GOP House member says colleague was paid $1200 for vote

A Republican member of the US House recently claimed that a colleague was paid $1,200 by a lobbyist in exchange for his vote on an issue regarding the Bureau of Land Management.

The congressman, Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), says another House member told him he’d get a check for $1,200 if he voted “no” on the legislation, and that when McAllister later told the friend that he never received a check, the friend was surprised as he’d received his.

McAllister, who now refuses to identify the corrupt member of Congress, claims that he wasn’t suggested that he himself voted that way in anticipation of a payoff.

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA)

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA)

Rather, McAllister says, he simply wanted to show how corrupt Congress is. Which is interesting since McAllister witnessed what may in fact be a crime — and at the very least is something he himself considered corrupt — yet he’s now refusing to report the corruption to the authorities because it involved his buddies. Some would call that “corruption.”

CREW is calling for a DOJ and House investigation. Here’s CREW:

Trading votes for campaign contributions may violate bribery, illegal gratuity and honest service fraud statutes. House rules also prohibit members from accepting any campaign contribution in exchange for official action, from abusing their positions for their personal financial benefit, and from engaging in conduct that reflects discreditably upon the House. If Rep. McAllister, the unnamed member, or any other member exchanged a vote for a campaign contribution, or voted with the expectation of receiving a campaign contribution in reward, such conduct likely would violate federal law and House rules.

Ms. Sloan continued, “When a member of Congress has publicly proclaimed personal knowledge of members trading votes for campaign contributions, the question is not should DOJ and the Ethics Committee investigate, it is how is it possible that authorities haven’t already opened inquiries. What more would it possibly take to prod those charged with enforcing anti-corruption laws to act?”


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  • LumberJock

    SoCal has always been a hotbed of reactionary activity – except for a couple of islands of enlightenment: Venice, Beverly, Bel Air, Hollywood, Palos Verdes & Westwood.
    Social and political equity is the norm in the north.
    Good luck!
    Thinking global and acting locally is the way to eliminate these gerrymzandered and illicitly drawn districts where it takes less than 600,000 republican’ts to out vote 900,000 Dems.

  • Silver_Witch

    Lately I have been thinking (and hearing a lot of talk) of working to change things at the local level and not so much the WH/Congress/House…they are so polarized and often gerrymandered. I am focusing on the elections here in CA…trying to get involved in stopping the dividing of CA into 6 pieces (I know it is unlikely – but who would have thought gay marriage would be voted against HERE in CA the home of the homos)…so I worry about how conservative the state is becoming.

  • LumberJock

    In the primary, if held today, I would do my best for O’Malley of Maryland, Klobuchar or Beshear. The problem is that Dems work their way up through legislative office and that doesn’t prepare them for executive tasking. I would continue to support Wes Clark, Bill Zinni or any other flag officer with political motivation.

  • Silver_Witch

    Indeed what you say is quite true…I am beyond frustrated that the Republicans have learned that they can stop a Dem in their tracks with this lie and deny. So I vote in local and Congressional/House races for the best candidate – the very best and often pick the lessor evil.

    I did that with Obama the second time – I really had hope that it would change and that he would do at least some of what he said…remember the sneakers comment and how he would march with us…not so much. And he re-upped on the Patriot Act…and dragged his feet on DOM and DADT.

    I personally thing that Hillary Clinton really is a republican in dem clothing – I really do. I think we will all be shocked at the “turn-around” if she is elected and we will see another Reagan….

    But we shall have to see who wins the primary.

  • LumberJock

    My soul is rent by governing using the tactic of: delay, deny, then lie and cry!
    I do support your desire to express yourself your way; I am willing to have, but not force, a discussion.

  • Silver_Witch

    I will vote for the best third-party candidate I can find. And hope for the best. Voting for the lesser of two evil leaves a very bitter taste in my mouth and renders my soul in two.

  • LumberJock

    And if she runs against — mikelee, randpaul, mariorubio, bobbyjindal or any one of the other radio-active crazies the republi-can’ts launch under the pseudo-banner of the Republican Party.
    When there’s another Eisenhower we can rest that the 2-party-system & the Republic is safe
    .

