Classified Budgets and Congressional Corruption

11.03.06 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nevada) helped to direct millions of dollars of classified contracts to one of his major campaign contributors, according to an astonishing account in the Wall Street Journal. (“Congressman’s Favors for Friend Include Help in Secret Budget,” by John R. Wilke, Wall Street Journal, November 1, sub. req’d.).

Coming in the wake of the bribery scandal involving Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA), the latest report underscores the potential for corruption in classified defense and intelligence budgeting.

Yet Congressional leaders have stubbornly resisted efforts to reduce budget secrecy.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal followed up on this aspect of the Gibbons story in a report yesterday.

See “Experts critical of secret defense budgeting system” by Aaron Sadler, Las Vegas Review-Journal, November 2.