The Claimed Congressional “Harassment and Settlement” Pay-Outs are False…

TV and Radio personality Laura Ingraham was the first pundit to state that Congress has paid out millions in settlement money for sexual harassment claims within congress. The following day a reporter for The Hill, Reid Wilson, shared a chart showing the annualized payout amounts. We shared the chart from Reid Wilson.

However, the chart is misleading without the accompanying cover letter describing the content. [Original Source Link Here] In reality the claim that congress has paid out millions for “sexual harassment” or “harassment” settlements is entirely FALSE.

Fibber !

Sean Davis co-founder of The Federalist, was the first to spot the fraudulent presentation of data HERE. If you look at the actual letter (full pdf below) from the U.S. Congress, Office of Compliance, you’ll note the following important notation:

…”A large portion of cases originate from employing offices in the legislative branch other than the House of Representatives or the Senate, and involve various statutory provisions incorporated by the CAA, such as the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

Cover Letter:

The report shows all pay-outs covered under the Congressional Accountability Act, and extends far beyond House and Senate staff. In fact, as the disclaimer notes the “large portion” of the cases have nothing to do with the House and Senate, they are for administrative and maintenance divisions within the organization of congress, writ large, outside the legislative divisions.

Additionally, not only do the largest portion of the settlements stem from outside the legislative branch, the payouts appear (as the disclaimer provides) primarily driven by: •overtime pay disputes; •FMLA (sick pay, leave, etc) challenges; •and possible settlements related to ADA compliance issues (handicapped access etc).

The “largest portion” of the settlements has nothing to do with sexual harassment or any other type of harassment, and doesn’t have anything to do with politicians in the House and Senate.

The “Congressional Harassment Settlement Story” is a manufactured narrative using false data.

Again, here’s the originating source material. Below is a pdf of the source material including the cover letter, the disclaimers, and the chart.

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Perhaps it’s a simple mistake by Laura Ingraham, or perhaps her research staff just provided a wrong interpretation of the data.  Perhaps it’s a similar simple mistake by Reid Wilson.

Then again, it gets a little more difficult to give that much benefit of the doubt when the disclaimer is pretty clear; and there’s definitely a larger storyline being headlined right now that benefits from a, well, ‘misinterpreted‘ review.

You decide the motives there.

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147 Responses to The Claimed Congressional “Harassment and Settlement” Pay-Outs are False…

  1. MIKE says:

    I’m an idiot. Please tell me what the significant spikes in ’02 and ’07 mean or represent?

    Liked by 3 people

  2. chojun says:

    The larger storyline? Either normalization of deviant behavior of the Legislative branch or some kind of attempt at obfuscation to discredit Ingraham, the Federalist, et. al when the correct interpretation of the information comes out (as it just did here on the CTH).

    I think sloppy reporting.

    Liked by 7 people

    • Oldschool says:

      Nope. The objective of this storyline dovetails with all the other sudden sexual misconduct disclosures. Create mass hysteria among the public, calling for heads, but the ultimate target trophy is our Lion’s head.

      Liked by 14 people

    • JAS says:

      “….normalization of deviant behavior….” – love the premise. A strong, often ignored and rather causally dismissed factor for the huge mess the government is in at the moment. Thanks for bringing that up!

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      • Carrie2 says:

        JAS, these words mean just what we know – sexual harassment and they are trying these words to con/gull the ignorant. Deviant behavior is what sexual harassment is! and why we are out $15+ millions in payments to keep their mouths shut. Well, time to give us the names in the two Houses and have them pay back what we had to pay out because we need that money for the wall and other truly important things, also for paying down the national debt they gave us by doing nothing but helping Obama due to those illegal outside donor dollars and illegal insider trading. So, call it what you like, but this speaks to the facts as well.

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    • Mongoose says:

      I was shocked to see Laura being drawn up this way. I find it incomprehensible that she would do this kind of reporting. I have been a fan of hers for a long time and this does not fit her M.O. at all.

      There are other things at work here folks and you know they will go out to destroy anyone supporting Trump. Don’t believe your lying eyes! Especially anything fed from the media.

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  3. rumpole2 says:

    I did point out the Caveat as early comment when the payouts chart was posted. 🙂

    But… apparently there were some settlements for harassment. Even if it is only 1 or 2.. I think the names of the “offenders” should still be released.

