There are two things politicians are not very good at: avoiding sex scandals and then trying to cover them up. When the press and public hear of a sex scandal, there is much commentary about “bad morals” and “hypocrisy.” The government should be a good example of how we are all expected to live, but they just can’t seem to avoid being caught with their pants down.
10. Eliot Spitzer and the $80,000 Prostitutes
Eliot Spitzer enjoyed his time as the 45th Governor of New York, from 2007 until his resignation on March 17th, 2008, and who wouldn’t when you spend your days splashing out on expensive prostitutes.
North Fork Bank reported suspicious transactions to the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which is required by the Bank Secrecy Act, in order to help combat terrorism and money laundering. After investigation, it was discovered that Spitzer had used an elite prostitution agency seven times in six months – these services did not come cheap.
Spitzer was then placed under surveillance by Federal agents and they found that on February 13th, 2008, he had arranged to meet “Kristen” at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. “Kristen” was later identified in court as 22-year-old Ashley Dupré. Spitzer agreed he “would be paying for everything: train tickets, cab fare from the hotel and back, mini-bar or room service, travel time and hotel.” He also paid her $4,300 in cash, which included $1,100 as a deposit with her escort agency towards future services. The investigation concluded that Spitzer had spent somewhere in the region of $80,000 on call girls during his time spent in government. He resigned a month later.