Roll Call is reporting that Rep. Phil Gingrey requested an earmark for a former staffer turned lobbyist:
On April 1, 2008, Rep. Phil Gingrey paid Mitchell Hunter, his former chief of staff, $6,000 for campaign consulting fees. That payment came one day after the Georgia Republican signed a letter to the Appropriations Committee requesting an earmark for the National Center for State Courts, which had recently hired Hunter as a lobbyist.
This is one of the reasons I believe the Pledge to America is a joke. It doesn’t address earmarks at all. While they are a small portion of the overall federal budget, they are symbolic of waste and corruption in Washington.
H/T: Political Insider