    Liked by 19 people

    • Since the payouts were made with our tax dollars we should have the right to see where our money was disbursed.
      Another good job for the Judicial Watch people to ask for through the FOIA.

      Liked by 10 people

    • WSB says:

      Has anyone ever SEEN a dumber chart??????!!!!!!!!

      I mean, I ain’t no wiz at Excel (although this looks like a struggling Word doc), but man! Would it be TOO much of a stretch to add two columns with ‘DEPARTMENT’ and ‘DESCRIPTION’?

      Actually, I spend much of my time in Excel, so maybe this is why it looks just a bit weak…

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      • suejeanne1 says:

        Yes! What if – for the purposes of publishing this chart for some reason – they hid those columns – they ARE there but they have been hidden – and could be unhidden.

        Liked by 5 people

      • H.R. says:

        I think you should trust your gut, WSB.

        It definitely looks like a Word table with the choice selected to make 3 equal-width cells. The formatting choices look like a Word table.

        That’s where our tax money goes; it should have been a simple Excel sheet with the cells populated by extracting data from the appropriate sources, but no…. gotta have someone look at various pieces of paper – adding up the total from who-knows-how-many files and then totaling them on an adding machine – and then manually enter the necessary entries in each cell.

        Looks like that table kept some overpaid worker bee busy for a month (coffee breaks, bathroom breaks, gossip and visiting breaks, stress relief breaks, doncha know) when it should have taken someone with decent Excel skills an hour or so (mostly setting up data extraction) to finish.

        Heck! Coulda’ been a six-month project for all I know.

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  4. mikebrezzze says:

    Bottom line is, the media sucks

    Liked by 18 people

  5. SEABEE4TRUMP says:

    Do you suppose that Laura Ingraham will spend equal time in clearing this up? This sudden interest in the “#me too” campaign is starting to suspiciously look like an orchestrated move to further challenge the status of gender control in this country. With the “wimpification” of the male species making all things testosterone now a taboo, it wouldn’t surprise me that the alpha male currently in the White House will be back on center stage to re-hash all of the sexual harassment “allegations” that appeared in the primaries…paging Senator Gillibrand ……

    Liked by 15 people

    • H&HC, 2nd-16th says:

      Will she spend an “equal time clearing this up”?
      IMO, I would expect a responsible non-biased journalist would, at the least, make a clarification or even an apology. But, as Gibbs says something similar to “don’t say you’re sorry – its a sign of weakness”. I wonder if honesty has become a lost commodity and as irrelevant as common sense.

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    • Regina says:

      She had “the twirl girl” on last night, too – the one who was devastated when a congressman asked her to twirl so he could see her outfit…although to her benefit, Laura did make the girl admit that she’s Still ‘friends’ with that same congressman.

      Liked by 6 people

      • joshua says:

        that twirl girl episode was just pathetic….I thought Ingram would have better judgement than that.

        Liked by 4 people

      • daughnworks247 says:

        The former intern on nationally televised Laura Ingram’s show last night. She was a 22 year old intern when Congressman Miller told her she looked great and asked her to “twirl for him”.
        She was humiliated.
        “Sexual harrassment!”, she says, 15 years post incident.
        She took the promotion, and the increase in pay. She “struggled” with the decision on whether she should take the pay bump….. because she knew it was wrong?????
        Ya’ think?
        But…
        She felt uncomfortable—– and now, she is a hero. She is “brave”.
        That’s the opposite of BRAVE – that’s a sellout who is CHICKENSH**—- who is loudly announcing her own lack of ethics at the time —– to capitalize on social media popularity —- by wearing the mantle of a pretend/half-baked victim.
        When did these become admirable qualities for a real American woman?
        The answer is easy. These are not admirable characteristics for anyone, ever.
        Yet, these are the qualities of today’s feminist.

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        • Carrie2 says:

          daughter, they do not have neither qualities or morals or values, just women who can’t get used to the idea they are female, they follow men just as men follow women as is nature’s way to procreate more humans, but when she continued to work with the clown, she deserves no kudos but a lot of boos. Real women are great but we also have these mindless, soulless female creatures that are not real women. I ignore them and I pity them for being so lost and never will be found.

