Two recent studies from progressive groups further expose how members of Congress are part of a larger culture of corruption in Washington. While that’s not exactly news, some of this new data is VERY troubling. Looking at campaign donations from corporate tax dodgers, US-PIRG and the Center for Tax Justice found that “280 profitable Fortune 500 companies collectively received $223 billion in tax breaks between 2008 and 2010 while contributing $216 million to Congressional candidates over the last four election cycles…The thirty most aggressive tax dodging corporations… collectively paid a negative tax rate between 2008 and 2010 while spending $41 million on Congressional campaign contributions.”
Meanwhile, CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) found hard evidence that nepotism is still rampant in Congress. 44 members of Congress– 20 Democrats and 24 Republicans– have family members who lobby or are employed in government affairs; while 90 members (42 Democrats and 48 Republicans) have paid a family business, employer, or associated nonprofit.
Read the entire overview of the studies at Progressives United