Ky. congressman has well-lubed operation

Whoa.

I know it’s not cold hard cash stashed in a freezer, but still … the amount of money involved is a little mind-boggling.

From Politico:

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), the new chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has funneled more than $236 million in federal funds since 2000 to a web of nonprofit groups he created back home in the Bluegrass State, according to a new report by an ethics watchdog group.

Another group of private firms linked to Rogers and the nonprofit companies received another $227 million in federal loans, grants and contracts during the same period, a three-month investigation by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) found.

Rogers’ family members, current and former aides, donors and business associates have benefited personally from the congressman’s largesse with federal dollars, according to the report. For instance, Rogers’ son, John, worked for one Kentucky company – Senture – that received a $4 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security with Rogers’ help back in 2004. Senture, which has now added offices in several other states, announced last year that it would receive contracts from several other federal agencies, including the Veterans Administration and Education Department….

The nonprofit groups set up by Rogers comprise an alphabet soup of acronyms: the Center for Rural Development, Inc. (CRD), Forward in the Fifth, Inc. (FIF), Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation, Inc. (SKED), Southern & Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association, Inc. (TOUR SEKY), Eastern Kentucky Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment, Inc. (PRIDE), Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education, Inc. (UNITE), and the National Institute for Hometown Security, Inc. (NIHS).

That’s $560 million — more than a half a billion. At that rate, the good congressman from Kentucky will be getting into real money sometime soon.

400 comments Add your comment

Mr Right

April 26th, 2011
10:59 am

Just checking in to see who in the GOP Jay is slamming today!

larry

April 26th, 2011
11:04 am

Just checking in to see who in the GOP Jay is slamming today!

Sounds like he need slamming. Welcome to Mr. Roger’s neighborhood.

Blaming it on Obama in 3, 2, 1, ………….

larry

April 26th, 2011
11:05 am

” he needed slamming, not ” he need. ooops

USinUK

April 26th, 2011
11:07 am

“Another group of private firms linked to Rogers and the nonprofit companies received another $227 million in federal loans, grants and contracts during the same period”

oof.

how many family members are on their boards???

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2011
11:07 am

Looks like I need to marry into a politician’s family! They take care of themselves, dont’ they!?

Finn McCool

April 26th, 2011
11:09 am

Jay bashing on Republicans – twice this morning.

You know they can’t take all this truth, Jay. They will be having mental brerakdowns all afternoon until they can get home to watch some soothing Fox News.

El Jefe

April 26th, 2011
11:09 am

Guess he is following his Democrat friends example.

Jefferson

April 26th, 2011
11:10 am

Young Paul(Rand) will be out on his ear if he don’t do the same. Those folks live high on the hawg(pork) in KY.

Mr Right

April 26th, 2011
11:11 am

I didn’t bother to read Jays copy and paste I just knew he would be slamming someone with a R by their name!

Keep Up the Good Fight!

April 26th, 2011
11:12 am

National Pork Association was already taken I guess. Did he try National Association for Pocket Lining?

carlosgvv

April 26th, 2011
11:13 am

Jay, it should be pointed out that those funds the good Congressman has funneled are TAX dollars. So, the next time you write a piece about how we need to increase taxes, keep in mind it is boondoggles like this that keep us taxpayers from supporting any new taxes.

USinUK

April 26th, 2011
11:13 am

Finn – 11:09 – nah, we’ll just hear loads of “but … but … but … the UNIONS … the Kennedys … ACORN … blahblahblah”

Keep Up the Good Fight!

April 26th, 2011
11:14 am

Finn…this will certainly make them happy:

Olbermann’s Current TV Show Called ‘Countdown,’ Launches June 20

Peadawg

April 26th, 2011
11:14 am

Good point, carlos @ 11:13.

Mick

April 26th, 2011
11:14 am

We’re mad as hell but does this really surprise anyone? What to do, what to do, the out of control freight train keeps gaining speed..

