08/30/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Earmark Critic Pete Sessions Steered Money To Aide, Blimp

Rep. Pete Sessions -- the chief of the Republicans' campaign arm in the House -- says on his website that earmarks have become "a symbol of a broken Washington to the American people."

Yet in 2008, Sessions himself steered a $1.6 million earmark for dirigible research to an Illinois company whose president acknowledges having no experience in government contracting, let alone in building blimps.

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