The Washington Post reported Tuesday that 33 members of Congress have steered $300 million in earmarked federal spending to projects close to their homes or business property.
Among the congressmen cited: Rep. Todd Akin, now a Senate candidate in Missouri.
From the story:
Between 2005 and 2009, Akin helped secure $3.3 million to upgrade part of Route 141 in his district west of St. Louis. Less than a half-mile east of Route 141, Akin and his family own nine acres. Akin's family has applied to construct six homes on the land. His spokesman said Akin's land had no bearing on his support for the earmarks. "It is going to be helpful as a connector but not helpful for residential property values whatsoever," he said.