The guys at Muckraked! look to whom might be the next victim of an appropriations scandal. They come up with the Appropriations Committee’s vice chair [sw: Ralph Regula] (R-OH):
Of course Regula’s own ties to contributors have raised some eyebrows, especially concerning Forest City Enterprises (the developers of that megaproject in downtown Brooklyn). The real-estate development firm is the congressman’s top campaign contributor in his political career, giving him $114,150.
In June 2004, the appropriations committee approved a $9.2 billion package to privatize military housing. Three months later, a partnership led by Forest City won the 50-year, $358 million contract.