Washington Babylon — April 6, 2009, 9:01 am

Congressman Joe Barton’s Favorite Charitable Cause: Joe Barton

From the Washington Times:

The top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee operates a tax-exempt foundation that has raised donations from the industries his committee oversees, while giving less than a quarter of the foundation’s money to charitable causes, tax records show.

Rep. Joe L. Barton’s foundation spent more on staff, fundraising and other overhead from 2005 to 2007 – nearly $130,000 in all – than it did on its single $90,000 contribution to a charitable cause, according to its most recent Internal Revenue Service filings. The congressman’s daughter-in-law runs the foundation as an unpaid executive director.

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