Sunday, September 9, 2007

Public Corruption is Now the FBI's Top Priority

TPMmuckraker quotes a National Journal story (here) that public corruption is now the top priority of the FBI, which is committing increased resources to the cases.  The story states: "According to FBI officials, cases involving corrupt government officials are now the bureau’s top criminal priority. The number of FBI agents focusing on public corruption has jumped by more than 40 percent—from 451 agents in fiscal 2001 to 641 in fiscal 2007. In 2005 and 2006, FBI probes were instrumental in the convictions of 1,060 government officials on corruption charges -- 177 federal officials, 158 state officials, and 725 local officials and police -- an increase of 40 percent from the previous two-year period."  Recent investigation trends show a decrease in white collar crime cases over the past three years, although it's not clear whether those statistics include public corruption investigations.  Just based on media reports, it appears that there are a number of investigations of members of Congress, some spawned by the cooperation of former superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, and others involving Congressional earmarks that favor campaign contributors and local businesses.  (ph)

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