It was announced that Republican Congressman Robert Aderholt is endorsing Rick Santorum today. Great for Santorum, I guess. Aderholt has been pretty popular among his constituents in Alabama. The irony is that he doesn’t seem to be anywhere near Santorum in his voting record of small government. If earmarks are any kind of sign, Aderholt has no problem spending money. In one year he sponsored well over $80 million dollars. Much of this money went directly to campaign donors. Following is a list of some of the donors that got their very own earmarks:
- $6mil earmark to Victory Solutions.
- QinetiQ North America rewarded w/ a $3.2mil earmark.
- Miltec Corp a $3.2mil earmark.
- Peopletec Inc. 3.2mil earmark.
- J2 Technologies $3mil in earmarks.
- SUMMA Technology was the recipient of a $2.4mil earmark.
- Intergraph Corp. got a $2.32mil earmark.
- Advanced Optical Systems: $1.2million earmark.
- ATK Missions Systems: $7.8 million earmark via their parent company Honeywell International
- Haxcel Corp.: $3.2 million earmark
**Please note that some these donated through lobbyists and PAC’s.
Where do we draw the line? How do we justify rewarding campaign donors w/ earmarks, legislation, or tax subsidies? If it isn’t Quid Pro Quo then it shouldn’t look like it. Do NOT accept money from someone you think deserves an earmark. It’s as simple as that. Then we, Joe Public, aren’t left wondering.