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CREW has released its fourth annual tally of the most corrupt members of Congress; there are a lot of familiar names on the list.


Vincent Rossmeier
September 12, 2008 1:12AM (UTC)

Wednesday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington released its fourth annual listing of the most corrupt members of Congress. And while there's no Britney Spears solo involved, CREW's tally does contain some serious star power, on both the Republican and the Democratic sides.

Quite a few of the names mentioned are involved in competitive reelection races, including indicted Alaskan Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, Minnesota Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. And then there's Kentucky Republican Sen. and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who made the list largely because of his questionable association with the lobbying firm of Gordon Hunter Bates, McConnell's former chief legal counsel and chief of staff.

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The full list is below:

The 20 most corrupt members of Congress

* Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)

* Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) Rep.

* Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-CA)

* Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL)

* Rep. Vito J. Fossella (R-NY)

* Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-LA)

* Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

* Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)

* Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)

* Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

* Rep. Gary G. Miller (R-CA)

* Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)

* Rep. Timothy F. Murphy (R-PA)

* Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA)

* Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM)

* Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)

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* Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ)

* Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY)

* Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK)

* Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

Dishonorable mentions

* Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

* Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN)

* Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)

* Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH)


Vincent Rossmeier

Vincent Rossmeier is an editorial assistant at Salon.

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