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Lawmakers who oversee government surveillance programs receive millions from intelligence companies


Every member who sits on the committees that oversee government intelligence operations has received campaign contributions from the top twenty largest intelligence companies in the United States, according to a new report.

Amid the NSA scandal, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence — the committees in charge of oversight — denied stricter reform attempts to the NSA programs and instead propelled legislation aimed at restoring their trust. The committees are intended to keep waste, fraud, and abuse in check given most of these programs are hidden from the general public.

Every single member on the committees received campaign contributions from the largest intelligence companies in the U.S. performing services for the the government.

A report from Maplight, a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money in politics, highlights the donations from political action committees (PACs) and individuals from the intelligence services companies to these members. The report shows donations amount to over $3.7 million from 2005-2013.

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D- Md.), the highest ranking Democrat on the House committee, received the most amount of money. He was given $363,600 with $124,350 of this coming from a single company — Northrop Grumman. As the Center for Public Integrity notes, Rep. Ruppersberger’s Maryland district includes the NSA. He is also a member of the “Gang of Eight” and receives extremely detailed intelligence reports that many other members do not receive.

The second highest amount was given to Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D- Md.) who received $210,150. Sen. Mikulski also happens to be chairwomen of the Senate Appropriations Committee — a committee which allocates federal funds to a majority of government programs, including intelligence.

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) was given $205,345 — he is the second highest ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee.

Rep. James Langevin (D- R.I.) received $200,850 from intelligence companies’ PACs, top executives, and lobbyists. Langevin is the second highest ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Intelligence Subcommittee.

L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, CACI International, GTCR Golder Rauner L.L.C., SAIC Inc, Mission Essential, and Booz Allen Hamilton are among the top companies to contribute to committee members.

Here are the top 20 intelligence companies to hand out donations:

Chart via Maplight.org.

Chart via Maplight.org.

“It’s not clear from the report whether the contractors’ overall contributions to committee members have been rising,” writes the Center for Public Integrity. “During the 2005-2006 election campaign, when only nine of the current members served on the committees, the contractors gave those members a total of $344,954, it said. During the 2011-2012 campaign, they gave a total of $1,046,382 to 36 of the 40 current members of the committees, including to the nine members who joined the committee this year. The other four received industry contributions before 2011.”

However, not all of the members defend the NSA programs. Sen. Ron Wyden (D- Ore.), a senior intelligence committee member, has been critical of their activities despite receiving $24,500. This also puts him at the bottom of the pack in relation to contributions to current committee members.


Joe Schoffstall

Joe Schoffstall is a Reporter and Editor at Capitol City Project. Previously, he worked as a Multimedia Reporter at the Media Research Center (MRCTV, CNSNews.com). His work has been featured on numerous outlets including the Drudge Report, Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, Yahoo News, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post—among many others.

330 comments

  • Tomas Cruz

    And that in a nutshell is how Washington works. It’s as corrupt as any bankrupt, third world cesspool. Oh wait…… never mind.

    • ddanimald

      Just had to reply so i can pretend i wuz first. Sad, isn’t it?

      • Northern_home_Southern_soul

        The sad part is these slimly politicians will still get elected by the very people their are screwing over.

        • LawnJockey

          Some are slow learners.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Smith/100001879911953 Joe Smith

          Feinstein, Barbara, Pelosi will be in office until they die in their chairs. the idiot leftist feminist voters of California will never change. they don’t even bother to debate their opponents any more.

          • kent

            There busy munching carpet!

        • Chriss Markey

          ===>> TERM LIMITS

          • imadoofus

            Absolutely agree!
            Ballots or bullets – limits are coming…

      • vonstonewall

        Sad wouldn’t be the first word that came into my mind…DESPICABLE works for me. we are witnessing the TRUE, unvarnished truth about the rotting political process enveloping DC…If THIS does not make you want to REVOLT; what will ??

        • dcizscumm

          no you are watching the death of anything remotely intended when men sat in dark bars an plotted overthrowing King George over 200 years ago!

          • BOAROBOsigners

            YES ABSOLUTELY CORRECT !! THANK YOU THESE MFERS are chasing people to DEATH with this information. They chased my nephew and Godson, Lawrence Michael Thacker TO DEATH. They are trying to chase my children and I to death. LAWRENCE MICHAEL THACKER ANTI DOMESTIC TERRORISM ACT

    • 729

      We have elected Public Serpents instead of Public Servants.

      • John (magnum)

        These bass-tards need to be horse whipped, tarred and feathered and run out of America !!

        MOLON LABE

        • menofletters2005

          They need to be subjected to the same tortures that they “approved” for the American people.

          • Distressed7

            amen and AMEN

        • Athalwolf Scabinsky

          We are the idiots until we do something about this.

          • Carter Cartier

            Agreed. We need to Stop funding this tyranny with our income taxes.

            Here’s the real US income tax law – for those won’t never bothered to look:

            -Exempt income, 26 CFR 1.861-8T(d)(2)(ii)

            -Income that is not exempt, 26 CFR 1.861-8T(d)(2)(iii).
            Source: ecfr dot gov
            Source: what is taxed dot (com)

            According to US tax law, most Americans don’t owe any income tax. Of course, the perps in govt – including tax court judges whose paycheck depends on this govt tax scam – will say Sec. 861 is frivolous, yet there it is, definition of Exempt income, AND the list of taxable income (income not exempt) IS CODIFIED in Sec. 861.

            Government = Politician
            Politician = Liar

          • anonfreepress

            Poly = Many
            Tics = Blood Suckers

          • dcizscumm

            gov=vile evil piggs

          • A. Levy

            BRAVO!

          • A Dubs

            They’ve rigged the game to mitigate our affect on the outcome of elections. Don’t shoulder the blame yourself. It’s on ‘them.’ And it really is us vs them.

        • Art Granda

          Get a rope ….

        • dcizscumm

          flame throwers while they are locked in session! crispy smokin hot dogs!

        • imadoofus

          Perhaps there is a bright side to the obamantions’ kow-towing to the mullahs in Iran. If he dithers long enough the mad mullahs might just do us a huge favor by conducting their first nuclear test on a re-flagged yacht running up the Potomac river…
          In any event, the only way currently see DC being fixed is a Debt of Honor event…

        • Rob

          All they will give. Once a nation voluntarily gives up their liberties ……… Not only do they lose them but lose all taste for them!

    • http://www.amazon.com/Gregory-Kay/e/B0037LL4VS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1354807628&sr=8-1 Greg Kay

      There’s a lot less difference between “us and them” these days than we like to pretend.

      • porchhound

        BINGO!!!

      • Rancho Del Valkayrie

        Yeah that being the SERVANTS of the citizens are nothing more than Mari Antoinette elitist pigs now.

    • TCinTheKnow

      In theory, in this Democracy, all you have to do is run against them, beat them in an election, and take their place at the table. In reality, they get over $ 300K from one payoff. Only a multi-billionaire would have enough money to self fund and challenge them. So the only Democracy we have left is for the super rich to attempt to buy their way into office. But why should they when it’s so much cheaper and easier to just own a few politicians instead.

