The charitable foundation of a Democratic congressman who funneled millions in earmarks to a high-tech office park in West Virginia received over $75,000 in free rent and services there, according to a RollCall.com report.
Opponents are sure to label the revelations another example of earmarks that skirt dangerously close to a conflict of interest.
Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., founded the West Virginia High Tech Consortium (WVHTC) in 1990 to help draw high-tech companies to the Fairmont, W. Va. region. Mollohan helped win millions in earmarks for the project, and Roll Call reports he “has been intimately involved in some of the organization’s major management decisions.”
The publication reports that in September 2005 WVHTC granted $41,670 worth of administrative services and $34,562 worth of office space to the Robert H. Mollohan Family Charitable Foundation, which is housed in a WVHTC-run building.
Rep. Mollohan is a secretary of the family foundation. Its Web site states that its purpose is “to improve the life of persons living in West Virginia through its educational, scientific, and charitable programs.”
The news of the foundation’s link to the consortium receiving the Mollohan-sponsored earmarks comes as the Senate debates an omnibus spending bill containing about 9,000 earmarks valued at between $7.7 and $12.8 billion.
There was no immediate response to a Newsmax request for comment from Mollahan’s congressional office.
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