Emanuel Cleaver Denies Requesting $48 Billion Earmark… But It’s Still Listed As a Request On His Government Website

On Wednesday it was reported that far left Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) proposed a $48 billion earmark to redistribute taxpayer money to the inner city.

It was the Mother of All Earmarks…
Liberal Rep. Emanuel Cleaver proposed a whopping $48 BILLION EARMARK that would redistribute wealth to the inner cities and gift money to the poor and thereby produce a much larger consumer class to buy the goods and services produced in this country.

Rep. Cleaver will lead the Congressional Black Caucus next year. (CBC Blog)

Now get this…
The $48 billion would go to Cleaver’s friend, a gentleman named Lamar Mickens, president of the not-for-profit Quality Day Campus who runs a day care center out of his Kansas City home. Mickens is the president and secretary of the day care center. His wife is vice president.
The $48 Billion ought to help them out with their daily operations, no?

After this story broke Rep. Cleaver told the Southeast Missourian that the story was false.

“I think it would be hilarious if thousands of people did not believe it,” said Cleaver, who is serving his third term representing the 5th District of Missouri in the House of Representatives. “It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever experienced in my years in politics.”

…The project is one of 127 proposals that were submitted to Cleaver via his website earlier this year for fiscal year 2011 and were posted on the site. But he posts every proposal he receives from constituents, he said, and not those that he actually chooses to send to Congressional appropriations committees.

“I post those that are ridiculous and those that are sound,” Cleaver said. “But I have never submitted a request for a $48 billion earmark to do anything. If I ever asked for $48 billion, I would vote against myself. Anybody who asked for that much ought to be removed from Congress. It didn’t happen. It didn’t almost happen. I’ve done what I’ve always done.”

But, it certainly does not look that way from his government website.

Check it out yourself.
Click on Cleaver’s government website:

Then move your mouse over the “legislation” link and select “Appropriations”:

You will see a link named: “FY2011 earmark request”
(circled in red)

Now go to page 25 and look at the last earmark requested from his office:
(Click to Enlarge)

It’s a $48 Billion requested earmark for his pals at the Quality Day Campus.

Emanuel Cleaver did not expect us to actually fact-check his words.
He’s not used to that from the state-run media.

UPDATE: Business Wire reported that Cleaver was not following the rules on earmarks:

Instead of posting what he requests of the Appropriations Committee as required, Rep. Cleaver posts “all earmarks requested of the Congressman.” Presumably some but not all of these earmarks are submitted to the Committee. One of the earmarks requests on the Congressman’s web site is $48 billion for Quality Day Campus, Inc. After conversation with the office, it is unclear whether this request was actually submitted to the Committee. Given this, and considering the extremely large size of the request, it was excluded from both the total and the member data so as not skew the results with an outlier.

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