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Monday, April 07, 2008

Bleeding Heartland: Report on earmarks is a treasure trove of information

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

A few days ago, Des Moines Register reporter Jane Norman wrote a story
about earmarks Iowa's members of Congress obtained for projects in
2007. The article was based on the 2008 "Congressional Pig Book,"
published by Citizens against Government Waste. The Register notes:
"Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group
that takes aim at waste and fraud in government. To qualify as pork,
projects must meet one of seven criteria: a request by just one member
of Congress"... Norman noted that since Democrats took control of
Congress in he 2006 elections, Senator Tom Harkin now chairs a "key
appropriations subcommittee."

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