      • dcizscumm

        you really think software in voting machines can not be changed remotely? look up diebold…made by Venezuelan commie pals of oscummbag

        • TessaC

          Actually the NEOCONS are more likely behind the ‘hacking’ of voting tallies. The method used is changing the days end ‘count’ on its way to the central office. This could be easily fixed if each precinct ‘called-in’ the count to the central office, then the precinct could watch a ‘display tally’ on the internet. proving the precinct’s count went thru correctly.
          We all know this system of vote fraud is neither Left or Right. The vote fraud is designed to assure ‘key political/corporate players’ get in.

          • dcizscumm

            yeah liar keep dreaming…ut leader in DC is a MAGGOT POS shill of depots!

        • http://consciouseffectiveparenting.info/ Carol

          Invented by secretary Hagels company.

      • Rancho Del Valkayrie

        You are correct as to the fact that the founders Democratic REPUBLIC has morphed into a straight up Democracy, which is simply mob rule. Instead of the REPUBLIC the founders innovated, as to meaning individualism.

        • TessaC

          Not exactly, Individualism. Inalienable Rights given by God, just for being born a human being.

      • Cathyaz

        Get Out of Our House dot com Take a look.

    • lib_erator

      Yep. You scratch my bu–er back and I will scratch yours.

    • Chriss Markey

      ===>>> TERM LIMITS

    • gillian2005

      Answer the phone–it’s the IRS calling.

  • ddanimald

    That’s just the campaign contributions. ;;-)
    Same thing happens with every government union at every level of government . Unions contribute to dems. and after they win sit down across the bargaining table to determine new raises and bennies. Now we have the most corrupt governments money can buy.

    • Rancho Del Valkayrie

      Uncle Sugar is the largest (employer) and highest paying unionized employer in the world.

  • Gary McCauley

    Time for these crooked bastards to go to jail, do not pass go

    • ddanimald

      do not collect $200 million dollars.

    • Cahal the Mad™

      Prison isn’t good enough for them, the grave is.

      • falseprophet123

        They get a break if it’s the grave. Two words. Colorado Supermax!

        • http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0ZjLeS_EDPvr5sryM71iRQ nunya fknbsness

          is treason and sedition…
          public hangings…leave them to rot as a warning.
          easy.

      • BOAROBOsigners

        ALMOST GOOD ENOUGH. They should be dragged behind a car first or maybe their brakes cut as they did my nephew and just yesterday THREATENED TO DO TO ME and my children using a USPS employee at my own mailbox to offer this threat.

    • Chriss Markey

      ===>>> TERM LIMITS

    • dcizscumm

      they will make a law that exonerates them,,,,u go to jail for parking tickets the scumbbagz go free as mmillionaires

  • skyking1000

    “Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D- Md.), the highest ranking Democrat on the House committee, received the most amount of money. He was given $363,600 with $124,350 of this coming from a single company — Northrop Grumman.”

    But…but…but…The NYT told me that only Republicans are the party of evil, greed, and big industry donations…Obviously the author must have somehow accidentally mistake the “D” key for the “R” key when this was being typed. Whew…I almost thought for a second a Democrat actually did something to erode civil liberties. I mean, the Democrat party is the party of diversity, free opinion, and acceptance, they could never possibly do anything wrong, they always have had such innocent intentions.

    • Tori

      And that lie is what keeps them free to continue to erode our liberties. Democratic credo: “Feed them pathos and they will follow you into oblivion.”

  • DeeJay

    These guys need to go to jail! All we have to do America is speak up and start being awake. We can’t let them operate anymore.

    • GI Joe

      They need to be shot for treason

      • DeeJay

        That would be nice but if we react violent and start violence, it will lead to martial law. Let them attack us first and we will squash them!

        • J. R. L.

          There is no need for them to attack – we have become neutered sheep.

          TERM LIMITS NOW

        • dan

          YOU and I are under attack by them….they physically spend your money and enact laws that take your freedoms away..that IMHO is an attack…….a response for starters would be to go to their meetings when they are home and …face them eye to eye with your questions and take none of their lies without a disrespectful response..THEY are not entitled to any RESPECT….because respect is earned…and they have not shown me any worthwhile deeds to earn my respect for any of them…even the good ones…who by the way should go home and stay there….refuse to go to the cesspool of DC…and maybe if enough stay away ..No quorum would be present…..imho

        • RLABruce

          Our Founding Fathers in the Federalist Papers didn’t say to wait for anything; when we see our government has changed from servant to master, we are to act! Hasn’t that already happened?

          • DeeJay

            I’m with you man! We have a couple assault rifles, still trying to get more ammo. So let’s stack up and kick some tyrant ass! 1776

  • OtrDave

    Keep voting for Incumbents! Put party affiliation over America and see what that gets you! We had a revolution as history will tell you!

  • Rick S

    These people are sickening – all of them!

    • OdinsAcolyte

      Makes one want to lay waste to that city so similar to those fabled twin cities of the Old Testament. I wouldn’t be so gentle as to use fire and brimstone.

  • ME

    Haven’t we had enough!
    The Left/Dems. are constantly attacking the Tea Party Americans.
    The Reps./GOP are always trying to hush and hide the Tea Party members within their party!
    Obama and his Admin. are not only anti-Tea Party, they target their members!

    And we are so often told how the Liberals/Democrats are champions of the little people, those without a voice…

    The world is truly upside down right now, you best remember this come 2014. It is our last chance to save America.

    • TessaC

      Try to remember the Left Propaganda is no different than the Right Propaganda. Most Americans are being fed a lot of HATE and a lot of LIES, hoping The People will turn on each other. The LEFT & RIGHT are innately fooled by corporate media. Present day NEWS on mainstream media is nothing more than a CORPORATE DELIVERY SYSTEM.

  • Clover11111

    Selling out for many dollars….SHAME!

  • RichPorardo

    The union donations / in-kind to the Dems dwarf this!!!!!! That’s where the real scandal lies. And how about the trial lawyers?????

  • Juan Valldez

    bought & paid for cocksuckers who pretend to represent voters while suckingthedicks of campaign contributors.

    What a effedupcountry we have now.

    • LawnJockey

      I couldn’t have said it better.

  • Ingsoc

    Any person who makes their anti-state sentiment known is shouted down by our one-party government for this very reason. The entire enterprise is compromised. The inmates are running the asylum and any political gamesmanship between the “two parties” is kabuki theatre aimed at keeping the masses subdued. You are labeled a “far-right conservative” regardless of what your positions as a whole are for pointing out the obvious path to ruin we are on.

  • snafubar

    What, this supposed to be some BIG SURPRISE????

    PuHlese.

  • Jack Crowe

    And what’s so shocking about this obvious story? Nothing new!

    • LawnJockey

      The best government money can buy.

  • snafubar

    lawmakers-oversee-government-surveillance-programs-receive-millions-intelligence-companies

    I’m sure they’re all over the Tea Party as well.

  • The Point

    These lawmakers, and federal workers who are connected to this or who are in the know and didn’t report it, needs to be in jail!

    • snafubar

      Agreed. Now what?

      • LawnJockey

        Gitmo.

  • MindBender4Liberty

    Wanna see the face of evil? Look at that woman in the blue dress.

    • RichPorardo

      Oh, thanks for that . . . I just threw up in my mouth a little . . .

      • NSSAToday

        Save a little for the next time you see that ugly mug in the blue dress.

    • LawnJockey

      I have been looking at the hag’s ugly mug for decades, she just won’t go away.

