NH’s Hodes would sever contributions, earmarks

U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes of New Hampshire and two House colleagues want to make sure lawmakers don’t get contributions in return for federal earmarks, the footnotes members of Congress often use to quietly send millions each year to special projects.

Midday Newscast: January 28, 2009

After being appointed to the Ethics Committee, Congressman Peter Welch decided to return some campaign dollars; Vermont has gotten kudos from the U.S. Senate for bringing health care into the digital age — and maintaining patients’ privacy;