A 'perfect storm' of greed and opportunity

Fessenden, Helen
June 2007
Hill;6/8/2007, Vol. 14 Issue 68, p19
An interview with Marcus Stern, author of the book "The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught," is presented. Stern asserts that the most important lesson from the story is to know that corruption is omnipresent and linked to human nature. He believes that the primary driver of the explosive growth of earmarks is the streamlining of the procurement process in Pentagon and the growth in defense budget after September 11, 2001.


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