      • MindBender4Liberty

        Ive been haunted by Babs Mikulski’s bulldog face my whole adult life.
        It’s time to flush the toilet already.

        • datcv

          The lady in the photo is actually Dianne Feinstein but it all still applies. She is a government whore who would sell out her idiot San Francisco voters for more power.

  • Dan in CA

    The corruption is rampant in both parties, due to the pull of big money contributions to their re-election. There is no other answer to this except to demand term limits, as they will always find a way to go around, or just ignore the law. It is time that we the people demand term limits for every politician and Supreme Court Judge. If the President is limited to two terms (and he is), so should the Senators and Reps and Judges be limited to a defined time in power, say 12 years and that is it, no exceptions. Have you noticed that the vast majority of them stay in office way past a normal retirement age? I also believe it is time for them to be included in every law or policy they impose upon the people. NO more waivers or special benefits or exemptions from the laws they impose upon us. Who the hell do they think they are. some kind of special elite ruling class?

    • MindBender4Liberty

      Don’t forget they exempted themselves from any insider trading laws.

  • NSSAToday

    It doesn’t surprise me to see Slimestein’s ugly mug at the center of the picture…as for the rest, well, we do have the best government money can buy.

  • RichPorardo

    Also . . follow the “book sales” of politicians. Usually they are fueled by interest groups (unions etc) buying them by the caseload to launder money to whoever they want to buy. Cases in point . . Obama and the Hildabeast. Do you think anyone really read “Dreams from My Father”? (at least before he got selected).

  • suibneg

    a government that lies to its citizens is no government at all. we have not had a government in America for years now.

    • LawnJockey

      It is called a criminal enterprise.

  • LawnJockey

    Thank you for the list of who to vote out. Now how about a list of lobbyist family members of these elected scum? Their home addresses, kids’ school addresses and spouses names and employment info would be helpful too.

    • Mass Independent

      While they are fine with our Police State having all that information about us and our family members, I do wonder how they would feel if we had that information about them. Hypocrites all.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Gregory-Kay/e/B0037LL4VS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1354807628&sr=8-1 Greg Kay

    Hey, how about a warning before showing pictures of Feinstein? I might have been eating!

    • Mass Independent

      Agree! I intend to use that ne as an avatar soon.

    • Barry

      I was repulsed as well. Looks like my neighbor’s 16 year old bulldog.

  • Larchmonter445

    What we need is a governmental enema. The system is backloaded with these turds.
    You can’t trust anyone beyond their swearing in date. After that moment, the lobbyists own them. They come to Washington to get rich and re-elected, and they would sell out their own kids.

    This is the two-party system (joke) of democracy (joke) that we coerce other nations to adopt.

    These swine (elected officials) are all worthless. Anyone who thinks otherwise does not think. They want to believe that these frauds are better than the turds they truly are.

  • bddd

    Need a law that prevents such a conflict of interest. At least make them “launder” these “donations”!

  • imarepo

    Time to vote them all out people, tell everyone you know, we are being screwed, lied to and it’s time to WAKE UP

  • Barry

    It’s such a blatant conflict of interest, it’s nearly impossible to fulfill their oath to the American people.

    HANG’EM HIGH!!!

  • Vincent

    It’s so complicated but the one SIMPLE change that would make a huge difference in ALL of these scandals and cheats is term limits. It will be a war to get it done but its worth fighting for future generations.

  • Riki Kim

    America has the finest politician Whores money can buy I bet they don’t choke when they swallow

  • BringBackBeHeadings

    fcking criminals –

  • http://newworldisland.blogspot.com/ Arnoldr

    Thank you Joe. Now it’s time for the rest of us to help in continuing to expose the corruption throughout Washington. When the people wake up and demand accountability, honor and respect from our representatives then America has a chance of turning the country around, back into the constitutional republic it was originally established.

  • Vincent

    I live in the communist state of Massachusetts. The people here are so filled with the cool aid and the ignorance is revolting. Not a huge fan but Romney was right about his percentage comment. People fall into the category of Union, teachers (Union), public sector (union), welfare recipients (dragged to the voting booths), healthcare (Unions), Police Unions and the Rich elite public servants (enter the Kennedy’s).
    True story: In the early stages of the 2008 primary, Ted Kennedy decided he wasn’t ready for a female in the White House (Bengazi Bitch herself) so they tossed the Kennedy weight and support behind the Community organizer. The biggest political hypocrites in history (Kennedy’s ) not to mention biggest crooks are a prime reason this communist socialist buffoon is now in office.
    Ted Kennedy was the poster child for needing term limits. Left a girl for dead in a sinking car and supported the most dangerous President ever.
    But I do believe in karma….even if it comes in the form of a brain tumor.

  • JDsHandsomeSon

    And these are the contemptible swine who look down on us and tell us we have too much and we have to sacrifice. We have to give up to these thieves our income and our wealth and now our medical care. They want us to walk to work and live in communal homes, crammed in downtown ghettos to save the planet. They say we are greedy because we want to hold onto our meager belongings as they try to take them out of our hands. God, please let us see the day these fat pigs are bound and carted off to awaiting scaffolds in full view of cheering throngs of people screaming to see their heads held up after they’re chopped off.

  • jimmyjones05091968@yahoo.com

    Call for a Constitutional Convention.

  • Ben Ghazi

    Treason!

  • another_engineer

    I worked for a company that was going to be bought by L3 until they figured the book cooking was too extreme.

    Then the navy based company was sold off to an Italian company ..

    Military work is dirtier than pimp work.

  • remmy

    Thank God they are doing this for the money. It would be awful if they really cared.

  • doggma

    wyden only squeaked up thinking he might get greased a little more…..he’s tired of being on the bottom…..

    obozo and his claim of no lobbyist……

    he’s been quiet for a few days….maybe mooseel has taken his phone away……

  • ron

    The total lack of integrity in this country is demoralizing. Just today you have this incident with our politicians caught being paid off by companies, you have the boo hoo press complaining about the lack of media access to Carney who just laughs at them after it was them who failed to access the public with the truth about Obama and helped get him elected twice and that subjective news outlet MSNBC and Ed Schultz who was paid by the unions including the teachers union to report their propaganda. We have a president who not only is a habitual liar but was an embarrassment acting like a clown at a funeral. We have the house passing another budget bill that will put us billions more in debt with no end in sight fixing anything and a collapsing health care system. And what’s next? Amnesty that will only further hurt the American people and we pay for all this to be inflicted upon us. We are idiots…

    • Katana2011

      All so very true, but you need to replace billions with trillions.

  • malcom

    and the W h or es sell out America .

  • bigsurb

    What’s the mental state of well-paid untouchable criminals in high places.

    Why show up for work, dreaming about the new house, porn, drugs, getting laid, off to vacation…..but not the people’s business.

  • mark830

    I don’t think the founders had this in mind.

  • Cincinnatus

    All these CORRUPT low-lifes should be run out of government on a rail, and put behind bars.

  • WJ_texas

    And Obama gets a undeserved Nobel peace prize of 1 Million dollars. Wonder how that happened. Hillary gets 500k for each speech she gives where no reporters are allowed. But none of this investigated and treated as business as usual.

  • John Dalberg-Acton

    Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that can not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.

    And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that.

    There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men.

  • JT555

    Sure is a corrupt government for a cowardly people

    • atillathehunney

      LOL! Just what they deserve!