USinUK

April 26th, 2011
11:15 am

carlos – I don’t think anyone argues with you that boondoggles / outright fraud should be weeded out

however, tax dollars also support clean air and water, safe drugs, safe food, safe highway infrastructure, the internet, etc …

Jefferson

April 26th, 2011
11:15 am

Mealy mouth Mitch McConnel bearly won his reelection last time but takes pride in being a traitor. Another KY gem.

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 26th, 2011
11:18 am

I’m shocked to learn that the Democrat Senate and your Idiot Messiah signed off on all this, Jay. Just shocked!

Steve P.

April 26th, 2011
11:18 am

Jay, the republicans have been to busy working JOBS bills to pay attention to some petty crony politicians.

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2011
11:19 am

Of course, it’s good to know the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. They ultimately decide who gets what piece of the pie.

Peadawg

April 26th, 2011
11:20 am

“has funneled more than $236 million in federal funds since 2000″

Then we have:

“I’m shocked to learn that the Democrat Senate and your Idiot Messiah signed off on all this, Jay. Just shocked!”

Lil’ Barry, there was a Democrat Senate and a Democrat President in 2000-2008? Idiotic comment…

ty webb

April 26th, 2011
11:20 am

“well lubed”, and a gay marriage post within 24 hours Jay? Really?

RW-(the original)

April 26th, 2011
11:21 am

“KY” and “well lubed” in the headline. This one’s gonna get ugly.

/drive by

Rightwing Troll

April 26th, 2011
11:21 am

Well then, where are the jobs?

Finn McCool

April 26th, 2011
11:21 am

it is boondoggles like this that keep us taxpayers from supporting any new taxes.

oh, that’s the reason you guys beech and moan all day about paying your taxes? Ok, so it doesn’t have anythng to do with greed, right? As in, let others pay for this great country we live in but not me.

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 26th, 2011
11:23 am

Watch the libbtards scream like little girls should someone propose zeroing out this spending.

USinUK

April 26th, 2011
11:23 am

“Lil’ Barry, there was a Democrat Senate and a Democrat President in 2000-2008? Idiotic comment…”

:lol:

dude. smacked down by someone on your own side of the aisle.

that’s gotta hurt.

Dave R.

April 26th, 2011
11:24 am

I suspect that this character will be resigning soon, unlike Dems do when caught.

carlosgvv

April 26th, 2011
11:25 am

USinUK

The problem is that boondoggles and outright fraud in American politics are next to impossible to weed out. This is why I strongly resist paying any new taxes and think probably half of my taxes paid already have been wasted.

Message from Matti

April 26th, 2011
11:25 am

Of course Kentucky’s large Pekoe Head contingent is already greasing up for very angry, public protests to this unacceptable use of their tax dollars, right? The links to those reactionary events will be forthcoming any moment, I’m sure!

USinUK

April 26th, 2011
11:26 am

carlos – “The problem is that boondoggles and outright fraud in American politics are next to impossible to weed out”

well, this article seems to suggest otherwise.

just sayin

Jay

April 26th, 2011
11:27 am

Rogers’ district re-elected him with 77.4 percent of the vote last year.

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 26th, 2011
11:28 am

Democrats controlled the House and Senate after the 2006 election, and the White House after 2008, so yes, I’m shocked that they approved this.

willie lynch

April 26th, 2011
11:28 am

This sounds like the benefits the friends and family of those dreaded socialist, facist and dictatorial regimes get. Didn’t Neil Bush walk away from the S&L mess of the 80’s without a scratch. Didn’t W get an election. They are consistent, those Repugnicans. It sure pays to have friends.

USinUK

April 26th, 2011
11:29 am

could someone please explain election dates and FY budgets to the reality-impaired LBB??

the stoooopid … it’s eye-watering

Jay

April 26th, 2011
11:31 am

Yeah, Dave R., maybe he’ll resign just ahead of the ethics committee report, go back home and get elected governor.

It’s been known to happen, you know.

Peadawg

April 26th, 2011
11:31 am

“Democrats controlled the House and Senate after the 2006 election, and the White House after 2008, so yes, I’m shocked that they approved this”

Okay sweety, so what about 2000-2006? Why ignore those years?

