Study: Nepotism rampant in Congress (duh)
Quantifying Nepotism: Everyone knows (or at least assumes) that politicians use their power to benefit people close to them; that’s old news. However, scientific studies on the matter are hard to come by. The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) wanted to change that, and carried out an exhaustive study of the extent to which nepotism manifests itself in US Congress. Their report is 347 pages long; in case you have better things to do with your time (impossible!), here are some takeaways. Note: This study only covered the 2008 and 2010 election cycles.
- 248 lawmakers used their position to benefit friends or family
- 3 members of Congress (Bill Cassidy, Jason Chaffetz, and Tim Waltz) used campaign funds to pay for babysitters
- 38 members earmarked government funds for businesses owned by, or affiliated with, their families
- 20 legislators took money from their campaign and gave it to a family member’s campaign source
» Miscellaneous: Out of the aforementioned 248 members who warranted inclusion in the report, 105 were Democrats, and 143 were Republicans. Speaker of the House John Boehner is nowhere to be found in the report—but Nancy Pelosi is. Oh, and which member of Congress paid fees or salaries to more of his family members than anyone else? Why, none other than anti-government crusader Ron Paul.
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