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16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds
Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall

Posted on 02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST by STARWISE

n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives.

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Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):

(Excerpt) Read more at biggovernment.com ...


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Extracted, excerpted list from Washington Post article

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/capitol-assets/public-projects-private-interests

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Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (R - Ala.)

Spending with family connections: $440,000

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Rep. Todd Akin (R - Mo.)

Earmark near personal property: $3.3 million

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Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D - N.J.)

Spending with family connections: $3.3 million

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Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R - Md.)

Earmark near personal property: $4.5 million

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Rep. Joe Barton (R - Tex.)

Earmark near personal property: $3 million

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Rep. Rob Bishop (R - Utah)

Spending with family connections: $1.5 million

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Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (D - Ga.)

Spending with family connections: $200,000

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Rep. Corrine Brown (D - Fla.)

Spending with family connections: $23.7 million

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Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D - N.C.)

Earmark near personal property: $817,500

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Rep. Ken Calvert (R - Calif.)

Earmark near personal property: $1.2 million

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Rep. Danny K. Davis (D - Ill.)

Earmark near personal property: $800,000

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Rep. Norm Dicks (D - Wash.)

Spending with family connections: $15.9 million

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Rep. Joe Donnelly (D - Ind.)

Earmark near personal property: $935,000

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Rep. Kay Granger (R - Tex.)

Earmark near personal property with family connections: $51.9 million

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Rep. Doc Hastings (R - Wash.)

Earmark near personal property: $750,000

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Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey (D - N.Y.)

Earmark near personal property: $1.8 million

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Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D - Tex.)

Earmark near personal property: $665,000

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Sen. James M. Inhofe (R - Okla.)

Earmark near personal property: $1.8 million

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Rep. Steve Israel (D - N.Y.)

Earmark near personal property: $490,000

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Rep. Darrell Issa (R - Calif.)

Earmark near personal property: $815,000

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D - Tex.)

Spending with family connections: $5.3 million

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Sen. Tim Johnson (D - S.D.)

Spending with family connections: $4 million

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Rep. Jack Kingston (R - Ga.)

Earmark near personal property: $6.3 million

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Rep. Robert E. Latta (R - Ohio)

Spending with family connections: $2.8 million

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Rep. Jerry Lewis (R - Calif.)

Earmark near personal property: $2.7 million

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Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D - Ill.)

Spending with family connections: $2.5 million

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Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (R - N.J.)

Earmark near personal property: $4.7 million

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Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D - Mass.)

Spending with family connections: $2.3 million

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Rep. Candice S. Miller (R - Mich.)

Earmark near personal property: $486,000

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Rep. Gary G. Miller (R - Calif.)

Earmark near personal property: $1.3 million

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R - Alaska)

Earmark near personal property: $6.9 million

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Rep. John W. Olver (D - Mass.)

Earmark near personal property: $5.1 million

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Rep. Ed Pastor (D - Ariz.)

Spending with family connections: $4 million

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D - Calif.)

Earmark near personal property: $50 million

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Rep. Nick J. Rahall II (D - W.Va.)

Earmark near personal property: $20.1 million

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Sen. Harry M. Reid (D - Nev.)

Earmark near personal property: $21.5 million

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Rep. Harold Rogers (R - Ky.)

Earmark near personal property: $7.1 million

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Rep. Mike Ross (D - Ark.)

Earmark near personal property: $2.6 million

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Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D - Md.)

Earmark near personal property: $187,000

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Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D - Ill.)

Spending with family connections: $290,663

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Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (D - Calif.)

Earmark near personal property: $475,000

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Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R - Ala.)

Earmark near personal property: $124 million

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Rep. Lamar Smith (R - Tex.)

Earmark near personal property: $950,000

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Rep. Bennie Thompson (D - Miss.)

Earmark near personal property: $900,000

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Rep. John F. Tierney (D - Mass.)

Earmark near personal property: $3.5 million

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Sen. Roger Wicker (R - Miss.)

