33 Members of Congress Really Bring Home the Bacon, Washington Post Finds

Tuesday, 07 Feb 2012 04:14 PM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
An investigation by The Washington Post has found that 33 members of Congress from both parties have secured $300 million for federal spending projects near property the members own. Under congressional rules, the practice is legal, the Post reported.

To uncover the spending, the Post examined public records of all 535 members of Congress and compared them with earmarks individual members made for projects since about 2008. The examination found that the federal spending was on projects near homes of the members or commercial property they or their families owned.

Additionally, the probe uncovered instances where 16 members of Congress sent tax dollars to “companies, colleges or community programs where their spouses, children or parents work as salaried employees or serve on boards.”

In interviews with the Post, members defended the expenditures, explaining they originated with local officials seeking better roads, neighborhoods and economies and that personal benefit was secondary, the Post reported.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said a $900,000 earmark used to fix roads near his home in Bolton, Miss., was one of many to help his district.

“I didn’t say, ‘Do the street that I live on,’ ” Thompson told the Post. “The earmark went to the county. It had no designation on it whatsoever, and that was it.”

Maryland Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett’s spokeswoman, Lisa Wright, said that millions in road improvements secured by the congressman helped the district at large. “His personal benefit was no different than that of tens of thousands of his constituents,” she told the Post.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ted Cruz, Rick Perry May Wage Texas-Size Battle for White House

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 14:48 PM

As the popular saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. But a potential presidential campaign between firebrand junio . . .

Perry: Obama 'Dithering and Debating' on ISIS Threat

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 12:48 PM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is accusing the president of dithering and debating in his response to the violent militant grou . . .

Shaheen Ad Linking Brown to 'Big Oil' Blasted for Hypocrisy

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 11:58 AM

New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is accusing her GOP opponent Scott Brown of having ties to "Big Oil" while  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved