By: Trey Sanchez | Truth Revolt
The Hill correspondent Reid Wilson tweeted some harrowing numbers from the last 20 years of harassment payments given from our elected leaders to their victims. Since 1997, there have been 264 settlements at an insane cost of over $17 million of taxpayer money.
Wilson’s tweet includes the following chart with year-by-year breakdown:
Congressional Office of Compliance releases year-by-year breakdown of harassment settlements and awards: pic.twitter.com/vxbezi22wb
— Reid Wilson (@PoliticsReid) November 16, 2017
2007 appears to be the worst year of all, garnering 25 settlements for a total of $4,053,274. Surely the details of what brought about these settlements is forthcoming, but given what’s been happening in Washington the last few weeks, we’re going to see more abusers of one tribe or another being named.
And the people are ready:
This is beyond a disgrace. Names should be released, and these people should have to repay the government every cent. The government is enabling this behavior by paying hush money.
— Lynn Beckman (@lynn1219) November 16, 2017
if a Congressman drove drunk, would his constituents lose their driver's licenses?of course not. Why are we forced to pay restitution/fines/settlements for criminal/unethical behavior outside the scope of their official duties?
— Rose von Perbandt (@MiraclesArt) November 16, 2017
The $ is staggering but so is the consistency in the number of settlements. The perps clearly felt free to continue their conduct unabated.
— Mel R (@coastalelite22) November 16, 2017
There was at least one tweet which indicates not all of these settlements are for sexual harassment, but until we know the details, we can’t know how many were:
I see this chart being shared without context.
These totals for settlements paid by the Congressional Office of Compliance include a variety of leg. branch agencies for a variety of reasons, like FMLA, ADA, FLSA violations. pic.twitter.com/qaFaYjlQkO
— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) November 16, 2017
But no matter the context, we the people deserve answers. Let’s see if we can get them.