If you can believe it, this is not the first time Arlen Specter has been associated with questionable public spending on construction of a library

The Philadelphia Inquirer, from 1998:

Citizens Against Government Waste, a frequent critic of pork-barrel spending, gave Specter one of its dubious "Oinkers" awards yesterday.

In its annual "Pig Book," the group also cited several Pennsylvania projects it considers egregious examples of wasteful spending.

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Specter is chairman of a Senate Appropriations panel that earmarked $800,000 for a "one-of-a-kind historical library" to preserve miners' compensation and occupational records, geological studies, maps, newspaper clips and more than 8,000 photographs.

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