Sunday, February 24, 2008


EXPOSE: America's Investigative Reports: Mr. Heath Goes To Washington:


Each year, millions of dollars are donated to Congressional campaigns by individuals and corporations. And each year members of Congress dole out billions of government-contract dollars in spending measures known as "earmarks," which are slipped into bills, often to the benefit of some of those very same individuals and companies who have contributed to their campaigns. Is there a connection between those two efforts? In an investigative series called "The Favor Factory," reporters at The Seattle Times take a close look at pork barrel politics by systematically following the money from the defense bills back to the campaign trails.


Each year, millions of dollars are donated to Congressional campaigns by individuals and corporations. And each year members of Congress dole out billions of government-contract dollars in spending measures known as "earmarks," which are slipped into bills, often to the benefit of some of those very same individuals and companies who have contributed to their campaigns. Is there a connection between those two efforts? In an investigative series called "The Favor Factory," reporters at The Seattle Times take a close look at pork barrel politics by systematically following the money from the defense bills back to the campaign trails.

The original series of Seattle Times newspaper articles is HERE.



h.t. to RAW STORY

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.