How Political Payoffs are Done


A retired Chicago labor leader secured a $158,000 public pension — roughly five times greater than what a typical retired public-service worker in the Windy City receives — after being rehired for just one day of active duty on the city payroll, local news reports said…

…Gannon, former president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, was able to take a long leave from a city job to work for a union and then receive a city pension based on a high union salary. That arrangement is allowed under a state law signed by Gov. Jim Thompson on his last day in office in 1991, according to an investigation by the Tribune and WGN-TV.

The change has enabled a couple dozen labor leaders to become potential millionaires.

What is different in Gannon’s case is that he became eligible for the especially lucrative pension deal only because the city rehired the former Streets and Sanitation Department worker for one day in 1994, before granting him an indefinite leave of absence, according to the investigation. He retired from the city job in 2004 at age 50…

Now, don’t anyone out there think that any Joe Shmoe can get a job, work a day, go on indefinite leave and then collect millions in pension benefits.  This is something entirely reserved only for those the government wants to pay off for one reason or another.  I don’t know what services Gannon rendered in order to secure such a massive amount of money for no work, but it was probably pretty stupendous…and probably something the politicians of Chicago and Illinois would prefer we never find out about.  And this is just a tip of the iceberg in the total playbook of how to bribe of payoff in politics.

One other way which Matt and I discovered in writing Caucus of Corruption is to donate to powerful politicians who either run un-opposed or against token opposition.  You’ll be surprised how many such there are in politics…and even more surprised in how much money they raise for their re-election campaigns.  You become un-surprised about it when you find out that their campaign staffers, at very high salaries, are spouses, children, family members and long-time cronies.  In other words, you don’t directly bribe Congressman X, you donate to his campaign and he pays his wife $100,000.00 a year to be a campaign “consultant” against a non-existent or quixotic opponent.  All perfectly legal, just as Gannon’s pension, but always it is a bribe…it is a means of giving in return for getting without the public finding out just what sort of nauseating filth is going on.

And it is on and on like that all through politics.  To be sure, plenty of Republicans engage in it…but it is endemic in the Democrat party.  If you found me a Democrat who had never engaged in any sort of shady practice, I’d be surprised…pleased, but surprised.  It is endemic over there for two reasons – for generations Democrats were in power and never really had anyone call them to account; secondly, Democrat electorates have proven almost impervious to corruption…no matter how corrupt a Democrat is, he can usually win re-election if he’s in a strongly Democrat district (for instance, Barney Frank had a live-in whore working out of Frank’s DC townhouse; Frank fixed 33 of the whore’s parking tickets and wrote a letter on his behalf to the parole board…a GOPer who had that would be forced to resign in days; Frank has been re-elected 11 times since that scandal).  Year by year it has built up – first go ahead and do it; secondly, you never (or, at least, rarely) get punished for it.

The thing to remember is that if the MSM actually did its job and relentlessly investigated the corruption in government, it would be front page headlines every day that some senior politician is on the take…even if the take is “legal” in the sense that corrupt politicians have set up the laws and regulations to make it so, but still crooked as all get out.  Nine out of ten of the crooks would be Democrat, of course…and that is why the MSM doesn’t do its job.  It doesn’t want to implode the Democrat party in a sea of corruption stories.  And, so, it just continues…but, perhaps not for long.

The real fear in the Ruling Class is that someone will get elected next year who doesn’t care about the Ruling Class and is willing to unleash law enforcement on those who have broken the law, as well as ruthlessly exposing those who keep within the law, but are clearly taking/giving bribes and payoffs.  The Ruling Class is afraid that their time at the hog trough might be through…that is the real genesis of the Wisconsin protests and recall elections.  The Ruling Class was frightened that the corrupt deals, bribes and payoffs might come to a screeching halt…as, indeed, they will now that Wisconsin government doesn’t have to roll over to corrupt public sector unions.  If you think Wisconsin was bizarre, just wait until a TEA Party-backed candidate comes to the White House…these people will go ballistic.

But ballistic only because they are afraid they won’t get free money and an easy time in life.  That is what must be remembered.  They’ll talk like they are fighting for the little guy but all they are really fighting for is their bribes, kickbacks and payoffs…they will be upset that maybe they won’t ever get a chance at millions of dollars in taxpayer money for working a day.    There are probably 30 to 50 million people like that in the United States…who are either already living off the taxpayer or dream of doing so…on a larger or smaller scale, but still the goal is to get money they didn’t earn.  This is the core constituency of the left…and they are worried sick they might be kicked off the taxpayer’s teat.

And, glad to say, it looks like that is what will happen…a revolution is brewing in this nation.  Those who have been paying the freight for a corrupt, lying, morally degenerating Ruling Class have had enough…we’re taking it all back next year, and we’ll fix this nation and restore our greatness.  This will result in a lot of leeches having to get real jobs, but that is all to the good…it’ll teach them to be better Americans.

HAT TIP Mish’s

15 thoughts on “How Political Payoffs are Done

  1. dbschmidt September 23, 2011 / 12:12 am

    But, but, but public unions save the middle class. Isn’t that the BS they expect the rest of us to swallow?

