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Of this year’s list of 24, at least 12 are under investigation: Ken Calvert, John Doolittle, Tom Feeney, Vito Fossella, William Jefferson, Jerry Lewis, Alan Mollohan, Gary Miller, Tim Murphy, Rick Renzi, Don Young and Ted Stevens. One other, Charlie Rangel, is under a self-initiated House ethics committee investigation.
As in the past, members continue to use their positions for the financial benefit of themselves, their friends and their families...
REP. HAROLD ROGERS
Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY) is a 14th-term member of Congress representing Kentucky’s fifth congressional district. Rep. Rogers is the ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security and its former chair, where he was responsible for the $41.1 billion Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget.1 Rep. Rogers was included in CREW’s 2007 congressional corruption report.
Rep. Rogers’ ethics issues stem from misuse of his position to steer millions of dollars in earmarks to campaign contributors, including a company that employs his son. A newspaper in his district, The Lexington Herald-Leader, has called Rep. Rogers the “Prince of Pork.”2 NucSafe Inc.
NucSafe Inc. is a privately held corporation that specializes in radiation detection technology, primarily for border and port security.3 In 2001, NucSafe executives met with Rep. Rogers, his staff and representatives of a local development group that Rep. Rogers co-founded.4 Two years later, the company relocated its manufacturing operations to Corbin, Kentucky,5 in Rep. Rogers’ district.6
Between 2004 and 2005, NucSafe executives gave $11,200 to Rep. Rogers’ reelection campaign committee and his leadership PAC, Help America’s Leaders Political Action Committee (HALPAC).7 In 2005, NucSafe was awarded a $1.8 million grant from a DHS agency.8 Richard Seymour, who runs NucSafe, has admitted: “It’s no secret we’ve gotten support from congressman [sic] Rogers.”9
Accenture and Raytheon
Accenture LLP is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.10 In May 2004, DHS awarded Accenture a five-year contract worth potentially $10 billion to support the Smart Border Alliance US-VISIT Program.11
The US-VISIT program is part of a continuum of security measures that tracks visitors virtually using a finger scan.12 It has been plagued with cost overruns and delays and, two years after the contract was awarded, it was tracking less than 1% of visitors to the U.S.13 In September 2004, Accenture subcontracted the program to three companies, including Raytheon Company.14 Raytheon specializes in military and homeland security technology.15