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        • singingsoul says:

          daughnworks247 says:
          “The former intern on nationally televised Laura Ingram’s show last night. She was a 22 year old intern when Congressman Miller told her she looked great and asked her to “twirl for him”.
          She was humiliated.
          “Sexual harassment!”, she says, 15 years post incident.”
          ________________________________________________
          Maybe that is just my European me or what but I do not see sexual harassment in twirling.
          I am total feminine and enjoy the visual attention from men in Europe before Muslims moved in. European men look and even appreciate older women.
          I noticed in the US men do not stare and obviously women feel uncomfortable. To me it is not sexual harassment it is more appreciation.
          I most likely would have twirled stuck my tongue out and told him he can look but do not touch. I would have walked out with a big grin.
          Women must set boundaries and need to be clear but should not loose their self-esteem and femininity. Men are attracted to women ( at least most) and that is how it is.

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      • WSB says:

        I couldn’t quite figure out what the story should mean but then realized that for a small infraction, this girl was given and accepted a bonus…our money being thrown around for the Congressman’s indiscretion. He should be paying that out of his own pocket. I know Senators are supposed to pay for their staff, but it all comes back to donations, etc.

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    • Wend says:

      Fox wants Moore either to drop out or lose.

      Liked by 7 people

    • WSB says:

      Even Hannity and Pirro exposed their ‘controlled’ opposition this week. It wasn’t good.

      Liked by 7 people

      • suejeanne1 says:

        Steve Hilton on Fox on Sunday night was quite on board with the anti-Moore program – he started out talking about “positive populism” and then leapt to the conclusion that Judge Moore should quit the race – there did not seem to me to be any logical confluence – like we are supposed to say, “oh, okay, positive populism, Moore should step aside” –

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        • WSB says:

          Moore controlled-opposition!

          Liked by 2 people

        • Carrie2 says:

          suejeanne1, but they didn’t ask Bill Clinton to drop out, and really don’t want Al Franken removed, but Moore with adequate proof to date that the women are liars similar to the ones brought out against Trump and they get exposed. No one without a just trial and jury can be considered guilty in this country, so these naysayers are losing us as their listeners. Sorry, Hannity, but you are now off my list. You can’t condemn anyone just by saying what you have said – guess you are a Marco follower now. Shame on you. I applaud Moore for filing suit, and Alabamans for being far smarter than many in Congress and America. Justice first, please, and keep your mouths shut as you display nastiness, etc. What’s make you judge and jury is beyond me.

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          • singingsoul says:

            What is wrong Moore asking young women 16-18 out for a date? One easily can say I think you are a nice guy but a little to old for me. I said that many time in a kind way and did not humiliate the guy. All worked out well. I do not understand the helplessness of young women ????
            What are they doing crawling out of the woodwork 38 years later as if he took their virginity which he did not? I cannot imagine coming 38 years later and saying my date kissed me and I have been abused by that.
            Any man today is in danger dating what they will be accused off.
            I am totally against rape that is different and people need to be held accountable for that.

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  6. Ken Finney says:

    >>The “largest portion” of the settlements has nothing to do with sexual harassment or any other type of harassment, and doesn’t have anything to do with politicians in the House and Senate.<<

    You say "largest portion". The letter doesn't say that. The letter says:

    "A large portion of cases originate from…"

    "**A large portion**…" This does not mean that it's the largest portion. It doesn't even imply it.

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    • Niagara Frontier says:

      I looked at the raw data from the 2016 report. About 18% of the cases list harassment as the issue. That’s nearly same percentage found in the 2002 data.

      Liked by 1 person

    • V.Lombardi says:

      I agree that what we have here is more author deception. Our author here likes to criticize conservatives in the media. Ingraham is being hit daily. The author ignores that people in Congress are claiming sexual abuse is occurring by member of Congress. I read this site partly to see what deceptions are underway. And we have the Franken stories coming out. The big story is abuse and incredible hypocrisy by congressman but Sundance cites a letter to go after Laura.

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      • USA First! says:

        Even when Sundance is wrong, She’s right.
        Now go learn what this means.

