Congress Facts: Earmark Electioneering
As a new feature here at Sunlight we’re offering up Congress Facts, a monthly list of stats and facts on a particularly pressing issue in Congress. This month is focused on earmarking, in particular the use of earmarks as an election year strategy. Just take a look at the numbers from the competitive districts in Indiana and tell us what you think. If you’ve got a stat or fact in relation to earmarking feel free to add it in the comments. Go below the fold for more:
- Average amount earmarked in this bill to districts of appropriators in contested elections: $2.76 million
- Average amount earmarked in this bill to districts of non-appropriators in contested elections: $1.35 million
- Average amount earmarked in this bill to districts of non-appropriators in non-contested elections: $660,000
- Number of Indiana congressmen locked in competitive elections in 2006: 3 (Chris Chocola, John Hostettler, and Mike Sodrel)
- Total amount earmarked to all Indiana congressional districts in 2007 appropriations bills: $36,167,000
- Amount earmarked to three competitive Indiana districts in 2007 appropriations bills: $21,550,000
- Percentage of Indiana earmark money going to three competitive Indiana districts: 59.6%
- Percentage of 2006 budget: 8.5%
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 Smith, Sylvia. “Close races, clout draw House pork,” Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette, September 10, 2006.
 Roberts, William and Charles R. Babcock. “Congress Failure to Curb Projects a Win for Lobbyist,” Bloomberg, September 19, 2006.