Official Corruption Prosecutions Decline Under Obama
(07 Jul 2014) Recent data from the Justice Department show that 302 individuals have been prosecuted for criminal corruption offenses during the first seven months of FY 2014. If such prosecutions continue at the current rate, this would represent a decrease of 18.6 percent from the numbers reported for FY 2013, and a drop of 28.5 percent from five years ago.

While the annual average number of referrals for official corruption has remained relatively unchanged from the Bush to the Obama Administration, fewer have proceeded to prosecution under Obama (39.4%) than under Bush (41.6%). And so far this fiscal year, only 34 percent of these referrals have led to prosecution.

The most commonly cited lead charge in FY 2014 has been 18 USC 666, involving theft or bribery in programs receiving federal funds, accounting for 22 percent of all official corruption prosecutions. Montana leads all districts with a total of 18 official corruption prosecutions so far this fiscal year, followed by the Southern District of Florida (Miami) with 15.

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