Friday, May 12, 2006

APPROPRIATIONS UNDER SCRUTINY in lobbying scandal -- It appears the Cunningham probe has broadened since yesterday to include more members of the committee

Federal investigators are examining the activities of several members of the House Appropriations Committee, including Representative Jerry Lewis, the California Republican and chairman of the panel that wields influence over government spending, government officials said Thursday.
The officials said the inquiry was focused on the often-murky relationships among lobbyists, contractors and committee members, who are able to steer lucrative government contracts to favored vendors virtually free of outside oversight through a process known as earmarking.