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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

***

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

***

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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