In their most innocent form, earmarks
are a way to give legislators a say in how money is used in their districts.
Democrats could request earmarks
, but the Republicans are refusing to accept the disclosure forms--thereby putting any Democrat who makes a request in technical violation of the Rules of the House.
I can anticipate what you might be thinking at this point: aren't earmarks
just a way to divert funding to wasteful programs that allow politicians to reward their allies while driving up Congressional spending?
By 2009, of course, discrediting earmarks
had become fashionable among politicians.
In years past, Oregon has been a significant beneficiary of earmarks
Texas is one of the biggest states, period," Levinthal says, "but also one of the biggest states in term of its military presence, with earmarks
oftentimes benefiting defense contractors or defense installations.
8 billion next fiscal year, the report uncovered 10,160 earmarks
7 billion in earmarked
projects, President Barack Obama favorably cited the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as an example of legislation devoid of any congressional earmarks
The multiplatform series, as well as Heath's recent articles on hidden earmarks
in 2008, can be found at www.
Are Congressionally Originated Earmarks
The Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) and some 25 daily papers have teamed up with AP's Washington bureau for an unusual joint project that investigates congressional earmarks
Recently, however, earmarks
have been attracting heightened scrutiny.
, these special funding requests are tucked into annual spending bills at lawmakers' request.
New rules in the House require all earmarks
to be compiled in a list that accompanies each bill, and congressmen must attach their name to each of their proposed projects.
WASHINGTON -- Egregious cases such as Alaska's infamous "bridge to nowhere" have provoked widespread anger about the longstanding practice of congressional earmarks
being tucked into legislation.