Ron Paul One of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress, Report Finds - Washington Whispers (Usnews.com)
One of the most troubling cases of the congressman’s possible double-billing revolves around reimbursements he received for flights from both his official allowance and the libertarian group the Liberty Committee. At that time, the Liberty Committee’s finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family.
“It’s extremely disappointing,” Liberty Committee President David James told Whispers of the double-billing.
James says he first noticed a red flag in 2004, after the committee asked Paul for copies of his travel tickets, and the congressman did not provide them. Paul stopped billing the committee shortly after they asked for the tickets, according to James. By 2005, James says he was aware of possible double-billing. But it wasn’t until the Roll Call story that he saw how far the problem extended.
The committee conducted its own audit of Paul’s finances shortly after the story, and found that 60 percent of the travel Paul had billed to the committee had been doubled-billed.
“We have contacted Congressman Paul to look at the records and repay the amount,” James told Whispers. “But our last communication was not even responded to.”
James said the committee parted ways with the congressman in 2006 for “a number of reasons.”
The committee has not, however, stopped vocally supporting Paul.
James called his policies “just what this country needs.” “The message is great,” said James. “It’s the messenger that is the problem.”