earmarks http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Mo. Democratic Party Files Ethics Complaints Against Akin http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-democratic-party-files-ethics-complaints-against-akin <p>Update 9/27/12 9:30 AM with response from Akin campaign.</p><p>The Missouri Democratic Party has filed ethics complaints against Todd Akin, alleging wrongdoing for coordinating with a Super PAC in exchange for campaign cash.</p><p>Two complaints were filed against Akin by the party:</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:13:51 +0000 Chris McDaniel 4711 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Democratic Party Files Ethics Complaints Against Akin Senate votes down McCaskill ban on earmarks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/senate-votes-down-mccaskill-ban-earmarks <p>Senator Claire McCaskill says she is disappointed that a permanent ban on earmarks failed in the U.S. Senate Thursday.</p><p>The Missouri Democrat and a Republican colleague, Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania, attempted to attach the ban as an amendment to a bill outlawing insider trading by Congress. The attempt fell short of the 60 votes needed.</p><p>In a recorded statement provided by the Senator&#39;s office, McCaskill called earmarking a flawed process.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 23:22:52 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2996 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Senate votes down McCaskill ban on earmarks McCaskill report concludes US House members circumvented earmark ban http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-report-concludes-us-house-members-circumvented-earmark-ban <p>A report issued Monday by Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri concludes that US House members circumvented a ban on earmark spending more than 100 times. (<em><a href="http://mccaskill.senate.gov/ndaa/InvestigationofHouseFY2012NDAAEarmarks.pdf">read full report here</a></em>)</p><p>House Republicans banned earmarks last fall for two years to curb government spending. But, McCaskill&#39;s report finds that the Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee used tricks to allow more than $800 million in earmarks be inserted in the 2012 Defense authorization bill.</p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 23:42:28 +0000 Joseph Leahy 2664 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill report concludes US House members circumvented earmark ban McCaskill introduces legislation for permanent ban on earmarks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-introduces-legislation-permanent-ban-earmarks <p>Missouri&#39;s Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill introduced legislation Wednesday to put a permanent ban on earmarks, the legislative practice of funding specific projects.</p><p>Currently, there is a temporary ban on earmarks in place.</p><p>Speaking to reporters during a conference call this morning, McCaskill says projects need to compete on merit.</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 18:57:42 +0000 Julie Bierach 2578 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill introduces legislation for permanent ban on earmarks