Rep. Paul Broun, M.D., bills himself as a paragon of Christian virtue. Before the Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Athens votes on any legislation, Broun claims he asks four questions: is it right/moral, is it Constitutional, is it necessary, is it affordable.
Unfortunately, the first question appears not to apply to Broun personally.
In 2007 and again in 2013, the non-partisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) ranked him among the most corrupt members of Congress.
"While he was running for Congress in 2007," says the CREW report, "Rep. Broun made several loans to his campaign that he said were made from his personal funds and carried no interest. Years later, after the campaign was caught making suspect 'interest' payments to Rep. Broun, he amended his Federal Election Commission reports to say two of the loans came from a home equity line of credit — which still left many questions unanswered."
Now Broun faces more questions.
The congressman would have us believe he is a fiscal conservative loathe to waste a single taxpayer penny on unnecessary things like food stamps, healthcare, or welfare for poor, elderly or disabled Americans.
But In March we learned he did spend more than $33,000 of taxpayer money hiring a debate coach for his Senate campaign.
WSB-TV reported last month Broun used the funds to hire O'Donnell and Associates, a firm run by Brett O'Donnell, a fellow evangelical Christian. O'Donnell advised Rep. Michele Bachmann, another evangelical who joined Broun on CREW's 2013 most corrupt list, during her failed 2012 presidential run (pattern here?).
When a WSB reporter attempted to talk to Broun about the spending, the congressman slammed his office door in the reporter's face. You can see it here:
According to Peter Waldron, who coordinated Bachmann's campaign in Iowa, O'Donnell, "...exercised ‘Rasputin-like control over Michele. More than one staffer was grateful to God that she didn’t win the nomination because of the influence that Brett had over her.”
“If somebody is advertising themselves as a campaign consultant, what are they doing on the taxpayer dime?” asked Kathy Keily with the Sunlight Foundation during a WSB interview. “These lawmakers can raise plenty of money to fund their campaigns. They really don't need the taxpayers to chip in as well."