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Most Corrupt Lawmakers in Congress, According to CREW

September 12, 2012
Four Democrats and eight Republicans topped the latest list of the most corrupt lawmakers in a report released Wednesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., was the only member of Congress' upper chamber.

CREW's annual list highlighted several lawmakers who have made headlines for their corruption scandals, including Reps. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., who is being investigated on charges that he exchanged a green card for illegal campaign fundraising, and Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., who is under fire for potentially spending campaign funds on a family trip to Scotland.

Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., into whom the House Ethics Committee launched a formal investigation just last month, only garnered a "Dishonorable Mention" on the list. Berkley may have used her position in Congress to promote her husband's financial interests.

The report made special mention of Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., who has been under investigation by six separate authorities, according to CREW. They called his "quite the rap sheet for a freshman."

CREW failed to single out one "most corrupt" lawmaker, preferring instead to allow readers to vote on their choice. The group will announce the "winner" on Facebook and Twitter, according to its website.
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