Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Most Corrupt Congresscritters

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has released a report on the 13 most corrupt members of Congress. On this page, you can click on each of the thirteen names and read the reasons why they’re on the list. Here’s the list:

Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Rep. Randy Cunningham (R-CA)
Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL)
Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA)
Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO)
Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH)
Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA)
Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ)
Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN)
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)

Comments

  1. #1 Matthew
    September 20, 2006

    Maxine Waters is a kook. It brings a smile to my face to see that she’s a hypocrit.

    Even though most of those charges are tame in comparison to most corrupt governments, we have enough oversight that it boggles my mind on how they can get away with a lot of these financial scams which are pretty much in the open. We need to hire an independent, nonpartisan firm to tackle corruption.

  2. #2 MikeQ
    September 20, 2006

    That’s a lot of ‘R’s’ in there. Personally, I’m just glad I didn’t see Obama or Durbin up there. I think Illinois has two very good senators in that pair, and I’d hate to think they were corrupt.

  3. #3 Daniel Morgan
    September 20, 2006

    Ed,

    The report contains 17 House names, 3 Senate, and 5 “Dishonorable Mentions”, all of which are Representatives (not Senators).

    At any rate, where did your “13″ come from?

  4. #4 Ed Brayton
    September 20, 2006

    Daniel-

    From the list of 13 on the front page, which I pasted above.

  5. #5 RickD
    September 20, 2006

    So Katherine Harris is in the top 20 most corrupt members of Congress but not the top 13? I cannot decide if that reflects well on her or not.

  6. #6 FishyFred
    September 20, 2006

    Where is our boy Stevens?

  7. #7 Daniel Morgan
    September 20, 2006

    Odd, I just noted that the link you provided is indeed titled “13″ but that it takes me to an article for the top 20, not top 13. Perhaps they revised the article? Is anyone else being redirected to the “top 20″ article but me?

    Anyway, I see now what the 13 was referenced to. I was just trying to figure out from the report why these 13 were selected out of the others…but I see now that the story did the selecting. Sorry for the miscommunication.

  8. #8 Mithrandir
    September 20, 2006

    There may be a lot of R’s in there, but I’m firmly convinced that the fact that the R’s are in power has a lot to do with it. Get a list of this sort from 1993, and I’m sure you’ll find a surfeit of D’s.

    Politicians are like diapers blah blah blah.

  9. #9 Stogoe
    September 20, 2006

    If there were corrupt Democrats back then, and there probably were, though I would guess not at the rate you imagine, it’s still immaterial. Crying “oh, they might have been fractionally as bad as we are now!” doesn’t impress me.

  10. #10 necessarily anonymous
    September 20, 2006

    Wow, my company and boss mentioned by name. Don’t think I’ll be passing this one around the office. No, I’m not going to say which they are, or which congressman. I’m reading this at work and don’t feel like looking for a new job.

  11. #11 Jim Anderson
    September 20, 2006

    Today, the thirteen most corrupt Congressfolks. Tomorrow, the thirteen most beautiful supermodels.

  12. #12 Daniel Morgan
    September 21, 2006

    necessarily anonymous,

    I bet you aren’t working for the LA congressman, since you’ll likely be soon out of a job anyway, or Ney, ditto. Hell, I could probably go down the list and scratch a few off since they’re on their way to jail, and since you wouldn’t worry so much about it then ;)

  13. #13 necessarily anonymous
    September 21, 2006

    No, I don’t work for a congressman, I work for a company that is mentioned as getting (possibly) improper benefits from one of the listed folks. Probably not a big deal that I’d comment here, but if the head guy (also mentioned by name in the article) were to decide to, I suppose I could be fired for doing this at work.