To answer, in part, a question we posed earlier – How many members of Congress are currently receiving a pension? – we have a preliminary answer. A quick review of the top and bottom net worths, as well as outside sources of income, for members of both houses of Congress has produced a list of 32 that recieve taxpayer income while serving in office.
Let us be clear, each member has earned the money they are receiving. That is most clearly and definitiely true of Sen. McCain and his Naval pension. We do not question the funds. Nor are we highlighting the amount of the funds they receive as a negative.
The issue is simply and directly that these are members of Congress that get paid 3.5x the average income ($49,777), without including any of the perks that come with Federal elected office, and yet are still getting even more money out of taxpayer pockets. This is literally constituents money, going to people that most would consider “rich” if not very well paid. These are people with the very best in healthcare plans, paid for by tax payers and completely unlike the forced inclusion in the Health Care Reform that constituents are now involved in.
Therefore we wonder why these well-paid and highly pampered elected officials are continuing to take from the limited trough of their constituents. Why are they not electing to delay any funds they are entitled to, until they are no longer actively in public office? Are they giving those funds to charity? Are they giving those funds back to the IRS, to reduce the national deficit – even if such an action is purely a political action and effectively inconsequential?
We do not know the answer to any of these questions. We cannot fathom the reasoning for continuing to accept these public drains of capital. But we do have a partial (and apparently quickly growing) list of who is involved. And this list includes Democrats as well as Republicans.
**Note, the source for all data provided is from http://www.opensecrets.org. Only members of Congress, receiving outside income from public funds in the year 2009 and excluding any income from dependants and spouses, have been considered.
A total of 70 seperate House members and 65 seperate Senate members were reviewed for this list.**
House of Representatives
Now you know some of what may be a very large list of members of Congress that are not only paid to serve the public, but have that payment enhanced while they do their jobs (or at least claim to during re-election campaigns). It’s your tax money. Do you want to know why they need more of your money? Do you want to know what they are doing with these extra funds (funds that many would want to tax or claim for the Government if they were still in your pocket)?
Contact your member of Congress if they are on this list. If you find others that are likewise receiving funds, let us know and we will add them to the list.
Seperately, we are open and invite any member of Congress on this list or receiving taxpayer funds (via public paid pensions and such) directly, to contact us and explain what they are doing with the funds (charitable donations, gift to IRS to pay deficit, ect.) or why they insist on receiving them while serving in Congress. We will post any and all such replies VERBATIM.
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