  • Guest

    Contrast those donations with their official, taxpayer funded salaries and then you’ll see who they truly serve.

  • atillathehunney

    Arrest them. Throw them in prison for taking bribes and kickbacks to influence legislation. Strip them of their offices and ban them from society. I would suggest tar and feathering, but that would be a waste of tar.

  • Eric Freeman

    The Ethics Committee would look into this, but they’re at a training seminar in Tahiti and won’t be back for two weeks.

  • opinionated_too

    Anything beyond their pay should be given to charity. Taking this money constitutes bribery.

    • atillathehunney

      Wow, you are so forgiving. This constitutes a violation of their oath of office. They need to be thrown out of office AND give the $$$ back. And lose their retirement, pensions and healthcare,

  • Jeffrey Gee

    How is it legal that intelligence agencies funded by taxpayers are swaying politicians with taxpayer money. They should all be in prison or worse!

  • in4d net

    Congress.

    That’s what a corrupt organization looks like.

    A Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization, that is. We, The People should throw the book at them. Never mind the whole impeachment thing, just charge them as conspirators under the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization Act, better known in law enforcement circles as the RICO Act.

    Why?

    It has more teeth. And seizure laws. And under seizure laws, the law enforcement agency does not have to prove that the people who are charged have actually done anything wrong in order to take their ill-gotten gains away from them. Perhaps we could apply that amount to balancing the budget, as small as their money is. But then under RICO we could also come after their cars, homes all over the world, and just about everything else they have gotten since the corruption started. In some cases that would work out to be everything they own. It’s about time somebody taught them that crime doesn’t pay.

    We could name the Democrat Party and the Republican Party as corrupt organizations and then go from there.

    After all, if it’s good enough for John Gotti, it should be good enough for John Boehner.

    • http://vitaminDCouncil.org/ EinRand

      I hate seizure laws and what they have done to innocent U.S. citizens all because local police departments directly benefit from them. (See Reason website). However, that being said, I agree Boehner is a TRAITOR. There’s iPhone footage on UTube of him reading the results of a vote off a teleprompter at the RNC to exclude Paul from the ticket BEFORE the vote had been taken.

  • Average Joe

    Crimlnals…..all. Justice will come a calling.

  • hydtguy

    If elected make it a crime to take anything except your pay.
    Simple. No club fed. Levenworth.

  • Carl Mertz

    Quote from the CATO Inst. To Congress,if government and Mr Obama do not follow the law then the USA Tax payer will do the same because they will feel laws mean nothing. This creates a American REVOLT, which then brings back respects for laws.

    • http://vitaminDCouncil.org/ EinRand

      I caught that. It made me feel better (less freaked out) that this was actually being stated before members of congress. I couldn’t believe it wasn’t headline news on CNN. Most people in the Military and LEO’s are pretty big about states rights and the preservation of the Constitution. Does Congress really think a grunt getting paid in worthless government fiat bank notes is going to put his life on the line to protect a despotic regime?

  • Jeffrey2099

    Seems like a conflict of interest. How do I get a piece?

    • sandiegojack

      Either last year or earlier this year, a Congressional Committee debated on restricting and/or prohibiting the use of information by elected members and anyone on their staffs from profiting from decisions taken about industry & business, but they said: “Nawh, we don’t think so. We like calling our stock brokers from the hall as soon as the committee breaks and placing long or short trades on companies on what was just decided.”
      No different than getting money from those looking for favoritism. Had enuf yet?

  • Bryan Jordan

    who would have thunk, the people in charge of spying on us – are also padding their wallets

  • StevenRobert
  • CelestiaQuesta

    And we wonder why so many make working in government a career.
    Theirs no fear of a franchise tax board or IRS like we tax payers who pay for this fraud.
    They’re the government.

  • NoName

    There is an American made product out there called the PrivacyCase that blocks this stuff. They have them on sale for the holidays at PrivacyCase dot com. Gotta love the free-markets ability to respond.

    • GeorgeInUT

      America(s) F’ Yeah!

      I’m getting one just to piss a body off.

  • T Moto

    We under the yoke of surveillance tyranny are screwed.

  • Major Kalhoun

    And who said it was just Republicans for sale? Looks like the entire federal government system is for sale cheap. And the big losers? American citizens.

  • https://www.facebook.com/mother.should.i Mother, should I trust the gov

    How does this not equate to a kickback?

  • jack prong

    All these people in Congress believe they’re doing the peoples’ work however they’ve hit the equivalent of the Power Ball Lottery in personal wealth for themselves, their families, many friends and associates. They plunder and loot the wealth of the American public via dark pools of capital, strip money out for themselves. You can’t question them about it. No Star Chamber. The idiots line up everyday and vote for the same jerks every year because they’re told to do it. Better vote for that incumbent or you’ll pay, they scream at you in dumb ads. you’re paying idiotic taxes already so might as well vote them all out. start over.

    • http://vitaminDCouncil.org/ EinRand

      Agreed. However the lawyers turned lawmakers attended university and thus must have taken a basic economics class, and therefore must know that what they are doing is destroying the value of the dollar. So, Congressman X has a couple million dollars in the bank. The dollar implodes, and there are people rioting in the street. Do they think they can hide behind unpaid police officers? Things will get ugly when Joe Sixpack can’t put food on the table.

  • libknocker

    WE have the best government money can buy!!!

  • Russel Trust

    Can anyone name a more corrupt Senator than mine, Diane Feinstein?

    • Kathleen3

      NJ Robert Menendez.

      • LawnJockey

        You mean “Quanta para la ninia” Menendez?

    • The Masked Avatar

      That rhymes.

    • Cliff_Skridlow

      Dingy Harry

  • AManCalledDa-da

    Time for all of them to either resign, or go to jail. Or both. How much longer are we going to put up with this? What time is it?

  • dan

    ALL are Constitutional traitors,liar’s and thieves…….and those that vote for these people and the many others in congresss like them , are just as guilty for the demise of this country as these sitting politicians……..imho

  • TreeOfLibertyNeedsRefreshing

    I had a longer drawn out response which I deleted. More simply put I will echo AMallCalledDa-da’s comment….WHAT TIME IS IT?

  • Leland64

    Oh no! I’m shocked! Politicians bought and paid for! How else would a guy like Harry Reid become a millionaire on a government salary?

  • Fellowship of the Saints

    This is very similar to what organized crime does, bribe the jury to get a hang jury or not guilty vote . Only here we have the intelligence community (O.C) bribing every member who sits on the committee. All who have taken money should step down .

    Peace

  • tweebo colluns

    Seriously, can you blame the Senators? They have no real skills, and their only raison d’etre is to be a gatekeeper to government money. When they leave the Senate what are they going to do, work at McDonalds? Nobody wants to talk to, listen to, or pay an ex-senator (excepting Clinton).

    • http://vitaminDCouncil.org/ EinRand

      Not true. Its the reverse. The scraps they get in bribes are nothing in compared to what the receive on the other side of the revolving door. They get money from company X, pass legislation that helps X monopolize industry Y, and then when their term is over get a job as a ‘consultant’ (read someone with pull who can get people on the inside of congress to pay attention to them) with the company that pays hundreds of thousands per year, It’s not what you know, but who you know. A nation of men, and not laws. Thats the real reason for gun control (abolition) – As time goes by it becomes clear to the citizens that Jefferson was right about the second amendment being the last resort.

