March 3, 2009

Three Little Pigs.......& Two Are Republican


Besides the former great grand ol' wizard of the KKK Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), the other top pork project consumers were both republicans.

Richard Shelby of Alabama, the ranking member of the finance committee, secured $114.5 million in earmarks and Kit Bond of Missouri, ranking member on the Appropriations Committee's subcommittee for transportation and housing. He secured $85.6 million.

On Monday, Taxpayers for Common Sense, the non-partisan budget watchdog group, released the breakdown of the FY-2009 omnibus spending bill earmarks in an easy to search Excel database that can be downloaded here.

The spending bill included approximately 8,570 earmarks worth $7.7 billion. Right now the database only includes the earmark tabulations of senators but Taxpayers for Common Sense says they "will add more detail, house member totals and track down the states of many of the earmarks" in the coming days.

When the database is analyzed to include solo member requests and joint requests with other members, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MI) is way ahead of the pack with 204 earmark requests totaling $470.1 million. The ranking Republican on the Appropriations Committee is followed by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MI) who shared $390.1 million earmarks with other members and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) who shared $322.1 million earmarks. It is worth noting, however that while Wicker and Landrieu had $4.3 million and $10.3 million solo earmark requests respectively, Cochran had $75.9 million.

A small number of senators didn't request any earmarks at all (individually or jointly). They include Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), Sen. Jim Demint (R-SC) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).

Yes all politicians are hypocrites, but these republicans are the same who spoke out against the stimulus because it had pork in it, I guess because it did not have theirs.
 

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