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Who Are the 22 Most Corrupt Members of Congress?

Pam Spaulding: CREW releases its list, with dishonorable mentions for Larry Craig and David Vitter.
 
 
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This post, written by Pam Spaulding, originally appeared on Pam's House Blend

So, how many of you out there have a member of Congress on this list from Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington:

CREW's List of the 22 Most Corrupt Members of Congress:

Members of the Senate:

Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-NM)

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK)

Members of House:

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. Don Young (R-AK)

Rep. Jerry Weller (R-IL)

Rep. Heather A. Wilson (R-NM)

Dishonorable Mentions:

Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID)

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)

...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.

Pam Spaulding blogs at Pam's House Blend .

 
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