The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) recently released their 2nd annual “Most Corrupt Members of Congress Report” and it comes as no surprise that 21 of the top 25 most ethically challenged elected officials are members of the majority Republican party.

Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW said today, “The officials named in this report have chosen to enrich themselves and their families and friends by abusing the power of their office, rather than work for the public good. Their collective corruption affects all Americans.”

Seems that the old saying about power corrupting still rings true. And while those of our friends on the right can easily (and with a fair amount of veracity) claim that Democrats were just as corrupt when they held the reins of power in Congress, it is also only fair to note that in their great unethical efficiency, it has only taken the Republican party a decade to achieve the same level of corruption that it took the Democrats 40 years to master. So go ahead and give your party a big pat on the back, conservatives. You really ARE #1, at least when it comes to electing professional scumbags.

Surprisingly though, (or maybe not surprisingly at all in this era where most people bitch and moan but make no effort to create change) with a recent Harris Poll showing a 73% negative view of Congress, few incumbents have lost their bids for re-election in their state primaries. I guess all those people who think Congress needs a good house cleaning want people in other districts to do all the cleaning for them. It’s kind of like the old adage used by racists. They’re all corrupt, except for my congressperson.

And what ever happened to that ethics reform that so dominated the news for a few weeks early in the year? Oh, right. No more free meals for elected officials. Otherwise, pretty much business as usual.

So, did your elected representative make this years list? Only one way to find out…read the report.

(originally posted at Bring It On!)