A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 20, 2010
District of Corruption (Washington, D.C. nickname)

The United States capital of Washington, District of Columbia ("DC"), has been nicknamed the “District of Corruption” since at least 1951. The “District of Corruption” nickname received renewed popularity in the 2000s along with the word “corruptocrat” (corrupt bureaucrat).

Other “D.C.” nicknames include “District of Confusion” (since at least 1943), “District of Criminals” (since at least 1992) and “District of Cunts” (popularized on the television series Veep in 2013). “Washington Demands Cash” has been cited in print since 1958.


Wikipedia: Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. (pronounced /ˈwɒʃɪŋtən ˌdiːˈsiː/, WOSH-ing-tən DEE-SEE), formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States, founded on July 16, 1790. Article One of the United States Constitution provides for a federal district, distinct from the states, to serve as the permanent national capital. The City of Washington was originally a separate municipality within the federal territory until an act of Congress in 1871 established a single, unified municipal government for the whole District. It is for this reason that the city, while legally named the District of Columbia, is known as Washington, D.C. The city shares its name with the U.S. state of Washington, which is located on the country’s Pacific coast.

The city is located on the north bank of the Potomac River and is bordered by the states of Virginia to the southwest and Maryland to the other sides. The District has a resident population of 599,657; because of commuters from the surrounding suburbs, its population rises to over one million during the workweek. The Washington Metropolitan Area, of which the District is a part, has a population of 5.3 million, the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the country.

The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the United States are located in the District, as are many of the nation’s monuments and museums. Washington, D.C. hosts 174 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The headquarters of other institutions such as trade unions, lobbying groups, and professional associations are also located in the District.

The city is governed by a mayor and a 13-member city council. However, the United States Congress has supreme authority over Washington, D.C., and may overturn local laws. Residents of the District therefore have less self-governance than residents of the states. The District has a non-voting, at-large Congressional delegate, but no senators. D.C. residents could not vote in presidential elections until the ratification of the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1961.

28 December 1951, Baltimore (MD) Sun, pg. 9:
“We used to call it the District of Confusion,” he told his audience. “Now the phrase is the District of Corruption.”

11 July 1952, El Paso (TX) Herald-Post, ‘Thinking Out Loud” by Tom Nolan, pg. 14, cols. 3-4:
Too few clear brains in the District of Corruption to keep the walls of government clean and the upholstery unb urned, while the world looks on in disgust.

OCLC WorldCat record
Sex in D.C. (district of corruption) : a round-up of the latest sex scandals.
Publisher: New York : Zolar Equities, [197-?]
Edition/Format: Book : English

Google Books
The Premiere guide to movies on video
By Howard Karren
New York, NY: HarperPerennial
1991
Pg. 87:
WASHINGTON
THE DISTRICT OF CORRUPTION
Mistrust of the federal government, particularly Congress, is as American as apple pie.

Google News Archive
21 May 1993, Prescott (AZ) Courier, “Media derelict in reporting important news of D.C.” by Thom Strawn, pg. 4A, col. 4:
Politics in Washington, District of Corruption, and our state capitals is a whirling dervish, a perpetual motion machine of political procrstination.

Google Books
End-time visions:
The road to Armageddon?

By Richard Abanes
New York, NY: Four Walls Eight Windows
1998
Pg. 138:
This demonic world leader, says Missler, will be even more deceitful “than the politicians who presently dominate the District of Corruption” (ie, Washington D. C).

OCOL WorldCat record
District of corruption: How Washington’s new riches destroyed Tom Daschle
Author: Ornstein N.
Edition/Format: Article : English
Publication: Current, n511 (2009 03 01): 17-18

Occidental Dissent
District of Corruption: Crashing The Tea Party
Hunter Wallace on April 15th, 2010 09:56 pm
The Tea Party Express rolled into the District of Corruption earlier this morning. A rally that drew a couple thousand angry conservatives (mostly from the Red States) was held in Freedom Plaza off the Washington Metro.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Tuesday, July 20, 2010 • Permalink