Monday, September 26, 2005


In the venerable tradition of late-night comedian David Letterman who likes to show Top 10 zany lists to delight viewers and audience, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has a pristine list of a different sort.

And whether you're a Democrat or Republican, much like as if you had a fifth cousin twice removed on the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list, there is cause for distress. But a lot more so if your name is on the list or you’re a GOP partisan.

The list contains the names of the top 13 corrupt members in Congress. Drum roll, please…

#1 – Bill Frist - Well no surprise, the “eyes wide open blind trust” senator from Tennessee made top honors. Majority Leader Bill Frist is currently under investigation by the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission for selling shares from his family business at a most auspicious and rather suspicious timing.

#2 – Rick Santorum, principled senator from Pennsylvania - For scamming state taxpayers for his kid's tuition while living in Virginia. A benefit he was not entitled to reap.

#3 – Sen. Conrad Burns from Montana - For his sleazy “dealings with one-time super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff,” who is under investigation by a federal grand jury.

#4 - House Majority Whip Ray Blunt of Missouri - Accused of taking boondoggle trips and cozy relationships with lobbyists like “his wife and…son from a previous marriage.”

#5 – Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio - Same scoundrel who held feckless House meetings about voting problems in Ohio. Now under DOJ investigation under the same dark cloud of corruption as Abramoff.

#6 – Rep. Randy Cunningham of California - Another Republican with a benevolent stroke of good fortune. Cunningham sold his home to some chump, a “military contractor…with business before his committee" who then rolled the property into a loss by the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Qué estúpido, no...?

#7 – Rep. Tom Feeney – “[I]mplicated in voter fraud” by former software computer programmer and now under glare of congressional watchdogs for traveling abroad, courtesy of same indicted Abramoff.

#8 – Rep. Marylyn Musgrave of Colorado - Linked to “DeLay’s money machine” and illegal use of her “congressional office for campaign purposes."

#9 - Rep. Richard Pombo of California – Esteemed “chairman of House Resources Committee that oversees the U.S. Department of Interior." Gave “his wife and brother $357,325 in campaign funds in the past four years.” Pombo’s largesse toward family is boundless. Parents, as owners of a "wind ranch" in California, received “hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties from wind-power.”

#10 - Rep. Rick Renzi of Arizona - Charged with financing portions of his 2002 campaign with “banned money, according to a Federal Election Commission audit."

And that boys and girls rounds out our Top 10 list; all we have time for. The remaining three members are Rep. Charles Taylor, R-NC., Rep. William Jefferson, D-LA., and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA.

Gotta wonder how Majority Leader Tom DeLay escaped the list. I guess his association with corruption goes without saying. Poster bug man of shameful gerrymandering and abuser of power, currently under investigation by a grand jury in Texas.

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Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW said:
Unethical activity in politics goes beyond House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. While these names appear in the news everyday now, CREW's new report exposed the fact that dishonorable behavior and corruption transcends media headlines and crooked politics has become business as usual in Washington, D.C.

So Delay was left off the list, like you said, because everybody already knows.
CREW set up a new web site called: Beyond Delay .
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