Earmark near personal property: $1.5 million Spending with family connections: $45 million

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Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R - Fla.)

Spending with family connections: $73.2 million

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We've just GOT to clean 'em ALL out! New blood needed.

Sarah Palin - CPAC 2012: "The “Washington of the permanent political class” should not be “the playground for the government rich,” a place where “millionaires are minted overnight.”

1 posted on 02/13/2012 5:53:57 PM PST by STARWISE
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To: onyx; penelopesire; maggief; hoosiermama; SE Mom; Liz; rodguy911; Fred Nerks; Red Steel; ...

... Target for election removal


2 posted on 02/13/2012 5:57:02 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

Dammit... Bill Young is my Rep, and he’s an embarrassment. He’s an entrenched Republican. Been in office for a long time.


3 posted on 02/13/2012 5:57:36 PM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: STARWISE
Nuthin but thieves!

Time for rope, tar and feathers. Screw this voting crap!

4 posted on 02/13/2012 6:00:02 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: STARWISE

Lets not lose sight of what happens to them after they leave office.

http://www.opensecrets.org/revolving/top.php?display=Z


5 posted on 02/13/2012 6:00:16 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: STARWISE

Cuts quite a swath and indeed they need replacing. I’m embarrassed that several from the great state of Texas are guilty of this.

Sheila Jackson Lee just about takes the prize for her largesse to family and connections. Disgusting!


6 posted on 02/13/2012 6:01:33 PM PST by LUV W (Unleash the American People!!)
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To: STARWISE

bumping for later...


7 posted on 02/13/2012 6:03:04 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it....)
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8 posted on 02/13/2012 6:03:46 PM PST by narses
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To: STARWISE

Why do people spend millions to get a job that pays in the low six figures?

If it isn’t obvious that there’s lots of money to be made.


9 posted on 02/13/2012 6:04:57 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: STARWISE
And this doesn't even come close to what these folks are doing insider trading..........

This has got to come to an end. One way or another.............

10 posted on 02/13/2012 6:07:16 PM PST by Osage Orange (A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.)
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To: rarestia

He sure iS .. incomparably powerful ... TOO
powerful. They become rich snobs on our backs
and their alleged fiduciary duties to protect
us. OUT!


11 posted on 02/13/2012 6:07:16 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: LUV W

Look at Kay Granger.


12 posted on 02/13/2012 6:10:14 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: P.O.E.

Don’t forget their “market crushing” returns on insider stock trading, also.


13 posted on 02/13/2012 6:11:02 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: STARWISE

Surpise Rep. Clyburn (Rat’-SC) isn’t on the list.....How much is getting your daughter a seat on the FCC worth??


14 posted on 02/13/2012 6:12:55 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: STARWISE
Sarah Palin - CPAC 2012: "The “Washington of the permanent political class” should not be “the playground for the government rich,” a place where “millionaires are minted overnight.”

My favorite, but this one was good too.

We send them here to clean out the swamp and they find a hot tub. Time to drain the Jacuzzi.

15 posted on 02/13/2012 6:13:07 PM PST by itsahoot (I will Vote for Palin, even if I have to write her in.(Recycled Tagline))
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To: STARWISE

I know! I’m ready to clean house!


16 posted on 02/13/2012 6:13:24 PM PST by LUV W (Unleash the American People!!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks STARWISE.
16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives.

17 posted on 02/13/2012 6:19:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: P.O.E.

“Why do people spend millions to get a job that pays in the low six figures?”

One of congress is made up of lawyers. The question to ask is what good lawyer would settle for $175,000 per year salary. The answer is NONE. Congress has evolved into the most sophisticated organized crime syndicate this world has ever known. The worst of it all they get to write the laws such as exemption from insider trading. We need to start with forbidding any gifts, etc.. from lobbyists and stop congress from stock trading. Read Abramoffs book on lobbying it is just as damning as ‘throw them all out’. These books should be mandatory reading in our schools.


