TAXPAYER WATCHDOG GROUP NAMES COAST GUARD CHIEF JAMES LOY AUGUST 2000 ‘PORKER OF THE MONTH’ | Citizens Against Government Waste

TAXPAYER WATCHDOG GROUP NAMES COAST GUARD CHIEF JAMES LOY AUGUST 2000 ‘PORKER OF THE MONTH’

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For Immediate ReleaseContact: Media Department
August 15, 2000(202) 467-5300

 


(Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), America’s largest taxpayer watchdog group, announced today that Admiral James Loy, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. earned its August “Porker of the Month” Award.  Admiral Loy earned the award for encouraging federal lawmakers to earmark funds for unneeded Coast Guard spending.


Loy has created the Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf Award to reward legislators who have "demonstrated long-term vision and leadership while making substantial contributions to support the men and women of the United States Coast Guard and enhance the ability of the service to carry out its missions." 


"As it turns out, not only do pigs fly, but they swim as well.  Judging by the first recipient of the award, 'substantial contributions' has something to do with earmarking funds for unnecessary Coast Guard projects," said Thomas Schatz, President of Citizens Against Government Waste.


On July 20, 2000, Loy presented the award to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). Stevens, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, an infamous pork-barrel politician.


Stevens has worked his earmark magic for the Coast Guard many times. Just last month he amended the Fiscal 2000 Emergency Appropriations Bill, sending the Coast Guard a C-37A executive jet to transport Loy and his staff, and six C-130J transport aircraft. The General Accounting Office says the Coast Guard already has enough C-130Js, and won't need more until the year 2012 at the earliest. "That's anchors away to about half a billion of your tax dollars," said Schatz.


For stroking lawmakers' egos and encouraging wasteful spending on military toys, CAGW is proud to bestow the August Porker of the Month Award on Admiral James Loy.  "We hope our award makes him think twice about giving out his award," Schatz concluded.


CAGW's "Porker of the Month" award is a dubious honor, given to lawmakers and government officials who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.  Past recipients of the award include First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) and Senate Appropriations Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).


For more information, see CAGW's web site at www.cagw.org.  CAGW is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.


 


 

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