One man is a real New York City Councilman who initially escaped public corruption charges due to a hung jury, only to be convicted this afternoon in federal court. The other was a fictional character on HBO’s The Wire that was targeted in an ongoing federal investigation, but acquitted on charges in state court.
Try to guess whether Bronx Councilman Larry Seabrook or Maryland State Sen. Clay Davis allegedly engaged in these various feats of small-scale public corruption over the past decade.
A. Took a bribe from a local businessman to ensure the awarding of a contract linked to a major league baseball stadium.
B. Took a bribe from a company with ties to drug dealers in exchange for government contracts, but steers block grants to city developers instead.
C. Used a Democratic political club to launder $50,000 in taxpayer dollars for personal use.
D. Accepted campaign contributions from a union in exchange for assurances he would sign off on a new pier, but supports condominium development on the site instead.
E. Paid his girlfriend $1,875 to drive a child to a golf course as part of a program that teaches golf lessons to poor children.
F. Collected gasoline sales slips from a local station so he could reimburse them for personal expenses.
G. Hid $20,000 in narcotics money in his driver’s car.
H. Approached a mayoral candidate offering to suppress his rival’s turnout operation in exchange for a $20,000 payment.
I. Struck a deal with city council leaders to adopt a $25,000 salary raise for a replacement city commissioner.
J. Steered $1.5 million in public funds to job training nonprofits, which employed members of his family.
K. Included fraudulent information in his mortgage application.
L. Doctored a $7 receipt for a bagel sandwich and a Snapple to make it read $177.
A. Seabrook; B. Davis; C. Seabrook; D. Davis; E. Seabrook; F. Seabrook; G. Davis; H. Davis; I. Davis; J. Seabrook; K. Davis; L. Seabrook.
Now watch Davis repeating his most famous catchphrase. (Warning: Explicit language.)
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