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July 9, 2014

Prosecution of Public Officials for Corruption Declines under Obama
By Noel Brinkerhoff

Going after government officials for corruption has not been a priority of the U.S. Department of Justice under President Barack Obama, compared with his predecessors. Cases of public corruption that have been prosecuted are down this year versus what they were last year, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. TRAC also reports that the number of public corruption prosecutions is noticeably down during the Obama administration when compared to those pursued under Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. As of July 2014, the Justice Department has filed 302 corruption prosecutions, putting the agency on a pace of 518 for this year. If this rate holds up, the total would represent an 18.6% decline from 2013, when there were 636 prosecutions.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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