February 16, 2006


If you have a legislative assistant for appropriations isn't that a sign that maybe this whole earmarks thing has gone too far?

    Sen. Arlen Specter helped direct almost $50 million in Pentagon spending during the past four years to clients of the husband of one of his top aides, records show.

    Specter, R-Pa., used a process called "earmarking" 13 times to set aside $48.7 million for six clients represented by lobbyist Michael Herson and the firm he co-founded, American Defense International. The clients paid Herson's firm nearly $1.5 million in fees since 2002, federal lobbying records show.

    Herson's wife, Vicki Siegel Herson, is Specter's legislative assistant for appropriations. She deals with Specter's work on the Senate Appropriations Committee and its defense subcommittee, where all the earmarks originated. Siegel, who uses her maiden name at work, is a former lobbyist for defense contractors who has worked for Specter since 1999.

Congress Posted by AlexC at February 16, 2006 1:30 PM

She reports to the Deputy Administrator of Graft...

Posted by: jk at February 16, 2006 3:26 PM | What do you think? [1]