Corzine – Ultimate Pay To Player
During a 17-day stretch in mid-October, as he prepared to declare himself a candidate for governor, Sen. Jon Corzine gave $342,000 of his own money to 16 Democratic county organizations across New Jersey. All told, Corzine and his family have given $9 million to Democratic causes and candidates -- $8 million of it since he left investment banking in 1999 for politics -- according to a Star-Ledger analysis of state and federal campaign finance reports, the most comprehensive examination of his political donations to date.
"It's kind of the ultimate 'pay-to-play.' It's actually to gain office rather than government contracts," said Joseph Marbach, the chairman of the political science department at Seton Hall University.