Nonprofit profile: Ending Spending

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting fiscal conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earmark":

"… iving.Profile:Ricketts founded the nonprofit in 2010 as "Taxpayers Against Earmarks," but when Congress officially banned Earmarks a few months later, the gr …"

FACT CHECK: GOP debaters mix up facts in Mesa

By FactCheck.Org

Twentieth Republican presidential debate includes many falsehoods

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earmark":

"… CNN on Feb. 22, and this time the candidates were seated.Santorum’s EarmarksSantorum made one false and one exaggerated statement when defending his e …"

Romney flip-flops on use of earmarks

By The Associated Press

Romney the presidential nominee is anti-earmark, but as governor, Mass. had many 'high priority projects'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Don Young":

"… es and contractors at a big Boston fundraising event in 2003 honoring Rep. Don Young, the Alaska Republican who at the time was chairman of the House Transport …"

FACT CHECK: McCain’s erroneous earmark attack

By FactCheck.Org

Sen. John McCain cherry-picks data on one of his forefront issues, to attack Newt Gingrich

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earmark":

"… hat gave Republicans control of the House and elevated Gingrich to speaker.Earmarks totaled $12.5 billion in fiscal year 1996, the first budget under Gingric …"

"… prior year’s budget bills ($10 billion in Earmarks in fiscal year 1995). Earmarks increased again in fiscal year 1997 — reaching a high of $14.5 billion …"

"… n spending on Earmarks started to decline — a point that McCain ignores. Earmarks dropped to $13.2 billion in fiscal year 1998 and $12 billion in fiscal ye …"

"… arted, the overall dollar amount roughly doubled.National Review, Jan. 27: Earmarks nearly doubled under Gingrich’s tenure as speaker, according to an anal …"

The perils of a highway bill

By Gordon Witkin

New road-building measure could create jobs, but would likely be susceptible to pork-barrel spending

DOT criticized for vagueness on $9.5 billion in projects

By Aaron Mehta

Critical GAO reports released

Excerpts from this story referencing "General Accountability Office":

"… ed rationales, according to the government’s watchdog.The results of two General Accountability Office studies mirror concerns from a Center story published last year.The first …"

Daniel Inouye — Senate Appropriations Committee (and Appropriations Defense Subcommittee)

By Josh Israel

Daniel Inouye, the 86-year-old Senate Appropriations Chairman, doesn’t shy away from his big-spending ways — he brags about it. “It may plea

Excerpts from this story referencing "Broadband":

"… regulation, technology, and even sports. There, he shepherded through the Broadband Data Improvement Act, a 2008 law aimed at making the Internet safe for chi …"

Jerry Lewis — Appropriations Committee?

By Amy Biegelsen

A California congressman since 1978, Jerry Lewis aims to regain the gavel of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and all the federal bud

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earmark":

"… here she lobbies on behalf of General Dynamics, Hewlett Packard, and othersEarmarksBetween 2008 and 2010, Lewis secured almost $325 million in Earmarks, acco …"

C.W. Bill Young — Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense

By Caitlin Ginley

C.W. Bill Young is the most senior Republican serving in the U.S. House and a fixture in Florida politics. First elected in 1970, he represe

Excerpts from this story referencing "advocate":

"… money to defense contracting firms that are also among his top donors. An advocate for veterans’ issues, Young has worked to improve the quality of life fo …"

Hal Rogers — Appropriations Committee?

By Peter H. Stone

Kentucky’s Hal Rogers, a prime candidate to take over the powerful U.S. House Appropriations Committee, which controls federal spending, has

Excerpts from this story referencing "Monticello":

"… Lewis is again vying for the post, but is considered an underdog.Raised in Monticello in the southern part of the state, Rogers received a law degree from the U …"

Stimulating hypocrisy: Scores of Recovery Act opponents sought money out of public view

By John Solomon and Aaron Mehta

Scores of Recovery Act opponents sought money out of public view

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… to this report. …"

"… e trying to justify his request supporting a stimulus grant for Carrolton, Texas. The city did not win the grant.“The Democrats’ stimulus bill is an ab …"

"… ration of critical infrastructure and competitive grant projects for North Texas when asked to do so by my constituents.”Sen. Scott Brown’s first press …"

PMA lobbyist pleads guilty

By Aaron Mehta

Paul Magliocchetti, a former lobbyist and key figure in the Center for Public Integrity’s The Murtha Method investigation, pled guilty on Fr

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… have registered as lobbyists for firms receiving earmarks from Young, his spokesman told the Center that two of them had never directly lobbied his office. …"

Earmarks lobbyist indicted for illegal campaign contribution scheme

By Nick Schwellenbach

A master pay-to-play defense lobbyist in the center of a controversial web of Capitol Hill relationships highlighted by the Center for Publi

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… tha Method” investigation last fall, named after Democrat John Murtha of Pennsylvania, the late chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Befor …"

Congressman, university deny earmark abuse

By David Heath

Rep. Dicks, University of Washington challenge accuracy of report by the Investigative Fund

Excerpts from this story referencing "Intellicheck Mobilisa":

"… ersity of Washington — and no money will be shared with business partner Intellicheck Mobilisa, a university spokesman said. Norm Arkans, the university’s associate v …"

"… for the University of Washington that ultimately would financially benefit Intellicheck Mobilisa and in apparent contradiction of Dicks’ pledge to restrict earmark reque …"

"… gh a spokesman, Dicks has denied seeking a way around the restrictions. “Intellicheck Mobilisa will not receive any of this funding,” said Dicks spokesman George Behan …"

Despite pledge to curtail corporate earmarks, politicians pursue them

By David Heath

Some members of Congress funnel tax dollars for businesses through universities and nonprofits