Bosch

April 26th, 2011
11:31 am

“Rogers’ district re-elected him with 77.4 percent of the vote last year.”

Looks to me like they did that because they all worked for him.

~~~~~~~~~~~~

RW,

Booooooooooo.

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 26th, 2011
11:32 am

More than $250 million was from the 111th congress, which was under Democrat control of both houses. The democrat senate and your Idiot Messiah signed off on it. Thanks for playing, biaatch.

getalife

April 26th, 2011
11:33 am

Another con living off the government.

We hear this from our cons everyday so lets hear it again cons.

Peadawg

April 26th, 2011
11:34 am

“More than $250 million was from the 111th congress, which was under Democrat control of both houses. The democrat senate and your Idiot Messiah signed off on it. Thanks for playing, biaatch.”

Agreed, but again, why are you ignoring the years 2000-2006? You’re as much of a partisan hack as Cynthia and Jay.

Peadawg

April 26th, 2011
11:35 am

“You’re as much of a partisan hack as Cynthia and Jay.”

Let me add in Hannity and Rush too just to be fair to both sides.

Bosch

April 26th, 2011
11:35 am

We’ll get Peadawg yet — just wait.

Bosch

April 26th, 2011
11:35 am

USinUK!

I have totally forgot to ask you about all the wedding buzz. Are you all agog????

Jefferson

April 26th, 2011
11:36 am

One day some of you may figure it out that spending will always be there and the only way to get even is to raise the revenue. Corporate, income, gains — which to raise is debatable, whether to raise or not is denial.

Paul

April 26th, 2011
11:36 am

Ties in very nicely with the previous thread, Jay.

Reminds me of the old joke about the guy at the bar talking to a friend right after he’d found his wife in bed with another man for the umpteenth time: “She promised that was the last time.”

Some of these voters are like the guy at the bar -

getalife

April 26th, 2011
11:36 am

So, when cons get free stuff from the government, they think it is okay.

Hypocrites.

getalife

April 26th, 2011
11:38 am

Where is your welfare poutrage cons.

Crickets.

Bosch

April 26th, 2011
11:38 am

Paul,

“Some of these voters are like the guy at the bar -”

Or the dude’s employees!

Keep Up the Good Fight!

April 26th, 2011
11:38 am

It’s not his fault. The Dems made him earmark that spending. He’s a victim.

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 26th, 2011
11:38 am

gottalie, who said it was OK?

Didn’t think so.

getalife

April 26th, 2011
11:39 am

Come on cons.

Be consistent with your welfare arguments or don’t use them anymore.

Finn McCool

April 26th, 2011
11:40 am

So, Conservatives want to rave about the poor people living off government handouts but when it’s someone who already has money, it’s ok? That’s kind of backward indignation, isn’t it?

Doesn’t the fact that they already have money BUT still are on the take make it much worse than a poor person taking handouts? No?

Those morals, they are FUBAR. How do you people sleep at night?

getalife

April 26th, 2011
11:40 am

come on lil w bailout,

Lets read your outrage.

Peadawg

April 26th, 2011
11:41 am

“So, when cons get free stuff from the government, they think it is okay.

Hypocrites.”

“Where is your welfare poutrage cons.

Crickets.”

There won’t be much argument on this blog about whether or not it’s ok…I don’t see how anyone could say this is ok.

getalife

April 26th, 2011
11:42 am

Come on pea,

You spew about welfare everyday.

Lets read it.

Jay

April 26th, 2011
11:42 am

More than $250 million was from the 111th congress, which was under Democrat control of both houses. The democrat senate and your Idiot Messiah signed off on it. Thanks for playing, biaatch.

Really, Lil One? What’s your source for those numbers? Certainly not from the CREW report, because I’ve looked. It seems to me that you’re just making stuff up to justify your position, also known as flat out lying.

Also, show others more respect or find amusement elsewhere.

BTW, in looking through the CREW report — http://www.citizensforethics.org/pages/pork-parade-rep-hal-rogers — I also found this little gem:

“The nonprofits collectively employ 147 people, according to their most recent tax forms. The tax forms also disclose salaries for twelve paid board members – some whom work only part-time – who made an average of $104,000 per year, ranging from a high of $173,581 to a low of $69,339.”

