • obama guy

    And there is a 1/3rd chance that Daniel Greenfield's real name is David Duke.

    • Jeff Bargholz

      obama gay,

      ad hominem accusations of stupidity and racism are all you have? You don't even have any of the usual left-wing sophistry to support them? Even for an obamaton troll that is incredibly lazy, stupid and ineffective.

    • Mary Sue

      So you're denying that these black representatives are guilty of the misconduct they've been convicted of or are being investigated for?

    • KTH

      lol…you have the intellect of a bag of hair!
      It's people like you who devastate your own communities, pretending that what is occurring is not – blaming somebody else (Whitey) for your dismal being.
      Community leaders being handed grants of tens of thousands of dollars for youth programs which are barely attended – and where does the money go? Without government accountability, right into their own pockets. See it all the time.
      And who is doing more harm to the Black children in districts led by Jesse Jackson, Jr and Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters and dozens of others? Whitey? lol, again! (And Jackson, in the middle of his scandal was REELECTED by his constituents!!! The rest of us are supposed to feel empathy for you? ; to reach out and help you? You cannot make this stuff up! (Jackson and his wife are nothing more than common thieves).
      Get your head out of your ass ; stop being dishonest.
      Until Blacks living in the inner cities of this country begin to stand up on their own two feet, take control of their communities and lives and elect legitimate leaders who are moral and just, they do not stand a chance of escaping their fate…no chance of avoiding their dire existence.

  • WhateverMan

    Is this for real?
    you want to talk about identity politics? Ok! How many jews are there in goldman sacks? how many jews are there in lehmann brothers? how many jews were involved in the maddoff scheme? how many jews are in Wallstreet? More people hurt by the machination of this religious minority than the entire members of the black caucus. And to deflect from that train of thought, greenfield and FPM try to divert attention by racebaiting. Nice try, but works on the weaker minds: case in point MaryMooo.

    • LibertarianToo

      Jews (both sexes) account for 1.7% of the prison population in the US..
      African-American men account for 35.4% of the prison population in the US. (Bureau ofJustice Statistics)

    • KTH

      lol…The Jews! lol again…
      What other minority has made a more disproportional contribution to society than the Jews?
      The arts, sciences, technology…et al. Has there been another group in history that was oppressed for so much of its history yet has carved out a path for the success of its people? It begins with getting an education and a belief in God.
      The Jews didn't sit around whining about the abuses hurled at them by the Germans and others – they forgave and moved on.
      If American Blacks put their difficult past behind them, pulled up their boot straps, stopped voting Democrat and stopped looking for handouts, there would not be dozens of inner city slums run by corrupt politicians in this great nation of ours.
      Stop feeling sorry for yourself and blaming others – and get to work!

  • Jeff Bargholz

    WehrmactMan,

    an scheming cabal of dem Joos are responsible for Black crime. Wow, that was original. And they control banking, Wallstreet and Washington DC. Dude, you forgot about how they suck blood and eat babies.

    Sig Heil!