Campaign 2010

Mar 22, 2010

Darrell Issa: Earmarks are bad, except for mine

According to Congressman Darrell Issa, speaking on the House floor yesterday, an earmark is tantamount to a bribe.

 

That's a comment rife with hypocrisy for someone who sought 13 earmarks worth over $7 million - in 2009 alone.

 

"Congressman Issa, engaging in rhetorical flourishes during the health care debate, opened his mouth and hypocrisy came tumbling out," said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "Issa's hypocrisy should come as little surprise but given his comments, the question for Congressman Issa is: who bribed you?"

 

Background

 

During the health care debate, on the House floor, Congressman Darrell Issa made the following comment, "Mr. Speaker, I make a point of order that an earmark is tantamount to a bribe." [Rep. Issa floor speech, 3/21/10]

 

According to CAGW, Issa sought 13 earmarks in 2009, totaling more than $7 million. [Citizens Against Government Waste 2009 Pigbook]

 

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