By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
It may have looked like boom times for earmarkers in 2006, when they carved out a record $29 billion in projects — but little did lawmakers realize that a perfect storm of events the year before had set the clock ticking on pork.
The Democrat-led House overwhelmingly approved tougher rules governing the relationship between lawmakers and lobbyists, and on legislators trying to slip "pork" projects into spending bills.
Cunningham said he asked the House ethics committee in 2001 to review a sale of his yacht "Kelly C" to the defense contractor to avoid arousing suspicions when, in fact, there was no sale.