In total, the 47 Representatives and Senators managed to spend over half a billion dollars ($515,935,663) over that 9 year span on either earmarks near personal property or family connections.
Here in Florida, Corrine Brown was implicated for securing nearly $22 million for six clients of a lobbying firm where her daughter works. She was also the sole sponsor of almost $1.8 million sent to another client, the Community Rehabilitation Center, while her daughter worked as a lobbyist on behalf of that center.
Brown's press secretary said the Congresswoman "didn't want to talk about it." She did not return initial phone calls made Wednesday but did answer her phone Thursday morning. She said she was on her way to the Capitol Building and would call back.
When she called back, she wasn't thrilled that the article had been written, saying she's always been transparent with her activities in Congress.
"I like a little facts with my news," she said.
Brown says a recent Washington Post article that accuses her of mismanaging your tax dollars is completely false.
"I make sure that when we put in a project, we do it to the letter and the rule of the House."
Congressman Bill Young, who represents Florida's 10th Congressional district in Pinellas county, and Congressman Jack Kingston, who represents Georgia's 1st district in the southeastern part of the state, were also named in the investigation. Young and Kingston reportedly spent $73.2 million and $6.3 million respectively on personal projects.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were also mentioned in the report for spending $21.5 million and $50 million respectively on earmarks near personal property.