20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress….

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Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)

Rep. Dan Lipinski is a second-term member of Congress representing Illinois’ 3rd congressional district.  Rep. Lipinski’s ethics issues stem from the outside employment of a top Washington D.C. congressional aide.      

Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-LA)

Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-LA) is a ninth-term member of Congress, representing Louisiana’s second congressional district. Rep. Jefferson’s ethics issues, for which he has now been indicted, stem from his business dealings and his misuse of federal resources. Rep. Jefferson was included in CREW’s 2006 and 2007 reports on congressional corruption

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is a second-term senator from Louisiana.  Her ethics issues stem from inserting an earmark into an appropriations bill to benefit a large campaign donor.

Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)

Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV) is a 13th-term member of Congress, representing the first district of West Virginia.  His ethics issues stem from misusing his position to benefit himself, his family and his friends and misreporting a dramatic increase in his personal assets.  Rep. Mollohan was included in CREW’s 2006 and 2007 reports on congressional corruption.

Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA)

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Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA) is an 18th-term member of Congress, representing Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district.  Rep. Murtha chairs the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.  Rep. Murtha’s ethics violations stem from abuse of his position on the subcommittee to benefit the lobbying firm of a former long-term staffer and from threatening to block earmarks of other members for political purposes.  Rep. Murtha was included as a member to watch in CREW’s 2006 and 2007 reports on congressional corruption.
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Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)

Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) is 15th-term member of the House of Representatives representing New York’s 15th district.  Rep. Rangel’s ethics issues stem from leasing rent controlled apartments, improperly using congressional stationary and failing to disclose rental income on his personal financial disclosure forms.   

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) is a first-term member of congress representing Florida’s 13th district. His ethics issues stem from pressuring his employees to make contributions to his campaign committee and improper use of corporate resources for campaign purposes.

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)

Ken Calvert (R-CA) is a seventh-term member of Congress, representing the 44th district of California. His ethics issues stem from his use of earmarks for personal gain and his connections to a lobbying firm under investigation. Rep. Calvert was included in CREW’s 2006 and 2007 reports on congressional corruption.

Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-CA)

Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-CA) is an ninth-term member of Congress representing California’s fourth congressional district.  Rep. Doolittle’s ethics issues stem from his wife’s relationship to his campaign and political action committees, as well as campaign contributions and personal financial benefits he accepted from those who sought his legislative assistance.  Rep. Doolittle is currently the subject of a Department of Justice investigation and was included in CREW’s 2006 and 2007 reports on congressional corruption.  In January 2008, Rep. Doolittle announced his intention to retire from congress at the end of his current term.    

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