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Apr 02,2009
Web site is scourge of Capitol Hill
by UPI

WASHINGTON -- The founder of a Web site filled with U.S. congressional staffers' salaries and financial disclosures says he doesn't mind being the scourge of Capitol Hill.

Jock Friedly, who dubs his LegiStorm.com site "transparency's sidekick," tells The Washington Post he has "never found it to be a problem to be a hated person."

"I'm perfectly happy when people are yelling at me," he says.

His site, which first provided a database of publicly available but hard-to-find congressional staff salaries, includes other public information about staff members and their spouses, the Post says.

"I hope you savor this time in your life where you feel you have other people at your mercy while you conduct your witch hunt," Jeff Loveng, chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., wrote via e-mail to Friedly.

He called Friedly a "peeping Tom."

Others trash Friedly anonymously, the Post says.

LegiStorm claims on its homepage that it has "no political affiliations and no political purpose except to make the workings of Congress as transparent as possible."

Copyright © 2009, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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