Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has never been shy about allowing his name to be used on projects and programs back home in Kentucky.
And he helped get the federal earmarks to pay for them.
There’s the Mitch McConnell Park in Bowling Green. Owensboro, located on the banks of the Ohio River, is home to the Mitch McConnell Plaza and Walkway. Western Kentucky University has the Mitch McConnell Integrated Applications Laboratory, while the University of Kentucky features the Mitch McConnell Center for Distance Learning. Each of these projects benefited from large servings of — in some cases, tens of millions of dollars — federal pork.
Before earmarks were banned in 2010 following the GOP takeover of the House, McConnell spent the previous decade earmarking more than $110 million in federal funds to Bluegrass State programs and projects that included his name, or that of his wife, former Secretary of Labor…
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