Bonner & earmarks


Last week, our friends in the Porkbusting movement expressed their dismay that the Republican House leadership chose Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala., over Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., for an open slot on the House Appropriations Committee.

I thought I’d do a little open research on Bonner’s fiscal year 2008 earmarks, a complete list of which can be downloaded here from our friends at Taxpayers for Common Sense. Bonner was the sole House sponsor of 14 earmarks worth more than $17 million (ten were also sponsored by Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., one by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and one by both Shelby and Sessions, so Bonner was the sole sponsor of just two earmarks). Bonner also co-sponsored a $4.5 million earmark with Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala., joined by Shelby and Sessions from the Senate, another with Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., for $3.7 million, joined by Shelby, and another with fellow Alabama Republicans Rep. Robert B. Aderholt and Rep. Mike Rogers for more than $1.3 million. Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-NY, and Bonner cosponsored a $3 million earmark (joined by Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Charles Schumer, both Democrats from New York).

I’m attaching a cut and pasted spreadsheet with all of Bonner’s earmarks, culled from Taxpayers’ big kahuna file. More later…