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A Tale of Earmarking

Over at Harpers.org, Ken Silverstein leads the reader through a tale of mysterious ways of earmarking. Earmarking, write Silverstein, "is the the polite term for political pork-barreling, by which members of Congress discreetly insert money for favored projects and companies into massive spending bills."


McCain Rails Against FEC & Earmarking

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says lobbying reform won't cure what ails Washington, as reported here in the Washington Times. McCain points his finger at a "corrupt" Federal Elections Commission and at the congressional practice of "earmarking" pork projects in federal legislation.

Oink that

This little piggie should go home. For good.

Citizens Against Government Waste Names Reps. Tom DeLay and Don Young Co-Porkers of the Month

Paved paradise, put up a parking lot

What does $5,000 to Tom DeLay's legal defense fund and thousands more to Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) get you?

$500,000 for a parking lot. The Lexington Herald-Leader does some enterprising reporting, and they get this:

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers put $500,000 in this year's federal budget to build a parking lot for a private resort on Lake Cumberland that is owned by one of his campaign contributors.