Proving true the old maxim that there's always money in the banana stand, your Tennessee Congresscriters have been busy using their positions of power to benefit themselves, their families, and their employers. (Who knew?!)
According to the fittingly titled "Family Affair," a new report released today by Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington found that a handful of the Volunteer State's representatives are guilty of Bluth-level behaviors, including:
• Rep. Jim Cooper, who despite having a supposed distaste for pork barrel spending, earmarked over $3.6 million to Vanderbilt University while collecting a salary of $23,500 as an adjunct professor for the college's Owen School of Management (This in addition to his being the number one most-travellingst congressperson in the nation);
• Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who doled out over $1,400 to her husband and her daughter in the form of camapign reimbursements. Congress
woman Blackburn's campaign committee also paid her back for expenses to the tune of $33,078 in the 2008 and 2010 election cycles;
• Rep. John Duncan, who in 2008 forked over $285,000 to his sister Becky's nonprofit. He also paid his son and his niece $2,100 ans $1,000, respectively, during the 2010 electoral cycle;
• And many more!
Read the entire report for a bevy of depressing hi-jinks.