  • LawnJockey

    And they call Snowden a traitor.

  • http://treeofmamre.wordpress.com/ John Scotus

    Why are committee members allowed to accept campaign contributions from corporations who have any relationship to the domain they oversee? This sets up an automatic conflict of interest and at a minimum gives the appearance of impropriety even if none exists. It is common sense that it should be against the law. Of course, this is the US government we are talking about, so forget common sense or legality.

  • krell51

    Just plain bribery and malthesis in office. All should be in prison cells for life.

  • Joe

    Two minutes of Googling and it already shows hypocrisy on Ruppersberger’s side. This dirtbag will brag how we need to push forward with Cispa (see his website) blaming China on hacking US while at the same time the company he takes money/bribes from (Northrop Grumman) is known, on record (and currently in legal dispute with Government) to be heavily working and serve Chinese government. What a fat bastard with stick hands!

  • Not-Jello Biafra

    Capital offense. Bribe or lobby an elected official is death. Any politician that is caught accepting bribes or accepting gifts from a lobbyist..death.

  • candes1

    And can anyone explain why they are all not in jail right now? Can their individual states throw them into jail? They all sold OUR SOULS to the devil. They need ran out of town!

    • BarrySar2row

      Simple.. The “Government” does not represent the American people.

  • http://yahoo.com/ james thomas

    Term limits and outlawing all lobbying is the only way to save the Republic. Otherwise the Union is doomed or God help us, worse.

  • stormykitteh

    So the trough really does extend far beyond the trough of taxpayers monies. Who would have thought?

  • HarleyFreedom

    There is no greater threat to your freedom, liberty, privacy, finances, livelihood and possibly your life than the parasitic “government” and it’s police state.

  • D.Sanchez

    When your “leaders” call themselves “lawmakers” you end up in a police state.

  • Liberals are really communists

    The “government” is an openly hostile force, bent on destroying the freedom , liberty, and Constitution that I took an oath to defend ‘Against enemies ‘foreign AND DOMESTIC. Band together with your local countrymen/women to resist the coming tyranny.

  • brodave

    The current US Federal Government is totally corrupt, bankrupt and broken far beyond repair.

    It is now time to abolish the current broken US Federal Government and replace it with a much, much smaller, much, much less intrusive and much, much less expensive Constitutional Central Government.

    Just do it!

  • http://vitaminDCouncil.org/ EinRand

    The argument for Lobbying is to ensure members of congress are informed by many different groups within an industry? After the communications revolution in the age of the internet, why the money? With some twenty lobbyist on K street for every Congressman, money talks. This is crony-capitalism, not a free-market. Lobbying equals BRIBERY? !

  • Sally Smith

    .Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 462 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc. http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

  • Doc Lem

    Well, that just figures and it’s all a good reason to impeach some the greediest officials for corruption and taking bribes.

  • fr0thing

    The government-military complex is alive and well. But don’t forget there is also the government-media complex, the government-education complex, the government-labor complex – the list goes on and on!

  • Bagocolts

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. These are the documented contributions and don’t include the rolls of 100 dollar bills passed in lunch and dinner napkins to the representatives and their staffs. It doesn’t include the trips to the fancy sky boxes at stadiums all around the country. It doesn’t include the rides in the corporate jets to just about anywhere the representative wants to go. It doesn’t include the free stays in vacation homes and villas throughout the world owned by corporate titans. It doesn’t include all the family members on the staff payrolls and campaign committee, contributor payrolls. It doesn’t include the nice jobs for staff members in contributor’s businesses once they leave the rep. The list goes on and on and I don’t care what state you live in or what party you are affiliated with, they ALL do it at every level state and federal. It is big business and their livelihood. It makes them millionaires overnight. Don’t tell me about financial disclosure laws or campaign disclosure laws…. laws for politicians and staff, written by politicians and staff and they rarely work unless you really step on it literally.

    Political corruption has and always will exist-but the United States of America has truly perfected it as a science and a discipline. Admittedly, I am now pontificating… but I bet if we really, really knew the extent of all this, we would probably never watch another political news show or read an article realizing that our individual opinions matter about as much as do a communist peasant’s hoeing a ditch in gulag.

  • dpk63

    This is the type of corruption we need to stop. NO DONATIONS.

  • Bolio

    This stinks

  • lj hog

    string the whole lot of ‘em up!!

  • Kedzie

    The corruption of our elected officials fills me with despair and disgust. Short of a all out revolution the situation is hopeless and we are helpless to do anything about it.

  • TheGrittyEdge

    and so it goes………. no one watches the watchers….. fellow US citizens….. WE ARE BEING FVKD … bend over and enjoy it……………

  • Vlad Psychotrope

    They and their families have robbed and destroyed what was America. I think most Americans would agree, that in a sane world, they would be hanging for what they’ve done!

    • VoteLoud

      Waterboard for the truth!

  • anonfreepress

    Ever notice we have a Fortune 500 and a little over 500 in Congress?

  • stacker

    Every special interest including foreign governments run the government. Campaign finance and lobbyist need reforming or will see more Banker/wall-street bailouts, bad trade deals, every program/deal is a ripoff.

  • anonfreepress

    General Dynamics = God Damn

  • anonfreepress

    Booz Allen had access to all the data and more that Snowden was privy to, and they seem to have given the least- imagine how much data others must have access to- if we could only get one of their employees to please blow the damn whistle- now would be a good time. Fly to Ecuador first.

  • myvoice2

    How you all like being sold to the highest bidder? With your own money, I might add

  • Jim Robinson

    A total lack of integrity which is a basic tenet of a civil society.

  • greggebhardt

    Yep, this is how our government works so poorly! It is wht the government will NEVER allow us to gain control over them again. They would do anything include killing us to prevent their power from being diminished! We work for them now!

  • Robert Mull

    That is why they need term limits, The house should be 1 2 year term and the senate 1 6 year this way they do not have to worry about re-election. They should also get no retirement and should not be allowed to work in any type of government after their one term.

  • FlyntLoc

    So if this is the best government money can ‘buy’, maybe we need to look into that ‘Lemon Law’ thing.

  • Waiting4

    Center for public integrity? There is no ‘public integrity’!

  • Waiting4

    Get used to it because it’s going to continue as the GOP’s intramural fighting is simply guarantying that Hillary will win in 2016 and the same crap will go on and on.

  • Tom_EE

    This exemplifies the foresight our Founding Fathers had when wrote our 2nd Amendment!

  • Thomas Eftim

    The fix is in. This is organized crime at its highest levels. I mean the Italian Mafia could of never dreamed about having this kind of power over the people. Voting has proven to be a failure at changing this entrenched power structure. These folks stay in power for decades. Most of what they do is in secret. If they want to keep the union together, I see only one way to address this. You need amendments to the Constituion on Term Limits, especially on these Intelligence Committees. No more than six years, period.

  • Jim Quinn

    I would say ,this might be an issue….I wonder if there are any up there that ran on Tea Party…

  • Patriot67

    Okay since there is proof this is going on, lets arrest these criminals and set a court date!

  • http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005AN3TK0 FaceliftMask

    Their kickback pale in comparison to insider trading notifications they receive as both parties get fat and happy at the taxpayer’s expense.

