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New Tea Party Rep Backs Earmark-Crazed Colleague for Appropriations Chair

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 Democrats are calling out the blatant hypocrisy of Congresswoman-elect Nan Hayworth (NY-19) for already reneging on her commitment to fiscal responsibility and by joining the House Republican Conference in approving Congressman Hal Rogers as Chair the House Appropriations Committee.

Congressman Rogers is perhaps one of DC's best known pork rustlers. His hometown newspaper, the Lexington Herald-Leader, even calls him the "Prince of Pork" because of the 135 earmarks he's grabbed over the past two years, at a whopping cost of $246 million to taxpayers.

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In an email sent out today, Ryan Rudominer of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said, "Every day it becomes more clear that Representative-elect Nan Hayworth and House Republicans are already breaking their promise to voters to get spending back on track."

Congressman Rogers and his GOP cronies were responsible for turning record budget surpluses during the Clinton years into record deficits during the Bush Administration.

Dr. Hayworth's support of Rogers is seen as grossly hypocritical. She had campaigned as "firmly opposed to earmark spending," and claiming it did "net harm to our economy." The Congresswoman elect also claimed that the 19th Congressional District was a donor district. During her campaign, she said that for every earmark the district received, it paid nearly a third more out.

Hayworth's district will includes Putnam County and parts of Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, and Westchester Counties.

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Currently Rogers is sponsoring a bill to give $5 million a year to conservation groups that work overseas on behalf of endangered great cats such as cheetahs and lions. One group applying for these funds, should the bill pass, is the Cheetah Conservation Fund, where Rogers daughter works as a grants administrator.

In 2004, Rep. Rogers' son, John, was given a job by the call center company Senture. As this happened, Rogers was actively helping that company secure a $4 million earmark contract. And if that's not cozy enough for you, Senture's President, Christopher Deaton, contributed $4,200 to Rogers shortly thereafter.

Rogers pal Deaton, it turns out, was no Boy Scout. He plead guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud earlier this year. He admitted to taking part in a scheme to inflate the earnings of another company he ran, Image Entry, before he sold the company. He was sentenced to two years of probation, one year of home confinment and a $1 million fine.

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