For Immediate Release

CREW Releases Fifth Annual Most Corrupt Members of Congress Report

WASHINGTON - Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
released its fifth annual report on the most corrupt members of

CREW’s Most Corrupt Members of Congress
provides a detailed analysis of the unethical and sometimes illegal
activities of 15 congressmen and women who have most egregiously
betrayed the public’s trust.

CREW also has launched the report’s tandem website,,
which offers short summaries of each member’s transgressions as well as
the full-length profiles and all accompanying exhibits.

New to this year’s list are Senators Roland Burris and John Ensign,
and Representatives Nathan Deal, Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Pete Visclosky.
After a two year absence, Rep. Maxine Waters has reappeared in the
study for unethical activities unrelated to the conduct that landed her
on the list in the past. A detailed list of those who have previously
graced the report can be found on the website.

Of this year’s list of 15, at least 12 are under investigation:
Reps. Ken Calvert, Jerry Lewis, Alan Mollohan, John Murtha, Pete
Visclosky and Don Young are under Department of Justice (DOJ)
investigations, while Sens. Roland Burris and John Ensign and Reps.
Charles Rangel and Laura Richardson are under congressional ethics
committee investigations. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. is under
investigation by both the DOJ and the Office of Congressional Ethics
and Rep. Vern Buchanan is being investigated by the Federal Election

Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW, said today, “With the
economy in a free-fall, unemployment rates at record highs and health
care solutions still nowhere in sight, members should be spending their
time looking for answers to the nation’s problems, not finding new ways
to enrich themselves.”

Sloan continued, “The members of Congress profiled in CREW’s Most Corrupt report have betrayed those who voted them into office. This report holds them accountable for their bad choices.”

The 15 most corrupt members of Congress are:
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV)
Rep. John Murtha (D-PA)
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

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Read the full Most Corrupt report in the Related Documents section on the right.


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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials -- regardless of party affiliation -- who sacrifice the common good to special interests. CREW advances its mission using a combination of research, litigation and media outreach.

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