  • rosswill

    Term Limits. Now.

  • Jim Quinn

    The only party you did not see on here ,,,,was the TEA PARTY……now you know why the R’s and the D’s are so set against them..

    • Tim

      I’d argue that ‘any’ political mindset, even a more socialist one could elect a ‘clean’ candidate who would fight this corruption also, but it just so happens that it was the Conservatives who ‘woke up’ first, have elected TRUE, UNCORRUPT, grassroots people into politics first and those ‘grassroots’/untainted politicians have found corruption so deep that no one could imagine just how bad it was and these ‘lone’ politicians, who happen to be conservative (it could have just as easily been fed up lefties who elected uncorrupt people who ran into this corruption and they’d be treated no different by the NWO bandits in power), would find it.

      Folks, you MUST put the false Left/Right paradigm aside to figure out that we’ve been set against each other in this country as ‘cover’ for these criminals to rob the store during our argument.

  • Jack_Kennedy

    and more proof of why the crooks ………… politicians and crony capitalists…………. hate the Real Americans/TeaParty

    No wonder why boerner has been going nuts against the Real Americans/TeaParty ………… cuz WE dare to try and cut OFF the bribe money going to his and his crony buddies

  • John Robert Norton

    greedy ego minded better than you politicians , they don’t need to answer questions from the people who put them there, you made the choice to vote this crooked crew back in there positions of greed ego minded better than you politicians . we get nowhere they get rich

  • Herman Vogel

    Now you know how someone that claims they only make $178K a year end up with Millions after just a few years in congress. One more reason for Term Limitations.

  • TJtruthandjustice

    I’d love to know what kind of “goods” the “intelligence community” has on Barbara Feinstein! She is totally Ownd, clearly!

  • dcizscumm

    EVIL VILE PIGG COKKKSUKERS need punishment!when will DC be HIT with nukes and exterminate the vermin destroying AMERICA!!!

  • dcizscumm

    Obama fired top generals and staff all on nyclear programs…now he can false flag attack the USA blame Iran and get in wars for global profits!

  • Hologram5

    And this is inherently what is wrong with our political system. Fire them ALL!

  • dahick

    THIS IS WHAT THE NEXT CIVIL WAR WILL BE ABOUT. ITS LONG OVERDUE. IT WILL BE BLOODY. TIME TO PUT THEM ALL OUT OF BUSINESS. HOW DO WE START?

    • matism

      With their “Law Enforcement” enablers. Every one of them swore an oath to the Constitution before they pinned on that badge. That oath is their ONLY source of authority. Yet NOT EVEN ONE OF THEM will bother to honor that oath.

  • Betsy Smith

    Is this legal?

    • LawnJockey

      They make the laws.

      • Betsy Smith

        Government of the politicians, by the politicians, for the politicians.

      • Betsy Smith

        They are supposed to make laws we consent to.
        Who would consent to this?
        Only those who profit thereby.

  • ImBackBishes

    Ban the corporations from campaign contributions, and no, they are not people, they are the devil.

    • matism

      And unions as well? Or are you merely sucking that dick?

  • Stingray_3440

    Criminal acts against the American people. Treason on an epic scale.

  • imadoofus

    This is just another example of the corruption that comes with career politicians and staffs.
    They are committing crimes in plain view, using the power of elected office as their shield.
    Every single so-called representative that accepts contributions (read Bribes), from the entities they are supposedly over-seeing, should be lined up on the lower steps of the capitol building and executed. In public.
    Along with the entire progressive caucus…

  • Kevin Jones

    And folks this is why our Country has failed, our elected officials have sold out and failed the voters. The american way

    • LawnJockey

      String em up.

  • George Shaw

    Campaign contribution is just another name for a bribe. That’s all this is, bribery, plain and simple. They constantly play with language to manipulate the public. Support the constitution and they label you a terrorist. Unmitigated arrogance! Who do these people think they are? These politicians are traitors who only care to line their own pockets. Both political parties are nothing more than gangs, stealing from the public and screwing us over at every turn.

  • Hopsaregood

    And this should surprise us?

  • dogwonder

    Chronie capitalism at it’s finest, how do we stop this kind of political incest?

    • David1018

      We don’t. The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people when it comes to political donations. Corporations have taken over our government and “We the People” don’t stand a chance.

      • LawnJockey

        It is very hard to do. An individual has First Amendment protections, when two or more individuals get together do they loose their First Amendment protections? Where is the line drawn?

  • Barry Bin Inhalin

    And this, L&G, is the what, why and how our Gubmint has come to a screeching halt and seems to not work for ‘the people’ anymore. This entire lot of traitors should be tried and if found guilty of treason for personal gain while in elected office, hanged by the neck until dead. This worked for us before, it can work again.

  • RightStuff

    Maybe we should have laws like in North Korea where some of the contributors and some of the contributees are tried and convicted of being worse than dogs and scum. Executions to follow.

  • Unreal Uknow

    Say it isn’t so!

  • mdavis223

    Outlaw ALL political donations, PERIOD. Same with lobbyists and PACs. Those with $$$ have an undo influence over the government through these mechanisms.

    • LawnJockey

      Easy to say, hard to do.

  • thenewEMPIRE

    They’re all liars and thieves!!

  • hdevo

    Soon the sword of freedom and justice will be raised and God help those who have made millions of Americans suffer, For there will be no forgiveness in the hearts of the victors, a new America will rise. MOLON LABE

  • KinghenryvIIIiI

    It pays to be be supreme rulers

  • Tj707

    The evil Diane Feinstein will throwaway our constitutional liberties, for money. What does that make her? A treasonous or a slut.

    • KinghenryvIIIiI

      Both, and a very ugly b****

      • LawnJockey

        You got something against dogs?

  • KinghenryvIIIiI

    Wonder if they are able to get health insurance

  • Tim

    Criminals at the top have gone unjailed for many years now. From those military industrial complex’ers who profited from the staged 9/11 terror attacks, to the banks and investment firms who robbed America in the Housing crisis and the politicians who were complicit in all of the recent crimes regarding Benghazi, Fast & Furious, NSA Spy State’s Violation of the whole Country’s 4th Amendment Rights (which should be TREASON/HANGING trials!) and on and on and on and on.

    Folks, we have a CRIMINAL GOVERNMENT in charge of our country and they’ve built a CRIMINAL police force under DHS control in order to protect them from ‘the people’ when we have had enough and go to get justice.

    • KinghenryvIIIiI

      You deserve the gold plan for your post. But , since you oppose governments right to be in all aspects of your life, and spend any wealth you may incur, you get bronze. They are watching you, be very very careful.

  • wellOKthen

    StandupAmericaUS org

  • RLABruce

    It used to be that patriotism was the biggest factor in deciding to run for office, but that concept isn’t cool in the pop culture anymore. Does anyone really believe that the vermin who run for public office nowadays do so in order to make our country better? The sole motivation now is purely personal power, nothing more.

    • ZigZ

      Framers wanted senators to answer to state legislatures not corporate lobbyists. Repeal of 17th Amendment would drain federal alphabet soup overnight.

  • Charles Quarles

    Wow, a reporter just now figuring this out. Our government is not one for the people, but one for the lobbyist.

    • K9_00BK

      Remember, the reporter (note I did not use the word journalist) is a product of the Imperial controlled public education system. That alone is a good reason it took him so long to figure out the congressional compensation program. The way education is run today, I’m surprised the reported can read.

