Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington went medieval on KY’s 5th District Rep. Hal Rogers this morning, releasing a 27-page report (PDF) on the epic web of pork, federal spending and organizations that Hal Rogers has built over the last two decades.
How epic is the web? Check it:
Any new stuff in this report? Politico pulls out the eyebrow raiser:
Another nonprofit, the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp., has ties to nearly all the other Rogers’ related groups. Founded in 1968 and backed by tens of millions in federal funds over the last several decades, KHIC now owns more than a dozen for-profit companies and a real-estate firm. While it claims many successes, KHIC has also had some notable failures. For instance, one KHIC-backed firm, Mid-South Electronics, won a $15 million contract in 2005 thanks to Rogers but later moved most of its operations to Mexico.
Jerry Rickett, president and CEO of KHIC, has held other positions at Rogers-tied nonprofit groups, and other KHIC official, Ray Moncrief, has given $16,000 to Rogers’ reelection campaigns, according to Federal Election Commission records.
In one previously undisclosed incident, Rogers directly intervened in helping boost a Small Business Administration disaster loan for a marina owner who is also a donor to Rogers’ congressional campaign, according to documents obtained by CREW.
Hamilton’s company, Lee Ford’s Resort Marina, in Rogers’ district, received a $1.5 million loan from SBA after the Army Corps of Engineers lowered the water level on Lake Cumberland in 2007 in order to help save a failing dam. Hamilton has complained the lower water level hurts his business.
With Rogers’ help – including a letter to SBA last July – Hamilton was able to hold a meeting with SBA officials in Rogers’ office last year. SBA then gave an additional $2.5 million loan to Hamilton’s company, and redesignated the firm as a “major employer” in the region.
But we must remember that Hal Rogers is a changed Ham, and is no longer going to do this stuff anymore….