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 "aide":

"… uty director of state-federal relations inWashington, to a senior McGovern aide seeking $50 million for the Charles M. Braga Bridge between Somerset and F …"

"… erchange on Interstate 495 in the Worcester Democrat's district.The Romney aide wrote in the email that the projects were "the state's suggested high prio …"

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 "John McCain":

"… e. That’s an increase of 142 percent in seven years.– Eugene Kiely …"

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 "Sacramento":

"… roposal for passenger rail in California that would let riders travel from Sacramento to San Diego, and another $1.2 billion for rail between the Florida cities …"

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 "Earmark":

"… esenting the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Sealaska Native CorporationEarmarksBetween 2008 and 2010, Inouye obtained over $1.25 billion in Earmarks, acc …"

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 "California":

"… al years, non-defense, discretionary spending has blown out of control” …"

"… ttee and all the federal budget power that comes with it. Lewis represents California’s 41st District, which stretches from the Nevada border across the Mojav …"

"… m the Justice Department in 2006 after Randy “Duke” Cunningham, also a California Republican, went to jail for accepting $2.4 million in bribes. The investi …"

"… tigating the relationship between Lewis and lobbyist Bill Lowery, a former California congressman who served on the Appropriations Committee with Lewis. Some of …"

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 "Congress":

"… ed that “I’m two people. I’m a national legislator and I’m a local Congressman.”Still, several of his earmark requests have generated media controve …"

"… o the House three decades ago. He is now the longest serving Kentuckian in Congress.Although he’s long been one of the House’s leading beneficiaries and a …"

"… s “Pledge to America,” saying, “Americans shouldn’t have to serve Congress by paying higher taxes and bearing the burden of an astronomical debt; rat …"

"… aying higher taxes and bearing the burden of an astronomical debt; rather, Congress should serve the people and immediately rein in spending and stop making g …"

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 "Lamar Alexander":

"… nsportation for a bridge replacement between Milton, Ky., and Madison, Ind.Lamar Alexander, the senior Senator from Tennessee, is another prominent GOP leader who vo …"

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 "Center for Public":

"… er of a controversial web of Capitol Hill relationships highlighted by the Center for Public lntegrity was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury.Paul Magliocchetti …"

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 "Teledyne":

"… the intended recipient rather than the company.The name of that company is Teledyne Turbine Engines, which once had a plant in Toledo that at its peak employe …"

"… ew research effort.Included in the ethics office report was a form used by Teledyne to justify contributions from its political action committee. It asks if t …"

"… aptur’s case, the answer given is that she represents the district where Teledyne Turbine Engines is located and sits on the subcommittee that directs defen …"

"… government funds. The answer given in Kaptur’s case was “absolutely.”Teledyne’s legislative affairs director acknowledged in an interview with the eth …"

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 "Jay Grove":

"… e)As an Argon lobbyist, Carruth sent a Sept. 19, 2008, e-mail to Argon’s Jay Grove, congratulating him on a $6 million earmark. Then she wrote, “As a compa …"

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 "Earmark":

"… ompanies and their executives who often make large campaign contributions. Earmarks accounted for nearly $16 billion in federal spending in the current fisca …"

"… nted for nearly $16 billion in federal spending in the current fiscal year.Earmark requests approved by the Appropriations Committee will be made known once …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… p. — another requestor — is actually a non-profit. CTC is based in the Pennsylvania hometown of the late Rep. Jack Murtha, the former chairman of the House De …"

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 "Sheldon Whitehouse":

"… o presidential appointees at the Transportation Department.Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island alluded to what might be a step toward legislative earmark …"

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 "Washington":

"… sinessConcord Associates is hardly the only real estate developer lobbying Washington for transportation bucks. Nor does it lead its peers in congressional camp …"

"… $96,000 to Democrats in 2009, including $3,500 to Senator Patty Murray of Washington, who chairs the Senate’s powerful appropriations subcommittee on transpo …"

"… s either raised by the states or spent there once federal money flows from Washington.“All politics are local,” says John Krieger, co-author of a U.S. Publi …"

"… contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Democrats, last month visited Washington to talk to his senators about federal transportation policy. His agenda ex …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… ” investigation, named after the panel’s late chairman, John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat, who died earlier this month. While the ethics committee did clea …"

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 "Virginia":

"… he House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, died Monday afternoon at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA, according to a statement from his congre …"

Main Street chases transportation money

By Matthew Lewis

chases transportation money

Excerpts from this story referencing "mayor":

"… metropolitan areas based on their economic output, which the conference of mayors would like, but it would award more grants directly to those metro 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 "Pennsylvania":

"… and campaign cash. Among those involved was the subcommittee’s chairman, Pennsylvania Democrat John Murtha.The ethics panel, also known as the Committee on Stan …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… lawmakers or the subcommittee. “The Murtha Method” story, named after Pennsylvania Democrat John Murtha, the chairman of the panel, identified six of the sev …"

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 "lobbyist":

"… inue to engage in controversial relationships involving ex-staffers-turned-lobbyists, contractors, campaign cash, and earmarks — the sorts of relationships …"

"… ty of the public spending process.The Center’s new review — relying on lobbyist registration and campaign finance data — found similar relationships inv …"

"… ecently employing former personal or subcommittee staffers who have become lobbyists. These lawmakers also all have received campaign cash from the earmark re …"

"… makers also all have received campaign cash from the earmark recipients or lobbyists. As in 2008, the 2010 earmarks are for projects that were not requested i …"

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 "Donna Mullins":

"… epresents Frontier as a lobbyist at Winning Strategies Washington, as does Donna Mullins, a former Frelinghuysen aide.“He’s a good friend of the congressman’ …"