A congressional watchdog has named 17 lawmakers to its "most corrupt" members of Congress list. 

The seventh annual report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) lists 13 members — 9 Republicans and 4 Democrats — as having allegedly violated congressional ethics rules or criminal laws, such as illegally using campaign contributions or failing to disclose accurate financial records.

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The House Ethics Committee is conducting probes of several members listed in the report, including Democratic Reps. Rob Andrews (N.J.), Tim BishopTimothy (Tim) Howard BishopDem candidate 'struck by the parallels' between Trump's rise and Hitler's Dems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary Flint residents hire first K Street firm MORE (N.Y.) and Republican Reps. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannKlobuchar urges CNN town hall audience: 'That's when you guys are supposed to cheer, OK?' Michele Bachmann praises Trump: Americans will 'never see a more godly, biblical president' Will Biden lead a 'return to normalcy' in 2020? MORE (Minn.) and Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungHundreds turn out for London's first transgender equality march The Hill's Morning Report — The wall problem confronting Dems and the latest on Dorian House passes bill requiring CBP to enact safety, hygiene standards MORE (Alaska).

Based off media articles, public financial and travel records and court documents, the report also gives “dishonorable mentions” to 4 lawmakers: Reps. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), and John Tierney (D-Mass.). — for allegedly using their offices for personal gain.

The Ethics panel recently declined to continue its investigation of Tierney, saying that they found no evidence that he intentionally violated House rules by not disclosing on his financial disclosure reports money that was given to him and his wife by family members.

Other House members listed in the report include: Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), Paul BrounPaul Collins BrounJoe Lieberman's son running for Senate in Georgia California lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment Republican candidates run against ghost of John Boehner MORE (R-Ga.), Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), Scott Desjarlais (R-Tenn.), Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), and David Valadao (R-Calif.).

CREW also names Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes McConnell tees up government funding votes amid stalemate MORE and Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezPaul blocks Senate vote on House-passed Syria resolution House to vote on resolution condemning Trump's Syria pullback Rand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter MORE (D-N.J.).

McConnell was caught in a compromising position earlier this year when a secretly recorded conversation was leaked to the media. Campaign staff for McConnell had been conducting opposition research on two of his political opponents and credited several of the leader’s congressional staff with helping.

“If Sen. McConnell used Senate staff or resources to conduct opposition research against potential campaign opponents, he may have engaged in conduct reflecting unfavorably upon the Senate,” states CREW’s report.

McConnell’s office has rebutted the charges that his aides violated federal law and Senate rules, stating that any assistance to the campaign by congressional staffers happened on their own time, as allowed under law and the chamber’s rules.

The allegations against Menendez center around his relationship with his friend and campaign donor, Salomon Melgen. Menendez accepted and failed to initially report at least two flights from Melgen, a wealthy Florida doctor. Menendez eventually reimbursed Melgen for the cost of the flights — nearly $60,000 — earlier this year after an ethics complaint had been filed by a political rival.

CREW also makes mention of a New York Times article which drew attention to the fact that Menendez helped advocate for the enforcement of a government contract with a company that Melgen had a stake in.

Additionally, The Washington Post raised questions with an article earlier this year that detailed Menendez’s attempt to intervene with government healthcare agencies over nearly $9 million in repayments on Melgen’s behalf.

Menendez has denied any wrongdoing and news of the scandal has fallen silent as federal authorities and the Senate Ethics Committee continue to probe the matter.