by Andrew Crisp
Twenty members of the U.S. Congress, including former Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul, are the "most corrupt" congressional politicians, according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit watchdog group.
According to CREW's 2012 "Most Corrupt" list, 12 members of Congress engaged in serious misconduct, while another eight, including Paul, received dishonorable mentions. The study claimed Paul double-billed his travel expenses, for which he was reimbursed by the U.S. Congress and his campaign for the same ticket.
The study reviews media articles, Federal Election Commission reports, court documents and personal financial and travel disclosure forms, according to CREW.
U.S. News used the findings of the study to criticize Paul's record and presidential campaign platform.
The revelation would be ironic in part because Paul made fiscal responsibility a central tenet of his 2012 presidential campaign. The congressman celebrated a major victory in July when his bill to audit the Federal Reserve for greater transparency passed the House.