The Daily Sandwich

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Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Corrupt Cunningham to keep gov't. pension

Um, is there some way I can take $2.4 million in bribes and then collect $40,000 a year for it? I'm even willing to skip the bribes! Anybody?

Republican House members disturbed that their former GOP colleague Randy "Duke" Cunningham will get to keep his pension despite pleading guilty to bribery want to pass a law to strip federal pensions from white-collar criminals.

Under federal law, only a conviction for a crime against the United States, such as treason or espionage, can cause a member of Congress or other federal employee to lose his or her government pension.

That means Cunningham, a California Republican, will keep his pension despite admitting taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors and others in exchange for government contracts.

Cunningham's congressional pension would be around $40,000 per year, according to an Office of Personnel Management formula. He resigned last month and faces 10 years in prison when he's sentenced in February.

Oh,well. That's the government for ya.