Corruption cases are valuable road maps for opposition researchers. They often illustrate the ways politicians are influenced by money and show how some cross the line into illegal activities. Reviewing these types of cases can help opposition researchers understand what types documents and techniques are used to develop information. In the case of convicted former California Representative Randy "Duke Cunningham, alert media found an unusually large price difference between the market value and sale price of a home Cunningham had sold to a Nevada limited liability company owned by Washington, DC defense contractor Mitchell Wade. The story launched an investigation that resulted in Cunningham's conviction.
The Washington Post reports federal agents raided the Alaskan home of Sen. Ted Stevens. The raid is reported to be part of a broad political corruption case involving Alaskan state lawmakers.
Bergen County New Jersey state senator Joseph Coniglio is the latest target in a criminal probe of New Jersey state lawmakers by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark.
The Las Vegas Sun is reporting former Las Vegas City Councilman Michael McDonald is the focus of a federal grand jury expected to hear testimony next month in a criminal tax case against him. McDonald was the subject of a high profile FBI political corruption probe in 2003 that ensnared four former Clark County commissioners. McDonald was never charged in that case.
Station KCBS reports that San Francisco supervisor Ed Jew has pleaded not guilty to charges he committed perjury and violated election laws in an election last fall. The station is also reporting Jew is the subject of an separate FBI political corruption probe.
A trial date has been set in the felony election fraud case of former Virginia state Senate candidate Mark Tate. The trial is set for November in Loudoun County Circuit Court. Tate is charged with nine counts of perjury related to campaign finance reports and two counts of election fraud. The charges involve campaign finance reports filed in 2003 and 2007.