Generous Pensions for Convicted Former Members of Congress

May 5, 2006 9:48am

Disgraced former Congressman Duke Cunningham is going to prison for taking huge bribes. But all the while he will still collect a generous Congressional pension.

Yesterday the House passed legislation taking pensions away from members convicted of bribery and corruption.

But the new law isn’t retroactive. So former members already convicted, like Cunningham, will keep their pensions, all at taxpayers’ expense, of course.

"He could start out with an annual retirement of $64,000 that would grow with the cost of living each year," says Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union

And Congressman Cunningham is not alone. Some 15 other disgraced former members of Congress are also collecting these pensions. Convicted Illinois representative Dan Rotstenkowski still draws over 100 thousand dollars a year.

But current members facing criminal investigation, including Tom Delay, won’t be so lucky if they end up convicted.

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