Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Visclosky Makes CREW's Most Corrupt Members Of Congress List
It's not a distinction any congressman would purposefully seek out, but it's now one held by Indiana's U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky (D). Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has named Visclosky to its list of the 15 most corrupt members of Congress. He joins such luminaries with that distinction as U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL), Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA), Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and Rep. John Murtha (D-PA). CREW focuses on Visclosky's practice of trading earmarks for campaign contributions as a key member of a Defense appropriations subcommittee. "If Rep. Visclosky traded earmarks for campaign contributions, he may have committed bribery and honest services fraud and he engaged in conduct that does not reflect creditably upon the House," CREW writes.