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Lawmakers Gave Out $9.1M Taxpayer Dollars in Bonuses to Their Staffs in 2008

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  1. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    Lawmakers Gave Out $9.1M Taxpayer Dollars in Bonuses to Their Staffs in 2008

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/01/lawmakers-gave-m-taxpayer-dollars-bonuses-staffs/

    WASHINGTON -- While Congress has been flaying companies for giving out bonuses while on the government dole, lawmakers have a longstanding tradition of rewarding their own employees with extra cash -- also courtesy of taxpayers, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    Capitol Hill bonuses in 2008 were among the highest in years, according to LegiStorm, an organization that tracks payroll data. The average House aide earned 17 percent more in the fourth quarter of the year, when the bonuses were paid, than in previous quarters, according to the data. That was the highest jump in the eight years LegiStorm has compiled payroll information.

    Total end-of-year bonuses paid to congressional staffers are tiny compared with the $165 million recently showered on executives of American International Group Inc., which is being propped up by billions of dollars of U.S. government subsidies. But Capitol Hill bonuses provide a notable counterpoint to the populist rhetoric and sound bites emanating from Washington these past weeks.

    Last year alone, more than 200 House lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, awarded bonuses totaling $9.1 million to more than 2,000 staff members, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of office-disbursement forms. The money comes out of taxpayer-funded office budgets, and is surplus cash that would otherwise be forfeited if not spent.

    Payments ranged from a few hundred dollars to $14,000. Lawmakers, at their own discretion, gave the money to chiefs of staff, assistants, computer technicians, and more than 100 aides who earned salaries of more than $100,000 a year.

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  2. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone...
  3. ShiningStar

    ShiningStar Well-Known Member

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    okay fiiiiiiiine where do i start.



    :cool:
  4. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    OK, but I can guarantee it's going to be one of those nasty little pointy ones and I'm chucking it straight for the forehead.

    :laugh2:
  5. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong

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    Fair enough, but I want to be the second one in line.
  6. jrumann59

    jrumann59 Well-Known Member

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    Really is 2nd better ask the #2 guy in Al Qaeda we have killed about 300 of them.

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