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Earmarks Fund Properties Near Lawmakers

A random act of journalism from the Washington Post:

Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers’ properties

By David S. Fallis, Scott Higham and Kimberly Kindy
Published: February 6, 2012

A U.S. senator from Alabama directed more than $100 million in federal earmarks to renovate downtown Tuscaloosa near his own commercial office building. A congressman from Georgia secured $6.3 million in taxpayer funds to replenish the beach about 900 feet from his island vacation cottage. A representative from Michigan earmarked $486,000 to add a bike lane to a bridge within walking distance of her home.

They probably are Democrats, since the Post neglects to mention their party affiliation. But maybe not.

Thirty-three members of Congress have directed more than $300 million in earmarks and other spending provisions to dozens of public projects that are next to or within about two miles of the lawmakers’ own property, according to a Washington Post investigation.

Under the ethics rules Congress has written for itself, this is both legal and undisclosed.

The Post analyzed public records on the holdings of all 535 members and compared them with earmarks members had sought for pet projects, most of them since 2008.

The process uncovered appropriations for work in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members. The review also found 16 lawmakers who sent tax dollars to companies, colleges or community programs where their spouses, children or parents work as salaried employees or serve on boards.

Somebody alert Maxine Waters! She’ll get to the bottom of this corruption. — No, wait a minute.

By the way, has anyone ever investigated earmarks that Barack Obama directed to the hospital in Chicago that gave Michelle Obama her no show, $300K job?

For the record, the Washington Post has a link to their full investigation, if you think you can stomach it.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Earmarks Fund Properties Near Lawmakers”

  1. mculls says:

    wasn’t Tuscaloosa severely devastated by a tornado?

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