Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

11:04 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Group Cites Coal Influence While Naming Steve Beshear Among 'Worst Governors'

Kentucky Governor's Office

A national watchdog group has named Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear one of its "Worst Governors in America."

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released the list today. Beshear's inclusion is based on the firing of Division of Mine Permits Director Ron Mills in 2009, and what the group calls the "improper influence" of the coal industry on Beshear's official appointments.

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2:05 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Watchdog Group Names Congressman Rogers Among Most Corrupt Lawmakers

Congressman Hal Rogers

A national watchdog group has named Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., among the most corrupt lawmakers in the country.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a non-partisan group, released its annual Most Corrupt Members of Congress report Wednesday, which lists 12 members it alleges have engaged in misconduct.

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.

Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that Phoenix Products was paid $17,000 per drip pan, but that competitor businesses said similar products cost only $2,500.

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.

"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.

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