Rick Santorum in top tier of most corrupt members of Congress

Citizens for responsibility and ethics list of most corrupt members of congress

CREW’s Most Corrupt Members of Congress:
Members of the Senate:

Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Bill Frist (R-TN)
Rick Santorum (R-PA)

Members of the House:

Alan Mollohan (D-WV)
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO)
Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Richard Pombo (R-CA)
John Doolittle (R-CA)
Rick Renzi (R-AZ)
Tom Feeney (R-FL)
Pete Sessions (R-TX)
Katherine Harris (R-FL)
John Sweeney (R-NY)
William Jefferson (D-LA)
Charles Taylor (R-NC)
Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Gary Miller (R-CA)
Curt Weldon (R-PA)

Five Members to Watch:

Chris Cannon (R-UT)
J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ)
Dennis Hastert (R-IL)
John Murtha (D-PA)
Don Sherwood (R-PA)

PRIVACY

Santorum has frequently stated that he does not believe a “right to privacy” exists under the Constitution, even within marriage; he has been especially critical of the Supreme Court decision in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), which held that the Constitution guaranteed the aforementioned right, and on that basis, overturned a law prohibiting the sale and use of contraceptives.[79] He has described contraception as “a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”[80]

ACLU suit

In 2005, four young women were ejected from a bookstore in Wilmington, Delaware, where Santorum was scheduled for a book signing, after they were overheard expressing opinions critical of the senator. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit, which was settled in 2007. As a result of the settlement, the Delaware State Police were required to pay legal fees for the plaintiffs and provide training to officers on free-speech rights. The Santorum staff members who requested the ejection were required to apologize and to relinquish their salaries for the event — $2,500.00 — to the plaintiffs in damages. A police official stated that while they had not violated the women’s First Amendment rights, they “decided to settle the matter to avoid the cost of prolonged litigation.”[91]

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7 comments on “Rick Santorum in top tier of most corrupt members of Congress

  1. Phoebe – I am confused. Do you agree with this CREW outfit? What have they said that makes Santorum corrupt? He doesn’t not believe in a constitutional right to privacy? His staff gets a bit overzealous with critics, and that makes him corrupt?

    You realize that the “right to privacy” goes to the core Constitutional argument of Roe v Wade? The idea that a store can’t throw out troublemakers is just plain stupid. When government says the managers of a private business can’t run its business its way, that simply a Liberal, not Conservative, POLITICAL position.

    Not familiar with CREW, but it looks to me like CREW thinks being a Conservative is corrupt.

  2. Do I agree with CREW? Not necessarily, I think they left a few out, like Pelosi and Reed. They threw in a few democrats but not enough of them.

    Santorum is corrupt just by being a lawyer and a politician. 😀

    Seriously, as far as him being corrupt, maybe somewhat but on a smaller scale than a lot of the others. He had his share of not being completely honest.

    There was a matter of his getting taxpayer dollars for sending his kids to a private school from an area that he no longer lived in. It was proven at one time that the house he was claiming as his residence was actually rented out to someone else.

    Then there was the bill he sponsored to disallow the National Weather Service to broadcast the weather when private companies were doing it. “The motivations surrounding this bill were controversial, as AccuWeather, a commercial weather company based in Santorum’s home state, stood to profit from this legislation, and Accuweather employees had contributed at least $5500 to him since 1999.”

    And then there’s this….

    “The Pines may be exceptional in terms of racking up state violations, but it also boasts a singular distinction: The board of the center’s parent company, Universal Health Services, which bought The Pines in November, included former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.).

    Santorum, who recently launched a presidential bid, resigned from the UHS board on June 15, a week after the publication of a Huffington Post report on UHS facilities during his tenure. The former senator had served on the UHS board since 2007, a period which saw the company twice sued by the Department of Justice.

    Santorum’s presidential campaign did not return calls seeking comment.

    The health care chain has faced accusations of Medicaid fraud and employee grievances over pay. At one facility, a teen died while being restrained by staff. The death was ruled a homicide.”

    From: [link to http://www.huffingtonpost.com]

  3. Lawyer and a politician? Afraid so. 😀

    When the Founders did not trust each other, it amazes me that anyone thinks we should trust this generation of politicians.

    When Santorum sponsored the bill to disallow the National Weather Service from broadcasting the weather when private companies were doing it, that sort of soured me. To encourage commerce, we don’t need to pay twice for the very same information: first to the NWS and then to private companies.

    The other “charges” are short on detail. I have no idea how he got government dollars to pay to have his children sent to private school. The Huffington Post article seems silly. What that appears to involve is an old ruse, guilt by association.

    Consider that Universal Health Services is a Fortune 500 company. That makes Universal Health Services a large company. Because they are big — large numbers of products and employees — large companies almost always have a legal issue of some sort in progress. We have to keep the lawyers employed some how.

  4. Keep in mind Tom that these private companies get their weather information to distribute from the National Weather Service.

    Santorum got Pa. taxpayer money from a poor Pa. school district for his 5 kids private education while he was living in a well off district in Virginia. He claimed his residence was in Pa. and the local taxpayers paid $100,000 for the kids education and he didn’t live there. He owned the house but while he was living in Va. the house was rented out therefore making him ineligible for the funds.

    When this came to light he withdrew his children, at which time he began to homeschool them. He refused to refund the money so the school district has had to cough up more money for lawyers and courts.

    Talk about the privileged class making up their own rules as they go along.

  5. Exactly why PA felt any obligation to pay for the education of their senator’s children, I have no idea. Strange concept that, but given the fact the state government feels obligated to pay for the education of all the other children in PA, it seems fair to me.

    What I find more interesting and pertinent is that Santorum refused to use the public school system. That is a sentiment I share.

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