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      • Carrie2 says:

        V.Lombardi, and now Congress wants to legislate a law against what is decades too long caused sexual harassment by Congress members. Lot of luck, Ryan because it all out in the open now, so just give us the names and let them repay us for Congress protecting Congress. We have had it and karma is marching in more and more.

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  7. Pam says:

    Yikes! The research department should have done more research. 😏

    Liked by 5 people

  8. Minnie says:

    Distort, distract, deflect, divert – yep, they continue to push the same tactic.

    They know what works.

    😐

    Liked by 7 people

  9. keebler AC says:

    Damn yu, SunDance, there you go wrecking the narrative with facts. LOL.
    Although, I’d rather get mad about real things because there’s only so much mad to spare without entering mental institution. Thank ya for CTH!

    Liked by 6 people

  10. positron1352 says:

    Math is so great.

    Liked by 3 people

    • jrapdx says:

      “There are three types of lies — lies, damn lies, and statistics.”
      ― Benjamin Disraeli
      (Also attributed to Mark Twain)

      Liked by 2 people

      • Benson II says:

        I’ve never agreed with that saying. Unless the statistics are manipulated or misnamed they are actually more truthful than just about anything else.
        If your a salesperson no explanation of what happened that made your statistics low make the statistics for your sales any higher.

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  11. xxxMat says:

    What idiot releases such a chart without a clear title?
    So easy to manipulate.

    Is this ineptitude or intentional?

    Liked by 3 people

    • flova says:

      My contention is nothing gets out to the mainstream media without collusion with the Marxists.

      Since the UnipartyDeep State is in charge of all MSM journalists including Fox News, this news of $15 million in settlements for sexual harassment complaints(with no details lol), where mostly white males are targeted, can only mean that Michelle Obama’s recent comments about looking out over the pols at SOTU addresses and seeing “literally gray and white..Physically there’s a difference in color, in the tone, because on one side all men, all white, on the other side some woman, some people of color,” suggests the real agenda of whipping people up into “all men are pigs hysteria.”

      The Left wants to demonize all white politicians, even if they have to sacrifice a few of their own like Franken and Clinton to make it look legitimately like they care about women.

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  12. Lunatic Fringe, Phd. [undocumented] says:

    Just to clarify so I understand, is this stating that a beaurocracy of millions of people claim to have less than a few dozen complaints over the past few decades? It may not be what Laura Ingraham said it was, but I find it hard to believe OUR Government has so few complaints.

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  13. Prof. Woland says:

    Many of the claims filed by employees against their employer for things such as workers comp, overtime, and other work related issues are intimately tied up with racial and sexual politics and are only one accusation away from becoming a discrimination lawsuit. All that employee has to do is claim that the problem was because “she was black” to kick it into another category increasing the legal costs ten fold. So it should come as no surprise that each employment dispute is handled with kid gloves particularly if the defendant is a white man.

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  14. USA First! says:

    Motive: Senators etc wanted this to float out in the public so they can then come back 1 week later that “We are victims” of a smear campaign by showing the proof that the payouts were not from them. This raises their approval ratings from the very bottom of the toilet, up a few inches.

    This allows them to continue lying, theiving, looting, pillaging, extorting, the American people.

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  15. Lisa says:

    Okay, so what portion was paid out & because of who?

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  16. Why not pile on the hysteria about sexual harrassers in Congress (btw, Nancy Pelosi said she never saw it in all her time in Congress) when we’re working on a narrative that Moore is a sexual harasser and we don’t want to elect more into Congress, because, dang, we’ve already paid $15million in sexual harrassment settlements, why expose ourselves more? So much manipulation going on.

    Liked by 6 people

    • TreeClimber says:

      I think you’ve got it. And it won’t be just Moore – the same tactic will be used against every single MAGA candidate because, to some degree, it works. No one wants to be seen as supporting a sex offender, and the uninformed populace will avoid them for that reason.

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  17. tonyE says:

    I don’t really care. Those payouts are miniscule compared with the gross economic mismanagement and corruption that those Senators and Representatives are engaged in.

    We’re talking trilions of dollars here. For them, their buddies, their financial contributors, the public unions and their ensalved voters.

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  18. Niagara Frontier says:

    See the end of yesterday’s thread on this. A review of the raw data from the OOC’s own annual reports available on their website show that what was presented yesterday was not only out of context but totally misleading.

