11/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dems Top Most Corrupt List

Democratic lawmakers topped a list of the "most corrupt members of Congress" released by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Democratic lawmakers on the list include Illinois Sen. Roland Burris, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Barack Obama, and Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha, for his ties to the now-defunct lobbying firm the PMA Group.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell makes the list for giving taxpayer dollars to a former employee's lobbying firm and for steering a contract to a defense contractor accused of bribing the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

The Raw Story quoted CREW's executive director Melanie Sloan on the release of the list:

"With the economy in a free-fall, unemployment rates at record highs and health care solutions still nowhere in sight, members should be spending their time looking for answers to the nation's problems, not finding new ways to enrich themselves," Sloan remarked. "The members of Congress profiled in CREW's Most Corrupt report have betrayed those who voted them into office. This report holds them accountable for their bad choices."

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-- Jenna Staul