Congressional Pork Fest:The Earmark Favor Factory
Parade Magazine--Last month, Congress passed a 3,500-page omnibus spending bill after less than 24 hours for review. The bill, which mostly renewed funding for existing programs, contained more than 9,000 “earmarks”—worth at least $7.4 billion—for legislators’ pet projects, including:
- Olive fruit fly research in France: $213,000
- Center for Grape Genetics in Geneva, N.Y.: $1.9 million
- Fish-waste research in Alaska: $2.5 million
- Awning renovations in Roanoke, Va.: $250,000
- Cormorant control in Vermont, Michigan, Mississippi and New York: $1.2 million
See a related WSJ article "MURTHA INC.: How A Lawmaker Rebuilt Hometown on Earmarks," about the top Congressional earmarkers (see list above), and the #1 Leader of the Pork, Rep. John Murtha.