Extreme Revolving Door: Ex-Rep. Delahunt Profits from Earmark He Created

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
William Delahunt and Patrick Cannon of Hull Light Board (photo: Hull Times)
In what may be the first of its kind, a congressman who once earmarked money for a local alternative energy project is financially benefitting from the very same project, now that he has left office
William Delahunt (D-Massachusetts) served in the House of Representatives for 14 years. Less than two months after leaving office in January 2011, he founded a lobbying company called the Delahunt Group. He had no problem finding clients, starting with the casino-seeking Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, which had previously been represented by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. While in office, Delahunt had arranged earmarks worth $400,000 for the tribe.
Delahunt also secured a contract with the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fisherman’s Association, for whom, in 2010, he had helped arrange a federal loan.
But for Delahunt the big bucks are coming from a wind energy research project in the town of Hull, Massachusetts, to which he directed $1.7 million in taxpayer money. Today, the Delahunt Group is being paid $15,000 a month by the project’s leadership to help it continue its development.
According to The New York Times, federal earmarking experts say they cannot recall a case before Delahunt in which a former lawmaker stood to benefit so directly from an earmark he had authorized.
-David Wallechinsky, Noel Brinkerhoff
Lobbyist Helps a Project He Financed in Congress (by Eric Lichtblau, New York Times)
Town Seeks to Become Hub for Wind Energy Research (by Johanna Seltz, Boston Globe)

Delahunt Moves beyond Congress (by Sarah Shemkus, Cape Cod Times) 


Strong Horse 10 years ago
the mashpee wampanoag tribe, the people of the first light, has inhabited current-day southern new england for over 12,000 years.

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