Who are the biggest porkers?

I’ve spent some time here writing about Congressional earmarks, and according to the 2010 “Pig Book” released by government watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste, spending on congressional pet projects is actually 15% lower this year than last. What’s more, earmark spending is down 40 percent from 2006, when the Republican-controlled Congress spent a record-high $29.5 billion on earmarks.

As part of the “Pork Book,” CAG also announced a series of awards, a few of which are worth noting here:

  • The Jekyll and Hyde Award to Representative Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) for his ever-changing stance on earmarks; first signing a no-earmark pledge, then receiving $21 million in earmarks, then supporting the Republican earmark moratorium.
  • The Thad the Impaler Award to Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) for $490 million in pork.
  • The Narcissist Award to Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) for $7,287,000 to continue the Harkin Grant program and to Senator Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) for $7,000,000 for the Robert C. Byrd Institute of Advanced Flexible Manufacturing Systems.
  • The Little Engine That Couldn’t Award for $465 million for the Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine. It’s worth noting Defense Secretart Robert Gates has indicated the military does not want or need an alternate F35 engine, but Sens. Sherrod Brown (D) and George Voinovich (R) of Ohio were strong supporters of the project.

A quick search of the complete pork database showed zero earmark requests for Sen. Russ Feingold, while Sen. Herb Kohl had a total of 70 earmark requests totaling $96,892,210.

You can read the entire “Pig Book” for yourself.


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6 thoughts on “Who are the biggest porkers?

  1. Zach, don’t give the Dems too much of a pat on the back here. The GOP this year as a whole in the House took no earmarks. So, other than GOP earmarks from the Senate, they’re all from Democrats.

    1. “$3,800,000 for six projects by House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Simpson (R-Idaho)…” Here again we have a conflict by a republican forgiver and facts. And as usual, the republican doesn’t think we know how to operate the “ctrl-f”.

        1. If you think about it, it could also be akin to “ctrl-facts”. The “kryponite” to mis-represented posts.

  2. Yeah, I’m not sure which talking point sheet you’re reading from, but a quick check of the database I linked to shows no shortage of earmarks by House Republicans.

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