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Same Old Same Old

red states rule

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May 30, 2006
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Some things never change. Dems promised to "drain the swamp" and reduce pork.

They are doing neither and both are increasing

Omaha Company's Windfall, Hiring of Lawmaker's Son Irks Senator
Tuesday, July 24, 2007

By William La Jeunesse

A quiet battle to stop pork barrel spending in the 2008 defense appropriations bill is going public as two senators trade accusations over who is wasting more taxpayersÂ’ money.

The conflict has raised questions that Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson would be violating a key provision of a still-unpassed ethics bill by failing to disclose that his son is an manager at a company that received millions in federal tax money, much of it requested by the senator himself.

The bill, the Transparency and Accountability Act, has been passed by the Senate but still has not been voted upon in the House of Representatives.

“I think the American people would say something smells bad with that,” Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said in an interview with FOX News. “And the fact is people are investing in lobbyists to get earmarks, not to do priority things but to enhance themselves."

An aide to Nelson denies that the Nebraska Democrat has done anything wrong.

“The senator is in full compliance with the law,” said Nelson spokesman David DiMartino. “And it is well-known his son Patrick works for the company.”

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