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Hey, It's Only Our Money

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) its Porker of the Month for August 2009, according to this CAGW press release. CAGW points out that Abercrombie is a “multiple threat to taxpayers,” specifically:

“He ranked first in earmarks in the House in fiscal year (FY) 2009 with 44 projects worth $256.8 million and fifth in the House in FY 2008 with 29 projects worth $153.6 million.”

CAGW explains in greater detail their decision to designate Abercrombie as their August Porker of the Month:

“Rep. Abercrombie’s latest outrage is to slip a provision (Sec. 2833) into the House version of the 2010 Defense Authorization Act that would double the construction costs of relocating 11,600 U.S. troops from Japan to Guam. The original cost estimate was $15 billion, $10 billion of which is associated with construction of living quarters for military personnel and their families. However, Sec. 2833 requires that the wages paid to construction workers match the “prevailing” wages in Hawaii, which are 250 percent higher than those on Guam. The Congressional Budget Office estimates this would increase need for discretionary appropriations by about $10 billion over the 2010-2014 period.”

“OpenSecrets.org lists the Hunt Building Company, which is headquartered in Texas and would be one of the prime builders of the facilities on Guam, as among Abercrombie’s top five campaign contributors in the 2007-2008 election cycle. The Hawaii Free Press reported on August 4 that Hunt has contributed at least $32,500 to Abercrombie’s re-election since 2002.”

I don’t know the ethics rules of the House, but Abercrombie’s little quid pro quo with the Hunt Building Company sure seems like a possible ethics violation that should be investigated. But, hey, it’s only taxpayer money that is being squandered.

If you're outraged at how Rep. Abercrombie spends your taxers, call his office on Capitol Hill at (202) 225-2726.


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