Who better to lead the committee responsible for doling out federal dollars than the man known as the "Prince of Pork?" Talking Points Memo (TPM) has a story today on a new report from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) that details how new House Appropriations Committee chairman, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), has funneled more than $236 million in federal funds to in-state nonprofit groups he created since 2000.
The report also finds that Rogers' family members, donors, business associates and former and current aides benefited personally from their relationship with the congressman.
"During the past few months, there have been many glowing stories about Rep. Rogers, and how he has supposedly sworn off his porkish ways," CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said in a statement.
"CREW's research shows, however, this is not an accurate portrayal of the true Hal Rogers," Sloan said. "In reality, Rep. Rogers has built a fiefdom, where millions in federal funding can continue to be funneled to home state projects each year."
In a time of belt-tightening in Congress, the fact that the man best known for sending millions to home state pork barrel projects is leading the Appropriations Committee should send shivers down the spine of any deficit hawk. But we can't expect to get the deficit under control and return to fiscal sanity in the Washington, D.C. if the same old players, playing the same old game, continue to run the show.
Read the full TPM piece here.
And check out the full report from CREW on Rep. Rogers here.