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In 2006, Harper’s and TPM Muckraker reported extensively on Trident Systems Incorporated, a Fairfax, Virginia-based firm that had an excellent record of winning federal earmarks with the help of Representative Jerry Lewis, a California Republican who then headed the House Appropriations Committee.
Of course, that was before Congress passed a reform bill that cleaned up the earmarking process.
But wait–guess which firm was allocated millions of dollars in earmarks this year with the help of Lewis and Democratic Congressman John Murtha (the deadliest pork-seeking missile ever invented)? Yes, that would be Trident Systems.
You can find all earmark recipients at a database created by Taxpayers for Common Sense. The group reported that Congress inserted 12,881 earmarks worth $18.3 billion into this year’s spending bills.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated total calories members of Congress burned giving Bush’s 2002 State of the Union standing ovations:
A fertility scientist named Panayiotis Zavos announced that he had created human-cow embryos that were theoretically viable, but denied that he planned to allow such a hybrid to be implanted in a woman’s womb. “We are not trying to create monsters,” he said.
A statistician determined that the five most common first names among New York City taxi drivers are Md, Mohammad, Mohammed, Muhammad, and Mohamed.
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