Post: Congressmen Used Earmarks for Personal Gain and to Help Relatives

By:  R. Cort Kirkwood
02/15/2012
       
Post: Congressmen Used Earmarks for Personal Gain and to Help Relatives

Congressmen are not only sending millions of tax dollars back home in earmarks that affect the value of their own property but also funding projects in which family members are involved.  That’s the latest revelation describing high-level graft and corruption on Capitol Hill, courtesy of the Washington Post.

Congressmen are not only sending millions of tax dollars back home in earmarks that affect the value of their own property but also funding projects in which family members are involved.
 
That’s the latest revelation describing high-level graft and corruption on Capitol Hill, courtesy of the Washington Post. In an investigative project titled “Capitol Assets,” the newspaper shows that “public projects meet private interests,” and that what some Americans believe — that almost all politicians are crooks — might have some merit.
 
Capitol Improvements
According to the main website, the Post “compared the annual financial disclosure reports filed by every member of Congress over the past decade to a wide range of public records.”
 
The resulting snapshot was then matched to earmarks and other spending provisions members sought for pet projects. The process uncovered nearly 50 members who helped direct millions of dollars in earmarks to projects that either held the potential to enhance the surroundings of a lawmaker's own property, or aided entities connected to their immediate family. Lawmakers said their earmarks and spending provisions were done to benefit the public, not their private interests.
 
One of the report’s two main articles deals with congressmen shoveling money at projects which are near property they own.

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