(First Posted on HP: 8/17/11)
. . . Perry also railed at earmarks, the practice of a member of Congress directing spending to be used on specific programs.
“Earmarks represent the wasteful spending that has most caught public interest of late and for good reason, he wrote. “Earmarks corrupt the process and divert attention from the real task of governing and oversight.”
But during the same time period covered in the book, Perry himself entered Texas into controversial contracts with Washington lobbyists who helped bring billions of dollars in federal money to Perry’s home state, some of it via earmarks. Some of those lobbyists would wind up pleading guilty in a separate major bribery scandal.
(A request for comment sent to Perry’s office was not returned Wednesday afternoon.)