Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Supreme Court ‘s “Money doesn't Corrupt” theory trashed again, as Congress Hides Pay to Play Junkets from the Public.

While the rabid right is distracted by lawsuits and the possible impeachment of our corrupt imperial president, their conservative elected representatives are increasing the power and influence by piling away, unreported, lavish junkets from their wealthy contributors to do their bidding. It's an old magicians trick.

Republicans couldn't make it any more obvious about the influence of money on our political elite! The following admission leaves little doubt. TPM:
House Secretly Kills Disclosure Of Junkets By Congress Members: The House Ethics Committee has quietly done away with the requirement that lawmakers disclose their all-expense-paid trips on annual financial forms, National Journal reported on Monday. The disclosures had been required since the 1970s. Lawmakers must still disclose any privately-paid trips to the House clerk's office, but the financial disclosure form is the "chief document" that journalists and watchdog groups use to review members' finances, according to the Journal.

"This is such an obvious effort to avoid accountability," Melanie Sloan, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a top watchdog group, told the Journal. "There's no legitimate reason. There's no good reason for it."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Last time I checked, there were 5 democrats and 5 republicans on the house ethics committee.

Anonymous said...

So what; aren't you willing to condemn all ten for eliminating the public's right to know who is wining and dining their elected representatives?

Democurmudgeon said...

Until I know who voted to do this, which sounds suspiciously like Republicans, no. There's always a Blue Dog Democrats.