Well, it's been confirmed. The car's Missy Hart's. From ABC News:
And their report:
ABC News spoke with former Congresswoman Melissa Hart , a Pennsylvania Republican, and confirmed that a Volkswagen Jetta with a George W. Bush bumper sticker, coverd in dirt and cobwebs and parked in the Congressional Longworth House Office building parking garage, does in fact belong to her. Hart was voted out in 2006, but her car remains parked in the choice spot more than four years later.The details of the story are, by now, well known. Members of Congress can park in the garage even when voted out of office except if they're lobbyists. Missy Hart's car is there, she lost her seat to Jason Altmire in November, 2006 but, according to ABC, she's been a registered lobbyist since March of 2009. According to the report, she was "unaware" of the rules.
More on Missy's car:
Hart admitted the car was a piece of junk that she used for short trips around Washington. When ABC News asked Hart if she felt any need to reimburse taxpayers for the spot, valued at around $200 a month, that has been illegally occupied by her Jetta since March of 2009 when she became a registered lobbyist, she said no. Hart protested she had planned to allow other people to use the car (and presumably the sweet parking place) but it never happened.Of course taxpayers aren't entitled to a reibursement!
Melissa Hart's a Republican who was ignorant of the lobbying rules! She didn't do anything wrong because she didn't know she was doing anything wrong! AY-und if she donates the car to charity (and enjoys a bit of a tax break because of it) so much the better. Tax breaks are good.
Who cares if she broke the rules? She's a Republican. They're entitled.
Nothing happening here, citizens. Go about your business.