October 9, 2016

AP: Bayh’s Job Hunt Violated Senate Ethics Rules

Evan Bayh’s shameless pursuit of his own self-interest has risen to a new level after a shocking new report from the Associated Press disclosed that Bayh might have violated Senate ethics rules when he cashed in on his Senate connections. Indiana voters already know that Bayh abandoned them to make millions, but the Associated Press has now uncovered that Bayh spent his last months in the Senate job hunting, instead of working for them:

“The Democrat held more than four dozen meetings and phone calls with head hunters and future corporate employers over the months, beginning just days after announcing his surprise retirement from the Senate on Feb. 15, 2010, through December of that year as his term came to an end. Bayh is now running to get his old seat back and help his party retake Senate control.”

These extremely troubling new assertions also mean that Bayh’s job hunting might have been a violation of Senate ethics rules:

“In at least one case, though, Bayh’s schedule suggests that he did potentially violate Senate Ethics rules. According to the schedule, a headhunter named Mike Flood paid for Bayh’s hotel stays on at least two nights, as well as transportation to and around New York City in November 2010. Senate rules say that such expenditures must be disclosed when they top $250, but it does not appear Bayh ever made such a disclosure.”

Since Bayh left office he’s made millions as a lobbyist and as an adviser to a major financial firm. Yet instead of focusing on helping Indiana voters during his last months in the Senate, this Associated Press report shows that Bayh could have been leveraging the remaining votes he had to cast in the Senate for the best financial opportunities for himself:

“The schedule shows many other meetings with top Wall Street and corporate officials throughout the months, even as the Senate debated and voted on major legislation including the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill and an extension of the Bush tax cuts. Bayh supported extending the Bush tax cuts and also voted for Dodd-Frank, while pushing to soften up some of the more onerous requirements on Wall Street.”

It’s no surprise than that one of the activists that helped write the Senate ethics language Bayh might have violated called these new allegations “outrageous.” While the public is used to bad behavior from their politicians, few have been as brazen in leveraging their job in the Senate for the best possible money making opportunities as Bayh was. After these disgraceful new developments, it’s clear Evan Bayh is totally unfit to return to public office.