Mixing Ethics and Earmarks

Members of the House Ethics Committee are set to receive nearly $59 million in 29 defense earmarks from the powerful defense appropriations chairman, Rep. John P. Murtha, whose subcommittee's earmarking practice the ethics commitee is supposed to be investigating. Each of the 10 members receives something in the House defense spending bill, which has been criticized for the volume of earmarks, pet projects which individual lawmakers can request be paid for with federal funds.

Mixing Ethics and Earmarks

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