Excerpts from this story referencing "Frank Lautenberg":

"… k for the New Jersey National Guard. In the Senate, where there is no ban, Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, is sponsoring what appears to be the same earmark but says the mone …"

House ethics office asks for DoJ probe of earmarks

By Nick Schwellenbach

The House Office of Congressional Ethics has asked the Justice Department to probe the relationship between campaign contributions and earma

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earmark":

"… ions Subcommittee, according to a news release issued by the ethics office.Earmarks issued by members of the subcommittee were the subject of two investigati …"

Partisan sniping over transportation earmarks

By Nick Schwellenbach

The Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee is questioning whether Republicans are sticking to their earmark moratorium wh

Two lawmakers skirt earmark disclosure rule, says watchdog

By Nick Schwellenbach

A new earmarks guessing game has emerged as some lawmakers thwart the intent of House disclosure rules by keeping the public in the dark abo

Excerpts from this story referencing "Appropriations Committee":

"… bout the specific earmarks those lawmakers requested of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, according to a spending watchdog group.At least two Democratic members of …"

"… at the non-profit Taxpayers for Common Sense, which tracks earmarks.House Appropriations Committee rules only require that members of the House report the earmarks for pet p …"

"… sional websites which earmarks they support and want approved by the House Appropriations Committee.Fudge, like Kilpatrick, who was written about here about last week, “ref …"

"… s statement to the newspaper.Fudge is not a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, but Kilpatrick is.“What makes Rep. Kilpatrick’s lack of transparency …"

Kilpatrick not happy with for-profit earmark ban

By Nick Schwellenbach

Remember the March announcement by House Democrats banning earmarks aimed at for-profit entities? Not every Democrat seems to be entirely ha

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earmark":

"… approve requests for Earmarks that are directed to for-profit entities.” Earmark requests approved by the Appropriations Committee will be made known once …"

Separation of earmark powers

By Matthew Lewis

As both parties in the House attempt to get the upper hand on earmark repudiation, Florida Republican John Mica also tossed a curve ball to

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sunlight Foundation":

"… lf of a client with my administration or with Congress,” Obama said. The Sunlight Foundation, for one, would like lobbyists to do that within 24 hours of a meeting, as …"

House Dems and GOP both claim earmark reform high ground

By Nick Schwellenbach

U.S. House Democrats and Republicans are in the midst of one-upping each other on the issue of earmarks – the very sort of earmarks that wer

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pakistan":

"… e drone has become a crucial tool in combating Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan’s border region with Afghanistan.The House action “seems to suggest th …"

Developers in the driver's seat on transportation

By Matthew Lewis

Unfocused transport policy leaves real estate industry eager to give Congress directions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ron Packard":

"… contracts with former California congressmen Victor Fazio, a Democrat, and Ron Packard, a Republican. Florida’s Avatar Holdings looked to former Ohio congressm …"

House ethics panel clears 'Murtha Method' representatives

By Nick Schwellenbach

The House ethics committee ended its investigation of the last two defense appropriators remaining in its crosshairs, according to a report

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… .In support of this interpretation, the ethics committee pointed to a 1991 U.S. Supreme Court decision. Authored by Justice Byron White, the court said that if official …"

Remembering Rep. John P “Jack” Murtha

By Nick Schwellenbach

Yesterday marked the passing of one of Washington’s most powerful and controversial legislators, one whose work was familiar to followers of

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… n to be elected to Congress, and he garnered attention when he opposed the Iraq War in 2005 — he had his hand on the tiller of military spending.So it …"

Main Street chases transportation money

By Matthew Lewis

chases transportation money

Excerpts from this story referencing "Keith Ellison":

"… re as a result of a highly politicized, election-day process,” says Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat. Ellison told a Washington crowd in December that th …"

Ethics investigation continues for two 'Murtha Method' Congressmen

By Nick Schwellenbach

The House ethics committee has announced it is extending a review of two Congressmen that were among the subjects of "The Murtha Method," an

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… s of "The Murtha Method," an investigation published last September by the Center for Public Integrity.The House panel’s extended inquiry is focusing on Democrat Pete Visclosk …"

Leaked document reveals six “Murtha Method” Reps. under investigation

By Nick Schwellenbach

Seven members of a powerful subcommittee that was the subject of a recent Center investigation are now being scrutinized by the House ethics

Excerpts from this story referencing "Todd Tiahrt":

"… ), James Moran (D-Va.), Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.) and Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) are being scrutinized by ethics investigators from the House ethi …"

A ‘Murtha Method’ encore

By Nick Schwellenbach

A review of the 2010 defense appropriations process reveals that most members of a key House of Representatives panel continue to engage in

Excerpts from this story referencing "critic":

"… ks that he sponsored.A spokesman for Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake, a critic of earmarks, said Flake hopes that as a result of the PMA investigation, t …"

"… year, the resilience of earmarks involving these circles of relationships, critics say, is a testament to the benefits gained for the many parties involved: …"

Ex-GOP whip blunt gave earmarks and got campaign cash through the 'Murtha Method'

By Josh Israel, Josh Israel and Josh Israel

Rep. Roy Blunt’s Congressional Web site notes that “while Washington politicians claim they can spend your money better than you can, the fe

Excerpts from this story referencing "candidate":

"… lunt stepped down as Republican whip at the end of 2008 and is currently a candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat in Missouri. …"

The Murtha Method

By The Center for Public Integrity

For months, a cloud has swirled around Congressman John Murtha (D-Pa.), chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee,

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Criminal Investigative Service":

"… Defense contractors close to Murtha have also been raided by the FBI, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and the IRS. Some of Congressman Visclosky’s records were subpoenaed in …"