18 posted on 02/13/2012 6:19:54 PM PST by doc
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To: WKB; LibLieSlayer

Not really surprising is it that our two are on the earmark porker enrich themselves list?

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D - Miss.)

Earmark near personal property: $900,000!

Sen. Roger Wicker (R - Miss.)

Earmark near personal property: $1.5 million Spending with family connections: $45 million!!!!!


19 posted on 02/13/2012 6:19:54 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: itsahoot

Yup!!


20 posted on 02/13/2012 6:20:58 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

The democrats will be safe. This will be seen as business as usual.


21 posted on 02/13/2012 6:21:40 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: STARWISE
I have no sentimental attachment to any republican on this list.

Which sets me apart from most democrat voters, who's political leadership craps lilacs.

22 posted on 02/13/2012 6:22:02 PM PST by skeeter
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To: LUV W
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>>>>>>>> "Sheila Jackson Lee just about takes the prize for her largesse to family and connections. Disgusting!"<<<<<<

Hate to tell you this, Luv, but the only thing "largesse" about Sheila is her dress size. : )

23 posted on 02/13/2012 6:24:02 PM PST by jmax
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To: LUV W

that list needs to be published in bold print in every newspaper in this Nation and repeated weekly until election day...

In a Lorain County Elyria, Oh. newspaper they have been publishing the salaries of local communities for several days now..I read the former community where I lived for 32 years and the salaries blew me away..unbelievable...think maybe they are trying to wake the public in Lorain County Ohio up before election...


24 posted on 02/13/2012 6:24:22 PM PST by haircutter
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To: jmax

LOL!


25 posted on 02/13/2012 6:28:24 PM PST by LUV W (Unleash the American People!!)
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To: haircutter

Well, I have 920 friends on Facebook and I’m about to “share” this article on there. Maybe link it to my local newspaper’s page, too. It EOES need to be screamed across America!


26 posted on 02/13/2012 6:30:15 PM PST by LUV W (Unleash the American People!!)
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To: STARWISE
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D - Calif.) Earmark near personal property: $50 million

Buried 2/3rds down the list, this is the largest number in the list.

What's ludicrous is the "near" personal property, as the (for all practical purposes) looting of Treasure Island for her family's development company would attest.

-PJ

27 posted on 02/13/2012 6:37:28 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: itsahoot

Greetings itsahoot:

When back at home they tell us Washington is a cesspool; when they’re in Washington, they hop in that filthy cesspool as if it was a hot tub.

Throw them ALL Out,
OLA


28 posted on 02/13/2012 6:42:56 PM PST by OneLoyalAmerican (In God I trust, all others provide citations.)
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To: STARWISE

Throw them all out!

R
D

It does not matter.

Yours “guy” is not special.


29 posted on 02/13/2012 6:45:38 PM PST by hadaclueonce (scrap copper is more than $3.00 a pound. wind generators are full of copper)
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To: jakerobins

Yeah ... have you researched that little
bit of grandiose nepotism?


30 posted on 02/13/2012 6:56:09 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: hadaclueonce

incumbents? F’ em all.


31 posted on 02/13/2012 6:57:38 PM PST by hadaclueonce (scrap copper is more than $3.00 a pound. wind generators are full of copper)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Yes! She’s the mistress of corruptocrat and CRAP piggies ..
all her family, business connections and networks.
She’s sloppin’ in it every which way ..

Wake up, CALIFORNIA!!


32 posted on 02/13/2012 7:01:18 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: hadaclueonce

Amen !!! ALL OF ‘EM!!


33 posted on 02/13/2012 7:02:44 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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this would be a good time to help FR, click the pic
thank you!

34 posted on 02/13/2012 7:06:38 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

bookmark


35 posted on 02/13/2012 7:17:37 PM PST by GOP Poet
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To: doc

It’s not just individuals. They’re like a conglomerate - writing and selectively enforcing tax laws and regulations to help or hinder the cause of those paying for the privilege. It’s all done within a maze of bait-and-switch and accountability-laundering.


