According to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 248 House members have used their positions for financial benefit.
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia's 10th District received about $30,000 in interest on loans he made to his campaign that were later repaid through contributions, according to a report by the group.
"During the 2008 election cycle, Rep. Broun made six separate loans to his campaign, totaling $309,000," the report states. "Though the Federal Election Commission was informed these loans were interest-free, Rep. Broun inexplicably received almost $30,000 in interest payments by the end of the 2010 election cycle. In addition, during the 2010 cycle, the congressman’s campaign committee reimbursed him $167,332 for various expenses."
Broun told the Athens Banner-Herald the $30,000 went to repay the bank he had borrowed from. The paper quotes him saying, “I did not get one cent, personally."
Broun, , was one of 248 House of Representatives members of both parties the report accuses of using their positions to benefit themselves or their families financially.