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September 11, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

The Business of Earmarking

Businessweek has been looking at the earmark data that Congress’s new disclosure rules have made available. They found that, for many businesses, lobbying Congress for earmarks is a fabulous investment:

>On average, companies generated roughly $28 in earmark revenue for every dollar they spent lobbying. And those at the very top did far better than the average: More than 20 companies pulled in $100 or more for every dollar spent. By any standard, that’s a hefty ratio: The companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index brought in just $17.52 in revenues for every dollar of capital expenditure in 2006.

What was said — in case you missed it

The AP has put together this list of quotes from today’s Senate hearing with General Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker. This is, by far, my favorite format of reportage that the AP has adopted.


The Sunlight Foundation’s pointed out a couple of new places to find government information. First, White House For Sale is a new database from Public Citizen that lets you track all the big bundlers fueling the 2008 presidential race. The other new database, the C-SPAN Congressional Chronicle, is an index that matches up congressional video with text from the congressional record. It’s really cool, but unfortunately, you can’t integrate the video into your blog very easily. To do that, you can use Metavid.


Who would dare to vote against a resolution “recognizing September 11 as a day of rememberance, extending sympathies to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and their families, honoring the heroic actions of our nation’s first responders and Armed Forces, and reaffirming the commitment to defending the people of the United States against any and all future challenges?” No really, take a guess.

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