    In 2016 about 18% of the requests for counseling involved harassment, about the same rate as 2002. On top of that about 75% of the complaints came from two offices: the Architect of the Capital and the US Capitol Police, and only 8 cases from the House or Senate.

    I consider this all a “Squirrel” moment considering we’re talking about a pool of more than 30,000 employees.

    https://compliance.gov/publications/reports-issued-office-compliance/annual-reports

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  19. MVW says:

    At some point, manipulation of the public with sensational news will completely backfire, cynicism, huge doubts on claims, taking everything with a block of salt etc. will become the norm. How bad would that be?

    Reputation will become more valuable.

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  20. Linda says:

    Now wait a minute. Wasn’t it dem rep Jackie Speier who first made the claim that $15 million was paid out in sexual harassment claims? Where does she fit in all this?

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  21. bflyjesusgrl says:

    Not defending Laura necessarily, But Congresswoman Speier started this $15 million sex payout story to boost her new legislation a few days back. Laura picked it up from her and ran with it.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/14/msnbc-sexual-harassment-speier-u-s-house-paid-15-million-secret-victims/

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    • bessie2003 says:

      Interesting. MSNBC and Brietbart both sources for this congresswoman’s assumption.

      Seems President Trump’s early admonition still holds: “The news is fake, the leaks are real.”

      Liked by 4 people

    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      I saw that and thought “Now, what you trying to cover up, Jackie?”
      There’s nothing good about Jackie. Very odd that she would throw this “news” out there
      I don’t buy the genuine apology Chelsea Handler had for Juanita Broaddrick.
      Now Dem is throwing Franken under the bus?
      Extreme smear on Roy Moore still ongoing. (I pray Moore wins)
      Menendez got mistrial.
      Impeachment filed
      Canada dictating to Congress on how to handle NAFTA.
      Deep State is up to something and changing their gameplan.
      Those indictments is rattling them

      One thing for sure that is to be expected…Deep State and Uni Party are very desperate–they are thrashing and hitting back at America without even wearing a mask! They are dying–things are going to get dangerous before it gets better. Be watchful as always and on guard.

      I pray for our President Trump, his family and Dream team’s safety. I p’ray for Trump’s supporters’ safety, too.

      I’ve had this suspicious cat’s look for so long that I am becoming a suspicious cat.

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  22. fleporeblog says:

    Once again this hits home on the narrative that D.C. has nothing but men that are trying everything in their power to sexual harass women. Ironic that this broke nearly at the same time as the Al Franken fiasco. I stand by the fact that all of this has one particular target in mind! They are going after our President because everything else has completely failed.

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    • reverence1 says:

      Shared this here before: When the Weinstein scandal broke out, the most important german magazin “Stern” linked it directly to President Trump. Under the heading “Harvey Weinstein oder: Das Grauen von Hollywood” they described a very ugly person in very ugly words and then “too bad this … is still sitting in the White House and the comments are about Weinstein… “.
      https://www.stern.de/lifestyle/leute/harvey-weinstein—das-grauen-von-hollywood-7665410.html
      So all these strategies do not only target the american voters, but aso the people of the world. (Too bad a large portion of this world, the countries outside the “west” do not fall for this kind of propaganda …).

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    • H&HC, 2nd-16th says:

      Fleporeblog says “I stand by the fact that all of this has one particular target in mind! They are going after our President because everything else has completely failed.” He is correct. The only light at the end of the tunnel is “they” don’t have confidence that Mueller will. I think “they” underestimate Mueller.

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    • Ditch Mitch says:

      Note the start date of this data cut. 1 Oct 1996. Billy was commander in briefs at the time and the Lewinsky scandal was big news. From wilipedia:

      “The Lewinsky scandal was an American political sex scandal that involved 49-year-old President Bill Clinton and 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The sexual relationship took place between 1995 and 1996 and came to light in 1998.”

      I would like to see the records in years prior to FY97. Billy boy’s sex crimes contributed mightily to a decline in America’s moral values and increase in sexual crimes. Bet the number of incidents and costs were much less pre FY97.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Exactly, Flep. Deep State/Uni Party are desperate and not bothering to hide their identity. I was very surprised to see Valerie Jarrett going public attacking Frankenstein. How many time have we heard Jarrett speak out in public during BO reign of terror? Little to None. Jarrett couldn’t even keep her mouth shut yesterday!
      They all are desperate. Good…..the tables have been turned on them….And good riddance.

