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It comes as no surprise, as celebrities and gangsters were being watched -- so were the politicians.  The following is a list of released records.

 

Spiro Agnew Agnew, Spiro [1,454 Pages, 65.05MB] - Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918-1996) was a Maryland politician and U.S. vice president from 1968 to 1973. He resigned as vice president and later pleaded no contest to tax evasion charges pursued by the IRS; the FBI investigated him for bribery, but he was not prosecuted on that charge. This release consists of FBI records concerning the bribery investigation as well as threats made against Agnew. It ranges between 1969 and 1986 (mostly between 1969 and 1973).
Hugo Black Black, Hugo - [ File #1 | File #2 ] - Hugo Black was a U. S. Senator from 1927 until 1937. He was appointed an Associate Supreme Court Justice in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Shortly before his death in 1971, he resigned from the Supreme Court. The FBI records reflect several threats against Justice Black, as well as cordial correspondence between him and FBI Director Hoover and numerous newspaper articles.

Robert Byrd Byrd, Robert [757 Pages, 16.24MB] - Robert Carlyle Byrd (born Cornelius Calvin Sale, Jr.; November 20, 1917 – June 28, 2010) was a United States Senator from West Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Byrd served as a U.S. Representative from 1953 until 1959 and as a U.S. Senator from 1959 to 2010. He was the longest-serving U.S. Senator and, at the time of his death, the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress.

This release consists of a large file of FBI correspondence with the Senator and his office over a long period of time and numerous smaller files dealing with threats and other criminal acts directed against the Senator. The material in these files ranges in date from 1955-2003.

