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Project on Government Oversight

Senator Charles Grassley to Receive POGO's 1st Annual "Beyond The Headlines Award"

December 2, 1997

WASHINGTON, DC: Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) will receive the Project On Government Oversight's (POGO) first annual "Beyond the Headlines Award," Thursday, December 4, 1997, 5:00 p.m. at the Sewall-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Avenue, NE, Washington, DC.

POGO's "Beyond the Headlines Award" has been created to recognize a person who is devoted to advancing the public interest over private gain, and who has initiated substantial public policy improvements.

The award will be presented each year to a federal employee, whistleblower, journalist, politician or activist who has not been diverted by the appeal of headlines, but has instead pursued efforts to create a more accountable and responsive federal government.

POGO proudly honors Senator Grassley for his sixteen years in office battling many "unglamourous" issues and not letting them go. POGO's Executive Director, Danielle Brian, said:

"Senator Grassley has a rare propensity to stick with an issue and continue to fight on principle to the end particularly targeting wasteful military practices and championing the False Claims Act."

Charles Grassley has served 16 years as a U.S. Senator, and previously worked as a U.S. Representative, an Iowa State Legislator, a farmer and a machinist. One of his first major legislative victories was the passage of the 1986 Federal False Claims Act, which allows whistleblowers to file lawsuits for fraud on behalf of the government. Senator Grassley also has a long history of leadership on: defense issues; congressional accountability; taxpayer rights; and farmers' rights.

For more information about the Beyond the Headlines Award, click here.