The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government has released a report this morning entitled Crews Most Corrupt Members of Congress. In the report are the following 14 members of Congress:
A few characteristics of these corrupt members of Congress immediately stand out. First, only one is a member of the Senate. Second, 10 out of the 14 are Republicans.
A third pattern is particularly alarming. 6 out of the 13 corrupt members of the House of Representatives are in their first year in Congress. That’s 46 percent of the worst corruption in the House coming from the group elected in 2010. The portion of House members in their first term is only 21 percent. That means that the politicians elected to Congress in 2010 are disproportionately corrupt – and it’s just their first year in Congress, so they’ve barely had time to get started.