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Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties

The Washington Post, 7 February 2012
Publié le : 7 février 2012
 David S. Fallis, Scott Higham and Kimberly Kindy 

AU.S. senator from Alabama directed more than $100 million in federal earmarks to renovate downtown Tuscaloosa near his own commercial office building. A congressman from Georgia secured $6.3 million in taxpayer funds to replenish the beach about 900 feet from his island vacation cottage. A representative from Michigan earmarked $486,000 to add a bike lane to a bridge within walking distance of her home.

Thirty-three members of Congress have directed more than $300 million in earmarks and other spending provisions to dozens of public projects that are next to or within about two miles of the lawmakers' own property, according to a Washington Post investigation.

Under the ethics rules Congress has written for itself, this is both legal and undisclosed.

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mise à jour le 7 février 2012
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ISSN 2107-7029
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