Earmarks for Personal Benefit

February 8th, 2012
in econ_news

Econintersect:There is a nice summary in the Washington Post of a survey of earmarks sponsored by 33 members of congress that were used for pork-barrelSMALLprojects within two miles of property owned by the sponsor. Both houses of Congress were involved, as were both political parties (15 Democrats and 18 Republicans). The sizes of the earmarks ranged from $187,000 for a beach replenishment project near two condominiums owned by Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D, MD) all the way up to $51.9 million for a downtown Fort Worth make over near a condominium building owned by Rep. Kay Granger (R, TX). The other very large earmark went to a national figure: Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) got an earmark for $50 million for a light rail system improvement near a commercial building owned by her husband.

Follow up:

Click on the image below for access to an interactive graphic at The Washington Post that involves a slide show which steps through all 33 Congressmen (Congresswomen) and their earmark projects.



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  1. optionsgirl says :

    Thanks for posting this "Map Of Shame". Why aren't these legislators investigated?

  2. Admin (Member) Email says :

    optionsgirl - - -

    I think it is because they are too busy watering down the insider trading legislation before it comes to a vote. I have seen some discussion of that and hope to collect enough info to put up a news brief on what is going on in the back rooms. From the little I have heard what started as a simple prohibition of stock trading using any information obtained in any way through government is being rewritten into something that will impose little restriction.

    I'd love to get a mole on some Congressional staff to feed me some leads.

    Thanks for commenting.

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