Congressional Corruption

By Anthony | September 20th, 2006 | 1:17 pm

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has released a report on the 20 most corrupt members of Congress. You can read the full report at their site, or click on a name in the list for a handy summary.

Unfortunately, one of our own made the list – Rep. Charles Taylor (R).

(Hat tip: Ed Brayton)

8 Responses to “Congressional Corruption”

  1. meblogin Says:

    That is one great Mark Twain quote.
    thanks

  2. PotatoStew Says:

    Thanks meblogin – he has a lot of great ones. Congrats on your new blog, by the way!

  3. chip atkinson Says:

    It goes with what Rush says- “Its always a good thing for Congress to be in recess.”

    But I must make a couple of observations from the list. First, Jefferson and Waters are in a class by themselves- Jefferson first.

    Second, alot of guys like Frist have only been accused of corruption. I know he and and Santorum are considered upright and honorable within their State and their party.

    Third, remember the contract that helped get Republicans in power? At the time, scores of Congressmen were bouncing checks and involved in real scandals that led to their defeat in elections. Looking at the offenses and/or charges, there seems to be a higher standard of disclosure for Congressmen…that’s a good thing.

    I quickly scanned the list, so I might of missed someone- but Jefferson is the only real bad egg among them.

  4. PotatoStew Says:

    Chip,

    Thanks for the comments. I haven’t really looked over the list in detail, so I can’t say if you’ve missed anything or not. However, I do think it’s worth noting that there are a couple of people who aren’t on the list because they are no longer congressmen as a result of their corruption – specifically Delay and Ney. Jefferson may be headed that way as well, for all I know.

  5. Jeffrey Syjes Says:

    I was surprised to find John Murtha on the dishonorable mention list for channeling $20 mil from his defense appropriations committee to a company with ties to his brother.

  6. Jeffrey Syjes Says:

    I was surprised to find John Murtha on the dishonorable mention list for channeling $20 mil from his defense appropriations committee to a company with ties to his brother.

  7. Jeffrey Sykes Says:

    It’s bad when you misspell your own name, worse when you hit the submit button twice.

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