      Pray….pray for President Trump’s strength and protection.

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    • WSB says:

      The McClatchy article states that Valerie Jarrett tweeted out the photo of Frankenstein. Was she the first to do so? I am not a Twitter warrior so would not know how to determine who the original poster would have been.

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    • thesavvyinvester says:

      Flep a tangent angle could be related to Hillary and her 16′ loss. I read the other day she lost a key sub-segment of ( I think white ) educated women 30 something to 60 something(?) , correct me if I am wrong here with this data. Could this be a ploy to appeal to this voting block and demon-ize “R”-males to give them margins in 18′ to take the House as they come out as the “Party” that “helped” clean this mess up?

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  23. El Torito says:

    We wouldn’t want to see “angry Laura…”
    This get’s ungly:

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  24. I have a different take on this. Who cares if if was Congress or some other legislative employees? It is still our money and I still want names.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Exactly how I feel. This latest drama today is just a distraction..another shiny thing. They all are protecting themselves seeing the Sealed inddictments piling up. Last number I heard is 1428 in 50 of the 92 US court districts. It hasn’t been updated for 3 days.

      We want names….and names now. The American Taxpayers are Congress’s bosses

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  25. Carolina Kat says:

    1. Normalize deviancy? Al Franken is just one of the guys and this is what guys do…
    2. Embarrass Paul Ryan on the day he passed tax cuts – to change the narrative?
    3. Embarrass Laura Ingraham (she should be – with this and her Moore reporting I’ve lost a lot of respect for her.)
    4. Embarrass FOX News – establish fake news narrative?
    5. Establish the meme that women are routinely harassed?

    No clue, it looked a lot like “squirrel” at the time, but I was so mad that they created a slush fund to cover up and prevent lawsuits I didn’t indulge the spidey-senses.

    Still where did $15million dollars go and why? Still stinks like three day old fish without the salaciousness, it’s still malfeasance.

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  26. James F says:

    The fact that Ingraham dated Keith Olberman for an extended period proves she has very poor judgement and vetting skills.

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  27. free73735 says:

    Thank you Sundance (or staff) for notifications.

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Borealis says:

    If the cat is suspicious, that’s good enough for me. And I don’t even like cats. Dogs are way better. Unlike cats, they will pee on a politician’s leg when required.

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    • jrapdx says:

      I dunno, cats can be way more subtle, or much less so. If so inclined a cat would make its point by leaving a mouse head on said politician’s doorstep. Unfortunate for feline sensibilities, very few of today’s politicians would get the message, the dog’s approach is sadly necessary…

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Well, both dogs and cats are good. The cat will come up to you, sniff your face and then go batty swat your face. Our two indoor cats did that to each other on their infrequent bad hair days–too funny. Luckily the claws didn’t come out, but they would for a politician….claw their pants off.

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  29. Daniel says:

    Hmm… if they are trying to push something, it will be the belief that this is happening far more than is being reported and that the swamp must be drained as a remedy. That’s the most simple way I can approach an understanding of this.

    Like everyone else, I disagree with using false and misleading information as a means of pushing any agenda because once and the information is proven false or misleading, then the agenda is trashed. It’s exactly like ‘global warming.’ The data was false and misleading and the result is nobody believes in global warming.

    So I too am suspicious. And I’m reminded of the strange report of Robocalls allegedly from the Washington Post. This is very likely fake. But it would serve to make the reports of the WaPo reporter offering to pay for hit stories on Moore seem fake as well.

    …so…? Are they getting ahead of a much bigger scandal? These things are not usually this many layers.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Yes, Daniel..that’s what we are seeing, too. Something big is going down. Could it be the indictments are being unsealed? or more indictments being filed? Or something else.
      We stand by our President Trump and watch.

      Praying Watchman on the Wall
      Covfefe Rules.
      MAGA

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  30. gzuf says:

    I think they are trying to set up enough momentum for a “committee” so they can “investigate” IE – turn it in to a Trump issue, tie it to Trump, attack Trump, etc.

