Saturday, January 28, 2006

Like pigs at a trough

Where you find one Republican rooting around, you will find others. SignOnSanDiego has more on the ever spreading discovery of Republican scandal, with Toxic Tommy Delay at the heart of the matter again.
Texas state prosecutors have intensified their probe into whether a Poway-based defense contractor helped funnel money to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's political action committee.

Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle – who has indicted DeLay and several close associates on charges that they illegally used corporate contributions – issued subpoenas to four men associated with PerfectWave, a company owned by Poway businessman Brent Wilkes, who has been identified as a co-conspirator in the bribery case of former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

PerfectWave, which specializes in acoustical technology, won more than $40 million in federal contracts between 2003 and 2005, according to congressional budget reports. Meanwhile, it donated money to DeLay and other key Republicans overseeing the appropriations process in Congress, including Rep. Jerry Lewis of Redlands, who is chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and Rep. John T. Doolittle, a committee member who represents a district in the Sierra foothills near Sacramento.

The money was not requested by the Navy but was instead inserted by the Appropriations Committee as part of the closed-door congressional earmarking process.
Aha! The old Put-It-In-Quietly-We-Know-Someone-Who-Wants-It routine. A very old routine indeed, which Republicans have raised to a high art.


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