Specter Denies Wrongdoing, Asks for Investigation:


Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) denied wrongdoing for his part in “earmarking 13 times in the last three years to allocate funds to clients” of lobbyist Michael Herson, the husband of Specter’s appropriation aide Vicki Siegel Herson. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Specter stated that he “would ask the Senate ethics committee to investigate whether any rules were violated.” The Senator also denied that he or anyone in his office had done anything wrong, although he “acknowledged that he had not sorted out all the actions of his aide in the approval of the spending.” Siegel Herson’s actions in approving earmarks related to her husband’s clients are unknown as of yet, however it is known that she failed to inform Specter that her husband represented clients that benefited from his earmarks.