It turns out that most members of Congress do not pay their interns a dime for their efforts. There’s some validity to this; those interns get a potful of practical political experience and some resume material.
What makes this interesting, though, is that nearly every one of the Congressional Democrats who demand a minimum wage be paid—and who demand the current minimum wage be raised to $10/hr or more—are included in those who don’t pay their interns anything.
Employment Policies Institute found that 96% of House and Senate sponsors of the minimum wage bill do not pay their interns. That includes lead bill sponsors, like Senator Tom Harkin (D, IA), according to the study.
It’s not only “Do as I say, not as I do,” it’s also “Do it with OPM.”