Davis Staffer Salary Paid by Earmark Beneficiaries

June 10, 2008

A former staffer for Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) was on the payroll of two community colleges in his district, one of which benefited from earmarks Davis requested.

When Gina Bailey McKell went to work for Davis’s district office in 2003, Shelton State Community College paid her $76,883 salary. That arrangement continued for roughly a year before another school in Davis’s district, Alabama Southern Community College, picked up the tab. Bailey McKell stayed on that payroll until she left Davis’s office in 2006.

During Bailey McKell’s House tenure, Davis secured $510,000 in earmarks for Shelton State Community College, and $600,000 for Jefferson State Community College, another former employer of Bailey McKell.

In 2003, Davis won $100,000 for electronic and technical training at the college. The next year, while Bailey McKell was on his staff, he received $410,000 for Shelton State’s West Alabama Center for Workforce Development.

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(Susan Crabtree, “Colleges Paid Davis Aide’s Salary,” The Hill, 6/10/08)