Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Some Congressional Pensions Still Paid to Felons

Disgraced former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham was 'my' congressman when I lived in his district for a while, many years ago now. As this 4 minute report from last night's CBS Evening News embedded below explains, despite now being a convicted felon (a consequence of his infamous defense contractor bribery scandal), he is still receiving his congressional pension of over $42,000 per year while serving time in federal prison. And he's not alone in that, apparently. Jim Trafficant. Dan Rostenkowski. (He gets over $175,000 per year, to this day.) William Jefferson. (Remember his cash-in-refrigerator scandal?) The names keep coming. Over two dozen in total.

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