War profiteers in the GOP

The Republicans have been stealing from the troops.
The Democrats shouldn’t let them forget it.

Rep. John Doolittle of the House Appropriations Committee had a good racket going. Every time a lobbyist gave money to Doolittle’s PAC, Doolittle’s wife got a 15% commission.

The San Diego Union-Tribune broke the story.

Josh Marshall has some analysis.

Hilzoy draws the body-armor connection. Yes, the earmarks those lobbyist bribes paid for were on defense appropriations bills. The Republicans have been stealing from the troops. The Democrats shouldn’t let them forget it.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com