Abuse of fringe benefits
Undisclosed lobbying largesse
Taxpayer-funded government perks
In 1993, a US senator proposed the mandatory disclosure of gifts (exceeding a $20 value) given to law-makers by the estimated 8,000 to 12,000 professional lobbyists in the country, as the previous 1946 US gift rule provided numerous loopholes for the collection of unreported perks.
Government perks often exceed the collection of small gifts, as lawmakers benefit by dodging penalty for bounced cheques and unpaid bills and by travelling and dining on taxpayer money.