Jim Marshall, John Linder handed out bonuses as they exited

Former U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, a Democratic casualty of a GOP surge last November, gave his staffers hefty bonuses on his way out of office, according to today’s Macon Telegraph – as did retiring U.S. Rep. John Linder:

According to an analysis by LegiStorm, a nonpartisan organization that tracks congressional money matters, after losing his re-election bid, Marshall doled out more than $230,000 more in salary than in previous quarters — money that was then divided among 17 departing staffers.

In some cases, the staffers had taken leave to work on his campaign.

Marshall’s was one of the largest percentages of payroll increases of all outgoing members of Congress.

“This is common practice for representatives,” said Doug Moore, a former Marshall spokesman. “When people lose an election and it was not something they were expecting, they have to let their whole staff go. Jim was always very clear with regard to salary. He never paid top of the line for salary even for Capitol Hill. The caveat was, ‘If I lose, I effectively will give you a severance.’ It’s the same thing in corporate America.”

Marshall, like colleagues on both sides of the aisle, paid staffers bonuses, but he also returned a small amount of unused money from his salary budget to the U.S. Treasury.
Similarly, retired Rep. John Linder, R-Duluth, gave out more than $170,000 more in salary to staffers than in the previous quarters.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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10 comments Add your comment


March 16th, 2011
1:59 pm

Sounds more like a severance check than a bonus check . Good for them .

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

March 16th, 2011
2:12 pm

Well hell, not likes it not “free” money anyway. We don’t have to worry about ever paying back the “free” money that our politicians love to spread around and throw at things.

We don’t have to worry about it. But then, our kids and grandkids, and, thanks to Obama, our great-grand-kids, may have a problem on their hands.


March 16th, 2011
2:15 pm

What are you going to do? Not a dam thing,that’s what.


March 16th, 2011
2:45 pm

Had this story only mentioned a Democrats the resident Republicans would be “see, those Democrats…blah blah.”

Had this story only mentioned a Republican the resident Democrats would be “see, those Republicans..blah blah.”

Since it contains one of each, they both have to be quite and pretend to further ignore the fact that both Parties don’t really care about the public.

Mrs. Norris

March 16th, 2011
2:56 pm

First of all, what does corporate America have to do with government? Corporate makes a profit and government does not. Furthermore, corporate America is greedy and unethical. Is that what we want from our government? Why do people keep trying to compare the two? I really don’t want my government run like a corporation. I want a government for the people by the people.


March 16th, 2011
3:07 pm

This one is to Georgia and alcohol on sundays!



March 16th, 2011
3:09 pm

“This is common practice for representatives,”

Yes, that is an excellent reason just like I smoke dope because everybody else does. This is what is wrong with politicians. How about doing something that very few politicians ever do???

“When people lose an election and it was not something they were expecting…”

Maybe the moron Marshall & his staff should have been more in touch with their constituents and they would have expected the expected.

‘If I lose, I effectively will give you a severance.’ It’s the same thing in corporate America.”

This guy is more out of touch than an alien who visits earth for the 1st time. Corporate America often times does not pay a severance package to those who are laid off.

Debbie Dooley

March 16th, 2011
3:18 pm

The difference is that Linder gave out the salaries and they were not let go. There were no severence payments – they all were hired by Woodall. Sounds like a reasonable use of taxpayer money from Marshall (severences) and a criminal use of taxpayer dollars from Linder. Woodall should bear some blame for taking the money himself. Ahhhhh – politicians!!


March 18th, 2011
1:41 pm

This is exactly what is wrong with our country. Any out-going politician who wants to reward their staff should do so from their own, personal bank accounts. Their “gratitude” would be greatly diminished!