Sen. Bennett earmarks money for unidentified programs

Sen. Bennett earmarks money for unidentified programs

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(KSL News) Senator Bob Bennett has earmarked lots of money for programs with Utah ties in the defense budget bill, but he refuses to say which companies will receive your cash.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Bennett is the sole sponsor of eight earmarks, worth $27 million. But he refuses to say where the money's going, citing committee rules, corporate interests and the powers of the Pentagon.

Bennett isn't doing anything illegal. The government does not require lawmakers to state publicly what they've earmarked money for.

A spokesman for the group Taxpayers for Common Sense says that's outrageous because taxpayers have a fundamental right to know where their money is being spent.

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