The Favor Factory

Number 24043
Subject Campaign Finance
Source Seattle Times
State WA
Year 2008
Publication Date 10/12/2008; 12/07/2008; 12/31/2008; 02/08/2008
Summary The Seattle Times analyzed the 2008 defense bill and found that lawmakers - who had promised full disclosure of earmarks - were hiding $3.5 billion of them, about 40 percent of total earmarks. Some of the most prominent and powerful members of Congress used loopholes in a new reform measure to avoid disclosure.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 58
Keywords defense bill; lawmakers; legislature; earmarks; vetting earmarks; campaign donors; campaign scam; wasteful earmarks; chemical-warfare decontamination kit; inferior products; Capitol Hill; Congressional favors; campaign donations
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