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Matt Gaetz deflects accusations he paid for 'naughty favors,' says the corruption actually lies in legislative earmarks

Added 05-17-21 03:14:02am EST - “At an Ohio event, Gaetz denied accusations that he exchanged money for "naughty favors" ?" and instead called out "earmarks" for being corrupt acts.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Matt Gaetz deflects accusations he paid for 'naughty favors,' says the corruption actually lies in legislative earmarks”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Controversial Florida lawmaker Matt Gaetz said on Saturday that allegations that he paid for sex were false — and compared these accusations to legislative earmarks. 

Denying once again all allegations of sexual misconduct, the embattled congressman drew an equivalency between paying for sex and earmarks — a legal congressional process where funds can be marked out to be spent on specific projects. 

"I'm being falsely accused of exchanging money for naughty favors," Gaetz said at the Ohio Political Summit, a GOP conference in Cleveland, as reported by MSNBC.

"Yet, Congress has reinstituted a process that legalizes the corrupt act of exchanging money for favors, through earmarks, and everybody knows that that's the corruption," Gaetz added. 

NBC News reported that Gaetz's keynote speech at the Ohio conference was given to 400 people, and was advertised as a prominent GOP forum in the run-up to the 2022 midterm elections.

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