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.


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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