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West Virginia Congressman is 2006’s Porker of the Year

Late last month, Citizens Against Government Waste announced that Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WVa) was selected as its Porker of the Year. In making the announcement, CAGW said Rep. Mollohan was selected:

"for abusing his position on the House Appropriations Committee by securing millions of dollars in earmarks that may have benefited him personally.  The New York Times (4/08/06) detailed how Rep. Mollohan directed $250 million to five nonprofit organizations that he set up.  Rep. Mollohan surrendered his seat as ranking Democrat on the House Ethics Committee in April.

“CAGW identified $480 million for pork projects added in the House or in conference committees, most likely by Rep. Mollohan, for his district since 1995.  More than half of his earmarks have gone to the five nonprofits, most of which depend almost entirely on government money for funding.  To run the organizations, Rep. Mollohan recruited friends and former aides who then contributed to his political campaigns and family foundation.”

According to the Charleston Daily Mail, Mollohan thought CAGW’s award was a compliment. Others getting votes in the CAGW contest were co-nominees Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Trent Lott (R-Miss.) with 25.5%, and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) with 22.9%. All three senators had been Porkers of the Month in 2006.

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