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Friday, March 06, 2009

Iowa Independent: Harkin ranks 8th for earmarks in spending bill

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin ranks 8th among senators in the value of
earmarks he won in the 2009 omnibus spending bill, according to
Taxpayers for Common Sense. The non-partisan watchdog organization
identified 8,570 disclosed earmarks totaling $7.7 billion in the
spending bill currently in the Senate. Harkin is solely responsible
for 56 earmarks totaling nearly $67 million. When earmarks sponsored
with other senators are added to the total, Harkin ranks 5th on the
list, with 177 earmarks totaling $292 million Republican Sen. Charles
Grassley ranks 76th on the individual list but rockets to 11th when
earmarks sponsored with other senators are included. Grassley helped
win inclusion of 119 earmarks totaling nearly $120 million.

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