  • srw

    No mention of spouses or other relatives that receive business from these companies and prosper by inside info. Diane Feinstein at the top of the list.

    • LawnJockey

      Harry Reid and family are right up there.

  • Emmanuelle Goldstein

    They also receive truck-loads of cash from health related companies and the big drug companies. These crooks need to be jailed, including the leader.

  • Cunning Linguist

    The best politicians money can buy.

  • Vote_them_all_out

    Term limits and criminalize lobbying this will stop. Do what is best for the country, not yourself or your wallet…go home…no sense
    in these people even being in washington year round, or being paid 200k+ a year with lifetime benefits

    as it stands now these politicians have one job, lie to get elected, lie on top of a lie to get re-elected.

  • doug mccusker

    Repeal both the 16th and 17th Ammendments! MOLON LABE

    • ZigZ

      17th first! End the career politician.

  • Brian

    No conflict of interest here..

  • Boo

    If you don’t have a politician. All you have to do is just go buy one or all you can afford. Time for a change. Thank you very much Fiengold-McCain~

  • Boo

    I say *uck the cesspool federal government just like they are *ucking the tax payer.

  • A-O

    Graft. Members of both parties participate. Vote them out.

  • A. Levy

    Today’s Question:

    Q: What is the difference between congress and a house of prostitution?
    A: Congress’s prices are (much) higher.

    • JJnTX

      And a house of prostitution at least meets a market need.

      • LawnJockey

        And you get something for your money.

  • flitpriss

    The best Congress money can buy.

  • JJnTX

    Well, voting them out doesn’t seem to work. What’s next?

    • zonable

      Term limits, no pensions, then back into the work force.

      • JJnTX

        Agreed. And if that doesn’t happen, it will pretty much be revolt time.

  • Nick Weller

    They should all be hung in public!

    • LawnJockey

      That is what lamposts are for.

  • Nick Weller

    I hope the Dollar CRASHES and the American money becomes WORTHLESS!

    • zonable

      Riiiiiiight. That would really help us working folks a lot, wouldn’t it?

  • The_Exile

    If you think this is bad, just wait until you learn how some of these companies can rig electronic voting machines with the help of the NSA… Silly people, you cannot vote out tyranny. No country ever has!

    • realclearconservative

      Nov 6, 2012, I was one of many who, when casting our electoral ballots, were told we had already voted for…wait for it……..BHO. Although the poll workers claimed to have corrected the ‘problem’ after 20-30 minutes and we were allowed to actually cast our votes, I DO NOT TRUST that the ‘problem’ was truly corrected.

  • BigBrotherIsWatching

    The only way to fix this corruption is to take business out of government and government out of business. The Supreme Court was wrong when it ruled that corporations have the same rights as individuals when it comes to the political process (campaign contributions, etc.). This gives corporations undue influence over the political process since they are able to contribute far more money than an individual person. And on top of that, corporations get special tax privileges that individuals do not receive. This is not the first time in history something like this happened, last time it was the East India Trading company and it took the 1776 revolution to end it. I wonder what it will take this time?

    • manapp99

      You can’t bribe an innocent person. If lawmakers had integrity the money corporations have would make no difference.

  • VetMike

    Seriously? And do they actually believe that this doesn’t effect their votes? Do they really think we are that stupid?

    • zonable

      “Do they really think we are that stupid?” Yes, they do!

      • ken.patson

        And for the most part, I think the voters have proven them right. :(

      • VetMike

        Agreed. It is clear that many voters ARE that stupid. After all, these azz clowns keep getting re-elected.

    • manapp99

      What they know is that we can do nothing about it. We can get outraged and it might even rank an “investigation” but in the end nothing will change and they can go on collecting from their clients.

  • zonable

    Crooks, that’s all they are. The ruling class; career politicians getting fat and sassy off their “contributions.” Solution? Term limits, no pensions. That’s what “citizen” representatives should get. Then? Back into the workforce with the rest of us.

  • Origanalist

    So, let me see if I have this right. These companies donate to the politician. The politician then takes our money and. awards these companies contracts for spying on us. These politicians also stops legislation to cut back on the spying on citizens.

    The politician then has plenty of money for re-election campaign, get’s re-elected and the sheeple shout huzzah!

  • Christopher Chuter

    military coup in necessary and needed

    • Wyrdless

      NSA is already taking over the government. The coup has already happened.
      The NSA can spy on the president, supreme court, federal judges, billionaires and anyone else with influence

      Once the NSA knows their secrets, it is a simple matter to extort them.
      It is called a ‘palace guards coup’ and is very common in history

  • davedoesthetruth

    TRAITORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • susanna

    why to you think these b a s t a r d s are getting so rich so quickly? they are in there for the take Until we can h a n g them all it will not change.

    • Doug Heath

      Have been yelling hang the traitors for some time. Thanks for joining in.

  • Wyrdless

    Bribing congress has the highest ROI of any business move.
    Why develop a product and market it when you can bribe government officials and they can go out and collect the money for you.

    http://visual.ly/amazing-roi-corporate-lobbying

    When the government says you have to buy something like health insurance or groping your daughter at the airport, you better do it. If you don’t they will kidnap you and steal your house

  • lyingmedia

    Government will never reign in itself. Only the people can do something about it.

  • crazyredneck

    Nothing short of the elimination of most of what the federal government does is an acceptable solution to the problems we face in this country. Most officials, elected or appointed, departments and functions now performed by the general government are susceptible to compromise by bribery, legal or otherwise. There is no reforming most of it. Only those functions specifically permitted by our constitution, and, in some cases, changing the constitution to eliminate some functions, should be performed by the general government. Clauses whose meaning have changed without amendment since the adoption of the constitution should be amended to give more specific definition, especially the commerce clause. Cut out the cancer. Do not attempt to reform it. You can’t. You cut it out and you replace it with nothing.

  • Larry

    TERM LIMITS. Do what is necessary to install some form of term limits. From the day they are elected they begin building campaign war chests from money received from ‘special interests’. They DO NOT work for us and what they are doing borders on treason.

  • john_freeman0130

    I’m shocked, simply shocked! I never suspected a politician could be bought.

  • spider

    OK, everyone comment on your outrage then run along back to your pop tarts and latte’s. I think there’s a sale at the Nike outlet, Hey look…Walmart is having a sale on TV’s. I need a new I-phone. Talk, talk, talk, talk. Hell of a lot of good it’s doing. When is someone going to finally throw a punch?

  • BalsterFudd357

    What do we expect ….
    Prostitution IS the oldest profession!

  • Bill Mattingly

    You have to be kidding !!! Our bought and paid for WHORES taking campaign money( maybe more ) from the same people they hand OUR TAX money to….. Say it isn’t SO !!!!!

  • Stev Vale

    Washington D.C. “Den of Crooks”.
    They use YOUR tax money to spy on YOU!
    Meanwhile, the politicians you elect laugh all the way to the bank.

  • MICHAELNOC

    SOLUTION?….TERM LIMITS!

