“I have always focused on providing the most possible benefits to my constituents, and I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish as a member of Congress, whether it is to re-energize our closed military bases, bring vitally-needed funds to reduce fire danger, or ensure that our congested roadways get their fair share of highway funding,” he said in his statement.
In Calvert’s case, the search of his financial disclosures came eight days after the Los Angeles Times reported on earmarks that went to redevelopment of land around an airfield near where he had invested in a parcel of land.
The paper reported that in one instance, after a $1.5 million earmark for fixing up the closed air base, Calvert and a partner sold the land for a nearly 100 percent profit a year after its purchase.
Local officials in Riverside County have defended Calvert’s work as above board and beneficial to his constituents.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.