Democratic ex-congressman Eric Massa settled sexual harassment charges from a least two male staffers for around $100,000 after he resigned in 2010 ahead of an ethics investigation into the claims.
The payment was made by the Office of Compliance. The office has made headlines recently when it was discovered through a report that it has paid out $17 million in settlements over the past two decades. It was also revealed that an undisclosed amount was paid for sexual harassment and misconduct claims.
Guess who’s footing the bill for all of this? That’s right folks, it’s us taxpayers that are footing the bill for these disgusting settlements.
Breitbart News spoke with Teresa James, director of the Administrative Dispute Resolution Program at OOC, and she said there is no way to find out from the numbers exactly how many of the cases over the past two decades were for sexual harassment.
“There’s actually nothing we can do,” James said.
“This is exactly why there should be transparency,” Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) told ABC News.
ABC reported that Rice is co-sponsoring legislation that would remove the secrecy from the settlement payments.
SHORTLY AFTER HIS RESIGNATION IN MARCH 2010, MASSA ADMITTED IN INTERVIEWS HE WAS “GUILTY” OF ENGAGING IN INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR WITH HIS STAFF, BUT SAID THAT HE DID NOTHING SEXUAL AND NOTHING CRIMINAL. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH FOX NEWS AT THE TIME OF THE SCANDAL HE ADMITTED TO GROPING ONE OF HIS STAFF MEMBERS. “YEAH, I DID. NOT ONLY DID I GROPE HIM, BUT I TICKLED HIM UNTIL HE COULDN’T BREATHE,” MASSA SAID.
“There is no reason why these settlements, these accusations should be done in secret once they’re adjudicated,” Rice said.
This is an absolute disgrace and a total insult to taxpayers. We work hard to make an honest living which goes to support our families and pay our taxes
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