A business man thinks it is unethical that he didn’t receive an earmark. According to an April 19, 2010 Roll Call article:
Entrepreneur Paul Asmus didn’t get an earmark. And he thinks that’s unethical.So earlier this month, Asmus wrote to the Office of Congressional Ethics, calling for an investigation into the rejection of his request for $10 million in federal funds.
Individuals knowledgeable with the House Appropriations panel and the ethics process said that Asmus’ complaint is unique and could be the first time an individual has sought such a remedy after being rejected for an earmark.
While it is typical that this works the other way around with members of Congress being investigated for requesting earmarks, this may be the new twist on an old problem. Last week, Citizens Against Government Waste released it’s 2010 Congressional Pig Book which identified $16.5 billion in pork. So, there is plenty of pork.
This ethics complaint should be thrown out immediately and the word “entrepreneur” should be removed from Mr. Asmus’s title immediately.