Edolphus Towns

Ed Towns New York mugshot

Dishonorable Mention

Rep. Edolphus Towns ends his congressional joyride this year after treating his wife to a car leased with campaign funds, and using his position to acquire two sweetheart mortgage deals.

The New York Democrat used campaign funds to lease a car that his wife used for personal business. Rep. Towns did not answer questions about whether his wife had reimbursed his campaign for the car.

A House report issued earlier this year found that Rep. Towns received favorable terms on two home loans as part of Countrywide’s VIP program. While he was chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Rep. Towns initially refused to subpoena information on the recipients of loans under the VIP program.

  • Fifteen-term member of Congress representing New York’s 10th district
  • Used a car paid for with campaign funds for his wife’s personal business
  • Accepted a sweetheart mortgage deal through the Countrywide VIP program
  • One of four members from New York named to CREW’s Most Corrupt
  • Appeared in CREW's Family Affair exposé 


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