created Jun 17, 2019
It's not based upon their congressional salary. It's longevity, combined with "perks" related to quid pro quo.
Jun 17, 2019 - text.npr.org - Tobacco's 'Special Friend': What Internal Documents Say About Mitch McConnell
An NPR review of McConnell's relationship with the tobacco industry over the decades has found that McConnell repeatedly cast doubt on the health consequences of smoking, repeated industry talking points word-for-word, attacked federal regulators at the industry's request and opposed bipartisan tobacco regulations going back decades.
The industry, in turn, has provided McConnell with millions of dollars in speaking fees, personal gifts, campaign contributions and charitable donations to the McConnell Center, which is home to his personal and professional archives.
Right, "speaking fees." Wink, wink.
"Personal gifts." ??? Obviously, wink, wink.
"Charitable donations" to one's own "center." Yeah, wink, wink.
If people feel compelled to vote because it's some kind of civic duty thingamajig, then maybe the first and only rule to voting for politicians at all levels of government is to never vote for an incumbent, regardless of the elected office. Maybe voters should take the stance that one term is enough for elected officials.