    Another poster made a great point yesterday in that do they really care at all about Al Franken, he’s some two bit SNL comedian propped up by the establishment who fell backwards in to the senate by accident. MN is deep blue and will always be blue; so you sacrifice one that doesn’t really matter to feed the fire and then eventually try to wrap it back on Trump. They have already started with this. “Nothing happens for no reason in politics” said the Treeper. I believe that to be the case 100%.

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  31. daughnworks247 says:

    Al Franken is in trouble for the pic
    but…. Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake “wardrobe malfunction” when my kids were watching the SuperBowl?
    Just another feminist selling out Real American Women for career promotion, more money, fame, popularity, who then cry ‘foul’ when they are sexually idolized.

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  32. El Torito says:

    Sometimes I get the notion that maybe Sessons or POTUS is giving the DNC time to distance themselves from Clintons and do their own housecleaning before Trumps hammers from hell begin to rain down. Seems like it’s all being carefully timed. Kinda like in the corporate environment, you know when the whispers start…

    There’s something going on here
    What it is ain’t exactly clear…

    Paranoia strikes deep
    Into your life it will creep
    It starts when your always afraid
    Step outta line, the man comes and takes you away…

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  33. Sylvia Avery says:

    I am personally so sick of the sexual harassment stories I could barf. There are so many new ones every day I cannot keep track.

    Don’t bother my pretty little head about them any more unless there is some kind of corroboration. Like the Al Frankenstein photos, or with Seattle’s gay perv mayor Ed Murray with the social worker’s case notes from the 80s and the cousin’s statement, or of course Harvey Weinstein.

    I don’t want to hear about stuff that can’t be corroborated. It is all negative energy and wasted outrage. It is like the Salem witch trials or something.

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    • mimbler says:

      I was saying the same thing at lunch today. The level of hysteria is reaching the Salem witch trial levels.

      Or for a different analogy, we could use communist cultural purges.

      I’m not defending politicians nor Hollywood types, but, really, didn’t we already know most of them are slime that we wouldn’t voluntarily associate with?

      The country has real issues to deal with at the Federal level. These types of things are very easily handled with local law enforcement if they raise to that level.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      Maybe that’s the real goal in all this…to make us so disgusted that we have ‘disgust fatigue’.
      Then, when the allegations of Pedophilia come out, we are already so disgusted and suspicious of the accusers that we just turn away.

      Can’t help but wonder.

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    • Benson II says:

      I wouldn’t mind so much if they didn’t keep using different descriptions for every incident. You never know if there was actual unwelcome sexual contact or someone telling you how nice you look. Unwelcome leering or calling you hon is not sexual assault. They(news) try to make everything sensational with very little facts to back up what happened.

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  34. Pretty sad that a former law clerk to Clarence Thomas wouldn’t scrutinize the supporting documents. I’ve never been a fan of Ingraham. She’s a BFF of Peggy Noonan.

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  35. Grant Hodges says:

    Well, then . . . Congress won’t mind releasing the names of the Congressmen for whom settlements were made . . . if they are so few. Let justice come down like waters. How many Congressman are on that list? What are their names?

    Why is CTH throwing shade at conservatives these days? I don’t think her comment at all explains whether or not we as taxpayers are paying the freight for lech Congressmen.

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    • mimbler says:

      Of all the problems facing our country; if listing them in order of importance, where would you rank this one?

      And if it isn’t in the top 100, then that is why I would “throw shade” at it,

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    • wheatietoo says:

      “Why is CTH throwing shade at conservatives these days?”

      Probably because some ‘conservatives’ are hiding sharp knives behind their backs, with a plan to use them on our President.

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  36. CountryclassVulgarian says:

    So you mean the very fake news hysterical drive by media cooked up ANOTHER fake news story? NO!!!!! That’s just too shocking to contemplate…..

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  37. doc00 says:

    This is disturbing on two points.
    1. Fox did a sloppy of job of reporting either in preparation or they were suckered hook-line-sinker.
    2. The preying on young pages and interns has been part of the “casting coach” like environment DC for a very long time. It saw the light of day a few years ago but seemed to sink below the MSM radar over the years. This second point is most troubling in that there is nothing being done to remedy this environment, given much of money did not go to pay for congressional member indiscretion.

