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December 13, 2005

NY Daily News on the “9/11 Money Trough”

Filed under: Budgets and Spending,Congress and HLS,State and Local HLS — by Christian Beckner on December 13, 2005

The New York Daily News ran a series of stories last week entitled “The 9/11 Money Trough,” taking a look at waste and fraud with some of the funding received by the city and the region.

The series led Congressman Pete King, Chairman of the House HSC, to respond to the Daily News on Sunday:

Charges of apparent kickbacks, payoffs, mob contracts, payments to undeserving firms and businesses – all this and more must be investigated and those responsible must be held accountable. Not only for the sake of justice and the memory of those who died, but to show that this immoral and illegal conduct was the exception and not the rule.

I have directed the chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama, to begin an investigation. The congressman and I will follow the investigative path wherever it might lead.

New York Democrats such as Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, and Jerrold Nadler are calling for an investigation as well. This sounds like an appropriate and necessary response to the stories.

Surprisingly, I can’t find examples of other newspapers or wire services really picking up this issue and writing their own stories about it.

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