Pigs at the trough-congress+ property/relatives+ earmarks=$$$$$

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    another day in the neighborhood I guess:doubt:....these articles re: apparent malfeasance seem to pop up, oh every year or so, despite whomever ever has the reigns in DC.

    Whatever comes of this? It took 5 years to actually unseat "Duke" Cunningham and put his ass in jail, good old Charlie Rangel has more lives than a cat, he basically skated....wtf?

    Are we really this indolent or overwhelmed by whatever else we cannot focus on this for more than a few months at a time?



    Capitol Assets: Some legislators send millions to groups connected to their relatives

    Some members of Congress send tax dollars to companies, colleges and community groups where their spouses, children and parents work as salaried employees, lobbyists or board members, according to an examination of federal disclosure forms and local public records by The Washington Post.

    A U.S. senator from South Dakota helped add millions to a Pentagon program his wife evaluated as a contract employee. A Washington congressman boosted the budget of an environmental group that his son ran as executive director. A Texas congresswoman guided millions to a university where her husband served as a vice president.

    Those three members are among 16 who have taken actions that aided entities connected to their immediate families. The findings stem from an examination by The Post of all 535 members of the House and Senate, comparing their financial disclosure forms with thousands of public records. The examination uncovered a broad range of connections between the public and private lives of the nation’s lawmakers.

    Several of the cases have received previous media attention, raised by local newspapers or campaign opponents, but the practice has continued unabated, The Post found.

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    Capitol Assets: Some legislators send millions to groups connected to their relatives - The Washington Post






    breakdown of who's talking/giving what....

    Capitol Assets: Public projects, private interests
     
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    Add to that backroom deals for campaign funds and that's how we develop huge deficits. SUPPORT PUBLIC FINANCING OF ELECTIONS and get the auction for our representitives' votes out of the system.
     
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    I don't think we can save it, seriously, the money has taken over, not that it hasn't been an agent from the beginning but its the 5th column now...
     
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    Leave it to democrats to make sure a War hero went to prison for what everyone else was guilty of. They gave John McCain a break with the Keating scandal because the four others were democrats. Nobody went near John Murtha partly because he was a democrat and a former Marine who claimed to have a Purple Heart but nobody could find out how he got it. Randy (Duke) Cunningham was the guy who shot down the NVA ace of aces in an epic dogfight and helped establish the Top Gun school. They could have let him resign in disgrace and pay back what he got from lobbyists but they wanted him in jail because he was a republican and a War hero and if there is one thing liberals hate it's a republican war hero.
     
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    Exactly right. Money has always influenced politics, but now money IS politics. It doesn't just influence it, it runs it. Sadly I don't see it changing either unless the people of this country unite in huge numbers and force something.
     
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    Good argument for smaller gov't, means there's less money to steal.
     
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    But how do you get it, if monied interests are rigging the game? Public financing sounds like another program we can't afford, but I think it would save money in the end, because our representitives wouldn't have to make promises to get campaign funds.
     
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    Add this to the list of why I hate Washington. First insider trading and now relatives gets perks... Why we all struggle day to day
     
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    well, to start with..

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3qE1Sh9E8g]Author D.J. Waldie on Being a 'Partisan of Suburban Places' - YouTube[/ame]
     

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