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 "Rick Santorum":

"… candidates met in Mesa, Ariz., for another debate, and mauled a few facts. Rick Santorum claimed earmarks were done in an “open” process during his time in Con …"

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 "Earmark":

"… values and to try to undermine his rivals' claims of fiscal conservatism. Earmarks are a hot issue in the GOP race, particularly among conservatives angry a …"

"… rassed if I didn't always ask for federal money whenever I get the chance."Earmarking is the longtime Washington practice in which lawmakers, often …"

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

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 "King":

"… in this analysis by the Center for Public Integrity. The self-described “King of Pork,” he has been a forceful defender of the earmarKing system. Last …"

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 "Earmark":

"… has been a vice president at lobbying firm Van Scoyoc Associates since 2007EarmarksBetween 2008 and 2010, Young obtained over $475 million in Earmarks, accor …"

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 "Kentucky":

"… eturn the committee’s operations to “regular order and collaboration” …"

"… at in 1980.Rogers, 72, represents the impoverished 5th district in eastern Kentucky and has had lots of opportunities to corral funds for his constituents. Si …"

"… ern part of the state, Rogers received a law degree from the University of Kentucky. Early in his career, Rogers did stints as the commonwealth attorney for t …"

"… n a letter to the Commerce Department, he backed a grant proposal from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives to expand public access to computer …"

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 "Earmark":

"… used by lawmakers for years to steer federal monies to their pet projects. Earmarks have become a symbol of corrupt, wasteful Washington spending.“We’re …"

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

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 "Earmark":

"… arks Magliocchetti sought and often received for his clients were illegal. Earmarks are appropriations directed by individual lawmakers that are not part of …"

Congressman, university deny earmark abuse

By David Heath

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

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 "Earmark":

"… nd how members are changing their approach, see Two Sides of the Same Earmark)Many universities collaborate with businesses on endeavors that are legiti …"

"… s release with Obey, entitled, “Appropriations Committee Bans For-Profit Earmarks.”But Dicks has himself continued to pursue money for research undertake …"

"… aign and that he awards Earmarks only after careful review of their merits.Earmark UniversityAlso cleared in the investigation was Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, …"

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 "Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick":

"… itted by their constituents and others, Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio and Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Michigan are violating the spirit of the new disclosure rules, Ellis sa …"

"… igan are violating the spirit of the new disclosure rules, Ellis says.Rep. Carolyn Cheeks KilpatrickRep. Marcia FudgeNeither Fudge or Kilpatrick indicate on their congressiona …"

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 "Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick":

"… t on the powerful House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Michigan Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, posted on her website earmark requests she received from companies, inclu …"

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

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 "Earmark":

"… November election, fully aware of the public’s growing fear of deficits. Earmarks – while a relatively small part of the federal budget – have long bee …"

"… d in the committee’s fact sheet on the Earmark ban is this statement: “Earmarks exploded when the Republican Party took control of the House of Represent …"

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 "Cato Institute":

"… not imposed by federal lawmakers, but free market policy thinkers like the Cato Institute’s Randal O’Toole and Demographia’s Wendell Cox argue that Americans …"

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

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 "Boeing":

"… of sorrow from the defense contracting community. Jim McNerney, the CEO of Boeing, the second largest U.S. defense contractor with a presence in Johnstown, …"

"… nse contractor with a presence in Johnstown, said in a statement, “We at Boeing are deeply saddened to hear today of Rep. John Murtha’s passing.  J …"

Main Street chases transportation money

By Matthew Lewis

chases transportation money

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earmark":

"… shington, the scramble for cash remains the only way to play, insiders say.Earmarks and stimulus spendingJust last month, for instance, Congress passed its a …"

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 "Todd Tiahrt":

"… d inquiry is focusing on Democrat Pete Visclosky of Indiana and Republican Todd Tiahrt of Kansas, and the earmarks they made on behalf of clients of the now-defu …"

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 "Todd Tiahrt":

"… i, are no longer in the House of Representatives. A third, Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Kansas, remains on the panel but did not show up in our analysis of the …"

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

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 "Todd Tiahrt":

"… des ranking Republican, C.W. Bill Young of Florida, Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), Norman Dicks (D-Wash.), Dave Hobson (R-Ohio), Steve Rothman (D-N …"

"… that McNatt cannot currently lobby Kingston’s office due to ethics rules.Todd Tiahrt: Protecting the status quoEarmarks: $2.2 millionContributions: $28,700Todd …"

"… ahrt: Protecting the status quoEarmarks: $2.2 millionContributions: $28,700Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) has spent 13 of his 15 years as a congressman on the Appropriatio …"