The Corruption Net Spreads
In this post, TalkLeft wondered who else might be taken down with Randall "Duke" Cunningham. Mitchell Wade, former president of MZM Inc., a firm that does intelligence work for the military, admitted yesterday that he bribed Cunningham and unnamed Defense Department officials. His confession widened the scope of the corruption investigation.
The new admissions, including details that identify Reps. Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-Va.) and Katherine Harris (R-Fla.) as recipients of illegal campaign contributions, are contained in Wade's agreement to plead guilty to four criminal charges stemming from his role in the Cunningham probe.
Wade admitted that he illegally funneled more than $80,000 in contributions to Goode and Harris, hoping they'd earmark federal funds for MZM. Prosecutors say they have no evidence that Goode or Harris knew the contributions were illegal, but "wouldn't say whether Goode and Harris or the MZM employees who made the illegal donations for Wade are subjects of the investigation."