Earmark Reform that Maybe Isn’tJuly 5th, 2010 by Steven Gardner
The Huffington Post, through its investigative fund, calls into question U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, for publicly saying he’d eliminate earmarks for for-profit companies, but maybe being among those finding a way around the new rules.
Instead, he and seven other legislators were found to have redirected money to non-profits for exactly the same purpose. In Dicks’ case, money that used to go to Intellicheck Mobilisa will now go to the University of Washington. The money is still related to IM’s technology, so UW have trouble answering how the university could get money to work with IM’s product.
The New York Times reported on the same method of procuring funds, saying it found dozens of cases worth more than $150 total.