Information in the new book “Throw Them All Out” by Peter Schweizer, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, suggests that Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson created a 2010 earmark benefiting a small California airport to appease Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who had helped him become chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
However, the assertion is an error. The runway earmark was made by Rep. Mike Thompson of California.
Schweizer used information from reputable investigative reporting sites OpenSecrets.org and Legistorm, which import earmark data from Taxpayers for Common Sense. The MBJ has spoken with OpenSecrets and Taxpayers for Common Sense. It appears there may have been an initial confusion of the two Thompsons in the Taxpayers’ data. OpenSecrets has updated its information to reflect the most current Taxpayers’ information, which shows the earmark was made by the congressman from California.
Congressman Bennie Thompson’s office provided the MBJ with the 2010 conference report from the U.S. Department of Transportation, of which page 469 reflects the California representative’s activity.
Excerpt from the book:
Mississippi Business Journal