TV News LIES

Wednesday, May 27th

Last update01:02:06 AM GMT

You are here News Congress Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s perk costs taxpayers $1 million

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s perk costs taxpayers $1 million

E-mail Print PDF

Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert has plowed through about $1 million in taxpayer dollars in the last two years for an office and staff in west suburban Yorkville, thanks to a little-known perk given to ex-speakers.

Hastert, 68, a lobbyist and business consultant who retired from Congress in 2007, has hired three of his former staffers at salaries of more than $100,000 apiece to run the publicly financed office.

Taxpayers also are paying monthly rent of $6,300 to a company partly owned by three sons of a Hastert mentor and business partner. Other public funds go for an $860-a-month 2008 GMC Yukon leased from a dealership owned by a Hastert friend and campaign donor.

Federal law allows former House speakers to maintain a taxpayer-funded office anywhere in the United States for up to five years. The purpose is to "facilitate the administration, settlement and conclusion of matters pertaining to or arising out of" a former speaker's tenure in the House.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

senate passes trade billIn a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen...

U.S. House Votes To Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

pro choiceThe U.S. House on Wednesday passed 242-184 a rewritten version of a bill to ban most...

Patriot Act is on life support

Patriot Act on life supportA stalemate in the Senate would leave the FBI and National Security Agency (NSA) without powers...

Senate strikes deal to pass fast-track trade bill

senate passes trade billSenate leaders have reached a deal to advance President Barack Obama’s trade initiative after a failed...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!