Judicial Watch Fingers Congresswoman Virginia Foxx
by Jim Kouri, CPP
While posing as a diehard conservative, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) was fingered by well-known watchdog group Judicial Watch for a $550,000 allocation hidden in a transportation bill that would fund an obscure North Carolina teapot museum.
According to Judicial Watch, in its online publication Corruption Chronicles, politicians in both major political parties bring home millions of dollars every year for bogus projects by earmarking them onto large bills after legislation has already passed.
Congresswoman Foxx secured the $550,000 in federal money for the Sparta Teapot Museum in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The money was part of a Transportation/Treasury/HUD appropriations bill.
Also, taxpayer watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste identified nearly 10,000 projects in 11 appropriations bills, costing taxpayers $29 billion, some of which benefited Rep. Foxx.
Among them is $13.5 million for the International Fund for Ireland, which includes funding for the World Toilet Summit; $1 million for the Waterfree Urinal Conservation Initiative in Michigan; $234,000 for the Wild Turkey Federation in South Carolina and $550,000 for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma Washington.
Conservative actiists believe that this sort of government spending is underhanded and sneaky and that most taxpayers would forgo the projects in favor of balancing the federal deficit.
They believe political leaders such as Rep. Foxx are tyrannizing "regular guys" and more and more Americans are beginning to take notice which could make earmarks a thing of the past.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.