Friday, June 22, 2007

Utah Reps Aren't Talking Either

CNN is trying to get all members of the House to disclose all recent requests for earmarks. So far, they haven't gotten very far.

Initially, staffers for only 34 of the 435 members of the House contacted by CNN between June 13 and 15 were willing to supply a list of their earmark requests for fiscal year 2008, which begins on October 1. Some of those 34 staffers simply pointed callers to Web sites where those earmark requests were posted.

They also break down who's saying what to their calls. For the Utah delegation,
District: Utah 01
Rep. Rob Bishop (R)

Response: No response

District: Utah 02
Rep. Jim Matheson (D)

Response: No response

District: Utah 03
Rep. Chris Cannon (R)

Response: No response

So lets find out what they're asking for. They represent us, and they're spending our money, we should know what they want to do with it. Here's how to get a hold of Rob Bishop, Jim Matheson, and Chris Cannon. And since we wouldn't want Bob Bennett and Orrin Hatch to feel left out, lets give them a call too.

UPDATE (Monday, June 25): Still no word from Utah reps.


  1. Is there a time frame they have to respond by? Perhaps they're quickly deleting emails and shredding money trails before disclosure?

  2. I know people in both Cannon and MAtheson's office and I sent them this. They both told me that it came as news to them because CNN never contacted anyone in their offices. CNN, they said, probably sent out a mass email to a press secretary list they had and since turnover in Washington is so high, probably about half of members, both Dems and Repubs, didnt get contacted.

  3. Anonymous: That is why bloggers post things like this. If Cannon and Matheson haven't responded (either because they weren't contacted, or because they just haven't), will they?

    I find it hard to believe CNN would not be able to find an updated list of contacts for a reps office. Sounds like you were fed a convenient excuse by your peeps in the Cannon and Matheson offices.

    They should voluntarily respond to the request for information, regardless.

  4. Our source states that CNN (Anderson Cooper 360, to be exact) actually contacted each representative's staff over a four day period, via TELEPHONE.

    No "mass email" referenced in the above comment was used.