  • Mike

    $1 is too much for any of these companies to give to any government official. They should be forced to resign. Any government official receiving any funds from any company for any reason should be forced to resign. These people seek these positions for the wrong reasons, they are greedy thugs selling out for a few pieces of silver. The Supreme court was dead WRONG, the courts have been bought. The Supreme Court held in Citizens United that it was unconstitutional to ban free speech through the limitation of independent communications by corporations, associations, and unions, i.e. that corporations and labor unions may spend their own money to support or oppose political candidates through independent communications like television advertisements. This ruling was frequently interpreted as permitting corporations and unions to donate to political campaigns.

  • ancientemplar

    would you really expect anything different?…….follow the money, ALWAYS.

  • David Benner

    Follow the money.

  • David Harrison

    I remember when they used to call them Kickbacks.

  • Lackto Ringwald

    They are all criminals. What is all this money spent on? Spying on American citizens. The biggest threat to America is in Wash DC.

  • MICHAELNOC

    DIANNE FEINSTEIN HAS ACCRUED A NET WORTH OF 70 MILLION DOLLARS…
    PRETTY GOOD, CONSIDERING HER ANNUAL SALARY IS ONLY $174K & SHE DIDN’T HAVE A POT TO PI$$ IN BEFORE ENTERING POLITICS!

    • MICHAELNOC

      It’s no wonder these politicians spend MILLIONS to get a 6 figure job.

      • Ratt Stone

        Bingo !

  • Chrisput

    THIS is the Military Industrial Complex. This is also why the Useless “War on Drugs” is still in place. ALWAYS FOLLOW THE DOLLARS!!!

  • Allen Kidwell

    How is that not corruption ? Would it be eithical for a judge to take contributions from someone that will appear before the court ( NO!!!)
    If a police officer that was investigating a crime took a donation to the Police Association from a possible suspect would that not be unethical ? And since the law allows for members of congress that have served a minimum of two terms in office . An do not run for reelection to keep any money in their campaign account for personnel use.

  • Joltin Joe

    Nope, no conflict of interest here folks. Just more of the same. Just like congress can not be charged with insider trading. WAKE UP people!!!

  • Allen Kidwell

    We need to follow the example set by the people of Iceland. After the world financial melt down they prosecuted the Bankers and threw the entire government out an started over . That’s probably why the U.S. News is not talking about it

  • tgcrawford

    Quid quo pro. These “politicians” are making laws, while being paid off by corporations. These people are criminals.

  • Chuck (Smithfix) Smith
  • Kick

    How is that not treason. Look at these bloated scumbags.

  • Ratt Stone

    Corruption and payouts as plain as day, and no way to stop it. I am afraid our country is lost and anyone trying to stop this will just get, audited, spied on, swatted, or just disappear.

  • Angelicus1

    How Feinstein the liberal accumulates her wealth.

    • Ratt Stone

      Exactly, under Bush, Feinstein’s husbands middle east civil engineering company made a cool $8 Billion.

  • The Dude Abides

    We’ve been warned from long ago from the likes of Jefferson and Madison all the way to present day by Ron Paul and the members of the tea party and oathkeepers, it will come to a head sooner or later, be prepared, the communist never quit and they have our country in a stranglehold…

    “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
    Abraham Lincoln

    “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
    James Madison

    “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”
    ― Thomas Jefferson

    “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as the souls who live under tyranny.”
    ― Thomas Jefferson

    “The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.”
    ― Thomas Jefferson

    And my favorite of them all…

    “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.”
    ― Thomas Jefferson

  • OdinsAcolyte

    Just like attorneys. They probably haven’t had to consider ethics. That is what we get for letting lawyers run the nation. SHAME.

  • The Dude Abides

    “Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
    ― Thomas Jefferson

    “Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.”
    ― Thomas Jefferson

  • buckroy

    How is this possible? Why can we not do anything about it? Are we so jaded that we just turn a blind eye to this corruption?
    People, please, let’s put an end to this crime against us! Vote these Bums out of office!

    • Ratt Stone

      I wish we could, but I am afraid some of these Politicians are jerrymandered into their Districts deeper than an Alabama Sea Tick.

  • Corpseman57

    How do you keep the public from complaining? Spy on them and keep a strong internal army.

  • yabecoo

    Whore house!!

  • Robert M. McAdam

    This country had devolved into a one party system run by a dictator. Crony capitalism encouraged by both parties. How else did Paul Ryan become a millionaire while being in the House since the age of 28?

  • SargintRock

    There it is! The time of cleansing is at hand!

  • bernie

    Oh yeah. They will protect us, right? This sh*t has got to stop. You can control the purse strings and governance of the intelligence community if you are getting a kickback or paid off. It’s ludicrous that this is even happening. What happened to all the Americans?

  • Jesse Toler

    Outright bribery. War at home is eminent. How shameful.

  • dolladollabillyall

    Sounds like some companies don’t know how to play ball. They had better get in the game, and give til it hurts, or they could be left out in the cold. Surely an “intelligence” company should know that about our government by now…

  • joejoe

    The problem is campaign contributions. This is legalized bribery. We must ABSOLUTELY FORBID corporations, unions, even private people from contributing to campaigns. We must publicly pay FOR ALL CAMPAIGNS. Even if this costs us a trillion dollars, it will still be worth it!
    And we should PAY MORE to public officials: 300k, 400k. It should be a great job that attracts great people. BUT THEY CAN’T TAKE ANY OTHER MONEY! I know I’m right.
    Think about it.

  • elizabethrc

    Expose these hypocrites and kick them out of office. They are nothing but money grubbing opportunists who seek to get rich with taxpayer money and are in the back pocket of these ‘contributors’.

  • Will

    An Honest Politician is one that stays bought!

  • BillyGoat

    Eisenhower warned of the dangers of the MIlitary-Industrial Complex over 50 years ago. But, I know our politicians could not possibly read history, since the don’t even read the bills that they pass.

  • Distressed7

    Yes, we are in war and the enemy ain’t Al-Qaeda.

  • Conspiracy_Fax

    I don’t see any conflict of interest. Just because you give me a million dollars does not

    mean that I would feel any obligation to you in any way or be influenced to protect

    your position or interests at all

  • Liberius Cato

    No corruption here, nothing to see, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

  • Mary Brown

    This needs to be made illegal, and anyone taking suck contributions tried for corruption and jailed for life.

  • Boni Biggun

    We used to be a Constitutional Republic. We were turned into a communistic corporatist “de MOC racy” A.K.A. MOB RULE led by CRIMINALS!
    “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”
    “The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
    1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
    2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
    3. From courage to liberty;
    4. From liberty to abundance;
    5. From abundance to complacency;
    6. From complacency to apathy;
    7. From apathy to dependence;
    8. From dependence back into bondage”
    At which stage in this sequence do you believe our once great nation is currently in? At which stage?

  • Arizona

    TREASON,in hebrew,is spelled ROPE IN ENGLISH,its to late to FIX america,but its not to late to get ready,YOU ARE GOING TO BE ATTACKED,the BANKERS have no intention of going to prison,they would rather see everyone dead,IF your not ready for a RED DAWN,from china and russian,you will die,PERIOD,no ifs ands or buts,YOU WILL DIE and the russians will get everything you own,THATS what they were promised to come here….and they don’t plan to leave without it……………..GET CLOSE TO THE LORD,he can and will save you,don’t wait to long,when their kicking in your doors will be to late……………..

  • jim bob

    oh, but that doesn’t influence their decisions !!!!!! bunch of rat bastards !!!!!!



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