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Members of Congress Financially
Benefit from Legislation
They Support

Townhall, by Tad DeHaven

Original Article

Posted By:Judy W., 10/9/2012 9:10:09 AM

A Washington Post investigation found that 73 members of Congress have “sponsored or co-sponsored legislation in recent years that could benefit businesses or industries in which either they or their family members are involved or invested.” Here’s the part that caught my eye: When the House and Senate wrote their first set of modern ethics rules in the 1970s, in response to the Watergate scandal, they expressly prohibited members from engaging in legislative activities that would financially benefit them. But both chambers immediately carved out exemptions to the rule.

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This should be getting a lot more attention. Congressmen of both parties are guilty.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pineledger, 10/9/2012 9:14:35 AM     (No. 8919897)

And this is illegal.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ocjim, 10/9/2012 9:23:58 AM     (No. 8919916)

In the inimitable words of Gomer Pyle...
Surprise, surprise!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Coy860, 10/9/2012 9:30:17 AM     (No. 8919935)

Harry Reid is a good case in point.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: WAN2, 10/9/2012 9:42:37 AM     (No. 8919965)

I am shocked, I tell you. Shocked! ALL wings need clipping. Beware elites legislating.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: pinger, 10/9/2012 9:57:55 AM     (No. 8920023)

Yup. Regardless of whether they arrive rich or poor...seems they always leave rich. Temptation is a powerful aphrodisiac.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/9/2012 10:10:17 AM     (No. 8920067)

Corrupt and corrupting.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 10/9/2012 10:26:11 AM     (No. 8920113)

Didn't they pass a law that makes it legal for them to partake in insider trading on Wall St.?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: happy conservative, 10/9/2012 10:33:46 AM     (No. 8920135)

Reaction to the headline: Duh!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: lil dotty, 10/9/2012 11:08:08 AM     (No. 8920245)

And this is news? Not to WTP who have been paying attention...and paying for everything else, apparently.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: fayebeck, 10/9/2012 11:46:29 AM     (No. 8920379)

To think that Martha Stewart spent time in jail.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 10/9/2012 12:15:47 PM     (No. 8920488)

I think this is hardly avoidable, and perhaps not as bad as portrayed. To use the example given in the article, let's say a former dairy farmer goes to Washington. Yeah, he'll have an inside POV how to craft rules to make it better and thus more profitable for dairy farmers, some of whom he may be finacially connected to, like family or business partner. So? If it benefits all the dairy farmers didn't he do exactly what he was sent to Washington for? Now, if he had to kill off the beef farmers to accomplish it, or ONLY his family/business partners reaped unseemly profits, yeah, that bears investigating. See Dennis Hastert, former REPUBlican Speaker!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: veritas, 10/9/2012 12:18:31 PM     (No. 8920498)

We really need a reputable, high-profile organization to track and publicize the net worth of House and Senate members and their time in office.

A sidebar might also track their retained campaign contributions, convertible to private use.

All the above could be sponsored by ads for suppliers of fence rails and chicken feathers.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mickturn, 10/9/2012 2:11:36 PM     (No. 8920939)

TO PRISON with ALL of them!!!!!!!!!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 10/9/2012 7:21:40 PM     (No. 8921539)

The next thing they'll tell us is that there's no Santa Claus, and that Islam isn't a religion of peace.

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