2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2009 11:50:54 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] FUNDING: Earmarks questioned
Earmarks of Committee Members Probing Defense Earmarks Questioned

By Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post
July 30, 2009

Members of the House ethics committee, who are investigating a pattern of lawmakers steering federal funds to generous defense contractors, are all set to have their pet military projects funded by the same committee whose activities they are probing.

The 10 committee members together would get 29 earmarks -- or $59 million in federal funding for projects they requested in their districts or states -- under a proposed House military spending bill up for a vote today or tomorrow. The details were approved last week by the House defense appropriations subcommittee, whose practice of steering earmarks to a well-connected lobby firm close to the chairman, Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), is the subject of the ethics committee's investigation.

Ethics committee chairman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) would receive $9.5 million in three earmarks under Murtha's bill. That includes $4 million to clean up contamination at the former Almaden (Calif.) Air Force Station, $2 million for "printed and conformal electronics" research, and $3.5 million to help Stanford University aeronautical research into the use of parafin-based rocket fuel.


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