Report questions spending of Thompson, Wicker

A Washington Post report says congressional earmark spending appears to have funded projects near lawmakers’ personal properties and questions projects secured by Mississippi Congressmen Bennie Thompson and Roger Wicker.

While a member of the House in 2003, the newspaper said, Wicker, now a senator, helped secure $1.5 million to study the relocation of railroad tracks at an intersection in downtown Tupelo. Wicker’s home is less than a half-mile northwest of the intersection.

Thompson, the report said, secured a $900,000 earmark that was used to resurface about two dozen roads in Mississippi in 2010. One of those was a quarter-mile residential loop in Bolton where Thompson and his daughter own two homes.

Sun Herald
2/7/12