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Dingell’s Family Income— Almost Entirely Paid by General Motors

January 11th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Rep. Dingell, longtime Energy and Commerce chairman, has amazing conflict of interest, the
Washington Post
tells us. His wife is vice chairman of GM’s s foundation and executive director of its public affairs division. She earns a large salary and owned millions of dollars worth of stock. She was a GM lobbyist before she married Rep. Dingell in 1981, though she stepped down formally. She was “a board member in 2001 for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, an industry trade group that spends millions each year lobbying Congress.” All this is perfectly legal, but it is silly to have rules preventing Congressmen from doing all these things if their wives can do it. We should get rid of all those ethics rules, and just require transparency.

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