Phoenix, Arizona – A recent study by CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, found that Congressman Jeff Flake has no shame when it comes to the amount of government money he is willing to waste. Phoenix’s KPHO-TV highlighted the study’s findings in which Congressman Flake has reimbursed himself $20,000 for travel, meals and other expenses. In a time when our country faces over $15 trillion of debt and 14 million Americans are unemployed, Congressman Flake thinks we should be footing the bill for his extravagant congressional lifestyle. When KPHO-TV reached out to Congressman Flake for an answer on why he finds it appropriate to waste $20,000, the sixth term congressman had no response.
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Study: Some AZ Reps. Use position to benefit themselves
PHOENIX (CBS5) – Do you ever wonder how much money your lawmakers give to groups?
A new study spells it all out for the United States House of Representatives.
Of Arizona’s seven representatives, only three are mentioned in the study.
The group behind it is CREW, or Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
It decided to look into how many U.S. representatives used their positions to benefit themselves or their families.
The group claimed the answer is more than half.
People like Rep. Ron Paul, who’s campaign paid more family members than any other representative, the study said.
You’ll also see Congressman Jeff Flake, Ben Quayle and Ed Pastor mentioned.
Quayle seems to be the lightest offender in the report.
It said he gave $250 to his dad’s company for facility rental and staffing services.
The report claimed Flake reimbursed himself nearly $20,000 for travel, meals and other expenses.
Then there’s Rep. Ed Pastor.
According to the report, his wife and nephew used to work with Chicanos Por La Causa, and CREW claimed Pastor has earmarked more than $1.8 million to the group from 2008 to 2010.
The report also said Pastor gave his daughter a big one up on the competition getting her a job at South Mountain Community College.
It said Pastor earmarked nearly a million dollars in 2008 and 2009 to the school’s ACE program and steered over a million dollars in federal grants to the program four months after his daughter was hired.
Coincidentally, her salary was at the very top of the pay scale.
CBS 5 News reached out to Quayle, Flake and Pastor for this story.
The only one who responded was Pastor.
His office said he has declined to comment.