  • Bill_Perdue

    When it was posted is irrelevant. The fact is that it happened. You claimed it didn’t. “It’s beyond naive to think single payer would have even gotten out of committee in either house.” Only if you agree with socialists that corruption is endemic and total in the affairs of both parties.

  • Scott Lanway

    We already knew he was a whore. Now we know he’s a cheap whore.

  • Silver_Witch

    Perhaps you are right about the ‘voting for the person’…I never vote for the worst of two evils…I just can’t commit to “any dem, no matter what”. For example, I can not, will not vote for Hillary Clinton…just can’t do it.

  • LumberJock

    Bernie’s a Socialist, but not a bad sort. Al’s a humorist, and a sleeping giant of a mentality. I support Democrats because a republi-can’t or dixie-can’t in place is a place where there is no social justice.
    When again we have real Republicans: like Howard Baker, Nancy Landon, Pete McCloskey, John Anderson, Chuck Percy, Everet Dierkson, John Sherman Cooper, Jacob Javitz or Edward Brooke, there will be better opportunity for all. Until then any ‘voting for the person’ results in the catastrohe we have today.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    The video was POSTED to youtube on that date. That’s not necessarily the date of that speech. I remember the Democratic debates of 2007 and 2008. Yes, there were compromises but even the watered down bill that you hate so much almost didn’t pass. It’s beyond naive to think single payer would have even gotten out of committee in either house.

  • Silver_Witch

    No Lumber I don’t support “Democrats”, I support candidates I believe in – like Al Franken, Bernie Sanders. Albeit they are democrats…it is their politics – not just the “party line” that I vote…heck I once voted for a crazy republican…cause he was an Aquarian – a vote I regret to this day. Oddly, I also don’t do just men or just women, I love who I love and I sleep with those I love. It kind of rocks!!!!

  • LumberJock

    Perdue is in the swine bidnes; he is the swine strewn before the pearls we get to post about his impropitious social and political follies. His communiques are a mere pig-a-tell.
    You don’t support Dems???????????????

  • Bill_Perdue

    He said he was in favor of single payer at an AFL-CIO meeting in 2008 and continue to say so until he’d collected enough bribe money, almost $20 million and had gone to enough secret meetings after which he dropped single payer.
    If Democrats knew the truth they wouldn’t be Democrats.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpAyan1fXCE

    Copy filed.

  • Bill_Perdue

    You’re dead wrong.

    Obama promised single payer and you can see it on this video from June 28th 2008. He said the conditions for passing it were Democrat control of the WH, the House and the Senate. Those conditions were met but then he was bribed and had all those secret meetings and single payer was scuttled.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpAyan1fXCE

    And he did it throughout his campaign and early in his first term. What’s laughable is that Democrat supporters often don’t realize the extent to which they’ve been lied to.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    “before he scuttled single payer”????

    When was that ever on the table. It certainly wasn’t anything either Obama or Clinton proposed in 2008. To suggest that this was what was going to be proposed without some intervention is laughable.

  • Bill_Perdue

    The effect of Romenycare/Obamacare is to make insurance and pharmaceutical companies rich and to actually injure the health of workers as the study cited in The Guardian points out.

    Those same insurance and pharmaceutical companies bribed Obama with about $20 million and spent additional tens of millions bribing Congress. Obama also had a couple of dozen secret meetings with the owners of
    HMOs and Big Pharma before he scuttled single payer. “The new figure, obtained by Raw Story through an independent custom research request performed by the Center for Responsive Politics — a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics — is the most comprehensive breakdown yet available of healthcare industry contributions to Obama during the 2008 election cycle. Currently, the Center’s website shows that Obama received $19,462,986 from the health sector, which includes health professionals ($11.7m), health services/HMOs ($1.4m), hospitals/nursing homes ($3.3m) and pharmaceuticals/health products ($2.1m).” http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/01/12/obama-received-20-million-healthcare-industry-money-2008/

    While he was getting those bribes, mislabeled “campaign contributions” he was having secret meetings with the health care sector of the .01% . LA Times July 22, 2009 “the Obama administration has turned down a request from a watchdog group for a list of health industry executives who have visited the White House to discuss the massive healthcare overhaul. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sent a letter to the Secret Service asking about visits from 18 executives representing health insurers, drug makers, doctors and other players in the debate.”

