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‘Corruption County’ crackdown cruises through House committee

by Dara Kam | March 22nd, 2010

A “Corruption County”-inspired bill that would beef up penalties for county officials who violate ethics ordinances moved forward in a House committee this afternoon.

The changes that would allow counties to go beyond current state law in fines and jail time for county officials and staff who violate local ethics ordinances or financial disclosure requirements.

Under the measure, counties like Palm Beach could double the current fine from $500 to $1,000 and extend jail time from 60 days to one year for corrupt officials.

The House Public Safety and Domestic Security Policy Committee unanimously approved Rep. Kevin Rader’s bill (HB 1301) today.

Rader, D-Delray Beach, and fellow Palm Beacher Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, sponsored the proposals at the request of Palm Beach County officials.

A $1,000 fine may not seem like much of a price to pay for politicos who’ve been convicted of taken thousands of dollars in bribes, steering hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts to their buddies or voting on multi-million dollar deals in which they have a financial stake.

But, Rader said, the fine “and a year in jail is a step in the right direction.”

Palm Beach County recently established an ethics panel in an effort to shed its “Corruption County” image. In the past four years, three former county commissioners and two West Palm Beach city commissioners were sent to prison on corruption charges.

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7 Responses to “‘Corruption County’ crackdown cruises through House committee”

  1. creeps of corruption Says:

    What a JOKE!

    Mazilooti allegedly extorted MILLIONS in Land from Developers with the alleged Knowledge of former BOOSE CASEY CIKLIN atty BILL BOOSE………

    ….who knows what they NEVER caught these crooks doing….but you can assume most criminals get away with about 99% of their crimes.

    A $1,000 FINE?

    60-Days to 1 year MAX in jail?

    They will only serve a fraction of that time if they get it.

    FASTEN your seatbelts boys and girls….with Mealy Mouth Penalties like that ….you can be 1000% POSITIVE that our POLITICIANS ARE 10,000% committed to keeping the corruption going….only with different players….and probably smarter…

    We are DOOMED to a CORRUPT TYRANNY of Corrupt Lawyers , Politicians and Consultants all gaming the average citizen.


    Creeps. Defenders of Corruption….All of them.

  2. Corruption Central Says:

    Yep! corruption is the name of the game today. After watching Obama sanction the buying of votes at any price to get what George Soros ordered him to get. Why waste the word formerally know as ethics. Central Florida Lake and Orange county is so corrupt they are endorsing themselves in upcoming elections! Just like the Washington DC debacle of corruption, local corruption will bankrupt ever faucet of government services and the local politicians will take every special interest dollar and continue to give their friends fat over priced non-bid contracts until every city, county and even the state is in the dump. To the blood suckers taking and taking and wanting and wanting, you will bring about your own demise. What will you do when there is nothing left to suck on? Jump off a building or if you haven’t pawned your stick up gun maybe you can just shoot yourself! The sooner the better and decent honest people can get back to the business of making a living.

  3. Morris Says:


  4. Ed Zackery Says:

    From the top down they are all so crooked they are wasting their time trying to make believe anyone will ever do anything about the corruption. Crooks take care of their crooked friends and thats that. At this point I can’t even see why we waste so much money on elections, we just replace one crook with another. What the hell!

  5. whasup Says:

    How about public beatings and branding “B” (for bribery) on the foreheads of miscreant thieves in the organized crime we call government.

  6. Mark Says:

    Thank you to Rader and Aronberg! While I’d like to see corrupt officials hang from the rafters, this is definitely a step in the right direction.

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