(Image Source: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics)

BY ALLIE SPILLYARDS

It’s being called a “kin-spiracy.”

With headlines such as the Daily’s: “Much-maligned Congress shows promise in one area: hiring relatives” ...the media’s abuzz — is nepotism alive and well in the hallowed halls of the nation’s capitol?

The fuss results from a  recent report by liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Fox News has the study’s findings from the 343 page report.

“82 members of Congress used their positions to line the pockets of their family members, paying them to work in their congressional offices and committees.”

And this goes beyond family -- to finances. ABC explains.

“In the past two election cycles, Americans donated close to $2 billion to candidates running for the U.S. House.  Their contributions not only went to fund core campaign costs, but also to candidates’ babysitters, five-star hotels in Athens, [and] six-figure salaries for candidates’ family members...”

The report lists several high-profile member of Congress, but AmericaBlog focuses in on one in particular.

“One of the more interesting examples is Ron Paul, who has multiple generations working on his team. Paul may not be as corruptible as many in Congress when it comes to lobbyists, but he certainly goes to the extreme with keeping his family employed.”

And while much of the buzz points the finger at House members, CNN Money points out, what appears to be impropriety, may not actually be a crime.

“Most if not all of these activities are perfectly legal. But CREW's point is that they raise important ethical questions, [saying]...’At the very least, payments to family members should be more transparent.’”

The New York Times defends the report as well, saying — it’s by no means partisan.

“In all, the ‘Family Affair’ report — featuring a cartoon-style cover with lawmakers being served lobster and caviar and plates overflowing at a big dinner table — includes 248 House members, representing 105 Democrats and 143 Republicans, about equal to their parties’ proportional makeup in the House.”

For those on the list, their spending habits may slip out of the headlines, but the numbers aren’t going anywhere. According to the Hill...

“The results of CREW’s research have been compiled in a searchable database that will be maintained by the website Legistorm.”

 

 

Congressional Salaries: A Family Affair

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Mar 23, 2012

Congressional Salaries: A Family Affair

(Image Source: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics)

BY ALLIE SPILLYARDS

It’s being called a “kin-spiracy.”

With headlines such as the Daily’s: “Much-maligned Congress shows promise in one area: hiring relatives” ...the media’s abuzz — is nepotism alive and well in the hallowed halls of the nation’s capitol?

The fuss results from a  recent report by liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Fox News has the study’s findings from the 343 page report.

“82 members of Congress used their positions to line the pockets of their family members, paying them to work in their congressional offices and committees.”

And this goes beyond family -- to finances. ABC explains.

“In the past two election cycles, Americans donated close to $2 billion to candidates running for the U.S. House.  Their contributions not only went to fund core campaign costs, but also to candidates’ babysitters, five-star hotels in Athens, [and] six-figure salaries for candidates’ family members...”

The report lists several high-profile member of Congress, but AmericaBlog focuses in on one in particular.

“One of the more interesting examples is Ron Paul, who has multiple generations working on his team. Paul may not be as corruptible as many in Congress when it comes to lobbyists, but he certainly goes to the extreme with keeping his family employed.”

And while much of the buzz points the finger at House members, CNN Money points out, what appears to be impropriety, may not actually be a crime.

“Most if not all of these activities are perfectly legal. But CREW's point is that they raise important ethical questions, [saying]...’At the very least, payments to family members should be more transparent.’”

The New York Times defends the report as well, saying — it’s by no means partisan.

“In all, the ‘Family Affair’ report — featuring a cartoon-style cover with lawmakers being served lobster and caviar and plates overflowing at a big dinner table — includes 248 House members, representing 105 Democrats and 143 Republicans, about equal to their parties’ proportional makeup in the House.”

For those on the list, their spending habits may slip out of the headlines, but the numbers aren’t going anywhere. According to the Hill...

“The results of CREW’s research have been compiled in a searchable database that will be maintained by the website Legistorm.”

 

 

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