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Bob Bennett: Gold Medal Parker. (Insider Report).

Just in time for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, Republican Senator Robert Bennett was named "Porker of the Month" by Citizens Against Public Waste (CAPW). The dubious distinction was conferred upon Utah's junior senator for his role in securing an estimated $1.5 billion in Olympic-related federal subsidies.

"Bennett used his position on the Senate Appropriations Committee to get more money for Utah," explained CAPW's Kerrie Rezac. "The Olympics was the excuse." In his own defense, Senator Bennett recurred to a familiar refrain: "As I've continually said, the 2002 Games are America's Games, not just Salt Lake City's and the participation of the U.S. government is not only an appropriate responsibility, but a privilege." American taxpayers could have been spared the "privilege" of underwriting highway construction projects and other federally funded projects benefiting some of the nation's wealthiest land developers. (See "Going for the (Taxpayers') Gold," in our January 28th issue.)
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Title Annotation:Porker of the Month
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 11, 2002
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