From the Daily News:
The City Council tried to shell out nearly $100,000 in pork-barrel items this year to shady groups that city investigators had flagged or the IRS had slapped down, documents show.
Six new groups that have lost their earmark funding — including the Mount Hope Housing Co., a Bronx advocacy organization — are the latest losers since the budget was passed this summer. Nearly $1 million in earmarks to small community organizations and charities has been eliminated.
Critics say the funding pullbacks show that safeguards enacted following the Council’s slush-fund scandal in 2008 have not stopped lawmakers from trying to funnel money to questionable neighborhood-based groups.
Mount Hope, for example, has been under review by the city’s Department of Investigation since April 2009, records show.
A note attached to the charity’s city file states: “Investigation is ongoing and have no summary of funding to date.”
Despite that warning, the Council still sent $70,000 in pork to the charity in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget.