More than 400 Researchers Investigate Earmarks Using


In the week since we launched, more than 400 citizen researchers have dug into earmarks, answering hundreds of questions, making dozens of comments, and shedding light on everything from what in the world is a naturally occurring retirement community (it’s considered to be a low-cost approach to facilitating healthy aging) to finding a potential family connection in a New Jersey museum earmark (the museum is housed in a mansion that was once the residence of the sponsoring member’s father). They’ve asked why Congress needs to earmark $1,000,000 to buy wool socks for the Marines and how exactly New York City’s American Museum of Natural History is going to spend $1,000,000 on Advanced Research to Further National Security Goals.

We had 25,000 page views last week (the aforementioned sock earmark was the most-looked-at), more than 100 posted comments or additional research (it looks like the $3,000,000 for a Flat-Rack for the Marine Corps was the most commented on, and no, I didn’t know what one was either), and one last factoid that makes me feel there are lots of kindred souls out there: The bulk of our intrepid earmark researchers are doing most of their digging at night. So am I — is exciting, educational, and endlessly entertaining.