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Joe Conason – Why Mitch McConnell is worse than Charles Rangel

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Why Mitch McConnell is worse than Charles Rangel

Both men misused their power — but the Senate leader gave corrupt BAE Systems $17 million in 2010 earmarks

By Joe Conason

Why Mitch McConnell is worse than Charles Rangel

On the same day that the House Ethics Committee convicted Rep. Charles Rangel of nearly a dozen violations of congressional rules, Sen. Mitch McConnell announced that under pressure from fellow Republicans, he will surrender his beloved earmarks. This is a notable coincidence because, like Rangel, McConnell has rewarded corporate donors to an academic center named after him — and used earmarks for that purpose. The top corporate recipient of earmarks from the Kentucky Republican in the 2010 budget not only happens to be a donor to the McConnell Center for Political Leadership at the University of Louisville, but one of the largest and most corrupt defense contractors in the world.

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