Congress pays off sex victims to protect lawmakers

Congress pays off sex victims to protect lawmakers

We Say: What a disgusting deal!

Powerful men created their own personal protected perversion playground. And fixed it so you’d pay for it.

This is as bipartisan as it gets. Every member of Congress should vote to drain this slime-pit and prosecute those involved. Or themselves be prosecuted. 


Republished from WashingtonExaminer.com, Op Ed, November 22, 2017. Image credit: Washington Examiner screengrab not covered by license. Contributor: Donald Krebs.


They say people in a democracy get the representatives they deserve. But it’s hard to see what we’ve done to earn this gang of miscreants.


The Office of Compliance, part of Congress we didn’t know about, has paid $17 million of taxpayer dollars in more than 250 settlements to workers wronged in the past 20 years. Some of the money has gone to pay off staffers sexually harassed by members of Congress.

Thanks to leaked documents, we now know that Congress handles these cases with a secrecy that protects predators and leaves future victims clueless.

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., denies a BuzzFeed report about allegations against him that were settled secretly. If the stories are true, and they are corroborated by many sources, this is a tale of a man who exploited his power and used government resources to harass women and carry on many affairs. These settlements were reportedly kept secret until they were leaked this week. Complainants are forced to sign nondisclosure agreements as part of the process.

The arrangement endangers women and allows lawmakers to continue their predations with no cost to their bank accounts or their reputations. It is a protection racket for sexual miscreants.

One male colleague reportedly tried to correct Conyers’ behavior early this decade, and Conyers agreed to change, as long as the man stayed quiet. After that Conyers supposedly kept harassing women and demanding sexual acts from them.

That informal agreement of silence from the male staffer is writ large in the Office of Compliance process.

Congress needs to fix this corrupt system. The Office of Compliance should bar nondisclosure agreements in settlements with members or top staffers, leaving it up to the victim whether to publicize the case. Second, paying settlements with taxpayer money is unacceptable. Members should pay out of their own pockets.

Here is a case where bipartisan cooperation should be possible, and public pressure should come from all ideological corners.


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3 Responses to "Congress pays off sex victims to protect lawmakers"

  1. Dave R  November 29, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Once again, a clear abuse of power and a clear misuse of taxpayer funds. This is much worse than the congress banking scandal that occurred years ago. I’m not sure why the justice department is not looking into this. But then again, perhaps there is too much fear of our congressman. What a damn shame

  2. Santiago Tello  November 29, 2017 at 10:28 am

    So conyers was skirt chasing and we paid for it?! Get him out of there! Resign! Now!

  3. Santiago Tello  November 29, 2017 at 10:26 am

    This stinking 2bit Ho’ chaser was making like a big pimp and we paid for it! Get that cheap pimp out of congress now!

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