Unseal the Deals!
Independent journalists now believen that countless millions of American tax-payer dollars have been spent to keep the sexual harassment and sexual abuse victims of Congressmen quiet.
Just look at this creepy chart, currently being shared on Twitter with the #unsealthedeals hash-tag:
The list is of sexual harassment/abuse case settlements paid for with tax dollars.
More from Business Insider:
BuzzFeed News’ report about settlement payments arising from claims against Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan is alarming in numerous ways.
Settlement documents obtained by BuzzFeed show that Conyers is alleged to have made repeated sexual advances on female employees, in one instance directing an employee to come to his hotel room and then instructing her to “touch it.”
BuzzFeed also reports that two staffers alleged that they were given the task of transporting, at taxpayer expense, women with whom they believed Conyers was having affairs. (Conyers on Tuesday denied settling any sexual-harassment complaints with staff members.)
But there’s one aspect of BuzzFeed’s report that makes me concerned the tab for settlements in Congress is much larger than the $15.2 million in payments that have been reported from Congress’ designated settlement fund over approximately two decades. (These settlements are not just for sexual harassment; they can be for employment discrimination and other matters.)
In one instance, BuzzFeed reports that a former employee in Conyers’ office received a settlement paid out of the office’s regular budget. In exchange for signing a confidentiality agreement, the report said, she received three months’ pay, totaling just over $27,000, after she had already left the office.
Think about this. To anyone reviewing the office’s budget, this would look like a normal payroll expense. How much money is being secretly diverted from the regular business of congressional offices to pay settlements we don’t even know about, to cover up misbehavior that we would be interested to know about?
Is it time to say that any “feminist” who supports the Democratic Party is a fraud?