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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has released its list of the 22 most corrupt members of Congress. The third annual iteration of this report, called "Beyond DeLay" includes scandal summaries for each of the 22 members cited (and two more to watch out for). California leads the tally with five members listed but Alaska enjoys the distinction of having its entire congressional delegation on the list. Perhaps they'll get jackets made.

Some of the people on this list have had their names in the headlines often and their misdeeds are well documented. Others have flown a little further under the radar -- like Rep. Dave Scott (D-GA) who appears to have reimbursed himself and his family quite handsomely from his campaign coffers; and Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) who looks to have traded support for drilling rights for campaign contributions.