36 posted on 02/13/2012 7:25:02 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: STARWISE; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Dummy Roscoe Bartlett needs to be primaried this year. And I suspect the possibility of primarying him is greater, since his district has been redrawn.

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


37 posted on 02/13/2012 7:26:54 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: STARWISE

Not only do we need to throw these POS Congresspeople out on their asses, WE NEED TERM LIMITS! Badly.


38 posted on 02/13/2012 7:27:29 PM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: STARWISE

All of these criminals should be used to decorate trees and lamp posts.


39 posted on 02/13/2012 7:27:47 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: STARWISE

Sad to say the republican voters will get rid of their reps, but the democrat voters will keep theirs. That’s part of what happened in 2006 elections.


40 posted on 02/13/2012 7:29:08 PM PST by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: STARWISE

I bought and read the Kindle version. Recommened read. The author cites these examples but you got to know there are many more.


41 posted on 02/13/2012 7:36:38 PM PST by upsdriver (We Tea Partiers need Sarah Palin for president.)
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To: STARWISE

I think there’s some smoke and mirrors going on here. Representatives who get government funds for projects in their state, often get them for their district, and thus near their home.

I would have to know a lot more about this, before I’d blindly sign on to this hit squad.

Darrel Issa is a good man. Seeing him listed here as one of the men getting high dollars for his district, makes me wonder what’s really going on here.

Issa is currently going after Obama, Holder, and company. How much of this is related to payback?


42 posted on 02/13/2012 7:41:02 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Abortion? No. Gov't heath care? No. Gore on warming? No. McCain on immigration? No.)
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To: STARWISE

I am also reminded, this is an election year, and the Washington Post has NEVER EVER IN MY WILDEST DREAMS, come even close to giving a damn about excess spending.

Why now? I say this is an attempt to try to foster trouble in an effort to flip the House.


43 posted on 02/13/2012 7:43:49 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Abortion? No. Gov't heath care? No. Gore on warming? No. McCain on immigration? No.)
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To: DoughtyOne

BINGO! bttt


44 posted on 02/13/2012 7:58:20 PM PST by Matchett-PI (There is no reasoning with anyone deeply indoctrinated into the tyranny of political correctness.)
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To: STARWISE

Sen. Tim Johnson’s son was recently appointed US District Attorney for South Dakota...gee do you think there was any influence used???


45 posted on 02/13/2012 8:23:37 PM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: STARWISE

History says 90+% of them will be re-elected. Nobody cares about this type of stuff. Americans are too busy with Whitney Houston, then next week’s celebrity scandal/crime/death, then the week after that’s.

They need to be targeted in the primaries, the Campaign for Primary Accountability is promoting that idea.


46 posted on 02/13/2012 8:49:24 PM PST by wrencher
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To: onyx
bernie I expected it from without a doubt... while wicker is a rino compadre of the progressive trent (we must co opt these freshmen) lott... I did not think that he practiced nepotism and was a corrupt “politician”. His TEA Party challenger from Hattiesburg will get my vote... and I hope that pallazo gets a TEA Party challenger as well. cochran is supposed to retire... and after his voting in favor of planned parenthood... we will retire him if he runs again. I am so sick of these crony republicans that do not understand nor believe in republicanism.

LLS

47 posted on 02/13/2012 8:59:56 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Hey repubic elite scumbags... jam mitt up your collective arses!)
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To: darrellmaurina; greeneyes
Rep. Todd Akin (R - Mo.)

Earmark near personal property: $3.3 million

FYI. Isn't this guy running to unseat Claire?????

48 posted on 02/13/2012 9:01:28 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Please keep me informed about Wicker’s TEA Party challenger.

Yep, Cochran is supposed to retire and he’s finished regardless.


49 posted on 02/13/2012 9:12:51 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Matchett-PI

Thank you.


50 posted on 02/13/2012 9:14:34 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Abortion? No. Gov't heath care? No. Gore on warming? No. McCain on immigration? No.)
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