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Tim Bishop Guilty of Abusing His Power to Enrich Family Members…Again

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Location: Middle Island, NY

Career politician Tim Bishop has abused his power as Congressman to enrich family members, continuing a pattern of abuse when it comes to lining the pockets of those close to him that started when he was the top bureaucrat at Southampton College, charged self-made businessman Randy Altschuler today.

Altschuler pointed to a report entitled "Family Affair" produced by the non-partisan Committee for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW) that first criticized Bishop for the arrangement with his daughter's company -- listing him as one of the top abusers in Congress when it came to making payments or contributions to a family member's business.

http://www.citizensforethics.org/page/-/PDFs/Reports/Family_Affair_House_2012_CREW.pdf?nocdn=1

He also announced a new micro site and web video that can be found at www.BishopsFamilyBusiness.com, and encouraged Suffolk County voters to learn more about Bishop's hypocritical pocketing of taxpayer-funded pay raises and penchant for campaigning on the taxpayer dime to the tune of more than $600,000 in the past three years alone.

"While hardworking Long Islanders face skyrocketing taxes, job losses and home foreclosures, Tim Bishop is abusing his power in Congress to enrich his own family -- it's a disgrace and he should be ashamed," said Altschuler. "How Congressman Bishop can defend lining the pockets of his own family while more than 30,000 Long Islanders have lost their jobs during his time in Congress is beyond me. This is what happens when someone spends too much time in Washington; the level of arrogance and entitlement is just stunning."

Altschuler's campaign said Federal Election Commission Records show that between 2002 and 2012, Molly Bishop and her company, MCB Consulting, have been paid more than $580,000 and counting from Bishop's congressional campaign committee and, more recently, his new PAC. MCB Consulting has taken in more than $430,000 since 2006.

Altschuler said the unethical arrangement with his daughter's company continues a pattern of abuse that started when Newsday reported that Bishop had ten extended family members on the payroll at Southampton College.

"The similarities are equal parts striking and nauseating," said Altschuler. "Tim Bishop put ten family members on the payroll at Southampton College while piling up millions in debt at that institution, and now he's funneling more than a half million dollars to his daughter and her company while running up trillions of dollars in debt in Congress. This is just another example of a Washington politician who puts self-interest above the public interest. It's why the only way to truly change Congress, is to change our Congressman."


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