This is the Speaker of the Assembly in New York state. And $6 million is not chump change. It will be interesting to see how far this scandal spreads given that presumably nearly everything done in the New York state legislature had to go through Silver somehow.
(From The New York Daily News)
A stunning five-count criminal complaint accused the Manhattan Democrat, a state political fixture for decades, with pocketing more than $6 million in bribes and kickbacks in return for wielding his massive influence.
Silver stands accused of pressuring real estate companies doing business with the state to hire two law firms that were regularly paying him bribes, the 35-page complaint charged.