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Cunningham Bribery Scandals

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Duke Cunningham pleads guilty of conspiracy for taking bribes and tax evasion, 11/28/2005

Cunningham pleads guilty
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Defense Contractor Mitchell Wade, in a sweetheart deal, secretly bought Duke and Nancy Cunningham’s Del Mar Heights house November 20, 2003 for $1,675,000. They hid the sale through a shell corporation of Wade’s, “1523 New Hampshire Avenue LLC.” A month later, Wade put it on the market, but it didn’t sell until the price was reduced to market value, eight months later. Wade sold Cunningham’s old home for $975,000. Since home values haven’t gone down recently in San Diego, it seems Wade gave Cunningham $700,000 (not a campaign contribution, but apparently an illegal gift). Wade never moved in there, as he and his company, MZM Inc. are in the Washington, D. C. area and don’t do business in San Diego. Cunningham bought his Rancho Santa Fe mansion for $2.55 million. Shortly later, Cunningham had Brent Wilkes pay his second mortgage on the Rancho Santa Fe Mansion and Wade pay the first mortgage. In exchange, it appears Cunningham helped Wade get contracts for his MZM Inc. ($41 million in fiscal 2003, $65 million in 2004) to triple MZM’s profits in 2004. Cunningham says the contracts are “very, very classified” stuff, so he can’t talk about it. Wilkes gained $6 million in defense contracts for unwanted hardware worth $1.5 million In short, these were war profiteering bribes.


Photographs of Cunningham’s old Del Mar Heights Home

Here’s a photograph of Duke and Nancy Cunningham’s old home on Mercado Dr. in Del Mar Heights. The 3826 sq. ft. home (big, but not a mansion) was sold to defense contractor Stephen Wade’s shell corporation for $700,000 over its market value [map]. First one taken by me (Dan Anderson) 6/17/2005.


KUSI Channel 9/51 News cameraman photographing Duke Cunningham’s old Del Mar Heights Home
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KUSI Channel 9/51 News cameraman photographing
Duke Cunningham’s old Del Mar Heights Home
Aerial view of Duke Cunningham's old Del Mar Heights Home (Union-Tribune)
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Aerial view of Cunningham’s old
Del Mar Heights home
(Union-Tribune)

Photographs of Cunningham’s Rancho Santa Fe Mansion

Photos of Cunningham’s 7628 sq. ft. home at 7094 Via del Charro, Rancho Santa Fe. Taken by me (Dan Anderson) 6/18/2005. [map] [Satellite photo map]. [Assessor’s Map] See also article and photo of a protest near Cunningham’s home (6/17/2005) (S. D. Union-Tribune’s SignonSanDiego.com). KUSI has protest photos and aerial shots of the house.

Entrance, Randy Duke Cunningham home in Rancho Santa Fe, California
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Gated entrance to Cunningham home  
Address sign, Randy Duke Cunningham home in Rancho Santa Fe, California
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Cunningham
Address sign
Randy Duke Cunningham home satellite map
Satellite map [click to view]
Barely visible from near the driveway: Randy Duke Cunningham home in Rancho Santa Fe, California
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House is barely visible from
near the driveway.
Randy Duke Cunningham home in Rancho Santa Fe, California
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However, you can see the Cunningham home from just
down the street (Northern view). Entrance is on the left.
Close up, Randy Duke Cunningham home in Rancho Santa Fe, California
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Close up, Randy Duke Cunningham home in Rancho Santa Fe, California
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Close-up photos of the Rancho Santa Fe
home, from an anonymous photographer
(rawstory.com, 6/23/2005)
Aerial view, Randy Duke Cunningham home in Rancho Santa Fe, California (KUSI)
Aerial photos of the Rancho Santa Fe
home: story
, slide show (KUSI, 6/14/2005)

Deed of Randy Duke Cunningham's Del Mar home to 1523 New Hampshire Ave. (Stephen Wade) on 11/20/2003. Document 2003-1392041.
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Deed of Del Mar home

Real Estate Records

The following public records are searchable online from the San Diego County Recorder and the searchable online County Assessor records. These are concerning Cunningham’s sale of his 3826 sq. ft. Del Mar Heights home on Mercado Dr. [map] to defense contractor Stephen Wade for $700,000 over its true worth.



Selected Links and News

Spoof ad by Rep. Stark on Cunningham house scandal: Attention Powerful Lobbyists!  House for Sale By Influential Member of Congress.  WANTED:: Lobbists willing to buy at prices well above actual value. Key facts about the Capitol Hill home: The seller is a SENIOR MEMBER of Congress who is a high-ranking member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee.  Also, the house has  bedrooms and 3 baths.  Value: $1 million.  Asking price: $2 million.  From recent practices by defense contractor lobbyists, it appears that you may be able to slip a cool million to a Member of Congress with little fear of ethics violations! This could be your firm's crowning achivement: a chance to line the pockets of a Democrat with $1 million. Don't miss out on this opportunity.  Contact: housebargain@hotmail.com with offers.  This is not a valid real estate advertisement.  Personally paid for by F. H. Stark
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Spoof ad by Rep. Stark on Cunningham house
scandal (Story: The Hill, 6/20/2005)


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