Democratic Rep. Norm Dicks of Washington state is getting front-page attention from the Washington Post today for steering federal money to an agency that was headed by his son.
In a special investigation, the newspaper cited Dicks as one of 16 members of Congress who had taken actions to aid entities connected to their immediate families.
The Post said Dicks helped send millions of dollars to the restoration of Puget Sound, including a $1.82 million earmark and more than $14 million in grants and other funds that went to an agency, the Puget
Sound Partnership, headed by his son. David Dicks no longer works at the agency.
As part of his work, David Dicks helped develop a plan for coordinating efforts to clean up Puget Sound, the nation’s second-largest estuary.
The Post cited the case as one that illustrates the complications that arise when a lawmaker’s actions aid not only his constituents but also a family member.
Norm Dicks and David Dicks both said they were only trying to help the environment and serve residents of Washington state.
“This is a very important issue for the people in my state. This isn’t about me or my son,” Norm Dicks told the Post.
Check out the full report here.