Top 10 Political Scandals of All Time

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5:46 pm 31 Jan, 2011

Be it major or minor but each politician is somehow related with the word – “Scandal.” From the very beginning, they have played with the faith of citizens and also have made the news for wrong reasons. The following list revolves around top 10 political scandals still alive among people as an unforgettable retention. Scroll down and know about them!

 

10. Teapot Dome Scandal:

One of the most sensational scandals throughout the history of American politics, Teapot Dome Scandal erupted in the President-ship of Warren G. Harding. A simple case  of complex bribery, Albert Fall, U.S. Secretory of the Interior, was accused for taking bribe of $400,00 from some big giants of oil industry. In this scandal, Fall reassigned the Teapot Dome, an oil reserve in Wyoming, to Harry F. Sinclair and Edward L. Doheny, which was once in the control of U.S. Navy Petroleum. In the investigation, Fall was found guilty and was sentenced to one year in prison along with $100,00 fine. President of America Harding was also criticized for this scandal as he was ineffective in monitoring his cabinet.

Top 10 Political Scandals of All Time

9. Spiegel Scandal:

One of the hottest scandals in the political environment of Germany, Spiegel Scandal of 1962 was a burning conflict between Rudolf Augstein, chief editor of Der Spiegel magazine and Franz Josef Strauss, the then Federal Minister of Defense. In its edition of October 8, 1962, Der Spiegel published an article which highlighted the flaws of German Defense and also disclosed the “sorry state” of their military in front of the communist powers. Maddened from this revelation, Strauss ordered cops to nab Augstein along with senior journalists of this magazine. Magazine’s offices were seized and documents were confiscated. This injustice caused mass demonstrations and riots throughout the Germany. Later, Strauss was found guilty for obstructing the freedom of press.

Top 10 Political Scandals of All Time

8. Spiro Agnew Scandal:

Agnew is the one and only one Vice President in American history, who resigned from the post because of criminal charges. Agnew was charged for accepting bribe along with plotting major financial irregularities during his tenure. In his peak time, he was considered as one of the most potent candidates for the post of President in the upcoming elections. After resigning from the post he repaid $268,482 to the residents of Maryland, which he was taken in bribe. In 1980, he disclosed that President Nixon had planned to kill him if he refused to step down from the post of Vice President.

Top 10 Political Scandals of All Time


7. William Jefferson Scandal:

Famous for being the first black congressman of Louisiana after the reconstruction, William Jefferson was accused by the FBI for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribe. In the raid of FBI, his office emerged as a racketeering enterprise. According to court records, Jefferson was paid between $400,000 – $1 million, by Vernon Jackson, chief executive of a telecommunication firm, iGate Technology. On November 13, 2009, Jefferson was sentenced to 13 years in prison which is the longest sentence ever announced for a congressman till the date.

Top 10 Political Scandals of All Time

6. Wilbur Mills Scandal:

Former Harvard student of constitutional law and renowned member of the Unites States House of Representatives, Mills was cracked for his open relationship with an Argentinian stripper Fanne Foxe. This scandal is considered as one of the steepest falls in the congressional history of the United States. A dedicated husband for 40 years, Mills was caught on the stage of Boston’s Pilgrim Theater while placing his hand on the shoulder of Argentina’s firecracker. In another incident, Mills’ car was stopped by U.S. Park Police, from which Foxe was trying to escape and Mr. Mills was discovered in an extremely intoxicated condition. These occurrences destroyed his image in the political arena and he later abridged himself from the mainstream politics.

Top 10 Political Scandals of All Time


5. Gary Condit:

In May, 2001, Condit came into the spotlight of international media after the mysterious disappearance of Chandra Levy, a young female intern of Washington, D.C. The tragical cum romantic scandal between hot intern and a knowledgeable politician was revealed, when Condit publicly accepted his extramarital affairs with Levy. Levy was two years younger than Condit’s daughter and this adultery ravaged his political career. After loosing his honor and pleasure, he later tried to operate an ice cream store franchise in Arizona, but was unsuccessful.

Top 10 Political Scandals of All Time


4. Chappaquiddick Scandal:

The Chappaquiddick scandal relates the mystical death of Mary Jo Kopechne, an American political campaign specialist. On July 18, 1969, her body was discovered underwater inside an “Oldsmobile Delmont 88”, in a tidal channel on Chappaquiddick island. The car was being driven by Edward M. Kennedy, younger brother of John F. Kennedy. Till the date, no one knows how Edward extricated himself from the car as the quality of investigation was severely influenced by the dominant political family. This incident created an international fuss between the mainstream media but Kennedy survived the scandal and received an insignificant suspended sentence for only two months.

Top 10 Political Scandals of All Time

3. The Iran-Contra Scandal:

Counted among one of the most shameful political scandals throughout the history, the Iran-Contra affair is enough to expose the villainous character of the Ronald Reagan’s administration. After crushing the U.S. policies on arms embargo, President Reagan and other bigshots of U.S. administration secretly masterminded the sale of arms along with some sophisticated anti-tank missiles to Iran. The entire plan was exposed by a Lebanese newspaper which propelled a massive investigation on this issue. Multiple high profile officials of Reagan’s administration were sentenced to prison and also the popularity of President Reagan was slumped.

Top 10 Political Scandals of All Time

2. Watergate Scandal:

One scandal which tarnished the presidency as well as the political age of Richard Nixon. This scandal revealed endless abuses of authority and dirty tricks of Nixon and his officials. On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested for burgling in the national headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, located at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. Burglars were connected to the 1972 Committee to Re-elect the president, which later revealed that the plan was orchestrated by the president’s staff. This scandal generated a massive distrust of Nixon and he became the first and only American president to resign the office.

Top 10 Political Scandals of All Time

1. Assassination of Julius Caesar:

Assassination of this Roman leader still resonates in big ways with the world’s political phenomenon. Caesar’s kingship was declared as dictator perpetuo (dictator in perpetuity) by his senators and finally on the Ides of March, 44 B.C., conspirators, led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus, stabbed Caesar in the Theater of Pompey. Shocked by the murder of their champion, the middle and lower classes of Rome became ferocious which ultimately sparked the Liberator’s Civil War.

Top 10 Political Scandals of All Time

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