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Getting An Earmark

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The word “earmark” has more than four letters, and George Carlin never mentioned it, but it is still considered dirty in American politics. Conservatives view earmarks as a black-and-white issue: They’re bad. Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, a representative basher, describes earmarks as “real corruption, a drain on the budget.” And if you turn on the television, you’re likely to hear about this problem—in the past week, the three network news broadcasts, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, mentioned earmarks 91 times—nearly as often as Afghanistan, which was mentioned 113 times.
provision that directs approved funds to be spent on specific projects or that directs specific exemptions from taxes or mandated fees. Earmarks can be added on to appropriations bills (causing more money to be spent) or they can be "carved out" of bills (the same amount of money is spent, but restrictions are placed on how the money is spent). The term "earmark" is used in this sense only in the United States, and it is not recognized as a noun by major dictionaries (such as the OED and Merriam-Webster ). Earmarks can be found both in legislation (also called "Hard earmarks" or ...
Federal Transportation Issues: Eliminate earmarks? A "phony issue."
Three interesting stories about earmarks, including the the best and most succinct article I've seen on the nuances, pros and cons of earmarking (see item # 3). 1.  The Hill is the latest to run the typical anti-earmark story: trot out the oft-cited, few bad examples of earmarking and don't cite any of the thousands of ethical, appropriate, legal earmarks that help communities and states. Oh, and don't cite the sometimes questionable results of discretionary funds distributed by federal agencies through competitive grant programs (" Dem earmark ban would still allow a lot of spending to continue ... market research, surveys and trends
Steny Hoyer's pork is "good pork" | Redstate
the Maryland Congressman is "one of the top 10 earmarkers in the House for 2008," who has singlehandedly "tucked $96 million worth of pet projects into next year's federal budget, including $450,000 for a campaign donor's foundation." It makes me want to croon a variation on an old song by The Ramones : Steny is a pork pimper. Ste-ny is a pork pimper. Steny is a pork pimper, now-ow-ow-ow-ow. (Maybe you'd have had to have been there.) Josh Shultz at The Real Blog zeroes in on one of the most interesting bits of Steny pork, involving a company which isn't sure what it does besides donate to ... market research, surveys and trends


National Journal Magazine - Earmarks Are A Model, Not A Menace
Naturally, when a gigantic omnibus appropriations bill came to the Senate floor last week, 98 percent of it got almost no attention. "Member projects -- aka earmarks or 'pork' -- account for less than 2 percent of spending in the $410 billion omnibus bill on the floor of the Senate this week, but they're drawing most of the opposition fire," The Christian Science Monitor reported. Less than 2 percent! Of course, this orgy of waste offended me for the same reason it offended everyone else: I was not getting an earmark. I decided to get an earmark. Seemed easy enough. Just call someone in a congressional ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Despite Pledge to Curtail Corporate Earmarks, Politicians Pursue ...
A chart involving an earmark request by Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., has been removed pending further review. Dicks has challenged some of the reporting, as has a spokesman at the University of Washington. More information This March, House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey pledged to stop colleagues from steering millions of dollars in no-bid contracts to businesses, a controversial practice used by politicians to please constituents and boost pet projects, and which sometimes benefits campaign donors. Restricting so-called corporate earmarks, declared House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , would help end the “culture of ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Earmarks don't deserve all the insults they receive
When the House of Representatives approved the Museum and Library Services Act of 2003, authorizing the expense of $232 million to promote America's cultural heritage, the vote was 416-2. It was co-sponsored by tea-party hero Jim DeMint, and then-Majority Leader John Boehner sang its praises on the House floor. Once the decision was made to spend the money, who should have decided where to spend it? Should the decisions have been made exclusively by a bureaucracy responding to grant applications dominated by highbrow museums in New York and Los Angeles? Or should elected representatives from the heartland been given a crack ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
As 2010 Midterms Approach, Politicians Ask Whether Pork Really Brings Home the ...
Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) lost in the primary after his opponent criticized his earmark spending. (Vivian Ronay/ZUMA Press) During Utah’s bruising Republican Senate primary battle, challenger Mike Lee repeatedly attacked longtime incumbent Bob Bennett for his habit of requesting earmarks. But Lee also pledged to fight to keep NASA’s Constellation program — a big source of jobs in Utah — alive through congressional spending. Bennett tried in vain to point out the inconsistency of Lee’s statements, but to no avail. He lost his party’s nomination in June. [Congress1] The cause for Bennett’s downfall was by no means ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


All About Pork: The Abuse of Earmarks and the Needed Reforms
Furthermore, one company's success in getting an earmark may spur its competitors to hire a lobbyist to even the playing field. This “copycat” trend has ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Moore Earmark
Subject: RE: Earmark Question. Sure. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. The earmark is designated for Justice 2000 to establish ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
getting an earmark through for Linda's client if he were added to the lobbying team. The proposal for the earmark has been passed over without action more ...
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Serious Earmark of Fraud ? "Digital Signature Invalid"
Received an email inquiry from a US military base in Asia to buy a suspiciously large quantity of products. It had other earmarks of fraud in that it didn't ask the normal questions about the product but was only interested in whether we could ship to the specified APO address. We clearly state on our site that we do ship to APOs. The APO address is valid as it appears in many online sources. Phoned the base today (it was late at night there) and person answering verified that they have such a person there. The email headers appear ok but Outlook 2007 displays a warning saying "The signature is invalid because you have ...
Earmark totals for 2007
And this is not atypical of Senator McCain. ... For years and years he has been trying to get rid of these projects.He has been a consistent opponent of earmark spending ;often taking on his own party . BTW Shame on the Republican Senators ;they more than helped make fiscal 2008 the worst in history . The 3 worse offenders were all Republicans .1.Senate Appropriations Committee ranking member Thad Cochran, R-Miss., with $892 million; 2.Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, with $469 million; and 3.Richard Shelby, R-Ala., with $465 million. Next came the worse of the Democrats : Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, 4th with 161 projects for $458.5 ...