Senate GOP Leader Earmarks $25 Million For Firm Accused Of "Widespread Bribery"

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • John Cheves Lexington Herald-Leader

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is pushing $25 million in earmarked federal funds for a British defense contractor that is under criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department and suspected by American diplomats of a "longstanding, widespread pattern of bribery allegations."

McConnell tucked money for three weapons projects for BAE Systems into the defense appropriations bill, which the Senate approved Oct. 3. The Defense Department failed to include the money in its own budget request, which required McConnell to intercede, said BAE spokeswoman Susan Lenover.

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