297 Congressmen earmarked $3.8 billion for organizations tied to family members!
WASHINGTON (PNN) - October 11, 2014 - Remember back when Democrat Congressman Jim Moran, Fascist Police States of Amerika Representative for Virginia’s 8th congressional district, gave an interview where he said that Congress is underpaid at $174,000 a year and needs a raise because Amerikans need to understand that Congress is “the Board of Directors for the largest economic entity in the world”?
Well, check out what the “Board of Directors” has been up to.
According to watchdog groups Legistorm and CREW - Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington - a total of 297 members of Congress have earmarked $3,776,001,807 for organizations that are connected directly to them or their family members.
Some interesting tidbits:
- 85 family members of 67 congressmen have worked as federally registered lobbyists connected to lobbying contracts worth $1,207,764,582.
- 19 members of Congress have paid 19 family members a total of $6,876,026 from their congressional office payrolls.
Cronyism rules the day in Washington. It’s all about who does the most fundraising. In fact, 91% of the time it is the candidate with the most money who gets elected. That might be why the people we’re supposedly electing to help run things in this country are more concerned about fundraisers than their constituency and doing their actual their jobs.
Even so, Amerika just keeps re-electing these people. Despite the fact that Congress had a pathetic 10% approval rating in 2012, a whopping 90% of them were re-elected. As Todd Phillips, founder of LocalElectors.org wrote,” If ever there was an indication that democracy in Amerika is broken, this is it. Members of Congress enjoy some of the best job security in Amerika - and the least amount of accountability.”
Why do we even go through the rigamarole of having elections? Why keep up pretenses that our system isn’t completely and utterly broken?
So come November, the choice is clear: do you want a new spineless mouthpiece for special interests and lobbyists… or an incumbent spineless mouthpiece for special interests and lobbyists?