Another kind of corruption

In this Examiner editorial the corruption seen in the criminal cases of William Jefferson, Randy “Duke” Cunningham and others is compared to the widespread and growing corruption that is taking place via the earmarking process.

The congressional “favor factory” described by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramof thrives because individual congressmen can still anonymously direct federal funds to themselves or family members, political allies, campaign contributors or personal staff members without fear of being held accountable. Such earmarking captures the essence of congressional abuse of office for personal gain.

While federal prosecutors don’t claim Jefferson used earmarks in his solicitations, let it be noted that the same disdain for the public trust epitomized in the crimes of which the Louisiana Democrat is accused is cultivated by the earmarking process.

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