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BadBoys from 1945 to 1975

The Honorable Thomas Dodd (Democrat-Connecticut).  Censured by the Senate in 1967 for using money from testimonials and campaign contributions for his personal benefit.


The Honorable Hugh Addonizio (Democrat-New Jersey).  Served five years in prison for conspiring to extort $235,000 from contractors while he was mayor of Newark.

The Honorable Frank Boykin (Democrat-Alabama).  Pardoned by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965 after being placed on probation and fined $40,000 following conviction in a case involving a conflict of interest and conspiracy to defraud the government.

The Honorable Ernest Bramblett (Republican-California).  Received a suspended sentence and a $5,000 fine in 1955 for making false statements in connection with payroll padding and kickbacks from congressional employees.

The Honorable Frank Brasco (Democrat-New York).  Sentenced to three months in jail and fined $10,000 for conspiracy to accept bribes from a reputed Mafia figure who sought truck leasing contracts from the Post Office and loans to buy trucks.

The Honorable J. Herbert Burke (Republican-Florida).  Fined $150 for disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest at a nude go-go bar. Go crazy, BadBoy!

The Honorable James M. Curley (Democrat-Massachusetts).  Convicted in 1946 of using the mails to defraud by accepting retainers on false claims of ability to obtain war contracts.  Fined $1,000 and served six months in prison before President Truman commuted the rest of the 6-to-18 month sentence.

The Honorable Thomas F. Johnson (Democrat-Maryland).  Sentenced in 1968 to six months in prison after conflict-of-interest conviction for taking funds to try to influence Justice Department action on indictments in a Maryland savings and loan scandal.

The Honorable Andrew J. May (Democrat-Kentucky). Served nine months in prison following 1947 conviction for conspiring to defraud the government and accepting bribes to influence the War Department and other agencies to give contracts to a wartime munitions combined.  Pardoned in 1950 by President Truman.

The Honorable Martin McKneally (Republican-New York).  Placed on one-year probation and fined $5,000 in 1971 for failing to file income tax return.

The Honorable Michael (Ozzie) Myers (Democrat-Pennsylvania).  Received suspended six-month jail term after pleading no contest to disorderly conduct charged stemming from an incident at a Virginia bar in which he allegedly attacked a hotel security guard and a cashier.  (Hey, we're not done with Ozzie).

The Honorable Bertram Podell (Democrat-New York).  Sentenced to six months in prison and fined $5,000 for taking money to appear before federal agencies to help Florida Atlantic Airlines obtain a Bahamas route.

The Honorable Adam Clayton Powell (Democrat-New York).  House refused to seat him in 1967 after a special committee found he had misused funds of the Education and Labor Committee he chaired.  Supreme Court found the action unconstitutional, and he was seated again in 1969 as a freshman and fined $25,000.

The Honorable J. Parnell Thomas (Republican-New Jersey).  Served eight and one half months in prison and fined $10,000 after pleading no contest in 1949 to padding his congressional payroll and taking staff kickbacks. 

The Honorable J. Irving Whalley (Republican-Pennsylvania). Received suspended three-year sentence and fined $11,000 in 1973 for using mails to deposit staff salary kickbacks and threatening an employee to prevent her from giving information to the FBI.

These Congressmen have been acquitted or had their cases dismissed:

The Honorable William J. Green, Jr. (Democrat-Pennsylvania).  Acquitted in 1959 of charges that he accepted payments and business for his insurance firm to influence Army Signal Corps construction decisions.

The Honorable Theodore L. Irving (Democrat-Maryland).  Cleared of charge that he misused funds of a labor union he headed to help his 1948 House campaign.

The Honorable John L. McMillan (Democrat-South Carolina).  Acquitted in 1953 of charge that he illegally contracted with the government.

The Honorable Angelo Roncallo (Republican-New York).  Acquitted in 1974 of charge of extorting a political contribution from a contractor while he was a Nassau County official.