Sen. Jim DeMint just sent out a release announcing a $2.53 million staffing grant for the City of Charleston aquired through a competitive, merit-based selection process from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The funniest part of the release is the great pains that DeMint's office goes to in order to make it clear he had nothing to do with bringing this money to Charleston.
"These funds were not awarded at the direction of Sen. DeMint who works to prevent the allocation of taxpayer funds through congressional earmarks."
In other words. Jim DeMint is happy to announce that Charleston received federal aid, but he wants to make sure it is clear that he had absolutely nothing to do with it. This differs from Congressman Henry Brown or Sen. Lindsey Graham, who note with pride when they helped bring money like this back to the region.