Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington http://wfpl.org en Group Cites Coal Influence While Naming Steve Beshear Among 'Worst Governors' http://wfpl.org/post/group-cites-coal-influence-while-naming-steve-beshear-among-worst-governors <p>A national watchdog group has named Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear&nbsp;one of its "<a href="http://www.citizensforethics.org/worst-governors-in-america" target="_blank">Worst Governors in America."</a></p><p><a href="http://www.citizensforethics.org/" target="_blank">Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) </a>released the list today. Beshear's inclusion is based on <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/state-settles-former-mine-permit-director-over-wrongful-termination-suit" target="_blank">the firing of Division of Mine Permits Director Ron Mills in 2009</a>, and what the group calls the "improper influence" of the coal industry on Beshear's official appointments. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:04:09 +0000 Erica Peterson 6147 at http://wfpl.org Group Cites Coal Influence While Naming Steve Beshear Among 'Worst Governors' Watchdog Group Names Congressman Rogers Among Most Corrupt Lawmakers http://wfpl.org/post/watchdog-group-names-congressman-rogers-among-most-corrupt-lawmakers <p>A national watchdog group has named Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., among the most corrupt lawmakers in the country.</p><p>Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a non-partisan group, released its <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/105728015/CREW-Most-Corrupt-Members-of-Congress-Report-2012">annual <em>Most Corrupt Members of Congress</em> report</a> Wednesday, which lists 12 members it alleges have engaged in misconduct.</p><p>The report calls out Rogers for directing millions of dollars in earmarks to a Kentucky-based company that has contributed to his campaign. Phoenix Products Co. located in Maceo, Ky., has been paid $6.5 million by the U.S. Army for hundreds of leak-proof drip pans for military helicopters.</p><p>Earlier this year, <em>The New York Times </em>reported that Phoenix Products was paid $17,000 per drip pan, but that competitor businesses said similar products cost only $2,500.</p><p>Melanie Sloan is executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. She says Rogers is a frequent offender, and constituents concerned about fiscal responsibility should be alarmed.</p><p>"While these may be made in Kentucky this is hurting America. We have a huge deficit. We can’t afford all of our bills. And here it is we’re paying over $14,500 extra for each drip pan. And that’s taxpayer money. So we should all be concerned,” she says.</p><p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:05:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1636 at http://wfpl.org Watchdog Group Names Congressman Rogers Among Most Corrupt Lawmakers