Congress members quizzed on additional activities
Sixty-seven members of Congress have been asked to clarify their additional sources of income.27 October 2008
MADRID - Congress has asked 67 lawmakers to clarify additional sources of income that may or may not be compatible with holding public office.
Only 45 of the current 350 members of Congress - 12.8 percent of the total - have no activities outside of the chamber.
Many members write for newspapers or magazines, work for charities, give conferences or teach as university professors - activities that are perfectly compatible with their duties as Congress representatives under Spanish law.
However, of the 350 representatives sworn in to office following the March general election, 67 listed activities that the chamber believes require further clarification.
The details supplied by the representatives in question remain classified information, though the main source of conflicts of interest is thought to be among representatives who continue to serve as local or regional officials or participate on the boards of public companies.
The rules state that lawmakers are not allowed to receive any public money other than their congressional salary and benefits, with the notable exception of those who teach at public universities.
[El Pais / Fernando Garea / Expatica]