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    Oddly enough, I was against single payer as recently as 2008 and spent a good deal of time arguing against it. In the roll-out of ACA I have come to realize that it’s the only workable solution. The recent employer freakouts (Hobby Lobby in particular) have only strengthened my position that we are going to have to go to a single-payer system. I do not hold any hope that I will see such a proposal even seriously discussed in Congress before I qualify for Social Security (in about 20 years). But a lot could happen between now and then, especially if insurance companies continue to treat people the way they have for the past year.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Common Dreams and Firedoglake are left centrist sites.

    As opposed to right centrists like most Democrats and Republicans those sites, the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights all oppose Obama’s illegal and racist murders of Arab and muslim American citizens. Are you going to tell us the ACLU and the CCR are ‘far left’.

    https://www.aclu.org/blog/tag/drones

    http://ccrjustice.org/learn-more/faqs/kill-lists

  • KarenJ

    “Common Dreams” is as far left as “Firedoglake”, and neither those two sites nor Breitbart or Stormfront or Twitchy reflect the sane moderate point of view of most Americans. All five plus a few more on the right are extreme examples of our political media.

  • KarenJ

    If you ever look up the campaign contributions to ANY member of Congress from Big Corporations, you’ll see that most of them can be “bought” for anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 — for the duration of their term, be it 2 years (Reps) or 6 years (Senators).

  • Bill_Perdue

    The only reasonable answer is socialized medicine, which you reject as a fantasy. In the meantime Romenycare/Obamacare is a big step backwards. Obama’s plan codifies insurance and pharmaceutical company control of the health system which makes it even worse as The Guardian in my earlier quote. They said The same study also castigated healthcare provision in the US as the worst globally.

    Who’s right. You or the Commonwealth Fund, a respect Washington-based foundation cited in the The Guardian article.

    Democrats and Republicans will never institute socialized medicine. On the contrary Obama and Boehner are gunning for Social Security and what’s left of Medicare. “President Obama said his economic policies are “so mainstream” he’d be considered a moderate Republican in the 1980s. … The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican,” he told Noticias Univision 23 in a White House interview.” http://thehill.com/policy/finance/272957-obama-says-his-economic-policies-so-mainstream-hed-be-seen-as-moderate-republican-in-1980s

  • peteywheats

    All of the above.

  • peteywheats

    Do you have more money than the other plutocrats that already pull their strings?

  • therling

    I’m not sure which is more disgusting; the fact that the guy’s a whore or that he’s such a cheap whore.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    A lot of us, actually close to 1/2 of all workers do not receive health insurance through their employers. Yes, it’s more expensive than what we would pay if we did, and the plans are not as good. But ACA helps those be more affordable. There are benefits in this bill that are helping people. No, it’s not perfect. I’m better off with the bill than without it and holding out for the better bill? Well we held out for about 60 years for a better bill and only one was even seriously proposed, so no, I couldn’t wait. I used to have to fill out 20+ pages of forms just to get my insurance to pay for a visit to an ENT because I occasionally take asthma meds and they were trying to weasel out of paying anything at all. Yes, it benefits insurance and pharma companies more than it does the rest of us. That’s what they had to do to get the bill passed and even then it just barely did. What is your alternative. A real one, not some pie in the sky fantasy?

  • http://hunteratrandom.blogspot.com/ rmthunter

    MacAllister’s only spouting off about this because he didn’t get his check and he’s pissed.

    And isn’t this the same body in which, as I recall, at one point the current speaker was on the floor passing out checks from lobbyists to members?

    Stray thought: with all the loose talk about impeachment from the usual suspects, including sitting members of the House and Senate, maybe Obama should appoint a presidential commission to investigate Congress.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    All I can figure is that sometimes these corrupt bastards become so used to it, they begin to see trading votes for money as being owed to them, an expected perk of the job…and then forget they’re not supposed to admit openly to what in a just system of government would be a felony.

