When congressmen abuse staff, taxpayers foot the bill 

Politico’s Erika Lovley has an excellent piece this morning about the Congressional scandals that we don’t see, through the Congressional Office of Compliance.

In fiscal year 2009 — the most recent year reported by the OOC — the office settled 13 cases for nearly $830,000. . . Quite often, the harassment cases, after a secretive mediation process, can land staffers retroactive raises, vacation time and cash payouts for their perceived pain and suffering.

It’s good that the OCC exists to defend suffering congressional staffers, but when taxpayers foot the bill, doesn’t it seem that the abusing boss gets off the hook too easily?

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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