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[Washington Babylon]

They Oughta Pay Us

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From Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, on the country’s worst governors:

Number of miles Gov. Perdue flew in a private jet provided by a lobbyist to attend to a NASCAR race: 30

Cost of the plane ride: $2,400

Maximum acceptable value of a lobbyist gift to state officials in Georgia according to Gov. Perdue’s own
executive order: $25

Cost of one custom-stitched antique rug for Gov. Paterson’s official residence: $21,000

New York State’s projected budget deficit at the time of the rug’s purchase: $15 billion

Pay raise Gov. Paterson requested state employees forgo that same year: 3%

Minimum number of campaign contributors Gov. Jindal appointed to state positions: 200

Number of members on the Louisiana Board of Ethics: 11

Number who resigned after a special legislative session passed Gov. Jindal-backed legislation reforming
Louisiana’s ethics code: 10

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