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|03-05-2012, 04:10 PM||#1|
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Congressional staffers received a 120% pay hike
Congressional staffers working for Rep. Jim Moran (D., Va.) received a 120 percent pay hike in the final three months of 2011, financial disclosure records show.
According to the website Legistorm, which maintains a database of congressional staff salaries, Moranís quarterly payroll averaged $200,802 for the first nine months of 2011, but jumped to $427,999 in quarter four, an increase of 113 percent.
Average quarterly salaries for Moranís staff increased by 120 percent during the same period, from an average of $12,160 in quarters one through three to $26,750 in quarter four.
Records show that Moran did not make any new hires in the fourth quarter of last year; the entire $227,197 payroll increase went to existing employees, all of it funded by American taxpayers.
Moranís district director, Susan H. Warner, made $26,250 in the third quarter of 2011. Her fourth-quarter salary was bumped up to $31,534, on top of a $9,715 bonus. Legislative assistant Zachary C. Cafritz, who made $11,250 in the third quarter of last year, saw his salary nearly double in quarter four, in addition to receiving a $4,715 bonus.
The increase is significant when compared with other congressional offices. Moran ranked just 342nd out of 435 House members in terms of total office payroll in the third quarter of 2011. In quarter four, he ranked first overall. Similarly, Moranís office jumped from 352nd to 2nd in terms of average quarterly salaries during that time.
It is also unusual given the newfound commitment to fiscal responsibility among lawmakers.
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