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Akin, West doled out big taxpayer-funded bonuses after losses

Former Tea Party Reps. Allen West, R-Fla., and Todd Akin, R-Mo., were among the House members who handed out the biggest taxpayer funded-bonuses to their staffers, just before leaving office after losing their races in 2012.

Ryan Grim from The Huffington Post reports:

Only retiring Democrat Gary Ackerman of New York was more generous with public money, barely topping Akin's 98 percent increase in pay, the website shows. Allen West, a Tea Party favorite from South Florida, was the fourth biggest giver of taxpayer bonuses after he lost reelection to Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.). Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) was the third most generous, according to LegiStorm.

West and Akin routinely decried wasteful and out-of-control government spending, calling for major cuts to social programs.

The numbers were taken from LegiStorm, a website that tracks congressional salaries. The site also shows that 9 out of  the 10 House members who gave out the biggest bonuses were Republicans, while 14 of the top 20 were outgoing members of Congress.

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