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Monday, March 7, 2011

Departing FL-17 Rep. Kendrick Meek gave his congressional staff an EXTRA $252,978 in salaries last quarter compared to previous pay periods

On his way out the door, departing FL-17 Rep. Kendrick Meek gave his congressional staff an EXTRA $252,978 in salaries last quarter compared to previous pay periods.
Ninety-six members of Congress did this, but on this one issue -this issue!- Meek finally chose to be a leader!

According to LegiStorm, http://www.legistorm.com/, Rep. Kendrick Meek was one of the two largest-spending departing Members dispensing bonuses to staffers.

Does that include his former staffer
Alexander Lewy, now a Hallandale Beach City Commissioner, but for part of that time period, a political candidate and Meek's
Deputy Director of Special Operations?
Could be, why don't you ask him?

Like any of this really surprises me -or you!

At LegiStorm's blog, they headline the story this way:

Exodus in the House lets staff bonuses flow

http://www.legistorm.com/blog/exodus-in-the-house-lets-staff-bonuses-flow.html


Salaries for time period: 10/01/10 - 12/31/10:
http://www.legistorm.com/member/371/Rep_Kendrick_Meek_FL/73.html


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Wall Street Journal
POLITICS

March 7, 2011

Big Payday for Some Hill Staffers

By Louise Radnofsky


Departing members of the House of Representatives awarded millions of dollars in extra pay to aides as they closed down their offices, according to lawmakers' spending records.


The 96 lawmakers paid their employees $6.7 million, or 31%, more in the fourth quarter of 2010 than they did, on average, in the first three quarters of the year.

That's about twice as much as the 16% increase awarded by lawmakers who returned to the 112th Congress, according to LegiStorm, an organization that tracks congressional salaries.

Read the rest of the post at:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703362804576184903976465110.html

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http://www.legistorm.com/

http://www.legistorm.com/blog/exodus-in-the-house-lets-staff-bonuses-flow.html

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