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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pentagon spending bill includes 34 earmarks by Hawaii senator


HERBERT A. SAMPLE
Associated Press

HONOLULU A new defense spending bill includes several targeted spending provisions championed by U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye that will benefit companies whose officers have contributed to his re-election campaigns.

The 2010 defense appropriations act signed into law Monday by President Obama contains 34 earmarks sponsored or co-sponsored by the Hawaii Democrat.

Two of his provisions will provide federal money for health care for Hawaii military families and repair the Pearl Harbor-docked USS Missouri.

Others will benefit Hawaii-based firms whose employees have donated to Inouye's campaigns.

Those include earmarks worth $2.2 million to Pacific Marine, $9 million total for two earmarks to Honolulu-based Oceanit and $3.9 million to Referentia Systems Inc.