  • http://wicca.com/celtic/wicca/wicca.htm Colin

    Exactly. The road to getting cash into the hands of officials is so wide open I cant believe this fellow would bother complaining in the first place.

  • Bill_Perdue

    “Discretion is the better part of valor.” Shakespeare Henry IV, Part I

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    So his only actual offense — according to the way our country is run now — is McAllister used the wrong language to refer to the routine bribery and corruption from lobbyists and campaign donors.

    I mean, c’mon, anybody here think the whole point of this oligarchic nepotism in the form of post-elected office ‘welfare’, foundation endowments, speaking fees, book deals, campaign donations, lobbyist-paid junkets, sweetheart investment deals and all the rest is being given for any reason other than, “Here’s your money. Vote for what I and my wealthy friends want”?

    Trading votes for campaign contributions may violate bribery, illegal gratuity and honest service fraud statutes.

    And yet somehow it never does. Just as long as the Congressweasel remembers not to admit he traded his vote for the money.

  • Silver_Witch

    We are done now. You have over 45,000 posts just through Discus…you think I should search them all to prove you advocate the overthrowing of the government – really.

    Hey I have to go to work now.

    I will not be posting to you ever again – nor will I post to anything you post.

    Call it a truce.

  • Bill_Perdue

    You can’t prove it because you just made up that ludicrous charge out of thin air. Leftists have been around and we know the consequences of giving Democrats or Republicans an excuse to jail or kill us.

    “Dems are better or the lesser of two evils” Wrong. They and Republicans have similar programs with cosmetic changes.

  • Bill_Perdue

    “Dems are better or the lesser of two evils”

    The Democrats are a racist party that engages in racist wars for oil, that denies health care for immigrant and imported workers and whose leader orders the murder of Arab and muslim Americans like Anwar al-Aulaqi, Samir Khan, ‘Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Aulaqi and Jude Mohammed. One was a sixteen year old boy from Denver Colorado.

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/10-3

    There’s nothing ‘lesser’ about the racist evil of the Democrats and it’s every bit as bad as that of Republicans.

    You raised the idea of crimes committed by racists and I added to it.

  • Silver_Witch

    Oh please – like I am going to search the internet for every post you made about overthrowing the government. You have made your posts private so googling for your pearls about government overthrowing is not really my idea of a good time – sorry – you know what you post so we need not go through this process.

    AND I don’t support Democrats….

    And you know as well as I the argument of Right versus left and the lesser of evil – we need not debate it.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Search the internet. Find a quote where I advocate the violent overthrow of the government.

    Violence is the domain of Democrats, whom you support and Republicans. They start it and as in Vietnam, we end by forcing change by massive numbers. All violence come form the right, from the lesser evils in the Democrat party, which you support, or the Republican Party. .

    Democrats are the enemy. So are the Republicans. Lesser evilism is a crock.

  • Silver_Witch

    Hey Nicho – I think that was me calling them…hehehehe. I love this story.

  • Silver_Witch

    You have many times called for the violent overthrow of the U.S. Government. So you are not telling exactly the truth. Although I do agree that both parties are essentially the same in their support for the rich. I think women might be a bit safer with Democrats in office, then Republicans and until you can provide us with another party that would support women, gays, and minorities I am afraid the Dems are better or the lesser of two evils.

  • Silver_Witch

    Excuse me – and your post is related to my post HOW exactly? Who are you talking to now – me???? I didn’t say anything that in any way supports “racist parties” or immigrants or imported workers.

  • Bill_Perdue

    The biggest crime is supporting racist parties that exude immigrant and imported workers from health care coverage. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/12/obamacare-bars-illegal-immigrants-and-sticks-hospitals-with-the-bill/282444/

  • Bill_Perdue

    Wrong. I think we need a change of government that can provide socialized medicine. That can only be done by breaking with the twin parties of the rich.

