House Democrats Ban Earmarks to Corporations
Seeking to bolster Congress’ miserable public image, House Democrats have proposed banning earmarks—the allocation of federal dollars to specific projects or recipients without a public hearing—to private businesses. Democrats want to demonstrate they are serious about cleaning up the pay-to-play reputation in Washington, especially after a recent investigation reported the existence of a “widespread perception” that businesses must contribute to political campaigns if they want special breaks from lawmakers.
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