Shelley Berkley

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Dishonorable Mention

Rep. Shelley Berkley has spent a career advocating for renal care physicians, in spite of an obvious conflict of interest created by her husband’s medical practice.

In 2008, the Nevada Democrat intervened to save a kidney transplant program at a university hospital that had been targeted for closure. Rep. Berkley’s husband is a nephrologist and president of a large medical practice with a direct financial stake in keeping the transplant program in operation.

Rep. Berkley has repeatedly intervened to stop proposed cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates for nephrologists while taking thousands in campaign contributions from the renal physicians’ main political action committee, of which her husband is a former chairman.

  • Seven-term member of Congress representing Nevada’s first district
  • Under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for using her position to stop the closure of a kidney transplant facility in which her husband holds a large financial stake
  • Previously named to CREW’s Most Corrupt in 2011
  • Appeared in CREW's Family Affair exposé 


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