This is the latest in a series of Republican party scandals, inside and outside the beltway. Ohio is plagued by Coin-Gate: Governor Bob Taft pleaded guilty in August to state ethics law violations, "becoming the first governor in the state's history convicted of a crime." Tom Noe, the Coin-Gate mastermind, was central to Taft's violations and was indicted in October "on charges that he illegally funneled $45,400 in campaign contributions to President Bush's re-election campaign."
In DC, US Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) has been indicted in a campaign finance case and was forced to step down from his role as majority leader; Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) is under SEC investigation for stock trades; and Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was indicted in the Plamegate investigation.