Today, Duke Cunningham pled guilty to receiving over $2 million in bribes from Mitchell Wade and his company, MZM Inc., in exchange for legislative favors. It’s worth noting that MZM also did some unusual business with the White House:
[O]ver the past three years it [MZM Inc.] was also awarded several contracts, worth more than $600,000, by the Executive Office of the President. They include a $140,000 deal for office furniture in 2002 and several for unspecified “intelligence services.”
Why did the White House hire MZM, a “defense and intelligence firm,” to buy office furniture for the White House?
UPDATE: Some of the filthy lucre that Cunningham accepted during his days in office comes from the plea agreement he just filed.
• $200,000 toward the purchase of his Arlington, Va., condominium.
• $140,000 to a third party for the "Duke-Stir" yacht, which was moved to his boat slip for his use.
• $16,867.13 to a marine services company for repairs to his own yacht, the "Kelly C."
• $12,000 paid to an antique store for three night stands, a leaded glass cabinet, a washstand, a buffet and four armoires.
• $6,632 paid to a furniture store for a leather sofa and a sleigh-style bed.
• $7,200 paid to an antique store for a circa 1850 Louis Phillipe period commode and a circa 1830 Restoration period commode.
• $13,500 toward the purchase of a Rolls-Royce.
• $17,889.96 for repairs to the Rolls-Royce.
• $11,393.56 paid to a moving company to ship his belongings from his Arlington condominium to his San Diego-area home.
• $2,081.30 paid to a Washington, D.C., hotel for his daughter's graduation party.
• $9,200 paid to a manufacturer for two Laser Shot shooting simulators.
• $10,000 paid to various hotels, resorts and restaurants for his meals and entertainment expenses.
• Hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to him and a company he controlled.