February 7, 2012

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers’ properties. “Under the ethics rules Congress has written for itself, this is both legal and undisclosed. . . . The congressional financial disclosure system obscures certain relationships. Lawmakers are not required to disclose the addresses of their personal residences or the employment of their children and parents. The lawmakers are also allowed to put properties in holding companies without disclosing the properties’ locations. Current versions of the Stock Act would not change that.”

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