Watchdog Group Outs Congress’ “Most Corrupt”

A watchdog group gives its annual report on the most corrupt members of Congress. Who made the list?

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The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington releases its fifth annual report on the most corrupt members of Congress. See which pols made this year's list.
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Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.)
CREW says: "His ethics issues stem from pressuring his employees to make contributions to his campaign committee and improper use of corporate resources for campaign purposes."
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Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.)
CREW says: "His ethics issues stem from the circumstances surrounding his appointment to the Senate by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of then President-elect Barack Obama."
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Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.)
CREW says: "His issues stem from (1) his use of earmarks for personal gain; (2) his illegal land purchase; and, (3) his connections to a lobbying firm under investigation."
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Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.)
CREW says: "His ethics violations stem from his abuse of his position for his personal financial benefit."
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Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.)
CREW says: "His ethics issues stem from an extramarital affair with a former campaign staffer."
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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.)
CREW says: "His ethics issue stems from his bid to be appointed to a vacant Illinois Senate seat and subsequently, the federal investigation of former-Governor Rod Blagojevich."
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Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.)
CREW says: "His ethics issues stem primarily from the misuse of his position as chairman of the committee to steer hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks to family and friends in direct exchange for contributions to his campaign committee and political action committee."
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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
CREW says: "His ethics issues stem primarily from (1) earmarks he inserted into legislation for clients of his former chief of staff in exchange for campaign contributions and (2) the misuse of his nonprofit McConnell Center for Political Leadership at the University of Louisville."
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Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.)
CREW says: "His ethics issues stem primarily from misuse of his position on the Appropriations Committee, from which he has steered hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks to family, friends, former employees and corporations in exchange for contributions to his campaign and political action committees. In addition, Rep. Mollohan misreported his personal assets on his financial disclosure forms. He is currently the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice."
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Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.)
CREW says: "His ethics issues and violations stem from (1) his ties to the PMA Group, a now defunct lobbying firm under federal investigation; (2) his ties to Kuchera Industries, a defense contractor under federal investigation; (3) his ties to defense executives and former military personnel convicted of skimming money from government contracts; (4) actions he may have taken to benefit his brother’s lobbying clients; and (5) his chief of staff’s threats to a political opponent."
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Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
CREW says: "His ethics issues stem from (1) improperly leasing four rent controlled apartments; (2) improperly using congressional stationary; (3) failing to report rental income from a vacation property; and (4) trading legislative assistance for contributions to the Rangel Center at City College."
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Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.)
CREW says: "Her ethics issues stem from accepting favorable loans and her failure to properly report a loan on her financial disclosure statements."
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Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.)
CREW says: "His ethics issues stem from his close ties to the PMA Group, a now defunct lobbying firm that represented numerous clients, many of which received earmarks sponsored by the lawmaker."
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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)
CREW says: "Her ethics issues stem from a meeting she arranged between officials at the Department of Treasury and OneUnited Bank, a bank with which she has financial ties."
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Rep. Don Young (R-Ak.)
CREW says: "His ethics violations stem from the misuse of his position to benefit family and friends and to steer millions of dollars in earmarks to corporations in exchange for contributions to his campaign committee and political action committee, Midnight Sun PAC (MSPAC). Rep. Young is currently under federal investigation for (1) his role in securing a $10 million earmark for a road in Florida; (2) assistance he offered to convicted VECO Corporation CEO Bill Allen; and (3) his ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff."
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