Thursday, September 22, 2011

The 14 Most Corrupt Members of Congress

The 14 Most Corrupt Members of Congress:

Between Chris Lee's Craigslist escapades and Anthony Weiner's sexting, Congress has seen some high-profile ethical lapses this year.

While Lee and Weiner's transgressions cost them their seats, some of their colleagues have had better luck weathering scandals — including bribery scandals, tax fraud, letting an aide who once stabbed his girlfriend handle "women's issues."

Their offenses are detailed in the seventh annual list of the most corrupt members of Congress, released by the government watchdog Citizen's For Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

This year's list features a number of repeat offenders, as well as some freshman legislators who've already gotten themselves into dicey legal problems.

All told, CREW identified 14 lawmakers who engaged in well-documented, egregious acts in the past year. Questionable behavior from years past didn't count — which accounts for Charlie Rangel's conspicuous absent from the following list.

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