Mollohan, Town Do Battle Over Earmark
The driving force behind earmarks is the notion that constituents back home will embrace the arrival of federal largesse in their neighborhoods.
But a town in West Virginia is trying to undo an earmark by taking back land a local nonprofit bought with federal money provided in an earmark from Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.).
Mollohan has been under investigation amid allegations that he has channeled earmarks to friends and campaign contributors and that he has profited personally from federal land purchases near property he owns. Mollohan has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with any offense, but he stepped down from the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct last year when the investigation into his earmarks was revealed.
Read more: (Paul Singer, “Mollohan, Town Do Battle Over Earmark,” Roll Call, 5/22/07)