Army Emergency Relief, the "biggest charity inside the U.S. military," has been hoarding tens of millions of dollars meant to help struggling military families, reports the AP. Between 2003 and 2007, the charity's reserves swelled by $117 million while it spent "just $64 million on direct aid." AER executives told the AP that "they need to keep sizable reserves to be ready for future catastrophes."
Earmarks were a favorite target of vitriol for Sens. McCain and Obama during the presidential campaign, with both vociferously vowing reform. But according to McClatchy, there are "about 9,000 earmarks totaling $5 billion" packed into the 2009 spending bill.
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