Seventy-two members of Congress have signed a letter to President Obama telling him to issue an Executive Order preventing federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity. But a lot of others haven’t. We decided to tally the money these AWOL members have taken from LGBT interests such as the Human Rights Campaign, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and others for their support of LGBT issues over the years. Guess who tops the list?
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday May 7, 2012 10:55 am|
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday December 31, 2009 8:00 am|
There’s no reason that members should be taking contributions from industries they regulate as members of a committee. Nor should they be on one that pays an immediate family member. Evan Bayh’s wife went around soliciting participation on boards of businesses regulated by the Senate Banking Committee when her husband was appointed. Family members are one of the principal ways that cash finds its way into the pockets of members of Congress (Tom DeLay, Tom Daschle, Chris Dodd, etc. etc.)
If a member of Congress feels the need to take donations from a particular industry, or if their family member feels a strong need to do so, the member should resign from the committee and find a different one. There are plenty of ways to serve that don’t involve such conflicts of interest.