FBI battling corruption with 2,000 investigations
Three-year effort has gone after officials at all government levels.
By David Johnston
The New York Times
Posted May 11 2006
WASHINGTON · A post 9-11 effort by the FBI to concentrate on public corruption now includes more than 2,000 investigations under way, highlighted by the Jack Abramoff lobbying inquiry, the racketeering and fraud conviction of former Gov. George Ryan Sr. of Illinois and the multipronged corruption inquiries after the guilty plea by Randy Cunningham, a former Republican House member from San Diego, bureau officials said.
As one of the Bush administration's least known anti-crime efforts, the three-year FBI initiative has yielded an unexpectedly rich array of cases. The results suggest that wrongdoing by public officials at all levels of government is deeply rooted and widespread. Several of the highest profile cases in which the FBI played an active role involve Republicans.
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