Corrupt Black Politicians ..Is this a...

Corrupt Black Politicians ..Is this an epidemic

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Hopelss Helpless

Monroe, NC

#1 Dec 2, 2008
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters)- Federal authorities arrested the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, on Monday in a corruption probe surrounding a sewer bond debt that could lead to the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Authorities arrested Mayor Larry Langford in Birmingham at 7 a.m.(1200 GMT) and charged him with 60 counts including bribery, money laundering, conspiracy and filing false tax returns, according to U.S. Attorney Alice Martin.

Langford was charged along with investment banker William Blount and lobbyist Al LaPierre for a total of 101 counts. The government said it was also seeking $7.6 million in forfeiture from the three men.

Blount's company profited from collecting fees recommended by Langford in the sewer bond transactions, Martin said.

Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama's Jefferson County, which is fighting to stave off bankruptcy over what is now a $3.2 billion sewer debt.

Langford, a Democrat, was the head of the Jefferson County commission at the time it engaged in variable rate, auction and bond swaps to raise money to improve its sewer system.

"He sold out his public office to his friends Blount and LaPierre for about $235,000 in expensive clothes, watches and cash to pay his growing personal debt. All the while, Blount was paid fees topping $7 million," said Martin.

"Through a web of financing agreements Langford required many institutions to use Blount as a consultant so Blount would make fees and in turn pay off Langford," Martin told a news conference, adding: "It was a classic pay-to-play scheme."

spikewebbe

Since: Oct 07

Boston, MA

#2 Dec 2, 2008
Corrupt politicians come in all colors. Remember when we didn't think there were any corrupt women in office? Lots of corrupt female politicians doing time in Club Fed.
Christian

Pollock, LA

#3 Dec 19, 2008
Corruption can (and sadly does occur everywhere) is just that in urban areas where you have less of a middle class work/ education ethic they tend to get away with things more often and to a greater degree. You could say that one set of corruption is occasional and the other systemic. An educated public is the ultimate check and balance.
JasperSpayde

Centerville, MA

#4 Dec 19, 2008
Corrupt politicians show no racial boundaries,Personally I don't trust ANY politicians.

Since: Dec 08

Upper Darby, PA

#5 Dec 19, 2008
Nope!!!!!

But if you ask me is the Federal Government only targeting black politicians, then I will say yes 100%!!!

We had the same probelm with corruption in Philly. Yet all the players were black corrupted officials. We as black people started to turn up the heat, and now all of a sudden the Federal investigations started puliing out 2 white city council members who were corrupted. Like get real!!

If we never voiced our opinions on their bigoted style of investigations, those white guys would have never been investigated!

“Voters elect Big Bird”

Level 7

Since: Jan 07

Dump American Eagle

#6 Dec 19, 2008
Hopelss Helpless wrote:
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters)- Federal authorities arrested the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, on Monday in a corruption probe surrounding a sewer bond debt that could lead to the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Authorities arrested Mayor Larry Langford in Birmingham at 7 a.m.(1200 GMT) and charged him with 60 counts including bribery, money laundering, conspiracy and filing false tax returns, according to U.S. Attorney Alice Martin.
Langford was charged along with investment banker William Blount and lobbyist Al LaPierre for a total of 101 counts. The government said it was also seeking $7.6 million in forfeiture from the three men.
Blount's company profited from collecting fees recommended by Langford in the sewer bond transactions, Martin said.
Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama's Jefferson County, which is fighting to stave off bankruptcy over what is now a $3.2 billion sewer debt.
Langford, a Democrat, was the head of the Jefferson County commission at the time it engaged in variable rate, auction and bond swaps to raise money to improve its sewer system.
"He sold out his public office to his friends Blount and LaPierre for about $235,000 in expensive clothes, watches and cash to pay his growing personal debt. All the while, Blount was paid fees topping $7 million," said Martin.
"Through a web of financing agreements Langford required many institutions to use Blount as a consultant so Blount would make fees and in turn pay off Langford," Martin told a news conference, adding: "It was a classic pay-to-play scheme."
No life? OR low life? No race has a monopoloy on corruption,it is an equal opportunity destroyer.
bamamal

United States

#9 Jul 10, 2010
I live in Birmingham Al. and with black population now at 80% or better all city politicians are black by default.
And every one of them has been caught with their hands in the cookie jar....nuff said.
sobey

Brooklyn, NY

#10 Sep 9, 2010
blacks no matter how much they make or how much stuff they have they always want more and they want it for free.Honey nothing in life if for free you all better learn that . they all rob cheat ans steal no matter how rich they are look at Rangle & waters,and that other one named today in TX 40 years in office she it the biggist theif of them all and they all steal from their own people who vote them in year after year why do other blacks do that they don't get anything from these crooks and liars why do they vote for them don't they see that they are being not only lied to but stolen from???makes me sick.kick their ass out no matter the color they all suck.
Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

#11 Nov 3, 2011
Most black politicans particularly at the local and municpal level are corrupt. Period. Few black mayors are anything but dishonest and, as one reader put it, they seem to always have their hands in the cookie jar. Not pretty, but true. Atlanta is much the same way. Little integrity among black elected officials. Stop sugarcoating and just call it what it is. You cannot do anything about a problem you don't admit is there. Stop sticking your head in the sand and being in denial.

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