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The Countrywide scandal is a lesson for anyone who tries to downplay the significance of crony capitalism, which moves far beyond perks and favors for politicians. These corrupt arrangements influence policies that impact all Americans, and never for the better. Not to mention that these influence-peddling scams violate the law and House and Senate ethics rules.

It should go without saying that, at the very least, every Friend of Angelo still in Congress should be held accountable. Anyone who agrees with this sentiment can feel free to contact the House Ethics Committee and encourage the committee to do its job.

Tom Fitton is president of Judicial Watch and author of “The Corruption Chronicles” (Simon & Schuster, 2012).