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Fewer, But Costlier Earmarks in 2010

February 17, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Taxpayers for Common Sense has completed their analysis of congressional earmarking for fiscal year 2010 and found that, while Congress approved almost 2,000 fewer earmarks this year, the total cost of all earmarks actually increased by $300 million this year. Click through to see who won the most earmarks in the Senate and the House.

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House Members' Online Earmark Disclosures

April 8, 2009 - by Avelino Maestas

Earmarks are such a hot topic because of the potential for abuse (as we'll see below), while proponents argue they enable lawmakers to fund projects that are needed and requested by constituents. With Sen. John McCain taking his principled stand against earmarks during the 2008 Presidential Election, it's not a surprise that the practice would fall under increased scrutiny during the 111th Congress. Turns out members of the House were required to disclose their earmark requests for 2010 this past weekend.

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