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My List of Government Pork, Waste and Fraud

My List of Government Pork, Waste and Fraud

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My list of Government Pork, Waste and Fraud
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Government Pork, Waste and Fraud
 | Dec 20, 2012 | John Nicol and Dave SeglinsThe mystery of the trainload of biodiesel that crossed back and forth across the Sarnia-Port Huron border without ever unloading its cargo, as reported by CBC News, has beensolved.
| 12/27/12 | Peter Schroeder The House Ethics Committee has decided to close its investigation into preferentialmortgages doled out under a controversial VIP program without taking any action. The panel said it was not taking any action on members who received more affordablemortgages under the program, instituted by the now-defunct Countrywide Financial because while allegations surrounding the program and lawmakers involved "seriousmatters," they largely fell outside its jurisdiction. For example, many of the allegations pertain to actions outside the Ethics Committee's statute of limitations — greater thanthree Congresses ago — and many of those accused are no longer working in Congress...
| 12/27/2012 | Jarrett SkorupA proposed ethanol plant for Frontier Renewable Resources in the Upper Peninsula hassurvived a legal challenge filed by the Sierra Club and a Chippewa County resident. Butthe company building the plant may be one of the biggest green failures in the country.While countless articles have been dedicated to exposing green failures like Solyndra,A123, LG Chem, Energ1 and others, Frontier, which is a part of Mascoma Corp., hasreceived little media attention. In June, Michigan Capitol Confidential reported thatMascoma said it had "no experience in the markets in which we intend to operate." Aswas documented..
| December 27, 2012 | Donald LambroWASHINGTON - Have you seen the latest development in President Obama's waste-ridden, clean energy program that's now under federal investigation at the U.S. TreasuryDepartment? Three of the country's biggest residential solar panel installers -- SolarCity,SunRun and Sungevity -- have been subpoenaed by Treasury's Office of Inspector General for their financial records to determine if they had inflated the market value otheir costs when they applied for federal reimbursement. The firms have reportedlyreceived more than $500 million in federal grants and tax credits. Officials in two of them, Solar-City and SunRun, have been among some of Obama's..
 
 | December 20, 2012 | Ken BoehmToday the House Ethics Committee announced that it was taking no action against Rep.Gregory Meeks (D-NY) who secretly took a $40,000 payment from an individual whosubsequently pled guilty in a multi-million-dollar mortgage scam. In 2007, Meeksreceived $40,000 from a "businessman," Edul Ahmad. Under the Ethics in GovernmentAct, Congressmen are required to disclose such financial transactions on their annualFinancial Disclosure Reports. Meeks failed to disclose the transaction on his reports for 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2010, the New York Daily News reported, "QueensCongressman Gregory Meeks made no payments for three years on a..
| 12/19/2012 | Ed MorrisseyMary Katharine Ham wrote last week about the porkfest in the Senate bill authorizingemergency relief spending for Hurricane Sandy, but the Senate hasn’t gotten themessage yet. David Francis reports on more aspects of the larded-up bill for The FiscalTimes, while noting that this has become business as usual on Capitol Hill — especiallywhile the normal budgeting process has been derailed: The Sandy emergency spending package also contains provisions that had previously been rejected or had not yet beenconsidered by Congress. This includes a measure that alters how the federal governmentmanages areas prone to flooding,.
 | December 19, 2012 | Paul Chesser A top Nissan official has said the company was “arrogant” in its marketing and salesapproach for the all-electric Leaf, which received a $1.4 billion stimulus loan guaranteefromPresident Obama’s Department of Energy. Not that the company is going to returntaxpayers their money, since the premise upon which Nissan received the loan wereridiculously high production estimates. Too much in expenses would have to be eatenotherwise. “We were a little bit arrogant as a manufacturer when we went to the 50-staterollout,”said Al Castignetti, Nissan’s vice president for sales, to Automotive News in late November.
| 12/19/12 | tyler durdenA few days after divesting its stake in the firm that started it all, AIG, and at a profit atthat (ignoring that the risk has merely been onboarded by the Fed whose DV01 is now$2+ billion as a result), the US Treasury continues to divest of all its bailout stake, thistime proceeding to GM, where the channel stuffing firm just announced it would buyback 200MM shares from the US government at a price of $27.50. More importantly, the"Treasury said it intends to sell its other remaining 300.1 million shares through variousmeans in an orderly fashion..
 
| December19, 2012 | PHILLIP SWARTSAnd the Georgia workers aren't alone. Between April and September of this year, 171Postal Service employees were arrested for theft, willful delay or destruction of mail,according to a new report by the USPS inspector general. The Service has about 546,000employees. "We have taken two corrupt postal workers, including a supervisor, off thestreets who were responsible for stealing thousands of checks worth over $3 million,"U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates in Atlanta said. "We will continue to target these theftrings, both those on the inside and their network of check cashers, to address this serious problem.”
 | December 18, 2012 | Susan Jones(CNSNews.com) - The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector Generalsays it will investigate whether EPA officials -- including Administrator Lisa Jackson --used alias email accounts to conduct official government business, thereby shieldingthose communications from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Jacksonreportedly used the name "Richard Windsor" on an official email account from which shemay have sent messages on the administration's coal policy. Chris Horner of the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute says he discovered Jackson's "false identity"while doing research for his book, "The Liberal War on Transparency.” Horner said hecame across an "obscure" EPA...
 | 12/17/12 | Erik Wasson, Kevin BogardusConservatives complain Sandy bill includes millions in unrelated spendingBy Erik Wasson and Kevin Bogardus - 12/17/12 12:33 PM ET Conservative groups say theSenate’s $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy supplemental bill is loaded with millions of dollars in spending unrelated to damage from the devastating storm. The bill includes $2million to fix museum roofs in Washington, D.C.; $100 million for Head Start centers;$348 million for damage to parks, including the Statue of Liberty’s island; and $4 millionto repair the Kennedy Space Center and other launch sites. It also includes funding for commercial fisheries disasters for as far away.
| 12/13/12 | Paul C. Clark Handpicked Bank Fails Schools' Testby Paul C. Clark Staff Writer December 13, 2012The administration of Guilford County School Superintendent Mo Green has killed aneffort by the Guilford County Board of Education's four black members to diverttaxpayer money from the banks Guilford County Schools usually uses to Durham-basedMechanics and Farmers Bank. After pressure from school board members SandraAlexander, Deena Hayes, Carlvena Foster and Amos Quick, the school board inSeptember voted unanimously to consider overriding the way it invests the taxpayer money it holds to steer money to one bank: the Greensboro branch of the black-owned,

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