Dominique Strauss-Kahn to receive $250K pension from IMF, outraging congressmenBY Alison Gendar and Rich Schapiro
May 25, 2011
Accused sexual predator Dominique Strauss-Kahn is set to receive a $250,000 golden parachute from the International Monetary Fund, leading a California congressman to question the group's finances.
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif) is "very concerned that the Congress has so little information about the pay and benefits of the IMF officials, or how the Congress might become more involved in making the organization more accountable," Jim Specht, Lewis' deputy chief of staff, said Tuesday night.
"As a senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, he is seriously considering calling for oversight hearings."
Strauss-Kahn's lavish severance package was established in 2007 when he took the helm of the IMF.
The French pol was earning about $500,000 when he resigned last week.
The U.S. reportedly contributed about $64 billion to the IMF in 2011.
Rep. Peter King (R-Long Island) also supports a congressional review of the global economic policy group's accounting.
"I definitely believe Congress should closely examine the IMF and it's apparent abuses," King said.