Monday, October 21, 2013

Peter Schweizer Returns to 60 Minutes With New Details on How Badly Congress Behaves

Peter Schweizer captured our attention late in 2011 with his book, “Throw Them All Out,” which detailed Congress’ insider trading deals… deals deemed illegal for us little people.

That public outing caused enough of a stir for Congress to rewrite the rules, supposedly blocking itself from future hypocrisy in that area. But we all know they still wink and whisper at each other behind our backs.

That didn’t stop Schweizer from investigating them further though, this time through his newest book, “Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets.”

You see, there are supposedly rules dictating how funds from leadership PACs are supposed to be spent. But as with most other American laws, there are a number of loopholes specially designed by Congress to be used by Congress in any way, shape or form that Congress deems beneficial… for Congress.

Appearing on CBS’s 60 Minutes, Schweizer said, “It’s another example, unfortunately, where the rules that apply to the rest of us don’t really apply to the members of Congress.”

These members include:

·         Representative Rob Andrews, a Democrat from New Jersey, who hired his wife to work for his personal PAC, used $16,575 in said PAC’s funds to fly his family of four to Scotland for a posh wedding, used more of those funds for the wedding gift, and then took a chunk more to go towards one daughter’s graduation party.
·         Representative Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat, who used $6,230 in campaign funds for a personal trainer and another $35,000 for NFL games.
·         Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss from Georgia, who wasted $107,752 in 2012 at a Palm Beach resort. Breitbart further details how, “one year, Chambliss spent nearly one-third of his entire leadership PAC funds on golf, limos, and at least one private jet ride.”
·         Representative Grace Napolitano, a Democrat from California, who took her campaign money and loaned it out at exorbitant interest rates to ultimately collect nearly $300,000.
·         Republican Representative Ron Paul of Texas, who hired his daughter, grandson, daughter’s mother-in-law, grandson-in-law, granddaughter and a sixth relative. That extreme nepotism amounted to $304,599.
·         Representative Rodney Alexander, a Republican from Louisiana, put both of his daughters on his payroll, granting them $130,000 for their contributions to his campaign.

Aren’t we so lucky to have such caring, compassionate leaders who care so much about us?

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