Harris makes list of most Corrupt in Congress by Mitch E. Perry

09/20/06

Although Katherine Harris continues to struggle in the polls against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson in the race for U.S. Senate, she did make a very select list of members of Congress today.

That would be being one of the 20 most corrupt members of Congress, as named by the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, as it released its 2nd annual report.

The official title of the report is “Beyond Delay: The 20 most corrupt members of Congress (and 5 to watch).

Harris troubles with a defense contractor, Mitchell Wade, has sparked FBI interest. Wade admitted to making illegal campaign contributions to Harris.

There are 17 Republicans and 3 Democrats on the top 20.

The other Florida Republican making the grade was Tom Feeney, the former Speaker of the House in Florida during the presidential recount of 2000, now completing his 2nd term in Congress.

Melanie Sloan is Executive Director with the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. She told WMNF why Tom Feeney has made this dubious list (roll tape#1 o.q.�a lot of earmarks for them�)

This is the 2nd annual such list produced by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. Several of Last year’s ‘recipients’, like former House Majority Leader Tom Delay and Randy “Duke “Cunningham, are no longer in Congress. In fact, Cunningham has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for his illegal activities.

Another member on the list, Ohio’s Bob Ney, last Friday pled guilty to federal corruption charges, another victim of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. It’s considered likely he will go to jail as well.. Melanie Sloan with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics says that since Congress hasn’t shown much will to police their own members, she’s grateful that the Justice Department has – but there are still others that she feels haven’t been throughly investigated (roll tape#4 o.q.�nothings going to happen to them�)

For a chance to look at the list of the 20 most corrupt members of congress, you can go to the web at Beyondelay.com

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