But Harold Rogers, a congressman, has not. And he's a real peach (if by "peach," you understand I mean he's a crook).
When Homeland Security officials decided that transportation workers would have to undergo background checks before being issued their new ID cards, Rogers again sprang into action. He stuck an earmark into an appropriations bill, mandating that a no-bid contract be given to the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) to handle the background-check operation at a price of tens of millions of dollars.Disgrace, indeed. Any wonder why most people don't trust the government to serve its primary functions?
The Times reports that since 2000 the AAAE has paid for trips for Rogers and his wife totaling more than $75,000, “including six visits to Hawaii, four to California, and one to Ireland.” In addition, the group has donated around $18,000 to Rogers’s political campaigns in the last four years, and, in 2002, it honored him with its Congressional Leadership Award.