After hearing Jeff Crank’s latest ad on the radio yesterday, I had no choice but to take some time out of my day and put together this little piece highlighting Jeff’s absolute hypocrisy regarding earmarks.
His new ad calls for a “revolution in Washington” and proclaims that “in the six years Republicans controlled Washington, federal spending grew 24 percent and the pork-barrel spending process called earmarks doubled. We can do better. As your Congressman, I’ll oppose earmarks and work to cut federal spending 20 percent in 10 years.”
The best part about his ad is the pure hypocrisy of it. During the six years in which Republicans controlled Congress, Jeff Crank was registered as a lobbyist. In this capacity, Jeff Crank requested earmarks in Defense Appropriation bills for several companies which compensated him generously. In total, Jeff Crank lobbied for at least 18 earmarks at the Federal level during those six years. This does not include any of the work he did as a registered lobbyist in the State of Colorado. It is estimated that during his time as a Federal lobbyist, Jeff Crank earned in excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars by lobbying for millions of dollars in earmarks for various defense corporations. Jeff Crank obviously wasn’t too concerned about “pork barrel spending” or “earmarks” when he was making hundreds of thousands of dollars enriching his personal wealth. This is the problem with Jeff Crank, he will say or do whatever it takes in order to get elected
If you still need more, don’t take my word for it, go see and hear for yourself.
I would encourage everyone to listen to Jeff Crank’s ad:
Then go visit the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives Lobbying Disclosure website. After clicking on the link, go to the middle of the page under “Filing Type to Search” and click “All.” Then in the “Search Field” section, scroll down and select “lobbyist name.” In the area labeled “Criteria,” enter Crank. This will take you to Jeff Crank’s history as a registered lobbyist. Here you will not only find all the earmarks Jeff Crank lobbied for, you will also find documentation showing how much he was paid .
Jeff Crank is not only the lone registered lobbyist in the race for the 5th Congressional District, he is also the only candidate to ever personally enrich himself through an earmark.