Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Rep Mollohan and the culture of corruption

From Sat's Wash Post.
Republican leaders called on Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-W.Va.) yesterday to step down from his ranking post on the House ethics committee because of allegations that he provided legislative earmarks benefiting companies and individuals who helped make him a millionaire.

Mollohan called the charges "spurious" and said both the accusations and the calls for him to step down are politically motivated.
He acknowledged in an interview making real estate investments with the head of a nonprofit company that received federal money from earmarks Mollohan backed. But, he contended, he is fully "at risk" in the investments and received no special favors in either financing or locating the investments.

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