Nice.

USinUK

April 26th, 2011
11:43 am

Bosch – I don’t know if I’m agog, but I definitely have my viewing plans lined up (heading next door to watch it with neighbors) … making a carrot cake … possibly working from home …

no frickin WAY am I going to be in the city

Doggone/GA

April 26th, 2011
11:43 am

“So, the next time you write a piece about how we need to increase taxes, keep in mind it is boondoggles like this that keep us taxpayers from supporting any new taxes”

Let’s see if I can follow this logic: if someone murders someone with a gun, we should stop selling all guns from now one. Is that the RIGHT logic?

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 26th, 2011
11:45 am

What’s my source? Your link to Politico!

getalife

April 26th, 2011
11:46 am

Didn’t think the cons would man up.

Anyhoo, we will need to unite to stop all the people gaming our system.

It is thoroughly corrupt.

Divided we failed and they won.

Peadawg

April 26th, 2011
11:46 am

“Come on pea,

You spew about welfare everyday.

Lets read it.”

I’ve said many times that we, as a country that has a spending problem, can’t afford ANY, I REPEAT ANY, type of welfare right now. Make a percentage cut ACROSS THE BOARD so everyone, every department, every program feels it.

USinUK

April 26th, 2011
11:47 am

again, could someone please explain election dates and FY budgets to LBB?

the boy clearly needs all the help he can get.

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2011
11:47 am

Wow, people are trying to make this a partisan thing.

IT’S NOT A PARTISAN PROBLEM, IT’S A POLITIAN PROBLEM.

Democrats have done it, Republicans have done it. IT’S ABOUT THE MONEY, NOT THE PARTY.

willie lynch

April 26th, 2011
11:48 am

Come on Jay, those guy’s earned that $70K sitting on that board part time. Why don’t you get on that family receiving that $250.00 a month in food stamps.

Yippee

April 26th, 2011
11:48 am

Unfortunately, party affiliation aside, this type of thing has become much too common on the Hill. But then one has to ask: Did he steal the money or was it secured through criminal enterprise?

I doubt it came any way other than the same old modus operandi, it was VOTED on by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Yes, Jay and the sycophants will always jump to arms when the spotlight is on anyone other than their guys. But then that is human nature, right?

Hey, here is a tidbit that may merit some conversation. Remember the other day a bunch of folks were all jacked up about an oil company, maybe Exxon, making a bunch of profit and showing an 18 percent increase in profit for the first quarter? And I recall that our Dear Leader roared and then through down the gauntlet of an investigative commission to look into such egregious profiteering.

Well, should we expect a similar reaction and response to this item in today’s news? Hmmmmm.

Ford today reported a $2.6 -billion profit in the first quarter, up 22.4% from a year ago and its best January to March quarter in 13 years.

Using the “gasoline sellers are evil” logic, will Dear Leader demand that Ford lower prices? Oh wait, I guess it’s not that the price of Fords is too high, it must be that the union needs more benefits.

Paul

April 26th, 2011
11:48 am

getalife 11:39: “Come on cons. Be consistent with your welfare arguments or don’t use them anymore.”

Nailed it.

______________________________________________________________________

Gotta wonder, couple posts like this, and one or two of our most infamous anti-Obama free marketers are nowhere around. Coincidence?

Well, it’s not like they’d make any new arguments….

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2011
11:49 am

Jay says: The tax forms also disclose salaries for twelve paid board members – some whom work only part-time – who made an average of $104,000 per year, ranging from a high of $173,581 to a low of $69,339

Okay, Now I know where to get my part-time job to supplement (or overtake) my regular job!

Kind of funny...

April 26th, 2011
11:49 am

Jay reports what this congressman does, all documented and on record, and gets criticized for “slamming” a Republican.

