So, Rep. Alan Mollohan was defeated in a Democratic primary yesterday. He was the second incumbent to lose in the... View ArticleContinue reading
Each year, Congress allocates billions in earmarks that come in the form of annual appropriation committee requests or are attached to various bills that become law. The Sunlight Foundation thought it would be interesting to examine which earmarks, after all the Congressional debate and bluster has dispensed, actually get spent.
We thought a good example would be the $23 billion in transportation earmarks from SAFETEA-LU, The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. The act authorized spending on highways, transit systems, port facilities, bus routes and other projects from its passage in August 2005 to what ...
In 2005, Rep. David Price, D-N.C., earmarked more than $19.6 million to launch a light rail project in his district—one that he had promised to continue his “strong support for” by finding additional federal funding though his position on the House Appropriations Committee.
The light rail project was authorized by SAFETEA-LU, a law enacted in 2005 that was notable for the billions in earmarks it funded—including questionable projects like the “bridges to nowhere” in Alaska and the Prairie Parkway in Illinois.
Yet the light rail project Price sought funding for was ... Continue reading
The recent policies imposed by the House Appropriations Committee and the House Republican Caucus to ban for-profit earmarks and all... View ArticleContinue reading
The former aide to an earmark opponent in Congress is filing suit against a client for whom he helped secure... View ArticleContinue reading
Local county commissioners in the district of Indiana Rep. Mike Pence passed a resolution requesting that the congressman end his... View ArticleContinue reading
What do top earmarkers talk about in Congress? Does our money go where their mouths are? In the case of... View ArticleContinue reading
Yesterday, two Democratic New York State Senators jumped ship to caucus with the Republicans, potentially shifting the majority from the... View ArticleContinue reading
Last week, I posted about the relationship between PMA Group fanboy Rep. Pete Visclosky’s campaign contributions from clients of the... View ArticleContinue reading