For the second year in a row, seven-term Congresswoman Berkley was named one of Washington D.C.’s “Most Corrupt” Members of Congress by the watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
Shelley Berkley Was Named D.C.’s “Most Corrupt” Two Years in a Row
For the second year in a row, seven-term Congresswoman Berkley was named one of Washington D.C.’s “Most Corrupt” Members of Congress by the watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The fourteen-year Congresswoman is the only Senate candidate in the country under investigation and two-time winner of CREW’s “dishonorable mention.”
The CREW shows how Shelley Berkley has used her office for personal gain at a time when Nevada was suffering from one of the deepest recessions in history. According to the CREW report, “Shelley Berkley has spent a career advocating for renal care physicians, in spite of an obvious conflict of interest created by her husband’s medical practice.”
“Rep. Berkley has repeatedly intervened to stop proposed cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates for nephrologists while taking thousands in campaign contributions from the renal physicians’ main political action committee, of which her husband is a former chairman,” the report continued.
You can read the entire report here.
“Apparently it’s not enough for Shelley Berkley to just be one of the richest Members of Congress. Two years in a row, fourteen-year Congresswoman Shelley Berkley has been named one of the ‘Most Corrupt’ Members of Congress for using her office for personal gain at a time when Nevada was suffering from one of the deepest recessions in its history. Even her own colleagues are suspicious of her behavior, which is why ten of them unanimously decided to investigate her. It’s clear that Shelley Berkley has one priority, and that’s herself,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
1) Fact: For two years in a row, Shelley Berkley has been named one of the most corrupt Members of Congress.
CREW’s Most Corrupt 2012
“Rep. Shelley Berkley has spent a career advocating for renal care physicians, in spite of an obvious conflict of interest created by her husband’s medical practice…”
(“Most Corrupt,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 2012)
CREW’s Most Corrupt 2011
REPRESENTATIVE SHELLEY BERKLEY
“Representative Shelley Berkley (D-NV) is a seven-term member of Congress, representing Nevada’s 1st congressional district. Rep. Berkley’s ethics issues stem from using her position to support her husband’s financial and professional interests.”
(“CREW’s Most Corrupt,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 2011)
2) Fact: Now her colleagues have voted unanimously to launch a congressional investigation into her misconduct.
Documentation: “The House Ethics Committee said today it will investigate whether Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) broke any ethics rules or laws when she intervened to save a kidney transplant program at a hospital where her physician husband had a lucrative contract. In a statement, Ethics Chairman Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) and ranking member Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) said the committee voted unanimously on June 29 to establish an investigative subcommittee to determine whether Berkley violated “any law, rule, regulation, or other applicable standard of conduct … with respect to alleged communications and activities with or on behalf of entities in which Representative Berkley’s husband had a financial interest.”
(Amanda Becker, “House Ethics Will Probe Shelley Berkley’s Role in Saving Transplant Program,” Roll Call, July 9, 2012)
3) Fact: Because she used her office to twist arms in Washington to help her husband’s business.
Documentation: “Ms. Berkley’s actions were among a series over the last five years in which she pushed legislation or twisted the arms of federal regulators to pursue an agenda that is aligned with the business interests of her husband, Dr. Larry Lehrner.”
(Eric Lipton, “A Congresswoman’s Cause Is Often Her Husband’s Gain,” New York Times, September 5, 2011)
4) Fact: A business that has made her one of the richest Members of Congress.
Documentation: “35. Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) $9.17 Million”
(Amanda Becker, “The 50 Richest Members of the 112th Congress (2012)” Roll Call, September 13, 2012)
Documentation: “Shelley Berkley is a dialysis magnate. Berkley’s wealth is mostly found in investment accounts, and the various buildings and companies related to her husband’s medical practice.”
(Karoun Demirjian, “Our Congressional Leaders: What They’re Worth and Where They Invest,” Las Vegas Sun, June 16, 2011)