Nonprofit profile: Ending Spending

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting fiscal conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ts founded the nonprofit in 2010 as "Taxpayers Against Earmarks," but when Congress officially banned earmarks a few months later, the group was renamed "Endi …"

"… aligns itself with Republicans.The group’s website classifies members of Congress as “spending sheriffs” (supporters of federal budget caps) and “budg …"

"… ctuate “U.S. Borrows $40k Every Second,” which urged voters to contact Congress to express support for spending cuts and budget reform.Last updated: Jan. …"

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 "transportation":

"… adership, Massachusetts sought tens of millions of dollars in earmarks for transportation projects through the state's congressional delegation.A prime example was …"

"… Boston. The landmark is seen in many movies and television shows.Romney's transportation secretary, Daniel A. Grabauskas, asked the House transportation and Infras …"

"… ouse transportation and Infrastructure Committee to include the money in a transportation spending bill. That bill was full of thousands of earmarks that sparked pu …"

"… spending when Congress passed it in 2005.In a letter June 17, 2004, to the transportation panel's chief of staff that was obtained by The Associated Press, Grabausk …"

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 "San Diego":

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

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 "Office of Congressional Ethics":

"… n earmarks, including $180 million for his Florida district.Last year, the Office of Congressional Ethics investigated Young in a probe involving seven members of the defense appro …"

"… bbyists. Young did not respond to a request for comment for the story. The Office of Congressional Ethics investigated Young, along with six other members of the House Appropriatio …"

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 "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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democrats":

"… ul campaign contributions.As The Murtha Method detailed, Murtha and fellow Democrats Peter Visclosky of Indiana and Jim Moran of Virginia steered a host of ear …"

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 "lawyer":

"… ittee. Murtha became its chairman the same year, in 1989.Magliocchetti’s lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment.The 11-count indictment issu …"

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 "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 "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 "Iowa":

"… to projects around the nation. A streetscape project in downtown Dubuque, Iowa, spotlighted in a Center story in January, was among the recipients of the …"

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 "Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee":

"… , and his team opened their wallets and donated a combined $100,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, then headed by Schumer. None had ever contributed to that political actio …"

"… hardly unique. The Concord individuals’ $164,000 in contributions to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, along with $50,000 from other Cappelli executives, is but a fraction of t …"

"… hat committee through June. He also serves on the finance committee of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, to which he also bundled $45,400 in 2009.Another Navigators lobbyist list …"

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

Main Street chases transportation money

By Matthew Lewis

chases transportation money

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… y also contributed to this report. …"

"… million for the Kapolei Interchange Complex. Dubuque won $389,600 from its Iowa Senators to go towards the construction of an arterial road to h …"

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 "Office of Congressional Ethics":

"… on whether to begin a formal investigation. In December, another body, the Office of Congressional Ethics, recommended to the ethics committee that it take a hard look at these two …"

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 "Office of Congressional Ethics":

"… zed by ethics investigators from the House ethics committee and/or the new Office of Congressional Ethics created by the ethics reforms of 2007. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), who is also …"

"… earmarks, but not of those in 2010; the rest appeared in both reviews.The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) does not have subpoena power and can only make recommendations to th …"

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

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 "PAC":

"… etting and bioterrorism detection systems. Young got $20,500 from SAIC’s PAC and $2,250 from the company’s leadership. Van Scoyoc Associates told the …"

"… ion for items including radar technologies. Young got $20,000 from the DRS PAC, $36,100 from its executives, and $2,941 from Van Scoyoc’s PAC.Finally, …"

"… m the DRS PAC, $36,100 from its executives, and $2,941 from Van Scoyoc’s PAC.Finally, Young earmarked three projects at costs of $1 million, $2.4 milli …"

"… enior appropriations aide to Young. Young received $2,400 from the company PAC and $29,100 from its executives.John Murtha’s network included four form …"