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January 10, 2012

Just the Facts, Mr. Santorum

By crewstaff

During the Republican presidential debate Saturday night, Rep. Ron Paul cited CREW’s research as he focused the spotlight on former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, whose ethical lapses landed him in our 2006 Most Corrupt Members of Congress report. We also filed an ethics complaint against the senator.

Instead of addressing the charges, Mr. Santorum responded with the tried and un-true GOP talking point that CREW only targets Republicans. Fortunately, many fact-checking reporters caught onto Mr. Santorum’s trick.

  • The New York Times pointed out that our 2011 Most Corrupt list is bipartisan, with four liberal House Democrats on the list of 14 lawmakers. Three more Democrats merited dishonorable mentions.

  • The Washington Post noted we’ve named plenty of Democrats as corrupt.

  • ABC News explained that CREW “focuses its criticism on both parties.”

Mr. Santorum should take a lesson from CREW and just stick with the facts. To us it doesn’t matter if politicians are Republicans or Democrats, only that they’ve broken the rules.

Now that he’s back in the game, maybe Mr. Santorum finally will be forced to explain his unethical conduct.

 

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