Friday, January 19, 2018
Politics

One year of earmarks for Rep. C.W. Bill Young illustrates career built on them

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young never shied from the political largesse he secured for Pinellas County and Florida — and over the years he used his clout to bring back hundreds of millions.

"We get calls on a regular basis from people saying 'I'm against earmarks,' " he told the Tampa Bay Times in a 2010 interview. "Well, I say, 'Are you opposed to fixing U.S. 19, to make it a safe highway?' 'Oh, no, no.' 'Well, that was an earmark.' I say, 'Are you opposed to building that new hospital for veterans?' 'No, absolutely not.' 'Well, that was an earmark.' The trouble is the media has reported earmarks as something evil without actually reporting exactly what earmarks can do. I would agree that probably some of the congressional earmarks should have never been approved and there probably should have been a better system."

It's almost impossible to know exactly how much Young secured because disclosure was not required until 2007. But 2010, the final year before earmarks were banned, provides a vivid illustration of Young's reach.

(Note: This is a list of the "solo" earmarks and excludes a not-insignificant amount Young secured with other lawmakers. Also, the odd descriptions are often defense industry related projects.)

$21 millionConsolidated Communications Facility
$4 millionCooperative Engagement Capability
$4 millionMaritime Domain Awareness and Maritime Security Technology Pilot, SRI International
$4 millionReduced Manning Situational Awareness
$4 millionSHARK Precision Guided Artillery Round-105mm
$3.2 millionComprehensive Maritime Domain Awareness
$3 millionHigh Performance Thermal Battery Infrastructure Project
$2.8 millionMulti-Jurisdictional Counter-Drug Task Force Training
$2.8 millionNational Terrorism Preparedness Institute, Anti-Terrorism/ Counter-Terrorism Technology Development and Training
$2.4 millionAdvanced Electronic Components for Sensor Arrays
$2.4 millionAutonomous Marine Sensors and Networks for Rapid Littoral Assessment
$2.4 millionBattlefield Sensor Netting
$2.4 millionFlorida National Guard Total Force Integration
$2.4 millionMilitary/Law Enforcement Counterterrorism Test Bed
$2.4 millionNext Generation Scalable Lean Manufacturing Initiative-Phase Two
$2 millionNational Forensic Science Technology Center, Forensic Technology Center of Excellence
$2 millionWMD Civil Support Team for Florida
$1.6 millionAdvanced Battery Technology
$1.6 millionAdvanced Detection of Explosives
$1.6 millionBATMAV Program Miniature Digital Data Link
$1.6 millionCBRN Detection Unmanned Aircraft
$1.6 millionCountermeasures to Combat Protozoan Parasites (Toxoplasmosis and Malaria)
$1.6 millionExpansion of the Forensic Intelligence Technologies and Training Support Center of Excellence
$1.6 millionIntelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Global Sensors Architecture
$1.6 millionUnited States Special Operations Command-USSOCOM/ STAR-TEC Partnership Program
$1.5 millionSt. Petersburg College National Terrorism Preparedness Institute
$1.2 millionWMD Civil Support Team for Florida
$1 millionAdvanced Conductivity Program
$1 millionSt. Petersburg Solar Pilot Project
$1 millionSt. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport

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