Rep. Jo Bonner earmarked $245,000 for the Bay Area Food Bank for construction of a commercial-size kitchen. Bay Area Food Bank, which distributes food donated by grocery stores, restaurants and the like to soup kitchens and homeless shelters, doesn’t have a federal lobbyist, according to the Senate Office of Public Records. To double check, I looked the organization up in Guidestar, a great resource for finding out about nonprofits–their forms 990 show no payments for lobbying. I also ran the names of the organization’s executives and board members through OpenSecrets.org looking for campaign contributions, and found nothing.
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., sponsored the same earmark in the Senate.