Seems to me the “slam” was self inflicted.

getalife

April 26th, 2011
11:49 am

pea,

Good for you.

Now stop playing the welfare card.

Peadawg

April 26th, 2011
11:50 am

“Okay, Now I know where to get my part-time job to supplement (or overtake) my regular job!

No kiddin’….

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 26th, 2011
11:50 am

Jay, I’m ready to accept your apology for calling me a liar ( in the same post in which you demanded that I show others more respect, ironically enough).

willie lynch

April 26th, 2011
11:50 am

Doggone/GA

April 26th, 2011
11:43 am

Go figure.

Peadawg

April 26th, 2011
11:51 am

“Now stop playing the welfare card.” – Huh? You asked me about welfare and I answered. What card did I play?

Jay

April 26th, 2011
11:51 am

Well, Lil Barry, much as it pains me, I owe you an apology. There it is, right in the Politico story.

The Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks earmarks, has different and considerably lower — but still significant — numbers for ‘09 and ‘10.

But again, my sincere apology.

Yippee

April 26th, 2011
11:52 am

“through”
yeah, yeah, I made a mistake and mintended to type “threw”

getalife

April 26th, 2011
11:52 am

pea,

cons play the welfare card everyday.

Do you read this blog?

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2011
11:52 am

Yippee, Other than your use of “Dear Leader” I agree with your post.

We shouldn’t be going after these profitable companies directly. We should be removing the tax credits that they get to write off.

Plus, they should be hiring more people to keep the economy cruising. It’s better FOR THEM (oil and car companies) since more people who work mean more people who drive.

Jefferson

April 26th, 2011
11:54 am

Most people can live without a Ford, hardly the same as gasoline. What’s your point ?

getalife

April 26th, 2011
11:56 am

“What’s your point ?”

He is happy our President saved the automotive industry and all those jobs.

Yippee

April 26th, 2011
11:56 am

Dude,
You’re right. I should have refrained from using the Dear Leader rhetoric. And then there was the second flub: “mintended”. I’ve got to quit chewing gum when typing.

Edward

April 26th, 2011
11:57 am

It is so funny to read these comments. When a Dem is found with his hand in the cookie jar, righteous indignation spews like volcanic ash from the mouths of the teabaggers. But, when it is a GOP/bagger doing the pork shuffle, the only thing they spew are copious quantities of, “But, THEY did it, too!,” with absolutely no condemnation of the vile b*st*rd committing the offense. All they can do is attempt to deflect the blame to someone else. That’s the mark of true hypocrisy.

maude

April 26th, 2011
11:59 am

Damn it Jim, Spock’s down there and he’s half human…..

Soothsayer

April 26th, 2011
12:00 pm

Corporate capitalism—because it was trumpeted throughout the Cold War as a bulwark against communism—expanded with fewer and fewer government regulations and legal impediments. Capitalism was seen as an unalloyed good. It was not required to be socially responsible. Any impediment to its growth, whether in the form of trust-busting, union activity or regulation, was condemned as a step toward socialism and capitulation. Every corporation is a despotic fiefdom, a mini-dictatorship. And by the end Wal-Mart, Exxon Mobil and Goldman Sachs had grafted their totalitarian structures onto the state.

The Cold War also bequeathed to us the species of the neoliberal. The neoliberal enthusiastically embraces “national security” as the highest good. The neoliberal—composed of the gullible and cynical careerists—parrots back the mantra of endless war and corporate capitalism as an inevitable form of human progress. Globalization, the neoliberal assures us, is the route to a worldwide utopia. Empire and war are vehicles for lofty human values.

We continue to talk about personalities—Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama—although the heads of state or elected officials in Congress have become largely irrelevant. Lobbyists write the bills. Lobbyists get them passed. Lobbyists make sure you get the money to be elected. And lobbyists employ you when you get out of office. Those who hold actual power are the tiny elite who manage the corporations.

