Saturday, June 11, 2011

Four Retiring TN Congressmen paid staff $210,000 bonuses

WASHINGTON – Tennessee’s four outgoing House members paid staffers a total of $210,520 during their final two days in office, joining a large group of departing lawmakers who gave out substantial end-of-term bonuses, according to data released this week.

Two dozen departing House members each paid their employees more than $50,000 on the first two days of January, according to LegiStorm, the watchdog group that compiled the numbers from quarterly House reports.

Murfreesboro Democrat Bart Gordon, who retired from Congress, gave $83,547 in bonuses to 17 staffers immediately before he retired in January. That put him at No. 8 and the only Tennessee lawmaker ranked in the top 10 among the 93 House members who retired in January or were voted out of office, LegiStorm found.