Nonprofit profile: Ending Spending

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting fiscal conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Ricketts":

"… ses: $1.2 millionNet assets: $46,000IRS Form 990 filing: 2010Principals:J. Joe Ricketts (founder): Ricketts is the founder of brokerage firm TD Ameritrade and a f …"

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 "Eugene Kiely":

"… CAGW’s database. 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 "Federal Railroad Administration":

"… ter story published last year.The first report from GAO focuses on how the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) gave out $8 billion in funds for high speed rail, which was highly t …"

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 "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 "Bill Young":

"… be the price paid for the failure to rein in spending,” Young wrote …"

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 "Earmark":

"… Medical Center, Lions Clubs International, and Zerco Systems InternationalEarmarksBetween 2008 and 2010, Rogers obtained $246.4 million in Earmarks, accordi …"

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 "Derek Wallbank":

"… Maggie Mulvihill of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and Derek Wallbank of contributed to this report. …"

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 "House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee":

"… named after Democrat John Murtha of Pennsylvania, the late chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Before forming PMA in 1989, Magliocchetti was a staffer on the subcommitt …"

"… na Democrat Peter Visclosky and Kansas Republican Todd Tiarht, both on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, may have connected earmarks with campaign contributions. The House Ethics …"

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 "Investigative Fund":

"… isa.” The university’s statement contradicts a July 5 Huffington Post Investigative Fund report that Dicks had sought an earmark for the University of Wa …"

"… y rules.” Intellicheck has not responded to requests for comment by the Investigative Fund. On July 11, The Peninsula Daily News, a publication on Washington’s Oly …"

"… s for projects that appear to also involve for-profit businesses. Both the Investigative Fund and The New York Times have identified more than a dozen such in …"

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 "Investigative Fund":

"… had traded favors for campaign donations. In all, the Huffington Post Investigative Fund found 18 instances in which the seven members are seeking to kee …"

"… to restrict all earmark requests – not just those going to companies.The Investigative Fund identified businesses that could benefit from earmarks naming nonprofits b …"

"… ests from members of the House Appropriations Committee. Specifically, the Investigative Fund simply compared for-profit earmarks secured last year with the language of …"

"… coalitions of convenience for the facilitation of earmarks,” he told the Investigative Fund.Appropriations Committee spokesman Brachman declined to discuss specific r …"

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 "House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee":

"… cs Committee, which reviewed the evidence and cleared seven members of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, according to a news release issued by the ethics office.Earmarks issued b …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chairman":

"… , the senior Republican on the committee."This is a transparent attempt by Chairman Oberstar to play politics on this issue," said Cory Fritz, a spokesman for …"

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 "House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee":

"… happy with the ban. For example, the most junior Democrat on the powerful House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Michigan Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, posted on her website earmark re …"

"… sylvania hometown of the late Rep. Jack Murtha, the former chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and was the beneficiary of numerous earmarks requested by Murtha. The $5 …"

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 "transportation policy":

"… rmarking process results from an absence of federal or regional purpose in transportation policy. “Lawmakers have tried to legislate for these projects,” Baron says, …"

"… cutive with a history of political support and a clear interest in federal transportation policy.Baron, who has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Democrats, last …"

"… crats, last month visited Washington to talk to his senators about federal transportation policy. His agenda extended far beyond congressionally-directed funding. Baron in …"

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 "House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee":

"… crat Pete Visclosky.Tiarht and Visclosky were among several members of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee identified in a web of cozy relationships with their earmark recipients in …"

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 "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 "Bill Young":

"… ommittee — including Murtha, Jim Moran (D-Va.), Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) and Bill Young (R-Fla.), all of whom were mentioned in the Center’s examination. …"

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

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 "Roger Wicker":

"… bers included in the 2008 report, Republican Reps. Dave Hobson of Ohio and Roger Wicker of Mississippi, are no longer in the House of Representatives. A third, Re …"

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 "Roy Blunt":

"… nd is currently a candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat in Missouri. …"

"… ose represented by former-staffers-turned lobbyists.Records show that Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., was involved in a controversial earmarking process when he was the …"

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 "spokesman":

"… rds to members of Congress or staffers and their relationships with PMA. A spokesman for Murtha declined to comment for this story, though Murtha has previousl …"

"… m.Moran, Koloszar, and ProLogic did not respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for QinetiQ, the parent company of Planning Systems Inc. said he could not …"

"… al Dynamics corporate PAC, $4,500 from L-3’s PAC, and $500 from LeSage.A spokesman for General Dynamics, which also received earmarks from and made PAC contr …"

"… L-3 PAC money, and $1,500 in donations from top L-3 executives. A Kingston spokesman referred the Center to a 16-point checklist they use to consider defense e …"