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The 10 Worst Congressmen
Several publications publish worst congressmen lists. Here are some current ones from The Nation and Esquire magazine.
Congressmen Bought and Paid for by NRA
- The NRA's Favorite Congressmen | ThinkProgress
The NRA is a big spender when it comes to lobbying and campaigns. ThinkProgress investigated the NRA’s contributions to Members of Congress and — lo and behold — the most heavily NRA-backed congressman are leading the charge against new gun violence
The Nation--Slide Shoe--10 Worst Congressmen You've Never Heard Of
- Slide Show: The 10 Worst Members of Congress You've Never Heard Of | The Nation
A slide show of the ten worst members of Congress you've never heard of.
Esquire's 10 Worst Members of Congress Elected in 2010
1. Joe Barton, R Texas
2. John Kyl, R Arizona
3. Joe Lieberman, Independent Connecticut
4. Ben Nelson, D Nebraska
5. Charlie Rangel, D New York
6. Pete Stark, R California
7. David Vitter, R Louisiana
8-10 The Crazy Circus
8. Michele Bachman--R Minnesota
9. Steve King--R Iowa
10. Louie Gohmert--R Texas
Esquire Magazine's 10 Worst Members of Congress Elected in 2010
- Worst Members of Congress 2010 - Most Offensive Senators and Representatives - Esquire
We weeded through all the crazy in this year's Congress to come up with some top offenders
Esquire's 10 Worst Congressmen Elected in 1958
!. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I Connecticut
2. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R Georgia
3. Rep Michele Bachmann, R, Minnesota
4. Sen. John Cornyn, R, Texas
5. Rep. Pete Stark, D, California
6. Rep. W. Jefferson, D Louisiana
7. Rep. Steve King, R. Iowa
8. Rep. Joe Baca, D California
9. Rep. John Murtha, D. Pennsylvania
10. Sen. Ted Stevens, R Alaska
The 10 Worst Congressmen according to Esquire Magazine
- The 10 Worst Members of Congress - 2008 Election - Esquire
The competition was staggering, and for every one on this list, there are five who could just as easily have stood in. Ladies and gentlemen, the very worst of the worst.
The 10 Worst Congressmen
Rolling Stone's 10 Worst Congressmen
1. Dennis Hastert, R- Illinois--The Highway Robber
2. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin--The Little Dictator
3. Don Young, R-Alaska--Mr. Pork
4. William Jefferson D-Louisiana--The Bribe Taker
5. Jerry Lewis, R-California--King of Payoffs
6. Tom Tancredo, R-Colorado--Mr. Bigotry
7. Dick Pombo, R-CA--Enemy of the Earth
8. Curt Weldon, R-Pa--The Conspiracy Nut
9. Hal Rogers, R--Kentucky--Bin Laden's Best Friend
10. Marilyn Musgrave, R-CA--The Christian Soldier; guardian of the bedroom
Of course, it's just a coincidence that 9 out of the 10 are Republicans!
Due to the Tea Party revolution this list is out of date. Kindly substitute the lioudest mouthed most ignorant and unreasonable teabaggers for the above ten Congressmen.
Washington's Shadiest Shoo-ins from Mother Jones
1. Joe Barton-R-Texas--Oil and gas companies received $6 billion in subsidies from Barton's energy act. He's also a leading advocate of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. Big energy has dumped more than $1.84 million into Barton's coffers over the past decade, more than any other member of the House.
Key Moment: Last year, Barton launched an unprecedented congressional investigation into the work of Michael Mann, Raymond Bradley, and Malcolm Hughes, three leading university-based climate researchers who had called for action on global warming.
2. Jerry Lewis, R-California
Key position, chairman of the House appropriations committee.
Key beneficiary: Former staffer Letitia White. She's been dubbed the "Queen of Earmarks" for her ability to lobby her old boss on behalf of defense contractors such as Trident Systems..
The FBI is investigating whether Lewis traded earmarks for illegal payments.
3. James Sensenbrenner-R-Wisconsin
Key Position: Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
Key Legislation: 2001 Patriot Act
Key Beneficiary: Himself. Sensenbrenner ranks first among lawmakers in having private interests foot the bill for his travel costs--roughly $200,000 in the past six years.
4. Roy Blunt-R-Missouri.
Key Position: House Majority Whip
Key Legislation: Department of Homeland Security bill.
Key Beneficiary: Altria lobbyist Abigail Perlman. In 2002 Blunt was dating Perlman (whom he later married) when he tried to slip a provision into the Dept of Homeland Security bill that would have benefited the tobacco giant. Altria returned the favor by funneling close to $180,000 to PAC's controlled by Blunt, according to Public Citizen
5. Alan B. Mollohan-D-West Virginia
Key Position: Member of the House Appropriations Committee
Key Legislation: Veterans Affairs and HUD appropriations bills.
Key Beneficiary: His bank account. Between 2000 and 200r, Mollohan's personal net worth jumped from $562,000 to more than $6.3 million, a windfall he attributes to " a surge in real-estate values." As the Washington Post pointed out in April, this explanation fails to address " how he came to make many of his lucrative investments in partnership with Laura Kuhns, his former aide who now runs the Vandalia Heritage Foundation"--a nonprofit Mollohan set up to oversee some of his earmark projects. Mollohan is under federal investigation for making misstatements on his personal financial disclosures and for funneling millions of dollars in earmarks to companies that have donated to hisfamily foundation and other nonprofits he founded.