Here Is How Your Tax Dollars Are Used As Hush Money

The secret congressional culture of sexual harassment continues to make headlines, and new reports show how a combination of bureaucracy, federal law, and your money subsidize the Hill’s legion of creeps while keeping the whole process away from the light of day.

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“I was basically blackballed. There was nowhere I could go,” the staffer, who requested that her identity be withheld, told the website. Congress has no human resources department and requires that all such complaints go through the Office of Compliance, which sends an untold number of them through a taxpayer-funded system that skews heavily in favor of congressional harassers.

As has already been noted elsewhere, the Office of Compliance’s total payout numbers over the years are all lumped together, meaning that we can’t tell which payments may have been made for sexual harassment settlements any more than we can tell how much was spent on workman’s compensation claims.

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With a process this ridiculously lopsided and convoluted, it’s no wonder that Conyers’ accuser says she felt blackballed. It’s also no wonder that the women of Capitol Hill have a running “creep list” to try to pre-emptively avoid these situations. And it’s no wonder that we’re only just hearing about this in the post-Weinstein era.

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