What Are Friends For?

What Are Friends For?

As sergeant at arms for the U.S. House of Representatives, Jack Russ was any Congressman's best friend. For nearly 25 years he doled out pork, fixed parking tickets and covered bad checks at the House bank. But when the bank's irregularities came to light, Russ resigned, making himself ineligible for a $70,000-a-year pension -- at least until Representative Mervyn Dymally of California put Russ back on the payroll as his "adviser." Now Russ can get full health benefits and his pension.

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