Top house democrat took $50,000 from taxpayers to keep a former staffer quiet

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Why are tax-payer dollars being used to silence the abusive activities of politicians? Unreal.
From Daily Caller: The top Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources used taxpayer dollars to pay off a former staffer who threatened to sue, claiming the lawmaker was often drunk and created a hostile workplace.
Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva’s secret deal with a former female staffer was revealed by The Washington Times on Monday. The payout was negotiated by the House Employment Counsel, the body’s attorney, and cost taxpayers $48,395.
The settlement, however, may have violated House rules, The Times reported. It’s against House rules for a lawmaker to retain “an employee who does not perform duties for the offices of the employing authority commensurate with the compensation such employee receives.”
Grijalva’s payout also should have been handed over in a lump sum, not paid out in monthly installments, The Times reported. Taxpayers paid Grijalva’s disgruntled staffer five month’s severance. The female staffer left her job after just three months, and didn’t pursue the matter after leaving Grijalva’s employment.
“On the advice of House Employment Counsel, I provided a severance package to a former employee who resigned,” Grijalva told The Times in a statement.
“The severance did not involve the Office of Compliance and at no time was any allegation of sexual harassment made, and no sexual harassment occurred,” Grijalva said.
“Under the terms of the agreement, had there been an allegation of sexual harassment, the employee would have been free to report it,” he said. “Regrettably, for me to provide any further details on this matter would violate the agreement.”
News of Grijalva’s payout comes amid debate over the $17.2 million in taxpayer funds used to settle 264 complaints of sexual harassment and other issues in Congress. The settlements are kept secret.
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2 years ago

Illegal~! That’s a criminal act, graft, covering a criminal act. He should face criminal charges, just like those in congress, for using public money to hide their actions and silence their victims.

Dr. Eowyn
Dr. Eowyn
2 years ago

Thank you, DCG, for this post.
John Conyers, Al Franken, and Raul Grijalva are just the proverbial “tip of the iceberg” of sexual creeps in Congress, and the secret slush fund to pay off victims and accusers — all paid for by we taxpayer stooges.
We should be out in the streets with torches demanding transparency and accountability.

2 years ago

I. WANT. MY MONEY. BACK!!! I have worked my ass so hard for so long to have these bastards throw it out of the window to pay back for their inappropriate behaviors. Kick’m out of the government, thieves!

2 years ago
2 years ago

Okay-these women can just accuse their chosen Politician of talking dirty/groping/rape and they get paid off for it? Well Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein groped ME about 22 years ago-I’d like MY pay-off in CASH,please.