In a point-by-point rebuttal to the Sun News article, Clyburn noted that he resigned from the museum's board when the design team was selected to avoid the perception of a conflict of interest. And he emphasized that his daughter, who has since left her job in the wake of the story, has no connection with the facility's youth obesity program.
Since bills are still winding their way through the legislative process this summer, the final number and dollar amount of earmarks may change. House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey recently promised that the number and cost of earmarks this year would not increase compared to last year.
"The meat grinder is still turning and so we haven't what seen what the sausage looks like," quips Taxpayers for Common Sense vice president Steve Ellis.