The 22 most corrupt members of Congress


    The 22 most corrupt members of Congress

    Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-NM)
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
    Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK)
    Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
    Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-CA)
    Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL)
    Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA)
    Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
    Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-LA)
    Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
    Rep. Gary G. Miller (R-CA)
    Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
    Rep. Timothy F. Murphy (R-PA)
    Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA)
    Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM)
    Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ)
    Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY)
    Rep. David Scott (D-GA)
    Rep. Jerry Weller (R-IL)
    Rep. Heather A. Wilson (R-NM)
    Rep. Don Young (R-AK)
    Dishonorable mentions
    Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-ID)
    Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
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  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    As we discovered last year, the most serious problem is that members continue to use their positions for the financial benefit of themselves, their friends and their families. Earmarks for large campaign contributors are commonplace and many members have traded legislative assistance for personal favors. Perhaps most striking this year is the number of members who have provided incorrect information or failed to include information on their personal financial disclosure forms. Members would do well to remember that lying on personal financial disclosure forms is a federal crime, punishable by up to five years in jail under 18 U.S.C. 1001. Although prosecutions have been rare, the Department of Justice and the House and Senate ethics committees should take a stronger stand against members who deliberately provide erroneous information or withhold information on these forms.

    Also worth noting is that the entire Alaska delegation is now on the list. Senator Stevens and Rep. Young are both under federal investigation, and an ethics complaint was filed against Sen. Murkowski by the National Legal and Policy Center.

    Sadly, despite an election in which Democrats ran on a platform of eradicating the “culture of corruption” and the fact that voters overwhelmingly turned against members with ethics problems, very little appears to have changed. Members of both parties have boasted of Congress’ progress on this front, yet only tepid ethics reforms were passed and no new enforcement mechanisms were added. The bi-partisan House ethics task force, originally charged with reporting back by May 1, 2007, has yet to issue any recommendations, and the ethics committees in both Houses remain loathe to consider the unethical conduct of their colleagues unless, of course, gay sex is involved as we learned watching the Senate Republicans’ radically disparate treatment of the crimes committed by Sen. Craig and Sen. Vitter.

    As we said last year, if Congress is not going to police itself – and the evidence continues to demonstrate that it is not – the ethics committees should be disbanded and the charade ended. Thankfully, the Department of Justice does not share Congress’s willful myopia to corruption.

    Link allows one to click on name and review ethical concerns.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Sep 20, '07
  4. by   EricJRN
    Luckily, Sen. Stevens compensates for his ethical shortcomings with his extensive knowledge of the workings of the Internet.
  5. by   HM2VikingRN
    broken down by party. i strongly encourage dissidents from both parties to police their ranks and work to get rid of the bad actors.

    republicans: (18/22)
    sen. pete v. domenici (r-nm)
    sen. mitch mcconnell (r-ky)
    sen. lisa murkowski (r-ak)
    sen. ted stevens (r-ak)
    rep. ken calvert (r-ca)
    rep. john t. doolittle (r-ca)
    rep. tom feeney (r-fl)
    rep. doc hastings (r-wa)
    rep. duncan hunter (r-ca)
    rep. jerry lewis (r-ca)
    rep. gary g. miller (r-ca)
    rep. timothy f. murphy (r-pa)
    rep. steve pearce (r-nm)
    rep. rick renzi (r-az)
    rep. harold rogers (r-ky)
    rep. jerry weller (r-il)
    rep. heather a. wilson (r-nm)
    rep. don young (r-ak)

    sexual hypocrites:
    sen. larry e. craig (r-id)
    sen. david vitter (r-la)

    democrats: (4/22)
    rep. william j. jefferson (d-la)
    rep. alan b. mollohan (d-wv)
    rep. john p. murtha (d-pa)
    rep. david scott (d-ga)
  6. by   ElvishDNP
    This, my friends, is why I am registered Independent. I do not see anyone from my state listed, and frankly am surprised. She is one of my least favorite people on the planet.