Fines should not go to the government, they should go to the victims.
Although $5 million against $1.6 billion would be symbolic.
The problem is bigger than just the democrats, it is politicians that comprise congress. In 2008, the congress and president Bush failed to address the problems in the financial industry. Instead of bailing out the banks and AIG that actually caused the meltdown. They just threw money at them without any conditions. Then when the CEOs of these bailed out financial institutions got the money the first thing that they did was give themselves and their friends 7 figure bonuses.
You don't get a bonus for bankrupting your company, but congress gives themselves pay raises even when the national debt increases, which is equivalent to bankruptcy.
My point is that congress doesn't see the bank failure as anything they aren't doing in congress, except that in congress, they just print more money.
Billionaire Martha Stewart went to jail for insider trading, on one stock, as I recall. Hemsley went to jail for Income Tax evasion. So it escapes logic that Corzine escaped jail.
But there is something to the democrats avoiding prosecution as we have seen with Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Republican pres Richard Nixon erased 17 minutes from a tape recording and was impeached. Democrat Hillary Clinton erased, bleached bit over 30,000 emails that were under government subpoena, then physically destroyed drives and computers that held that information.
Yet, neither the FBI nor the DOJ even indicted her.
The defense rests. lol