Capitol Hill Staffers Earned Outside Income
A Wall Street Journal review of about 3,000 financial-disclosure forms found that about 250 congressional staffers earned a total of $13 million in 2009 from former employers, companies they run or other side jobs. The outside income ranged from the trivial — one aide made $2,700 competing in bass-fishing contests — to hundreds of thousands of dollars in deferred compensation, bonus payments or stock grants.
“In some cases, staffers collected money from companies with a direct interest in their congressional work. While that isn’t prohibited as long as it is disclosed, it poses a potential conflict of interest between their public duties and their personal financial interests.”