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  38. Louis Zimmer says:

    Responsible journalism? Thank you Sundance. This is why your site is a must read.

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  39. bill henry says:

    Irrespective of this document, the allegations of sexual harassment by members of Congress must be investigated.

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  40. Nunya Bidness says:

    The report hides the actual settlements for sexual harassment under the umbrella of all settled claims. Maybe the overtime and FMLA complaints only account for 10%. We don’t know. While it is not logical to conclude that these are all sexual harassment complaints, it is equally illogical to conclude that SH is not a significant portion of them.

    The problem is that the letter and data are intentionally obfuscatory. Much like the word obfuscatory itself.

    More non-informative information from our transparent government. Transparently Opaque!

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  41. Jim says:

    Let me get this right. Yesterday YOU printed the chart and charges, and, that was OK? “MMMM” Interesting.

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  42. Blue Moon says:

    Everything will be just fine and dandy-Mitch is going to deliver to PT a solution to the Moore problem. Want to bet that Mitch will blackmail PT—-you do this and then I will try to get your tax cuts through. Wait and watch.

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  43. jeans2nd says:

    Sick and dam tired of all these sex stories. These Fake News ppl are warped, perverted creatures.

    This sex crap nonsense has successfully turned the attention from all the durn corruption in Congress and focused on the SJW crap nonsense narrative once again, with Pres Trump as the ultimate target.

    The Swamp Creatures see the Big Ugly going down is SA and are attempting to turn the focus on persecuting Pres Trump.

    Dear Swamp Creatures,
    You all go on ahead with your sexual perversion. We have retained our focus – YOU.

    Lest you doubt, be assured we are all still with Pres Trump.
    And Pres Trump is twirling that Zippo, just waiting…
    The Big Ugly Cometh.

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  44. Mongoose says:

    Maybe I am missing the point, but doesn’t even a “small” portion attributable to the Congress count for something? Why don’t you ferret out those specific details?

    As for the rest, why isn’t aren’t the police called in on these attacks instead of a slush fund being used to “quiet” victims, e.g. buy their silence? This is just stupid making it all about Laura Ingraham and the accuracy of her report.

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  45. Pat says:

    Since when does the author just accept the lame excuse of a government bureaucrat, from the clown car congress no less, making a CYA claim, without supporting documentation? Clearly the author has a beef with Laura given his angst.

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  46. Arby says:

    So the $15M mentioned by the Dem Senator for harassment was wrong as she specifically mentioned at least two currently serving Senators. Or is there another fact sheet for the legislative branch that is not being released. The sleaze in DC keeps oozing away from the sunlight with our money! Harassment is not within the scope of their job so any settlements should be paid by them. Make them provide a liability bond before entering office.

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  47. moray watson says:

    Sundance, with all due respect, it says ‘a large portion of’, not the ‘largest portion of’. Large might not even be a plurality of cases, although it could be. ‘Large’ is being used here as a weasel word.

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  48. jeans2nd says:

    Being sick to death of this subject, and knowing the ultimate goal is taking out Pres Trump, decided to argue (b/c of course i did) w/our Tea Party guy – Tom Z, of We The People Convention – when he issued a press release calling for release of the details on this report.

    Partial of Tom’s reply –
    “While the payouts were for other than sexual harassment, the bottom line is that the Ethic’s Committee is only there to cover up issues and rarely calls for removal of anyone in Congress. The OCC enables all kinds of unethical activity by Congress, including senior staff, by not making them responsible for their own actions and not even informing constituents of their behavior. That is just wrong and needs to be ended.”

    “There is a right and wrong, there must be, or there is no society. Relativism is anarchy.”

    —>>>Tom Z has a point, and a very good one<<<— Time for an attitude adjustment for me.

    Moral of this story – never argue w/a Tea Party guy?
    Or, find your Tea Party guy, to find a better answer?

    It is ok to use Tom Z's name; Tom Z has written for Breitbart and has been "out" as Tea Party for years. AG Sessions may boast of settling IRS v Tea Party, but Tom's suit w/Cincinnati IRS is not yet settled. We shall see who prevails (bitcoin on Tom Z & Co).

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  49. clarence curran says:

    One question!
    Who or what is covered in the other portion, i.e. the smaller one?

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