And the Biggest Winners of Earmarks Are . . . .
The top-two ranking GOP members of the Senate Appropriations Committee have secured more money in earmarks than all other individual members of Congress. The Hill, reporting on earmark data compiled by Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS), found that Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) nabbed $744 million and $502 million in earmarks respectfully. Since losing control of Congress, the GOP share of funds set aside for special projects have been cut by almost a third, yet these two Senators kept for themselves huge shares. As the paper quotes a Senate Republican aide, the two senators are "not only the kings of pork, they’re outright hogs."
Democrats share access to earmarks more equitably among its members.