This a great article if you have a few minutes to spare.

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 26th, 2011
12:00 pm

Thanks Jay. I hope I can be as big a man as you have been should the need arise.

Mick

April 26th, 2011
12:01 pm

Jay, a little humility never hurt anybody. Besides, lbb might just take your gesture and learn from it, but I seriously doubt it….

Yippee

April 26th, 2011
12:01 pm

The point: Profit margins aren’t bad.

They are a fundemental requirement of staying in business and thus employing people. Remember folks, Ford didn’t take the stimulus handout (i.e. YOUR TAX DOLLARS). The issue of subsidies and tax credits need to be addressed for sure, but using the straw man of profits is to attempt to mislead and obfuscate. Things politicians mastered long ago.

Mick

April 26th, 2011
12:06 pm

**I hope I can be as big a man as you have been should the need arise.**

Well, I posted too soon, I dig the civility….

willie lynch

April 26th, 2011
12:08 pm

Soothsayer

April 26th, 2011
12:00 pm

This article make a strong point. One must see the end of Capitalism on the horizon. The fault of the system (like all systems possess)is the inherent greed the system promotes. Human nature can only stay in check for so long. Time dictates the agenda and the time has come.

Logical Dude

April 26th, 2011
12:10 pm

Soothsayer says: Lobbyists write the bills. Lobbyists get them passed. Lobbyists make sure you get the money to be elected. And lobbyists employ you when you get out of office.

And the wheels keep on turnin’!

SOME Lobbyists are designed to be the expert advisor for some of the legislation that can help government decide how best to write the law. Unfortunately MOST lobbyists become leeches off the government teat and never let go. And they get their buddies to join them, and then their families. and then their families’ buddies. and so on.

So now all the buddies get together and design legislation that keeps feeding themselves ever more and more, and the legislators who write the bills get much of that money back PERSONALLY by getting expensive trips, expensive gifts, and other perks.

And it goes ’round and ’round and ’round.

Unfortunately, I don’t have those connections, family members, etc who can funnel those funds to me, so I just keep paying my taxes into the money burning system.

Finn McCool

April 26th, 2011
12:12 pm

The fault of the system (like all systems possess)is the inherent greed the system promotes.

But Conservatives want to remove regulations. Crazy

Yippee

April 26th, 2011
12:13 pm

Lunch whistle blowing down at the sockmonkey factory. Gotta go get some grub.
Best wishes for a good afternoon to everybody, even my lib friends.

I have to say that I was impressed with Jay’s apology. Sometimes we all jump too quickly, usually to our eventual embarrassment. I have deep experience :-)

Southern Comfort

April 26th, 2011
12:14 pm

Peadawg @ 11:20

:lol: Thanks for making my day! We may have to label you as EOI if you keep going.

Roger’s just making sure his people get full on those big money sammiches.

Jefferson

April 26th, 2011
12:16 pm

If the city decides to make high profits on water that is not bad?

I keep forgetting their commandment “Thou shalt worship money”.

Bruno

April 26th, 2011
12:17 pm

willie lynch

April 26th, 2011
12:17 pm

Finn McCool

April 26th, 2011
12:12 pm

Crazy.

Completely.

Jefferson

April 26th, 2011
12:19 pm

BTW, Ford knew if they asked for a bail out that the country would have been better off without them anyway, just think of all the oil leaking from the front and back at the same time that could be eliminated… joking there Ford owners…

Night Train

April 26th, 2011
12:19 pm

Again, Cut Spending!

Before you Raise Taxes.

This kind of spending needs to be cut no matter which party created it.

TnGelding

April 26th, 2011
12:19 pm

To the victor go the spoils! But this seems a little excessive. Look for him to be resigning soon. Sooey pig!!!

Finn McCool

April 26th, 2011
12:20 pm

If the city decides to make high profits on water that is not bad?

What? The city isn’t in the business of making profits. Any thing they make above breaking even is funneled back into improved service – adding an employee, replacing outdated equipment., etc.