Secret Slush Fund Used To Revamp
ALERT: Members Of Congress Rob Taxpayer Coffers To Increase Their Property Values!
While regular Americans can’t sell their homes for pennies on the dollar, members of Congress are using our hard-earned tax dollars to increase the values of their land, vacation homes, personal residences and businesses!
A Washington Post investigation reveals that 33 members of Congress have directed more than over $401 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.
Over a year after Washington supposedly got rid of earmarks, these slick elected officials have already found a way around the ban. They’re inserting special funds in spending bills that give funds to public works projects in their states. These Capitol Hill crooks have created an enormous slush fund for their own personal profit.
The Washington Post reveals more details about these shameless schemes…
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D – Calif). Over the past decade, the House minority leader helped secure $50 million in earmarks toward a light-rail project that provides direct access to San Francisco’s Union Square and Chinatown for neighborhoods south of Market Street. Pelosi’s husband owns a four-story commercial building blocks from Union Square.
Sen. Harry Reid (D- Nev). In 2004 and 2005, the Senate majority leader secured $21.5 million to build a bridge over the Colorado River, linking the gambling resort town of Laughlin, Nev., with Bullhead City, Ariz. Reid owns 160 acres of undeveloped land in Bullhead City.
Rep. Steve Israel (D – N.Y). The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair – In 2008, Israel earmarked $490,000 to study a bypass road to ease congestion along a busy commercial corridor that borders the congressman’s neighborhood in Dix Hills.
What part of “stop the spending” does Congress not understand?
We are facing trillion dollar plus deficits and a mind-numbing $15 trillion dollar debt… Washington is borrowing over $3.98 billion dollars per day – more than $2 million per minute…
….And now we learn that much of the pork is helping to line the pockets of the very politicians who pass it.
And that is precisely why patriotic Americans like you can’t give up the fight. Now is the time to turn up the heat.
Yours In Freedom,
Center for Individual Freedom
Related article from FreedomWorks:
Recently, thirteen Republicans in the U.S. Senate opposed Sen. Pat Toomey’s earmark ban, continuing the corrupt practice of stuffing legislation with pork.
Earmarks are part of our nation’s spending problem—part of a culture of corruption that greases the wheels on bad legislation.
Back in 2010 the Tea Party movement created an electoral landslide by supporting candidates who signed The Contract From America, a ten-point candidate pledge to support limited government, free markets, and individual liberty. One of the points in The Contract was a promise to “Stop the Pork” and place a moratorium on earmarks until the budget is balanced.
Sen. Toomey, himself one of the freshman elected in 2010 with Tea Party support, is fulfilling his commitment to the American people by support the earmark ban. We stand with him.
Sen. Toomey will be reintroducing his earmark ban as an amendment this week and it has bipartisan support. He needs us to help his Republican colleagues find their backbones.
President & CEO, FreedomWorks