How easy it is to steal money from campaigns 

Laymen assume that campaign finances are closely watched. They're not. On a regular basis, embezzlers get caught, and it's probably much more prevalent than you think.

The latest example comes across the wire today, Reid Wilson reports:

Rep. Frank LoBiondo's former treasurer pleaded guilty Friday to embezzling nearly half a million dollars from the New Jersey Republican's campaign, admitting to writing himself checks from LoBiondo's campaign funds for 15 years.

Andrew McCrosson told the U.S. District Court he had written himself checks totaling $458,000 between 1995 and 2010. McCrosson faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for the first charge, according to the Press of Atlantic City, and another five years for the second charge.

If he was able to get away with this over a 15-year period -- and in such an obvious way, simply writing checks to himself -- just imagine what else is going on.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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