Saturday, February 11, 2006

No Criminal Pensions

John Kerry (D-MA) and Ken Salazar (D-CO) are co-sponsoring a bill called the "Duke Cunningham Act," which would strip the pensions from legislators who are convicted of abusing their public trust to personally profit.
In the largest bribery case in the Congress since the 1980s, former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA) recently resigned from the House of Representatives after pleading guilty in federal court to receiving $2.4 million in bribes from military contractors and evading more than $1 million in taxes. In a plea agreement, Cunningham admitted a pattern of bribery lasting close to five years, with federal contractors giving him Persian rugs, a Rolls-Royce, antique furniture, travel and hotel expenses, use of a yacht and a lavish graduation party for his daughter. Unless the law is changed, Cunningham will be allowed to receive his Congressional pension of approximately $40,000 per year.

Currently, only crimes against the U.S., such as treason and espionage, will cancel the pension. Sadly, there are some who probably qualify under current law.

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