George Graham

Fighting Corruption in Politics



Here’s a true-or-false quiz for you:

  1. Politicians may not take money from the interests they write laws for.
  2. Shady contributions and coordination by Super PACs are against the law.
  3. Public servants may not become lobbyists for five years after they leave office.
  4. Lobbyists may not make massive contributions to political campaigns.
  5. Every political donation must be disclosed..

If you answered true for any of the above, I have a surprise for you. They are all false.

But a group called Represent.Us is trying to get things changed..

And I think it’s about time.

American politics has sunk to an all-time low. Plagued by voter apathy and public relations “spin,” the greatest democratic experiment in history is in disarray.

I read an article some time ago reporting that most of the members of Congress have some kind of criminal background. And a politician – I think it was a state representative – was recently reelected while actually serving time behind bars.

Some politicians act like B movie hoods – Representative Michael Grimm, for example. He’s the New York congressman who threatened to kill a reporter who asked an embarrassing question, remember? Now, he’s charged with tax fraud.

But even the politicians who seem to be decent, ordinary Americans can surprise you.

I wish I could say the tainted politicians were all Republicans, but Democrats have been caught with their hands in the till, too.

 I suppose it’s impossible to keep the crooks out of politics but we can at least rty to curb their activities.

And that’s what the Represent.Us campaign is all about.

Last November, the group took on big money in Florida – and won! The state legislature passed America’s first Anti-Corruption Act.

Now, they’re taking on the rest of the country. They’re asking for our help.

Click to sign the petition.

Click for more on the felons representing Americans.

Click for re-elected sex offender.

About the author


I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for


  • I don’t want all these illegal Mexicans here. My Jamaicans need those farm worker jobs and we speak English. They need to stand in line like every one else. The Mexicans love to talk about discrimination but look how they treat Afro Mexican and Tiano Mexicans. Do you ever see a dark skinned Mexican in media reading the news or prominent roles on TV? The only time you see Afro Latinos are as slaves or workers in the Spanish Soap Operas. Can you name one Novella where the actors or actresses weren’t the White looking Latinos? How does Mexico treat their illegals? Now, talk about calling the kettle Black.

  • You are too funny Janice! Excellent use of irony to show that bigotry is not just restricted to “whites”.

  • I have to say that if the law says that ANYONE can be stopped for paperwork to show that they are LEGALLY in the United States, I would go for that.
    I myself am an immigrant here in the US and went through the right and legal channels to be here, and be able to work here and pay taxes.
    When I got my green card I was told I had to carry it with me wherever I went. If not to prove I am here legally, then why tell me I have to carry it everywhere?

    If you come to the US to live you must be legal, I dont feel sorry for anyone who is thrown out for not doing things the “right” way. Why one rule for one and another for others. Now THAT is discrimination!

  • But we are not required to carry proof of citizenship.
    Only the federal government can make that law and require it be enforced and I do not want to be required to carry it. When they impose these restrictions on some, then all are restricted.

    The outcome of this law is that everyone would have to be prepared to prove that they are here legally. Citizens are not exempt from harrassment. There is no way to tell if you are here legally or illegally until they see your papers.

    I for one don’t want to have to produce my papers to avoid arrest.

    It smells too much like Nazi Germany to me.

  • CANADA’s POLICE FORCE: Lies, fabrication, perjury … and much worse? [Paperback]

    “Before his death he was able to tell a nurse at the hospital that an RCMP officer jumped up and down on him”

    Paperback: 734 pages
    New Law Releases “Canada’s Police Force: Lies, fabrication, perjury … and much worse?”&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&