In this article, the elected city officials of of Toronto, that's in Canada kids, voted themselves a 12% pay raise.
Then said that they did not know that was what they were voting on.
While this took place in Canada, the same kind of thing happens in the good ole US of A as well. That is one reason that DownsizeDC is trying to get the Read the Bills Act passed. Not to keep elected officials from voting themselves a raise, although that may be a side effect, but to make sure that they READ what they are signing in to law. To many times elected officials have said that they did not know that some particular paragraph was in a bill that they signed in to law.
Please, go read what this bill would do for our country.