  • nicho

    Local guy called the cops to report that someone had stolen all his marijuana plants. Cops show up and find several dozen plants in a spare bedroom. Guy: “Oh, man, I forgot I moved them here from the other room.” True story.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Wrong. it benefits insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

    “The out-of-pocket costs for people with diseases requiring ongoing treatment “could still be so high they’ll have trouble staying out of debt,” The Associated Press reports.

    Such costs include a health plan’s annual deductible—the amount of money a person must shell out before the insurance company begins to pay a claim—as well as co-payments and “cost-sharing.” http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/obamacare_will_leave_some_underinsured_20140104

    “On Health Exchanges, Premiums May Be Low, but Other Costs Can Be High – Deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs on plans bought through the government are much higher than the typical employer-sponsored policy. ” NY Times 12 09 2013

  • Silver_Witch

    Agreed workers need socialized medicine…but you believe we should destroy the government so how will it provide said socialized medicine for the workers.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Babies, like right wing Democrats and Republicans, trip. And fall. And injure workers.

    Baby steps are for babies, working people need socialized medicine.

  • Silver_Witch

    The only crimes prosecuted are against those who have not money for a defense…i.e., the poor. These whores will get away with their crimes and a young boy in the ghetto will get life for selling pot.

  • Silver_Witch

    Bag iamlegion…and sadly it happens seriously – calls about hey I gave the dude 20 for cocaine and he gave me powered sugar.

  • Silver_Witch

    Baby steps Bill…baby steps.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    I’m not arguing that we got the best possible bill. It’s not even a very good bill. It does, however, befit millions of people who couldn’t get affordable or even any insurance before. And yes, the health care industry has bought off congress. So what do you propose we do instead? And by that I mean something doable.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Happy or not, given the fact that both parties and their leaders are political prostitutes the idea that Romneycare/Obamacare can be improved is simply not going to happen.

    The one minor reform of Romneycare/Obamacare not make up for the fact that it’s a big step backwards. Want proof: “The GuardianTuesday 17 June 2014 15.27 EDT – Study by Washington-based foundation says healthcare provision in the US is the worst in the world. The NHS has been declared the world’s best healthcare system by an international panel of experts who rated its care superior to countries which spend far more on health.

    The same study also castigated healthcare provision in the US as the worst globally. Despite putting the most money into health, America denies care to many patients in need because they do not have health insurance and is also the poorest at saving the lives of people who fall ill, it found. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/17/nhs-health?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    I’m not a fan of the bill either, but as I know people with pre-existing conditions who benefit greatly from this law and also know that the bill that progressives would want would never get out of committee much less pass, I’m happy to work to improve on what we have now.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.

    Mark Twain

    Corruption is common in both Congressional parties and in the WH. Corruption is how Romneycare/Obamacare got passed as a bill to favor rich corporations at the expense of working people.

    From Open Secrets, March 26, 2009 “health insurance companies’ PACs and employees have given 25 members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation $3.3 million in campaign contributions since the 1990 election cycle, with 53 percent of that going to Democrats… At the top of that list is committee member Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who has collected $680,200 over time for his candidate committee and leadership PAC from the companies. But the industry under scrutiny has also helped pay for the campaigns of committee chair Sen.
    Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), who has collected $141,000, while ranking member Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) has brought in $119,700. Blue Cross/Blue Shield has the strongest financial tie to senators currently on the committee, giving $505,700 total, followed by AFLAC, which has donated $337,250 since 1989.” Their bribes were so widespread that Kucinich, the darling of the liberals felt it necessary to vote for Romneycare/Obamacare. https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2009/03/health-insurers-owe-policyhold/

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    Big pimping in old DC.

  • Force Crater

    How is this is news? The Supreme Court pretty much said that if it is not in a notarized document then it is OK. I thought they were all on someone’s payroll. They sure as hell don’t work for the country.

  • mwdavis

    CREW asks “What more would it possibly take to prod those charged with enforcing anti-corruption laws to act?”

    Answer: “the allegation that it was a Democratic member.”

  • noGOP

    where is the news in this?

  • iamlegion

    Wow. This is like the junkie calling 911 because his dealer sold him a bad of flour…

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