Earmark Investigation: Bennie Thompson on Bolton, Miss., Road Improvement

Washington Post: Earmark investigation: Bennie Thompson on Bolton, Miss., road improvement

Thirty-three members of Congress have steered more than $300 million in earmarks and other spending provisions to dozens of public projects that are next to or near the lawmakers’ own property, according to a Washington Post investigation.

In Mississippi, Thompson secured a $900,000 earmark that was later used to resurface about two dozen roads in 2010 in Hinds County. One of those was LC Turner Circle, a quarter-mile residential loop in the small town of Bolton, where Thompson owns a home and two lots and his daughter owns a home.

Under the ethics rules Congress has written for itself, this is both legal and undisclosed.