Mutiny on the Bounty: Ron Paul (c)(4)’s Surprising Independence

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October 28, 2012; Source: Roll Call

It’s rare for a politically-inspired 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization to highlight the potential misdeeds of the politician who inspired its founding, but perhaps it is not as surprising when that politician is Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who is known for being an iconoclast in many ways. Roll Call reports that The Liberty Committee, a nonprofit founded by former Paul staffer David James in 1995 to promote Paul’s political agenda, is supporting legislation to require better tracking and disclosure of travel expenses by members of Congress and their staff. The resolution in question, H. Res. 580, would require itemization of all travel and use of a congressional credit card to pay for that travel.

Transparency and disclosure are grand ideals, so this resolution seems mundane at first glance. However, as NPQ noted earlier this year, The Liberty Committee has produced documentation suggesting that Paul double-billed for at least $20,000 in travel expenses. In addition, The Liberty Committee asserts that changes to reimbursement policy in 2009 makes it easier, not harder, for members of Congress to conceal travel expense details in their mandatory reporting.

In light of The Liberty Committee’s work here, it may not be surprising that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) puts Ron Paul on their 2012 “Most Corrupt” list for “improperly seeking double reimbursements for travel expenses.” What is surprising is that The Liberty Committee, created to back Paul, documents the allegations and cites the CREW condemnation on its own home page next to Ron Paul’s official photo. In a world that assumes that 501(c)4 nonprofits are creatures of the politicians who inspire their formation, this is one exception that illustrates what “independent expenditure” can mean. –Michael Wyland

  • Evan Rogers

    Old news.
    Inaccurate news.

    You suck at reporting.

    Your organization is now off my google news feed.

  • Jon

    Nice try. Ron Paul is still the most trustworthy man in Washington.

  • Jamie

    This has all been discredited already and it never happened… It would take a maximum 5 seconds on google to figure that out.

  • Cynthia Kennedy

    If you know anything about Ron Paul, including the fact that he RETURNED a large part of his congressional office budget every year, you would know that any whisper of financial wrong-doing by Paul is ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE.


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  • Dave

    Prove it Cynthia. Post the documentation and not just hearsay.

  • Gene Berkman

    Ron Paul returns more of his official expense allowance to the Treasury each year than the amount claimed in the “double billing” smear.

    It is hard to imagine that Ron Paul, who votes against every big government expenditure, is any near as corrupt as all the politicians who rob the taxpayers to bail out the banks or subsidize their favored corporations.

    It is not as hard to believe that your reporter would fail to fact check the story to find out that the feds are not being ripped off by Congressman Paul, while every other Congressman is helping to line of the pockets of his favored special interest.

  • Francisco Delgado

    A mildly interesting article until I got to: “it may not be surprising that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) puts Ron Paul on their 2012 “Most Corrupt” ” With an honorable mention.

    Zachariah Wiedeman did a fine job, unlike the author of this piece of crap, on investigating the allegations by CREW. For some good reporting – check it out at