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Washington Post: Thompson, Wicker directed public money to private interests

A Washington Post investigation called “Capitol Assets” names members of Congress who have helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to dozens of public projects for work in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by them or their family members. Mississippi’s Rep. Bennie Thompson and Rep. Roger Wicker were named in the report. Rep. Bennie Thompson ...

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*update* Book wrong on Rep. Thompson's quid pro quo accusation

See Nov. 16 post, “Rep. Bennie Thompson noted in ‘Funds for Favors’ report Information in the new book “Throw Them All Out” by Peter Schweizer, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, suggests that Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson created a 2010 earmark benefiting a small California airport to appease Rep.  Nancy Pelosi, who had helped him become chair of the ...

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Earmark moratorium could impact railroad project

PASCAGOULA — The Rail Authority of East Mississippi has $1 million in a congressional appropriation for the proposed rail link from Waynesboro to Lucedale, but there is a problem, according to the authority’s executive director. “This would be one of those nasty old ‘earmarks’ that everybody talks about that really aren’t as bad as people think they are,” said Geoffrey ...

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LaForge issues statement on earkmark debate

Cleveland native Bill LaForge, a past national president of the Federal Bar Association, has issued a statement on the topic of earmarks that has become a national issue and rallying cry in the recent national elections. LaForge calls the efforts to eliminate earmarks as “shortsighted”, giving all of the budgeting power to the executive branch. See the complete statement here ...

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Wicker, Cochran vote against earmarks

WASHINGTON — Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) have thrown their support to a resolution in the Republican Conference to place a moratorium on earmarks in the 112th Congress. “I will vote for the proposed moratorium on earmarks,” Wicker said. “During my time in public service, I have made it a priority to listen to the needs ...

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Cochran opposes earmark moratorium

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has come out strongly against a proposal that he says would effectively impose a moratorium on how Congress uses earmarks to appropriate funding for programs and projects within the federal government. The Senate on Tuesday voted with Cochran (68-29) to table an amendment sponsored by Sen. Jim ...

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Lawmakers vow to end corporate earmarks

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders announced today that they will ban the much-criticized practice of using annual spending bills to direct pet projects to for-profit companies that often return the favor with campaign contributions. House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., told reporters that he hopes the step will mean 1,000 fewer earmarks and break the linkage between campaign contributions ...

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