Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Cunningham's Boodle Goes on the Block

Former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham pled guilty to accepting approximately $2.4 million in bribes that included a wide array of antiques, rugs, and home furnishings from defense contractors.  Those items will go on the auction block on March 23 in Los Angeles as the government seeks to recover some of the $1.8 million he was ordered to forfeit, which comes on top of $1.8 million in back taxes owed to the IRS.  Among the items to be sold are silver candelabra, marble-top bedroom furniture, and a cherry sleigh bed (I'd pass on that one); he sold the Rolls-Royce before being charged.  Cunningham received a ten-year sentence for accepting the bribes and arranging no-bid contracts for defense companies through his position on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and the auction closes out a sad chapter in the history of public corruption.  An AP story (here) discusses the auction. (ph)

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