Martin Dies Dies, Martin - This Congressman from Texas was known as the founder of the House Un-American Activities Committee. The FBI file contains correspondence between him and J. Edgar Hoover, as well as the results of investigations regarding potential extortion violations.
Myer Feldman Feldman, Myer - [ 209 Pages, 9.18MB ] - Myer Feldman, known as Mike Feldman (June 22, 1914 – March 1, 2007) was an American political aide in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Hailing from Philadelphia, Feldman was a trained lawyer and alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania which he attended on a scholarship. He served in the Army Air Force during the Second World War prior to joining Kennedy's campaign trail in 1957.
Geraldine Ferraro Ferraro, Geraldine [143 Pages, 5.02MB] - Geraldine Anne Ferraro (1935-2011) was an attorney, a politician, a member of the U.S. Congress, and the first female candidate for Vice President from a major American party. This release consists of material concerning threats made against Ferraro and others, as well as an FBI investigation into allegations that Ferraro had violated campaign finance laws (no charges were ever filed).
Sally Goldmark Gilligan, John Joyce - [ 325 Pages, 181.84MB ] - John Joyce "Jack" Gilligan (March 22, 1921 – August 26, 2013) was an American Democratic politician from the state of Ohio who served as a U.S. Representative and the 62nd Governor of Ohio. He was the father of Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and former Governor of Kansas. Gilligan and Sebelius are the only father and daughter ever to have both been elected state governors.
Sally Goldmark Goldmark, Sally - [ 782 Pages, 97.79MB ] - Sally Goldmark was the wife of John E. Goldmark who was a Washington State legislator from Okanogan who served three terms in the state House of Representatives from 1957 to 1962. He rose into Democratic leadership ranks and was considered one of the most prominent members of the party's liberal wing. However, he was trounced in the primary election in 1962 after several rightwing political opponents launched a campaign that tried to paint Goldmark and his wife, Sally Goldmark (1907-1985), as communists or sympathizers. The Goldmarks sued for libel and won a $40,000 judgment in a nationally prominent trial. The judgment was later overturned following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case involving similar issues. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
Albert Gore, Sr. Gore Sr., Albert [214 Pages, 16.55MB] - Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Sr. (December 26, 1907 – December 5, 1998) was an American politician, serving as a U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator for the Democratic Party from Tennessee. Gore and his wife Pauline LaFon Gore had two children: daughter Nancy LaFon Gore (born in 1938 and died of lung cancer in 1984) and a son Albert Gore Jr. in 1948. Al Gore, Jr. would follow in his father's political footsteps in the Democratic Party representing Tennessee as a U.S. Representative and Senator, and later serving as Vice President of the United States.
Rodney Grams Grams, Rodney Dwight - [ 19 Pages, 0.7MB ] - Rodney Dwight "Rod" Grams (February 4, 1948 – October 8, 2013) was a politician from Minnesota. He served as a Republican in both the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Gordon Hall Hall, Gordon D. - [ 611 Pages, 69.31MB ] - Gordan D. Hall returned home from World War II and first encountered U.S. domestic hate groups. Appalled by their ideology and beliefs Hall came to the determination that groups at both the far left and far right of American society were a danger to democracy and good government, and he set out on a plan to combat them. Hall began to infiltrate and investigate these groups and actively collected their printed propaganda After a few years as an investigator for the Friends of Democracy, an anti-totalitarian group, he was struck out on his own as a freelance researcher. He supported this research by giving public lectures about the dangers posed by radical extremist and hate groups in which he used their propaganda as evidence of their ideology and activities. A firm believer in the Constitutional framework of American governance and the open society it created, Hall took it as his mission to educate ordinary Americans about extremist groups and their activities so they they could make informed decisions about them. Collecting and lecturing on these groups became Gordon Hall’s life work. By the late 1960’s he had recruited a circle of like-minded volunteers to help in his collection efforts.
Dag Hammarskjold Hammarskjold, Dag - [ 120 Pages, 18.66MB ] - Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld (29 July 1905 – 18 September 1961) was a Swedish diplomat, economist, and author. The second Secretary-General of the United Nations, he served from April 1953 until his death in a plane crash in September 1961. He is one of just three people to be awarded a posthumous Nobel Prize. Hammarskjöld is the only U.N. Secretary-General to die in office; his death occurred en route to cease-fire negotiations. American President John F. Kennedy called Hammarskjöld "the greatest statesman of our century". (Source: Ernie Lazar)
Richard Holbrooke Holbrooke, Richard C. [1,044 Pages, 20.41MB] - Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke (April 24, 1941 – December 13, 2010) was an American diplomat, magazine editor, author, professor, Peace Corps official, and investment banker. He was the only person to have held the position of Assistant Secretary of State for two different regions of the world (Asia from 1977 to 1981 and Europe from 1994 to 1996).
Daniel Inouye Inouye, Daniel [900 Pages, 42.65MB] - Daniel K. Inouye (1924-2012) was a long serving U.S. Senator from the state of Hawaii. This newly released material consists of FBI files ranging from 1959 to 2006. The bulk of the material concerns investigations of threats made against Senator Inouye and others, but also includes FBI correspondence/contacts with the Senator and several other investigations related to him.
Otto Otepka Kefauver, Estes - [ File #1 19.63MB | File #2 6.2MB | File #3 5.80MB | File #4 31.62MB | File #5 30.02MB | File #6 29.42MB | File #7 31.99MB ] - [ 1,409 Total Pages ] - Carey Estes Kefauver (July 26, 1903 – August 10, 1963) was an American politician from Tennessee. A member of the Democratic Party, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1939 to 1949 and in the Senate from 1949 to his death in 1963. After leading a much-publicized investigation into organized crime in the early 1950s, he twice sought his party's nomination for President of the United States. In 1956, he was selected by the Democratic National Convention to be the running mate of presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson. Still holding his U.S. Senate seat after the Stevenson-Kefauver ticket lost to the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket in 1956, Kefauver was named chair of the U.S. Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee in 1957 and served as its chairman until his death. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
JFK Jr. Kennedy Jr., John F. - [ File #1 ] - Although John F. Kennedy Jr., was not the subject of an FBI case, investigations were conducted when the FBI learned of alleged plots to kidnap the former President's son in 1985 and 1995. Files also contain a reference to laboratory examinations in 1994 to determine the true writer of a threatening letter received by a United States Senator. The letter was written by an unknown person and signed, "John F. Kennedy, Jr."
Joseph Kennedy Kennedy, Joseph P. - [ File #1File #2File #3File #4File #5File #6 | | File #7File #8]
Robert Kennedy Kennedy, Robert F. - [ File #1File #2File #3File #4File #5File #6File #7File #8File #9File #10File #11File #12File #13File #14 ] - Background investigation of Robert F. Kennedy conducted in 1951 in connection with his employment as an attorney with the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. He was appointed Attorney General in 1961 and served as a United States Senator 1965-68.

Robert Kennedy Kennedy, Robert F. (Assassination Summary) [139 Pages, 7.9mb] - Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated on June 5, 1968, in Los Angeles, California, after winning the California primary for the upcoming Presidential election. Sirhan Sirhan is serving a life sentence for the commission of the crime.

 

 