    • neocon1 September 23, 2011 / 12:52 pm


      sure is, it is the Eeeeeeevil corporations.

      Muaaaaaaaaa ha ha ha ha (my eeeevil corporation laugh as I own one) 🙂

      • neocon1 September 23, 2011 / 1:20 pm

        nice people

      • neocon1 September 23, 2011 / 1:26 pm

        Hillary Clinton Turned $1,000 Into $99,540, White House Says

        The White House said today that in 1978 Hillary Rodham Clinton invested $1,000 in commodities futures and that the investment grew in 10 months of trading in the notoriously volatile market into a gain of nearly $100,000.

        Seeking to dispel suggestions that the trades were risk-free and improperly arranged by an Arkansas lawyer who represents one of the state’s most powerful companies, the White House issued a statement this afternoon that said the First Lady had put up her own money.

  2. Sunny September 23, 2011 / 2:29 pm

    Political payoffs – brings back memories of Halliburton. Ah, those were the good old days when political payoffs were not an issue.

    • neocon1 September 23, 2011 / 2:35 pm


      haliburton? you mean Brown and Root the one LBJ’s wife sat on the board of directors on?
      the biggest NON UNION contractor of it’s kind in the world doing nearly 100% of our donk led countries work?

      PULLLLLEASE TRY to educate your self FAUX.

      political payouts? bwany? barry? larry? hillary?

      Porn Publisher Larry Flynt Offers $1 Million for Proof of ‘Gay or Straight Sexual Encounter’ With Rick Perry

      to bad the shooter missed this piece of filth.

      • neocon1 September 23, 2011 / 2:37 pm

        world class A** Hole gerrymandered POS.

        Maxine Waters: Republicans Eat Obama’s Food, Drink His Beer, Then ‘Try to Kill Him’

        “You’ve gotta fight – you will not win this battle without fighting.”

        BRING it on…………I DARE you

    • Amazona September 23, 2011 / 9:11 pm

      Well, gee, since Halliburton got its first no-bid contract when Slick Willie was in charge, I guess the commentary on Dems and political payoffs is upheld, eh? At least Velma is claiming that Halliburton is somehow related to political payoffs, or seems to be—-her posts are never easy to translate into Sane.

      As for “bringing back” memories of Halliburton, first of all Velma is referring to some of her hallucinations, not real memories, and for another, no slander of anything Bush is ever far from her obsessive little mind.

  3. neocon1 September 23, 2011 / 2:41 pm

    boobie………You might remember this one…

    After Barack Obama became an Illinois state legislator, his wife moved up as well, scoring a job as ‘vice president of community relations’ at the University Of Chicago Hospital for a very generous salary of $121,910. When Obama became a senator in 2005, her ‘salary’ leapfrogged to $$316,962 for the same job…and one of Senator Obama’s first acts in office was to see to it that the hospital received over a million dollars of your tax dollars as an earmark.

    Well, Michelle has moved on,and guess what…that vital job of hers,worth a salary of over $300 K has been quietly eliminated.

    It’s the Chicago Way, cushy no-show jobs in exchange for political patronage…

  4. RetiredSpook September 23, 2011 / 2:48 pm

    Nice try, Bodie

    “I made and asked others to make these contributions, and I am responsible for having the company reimburse some individuals,” Gardner stated. “My actions were against the law and wrong, and I take full responsibility.”

    Walker said his campaign acted quickly to return the illegal donations from Gardner and cooperated with the investigation.

    “I’ve got 50,000 contributors and if there’s a problem with any of them, we’ll obviously take action,” Walker said. “We took action swiftly in this case.”

    Over the years, the first-term Republican governor received more than $50,000 in illegal contributions from Gardner and his employees, according to the complaint. Another $10,000 in illegal donations went to other Republicans and Democrats, including former Gov. Jim Doyle.

    Last year, Walker returned more than $43,000 to Gardner and a handful of his company workers after the railroad official informed state regulators that he had been using company funds to reimburse his workers for their campaign contributions.

  5. Mark Edward Noonan September 23, 2011 / 2:51 pm


    We’re all aware of that…and if it actually comes out that Walker was involved, then I’ll call for his immediate resignation and prosecution…but, thus far, no evidence has come up showing that Walker had a hand in any of the shennanigans.

    And there’s the difference…when, for instance, Senator Ensign out here was caught cheating, I immediately called for his resignation. I called on him to resign, again, when it came out that he might (might!) have got a sweet heart rent deal for his DC residence. I don’t want any corruption in my party…unlike your party which, as I said, has re-elected Barney Frank 11 times after he was caught with a hooker living in his house.

    • neocon1 September 23, 2011 / 3:06 pm

      after he was caught with a MALE hooker living in his house.

      • Amazona September 25, 2011 / 11:31 am

        After he was caught with a male hooker operating a prostitution business from his house…..

    • neocon1 September 23, 2011 / 3:15 pm

      fwank, waters, piglowsey, wrangle, KKKlintoon?
      hmmmm move on nothing to see here

  6. tiredoflibbs September 23, 2011 / 4:04 pm

    Spook, I’m sure it was Bodie’s (jeffy’s) lack of reading comprehension that allowed for that little oversight.

    Yeah right……

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