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Pork barrel politics

Author: Marcia Clemmitt
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, 2006.
Series: CQ researcher, v. 16, no. 23.
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Ever since the country was founded, congressional lawmakers have curried favor with hometown voters by providing funds -- known as earmarks -- for local projects and favored firms. Recently, however, the number of earmarks has skyrocketed from 2,000 projects worth $10.6 billion in 1998 to 15,584 items totaling $32.7 billion in 2004. Defenders of such spending argue it aids valuable local projects like parks and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marcia Clemmitt
OCLC Number: 70235562
Notes: Title from caption (viewed July 3, 2006).
"June 16, 2006."
Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: CQ researcher, v. 16, no. 23.
Other Titles: Do earmarks lead to waste and corruption?
Responsibility: by Marcia Clemmitt.

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Ever since the country was founded, congressional lawmakers have curried favor with hometown voters by providing funds -- known as earmarks -- for local projects and favored firms. Recently, however, the number of earmarks has skyrocketed from 2,000 projects worth $10.6 billion in 1998 to 15,584 items totaling $32.7 billion in 2004. Defenders of such spending argue it aids valuable local projects like parks and after-school programs that might otherwise go unfunded. But critics warn that such pork barrel politics also fuels corruption. Former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., recently pleaded guilty to accepting $2.4 million in bribes to direct earmarked funds to defense contractors. Opponents of uncontrolled earmarking also complain that local "pork" projects take funds away from national needs. A current defense spending bill, for example, would divert money from troop support and other Pentagon priorities to local defense contractors for lower-priority projects.

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