Ed Koch Koch, Edward Irving "Ed" - [ 194 Pages, 6.8MB ] - Edward Irving "Ed" Koch (1924-2013) was a former congressman and mayor of New York City. This release consists of several files related to Koch. The bulk of the release consists of a 1977 investigation into extortion threats made against Koch that included the forgery of a letter using the then congressman’s letterhead and signature. There are parts of two other files also. The first concerns a 1973 extortion matter and the second a foreign counterintelligence matter that mentions Uruguayan military officials’ “irritation” with Koch; part of this file has been referred to another agency for release as it contains that agency’s information.
John Mitchell Mitchell, John - [ 2,729 Pages, 157MB ] - John Newton Mitchell (September 15, 1913 – November 9, 1988) was the Attorney General of the United States from 1969 to 1972 under President Richard Nixon. Prior to that, he was a noted New York municipal bond lawyer, director of Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign, and one of Nixon's closest personal friends; after his tenure as Attorney General, he served as director of Nixon's 1972 presidential campaign. Due to his involvement in the Watergate affair, he was sentenced to prison in 1977, serving 19 months. As Attorney General, Mitchell was noted for personifying the "law-and-order" positions of the Nixon administration, amid several high-profile anti-war demonstrations.
Otto Otepka Otepka, Otto - [ 951 Pages, 131MB ] - Otto F. Otepka (May 6, 1915 – March 20, 2010) was a Deputy Director of the United States State Department's Office of Security in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This was at the beginning of the Eisenhower Administration and Otepka's "Evaluations" section was faced with Senator Joseph McCarthy who was at the height of his power and making accusations that Communists and Communist sympathizers had infiltrated the U.S. Army and U.S. Department of State. Otepka was assisted by another newcomer to the State Department, William L. Uanna, who would soon head up "Physical Security" at State. Otepka, Uanna and R. W. Scott McLeod, another newcomer in Security at State, were mentioned in a 1954 article in The Reporter (magazine) entitled "Big Brother at Foggy Bottom." The article describes how the State Department implemented Eisenhower's answer to McCarthy - Executive Order 10450 - and the reaction to it by State's employees. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
William Rehnquist Rehnquist, William - [ File #1 10.86MB | File #2 43.24MB | File #3 15.11MB | File #4 12.63MB | File #5 31.18MB | File #6 14.82MB ] - [ 1,829 Pages Total ] - William Hubbs Rehnquist (October 1, 1924 – September 3, 2005) was an American lawyer, jurist, and political figure who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and later as the 16th Chief Justice of the United States. Considered a conservative, Rehnquist favored a conception of federalism that emphasized the Tenth Amendment's reservation of powers to the states. Under this view of federalism, the Supreme Court of the United States, for the first time since the 1930s, struck down an Act of Congress as exceeding its power under the Commerce Clause. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
Dan Rostenkowski Rostenkowski, Daniel David "Dan"- [ 3,850 Pages, 131MB ] - Daniel David "Dan" Rostenkowski (1928-2010) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1959 to 1995 who served as chairman of several key committees in Congress. Following a scandal involving the House of Representatives Post Office, he pled guilty to reduced charges of mail fraud in 1996 and served 17 months in prison before receiving a presidential pardon.
Robert Sargent Shriver Shriver, Robert Sargent - [ 269 Pages, 11.85MB ] - Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. (1915-2011) was a politician and social reformer who served in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and ran for president as a Democrat in 1976. This release consists of several FBI files concerning Shriver, including a foreign counterintelligence investigation into whether or not an acquaintance of his was a Soviet agent, background investigations conducted when he was nominated for government positions, and miscellaneous references.
Ted Stevens Stevens, Ted- [ 1,054 Pages, 86.68MB ] - Theodore Fulton "Ted" Stevens, Sr. (November 18, 1923 – August 9, 2010) was a United States Senator from Alaska, serving from December 24, 1968, until January 3, 2009, and thus the longest-serving Republican senator in history. He was President pro tempore in the 108th and 109th Congresses from January 3, 2003, to January 3, 2007, and the third senator to hold the title of President pro tempore emeritus.
Carl Stokes Stokes, Carl - [ 262 Pages, 43.4MB ] - Carl Burton Stokes (June 21, 1927 – April 3, 1996) was an American politician of the Democratic party who served as the 51st mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. Elected on November 7, 1967, but taking office on January 1, 1968, he was the first black mayor of a major U.S. city. Fellow Ohioan Robert C. Henry was the first black mayor of any U.S. city (Springfield, elected 1966).
Norman Thomas Thomas, Norman - [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 | File #5 ] - [ 715 Pages Total ] - Norman Mattoon Thomas (November 20, 1884 – December 19, 1968) was an American Presbyterian minister who achieved fame as a socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America.
Charlie Wilson Wilson, Charlie - [ File #1File #2File #3 ] - [ 5,330 Total Pages ] - Charles "Charlie" Nesbitt Wilson (1933-2010) served 12-terms as Democratic United States Representative from Texas's 2nd congressional district. He became widely known for his support for funding the Afghan Mujahedeen resistance to USSR occupation. This release consists of more than 3500 pages of FBI investigative records from 1972 to 1999 joint US government investigation into foreign corrupt practices. The material here relates to a side issue developed in the case concerning whether or not Wilson received a substantial kickback from a foreign government for his role in securing a sizable appropriation to arm the Afghan resistance; in 1999, the Department of Justice declined to prosecute, but Wilson did pay a sizable penalty for making loans to himself from his campaign accounts. Other material released includes investigative material related to a possible election law violation by an opponent of Wilson in 1972, the investigation of several threats made against Wilson, the Bureau’s investigation into his possible role in the late 1980s/early 1990s House banking scandal, and some other small matters.

 

The following politicians were found to have no FBI File:

Demetrius Newton

Demetrius C. Newton

 

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