The Violators List of Selfish Ear Marks


I guess I’m quickly becoming a “keeper of lists”, regarding Senators of saying one thing and supporting or backing the opposite; in other words I’m getting tired of the deceivers in our nation’s capitol who supposedly are looking out for our collective usage of tax payers dollars to pad their own voters back home while in essence “screwing” the rest of the country.

Politico posted a list of our fine legislative branch of government, listing the top twenty offenders of “Earmarks”.  Here’s the article and list, one of the named is from my home state:

Robert Byrd
Robert Byrd

Byrd tops earmarkers list
By GLENN THRUSH | 3/3/09 4:22 AM EST

Taxpayers for Common Sense, a government spending watchdog, has released its breakdown of the biggest earmarkers.

Not surprisingly, former Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) tops the list.

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the Finance Committee and the Senate’s highest-profile critic of the bank bailouts, snagged the No. 2 spot, representing one of the nation’s poorest states — and a state where even the smallest tax hikes have to be submitted to a public vote. Missouri Sen. Kit Bond, a senior Republican on the Appropriations Committee’s transportation and housing subcommittee, was the third-largest recipient of earmarks.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) brought home around $26.6 million — only about half the bacon delivered to Kentucky by Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

Following are the top 20 Senate earmark recipients — 12 Democrats, 8 Republicans.

Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.): $122,804,900
Richard Shelby (R-Ala.): $114,484,250
Kit Bond (R-Mo.): $85,691,491
Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.): $76,899,425
Thad Cochran (R-Miss.): $75,908,475
Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska): $74,000,750
Tom Harkin (D-Iowa): $66,860,000
James Inhofe (R-Okla.): $53,133,500
Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): $51,186,000
Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii): $46,380,205
Patty Murray (D-Wash.): $39,228,250
Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.): $36,547,100
Pat Leahy (D-Vt.): $36,161,125
Dick Durbin (D-Ill.): $35,577,250
Robert Casey (D-Pa.): $27,169,750
Harry Reid (D-Nev.): $26,628,613
Arlen Specter (R-Pa.): $25,320,000
Herb Kohl (D-Wis.): $23,832,000
Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.): $21,952,250
Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), retired: $19,588,625

To compliment Politico’s Earmark posting I’ve added the following, recently produced YouTube video, entitled: “Glenn Beck – Stand Up Against Pork and Earmarks – Feb. 26, 2009”, which bears a watching.

Glenn Beck – Stand Up Against Pork and Earmarks – Feb. 26, 2009

Glenn Beck calls out several politicians and the pork and earmarks they are responsible for in the 2009 stimulus package and omnibus spending bill. There are over 9,000 earmarks in the omnibus spending bill which add up to $7.8B. Democrats and Republicans that Glenn takes to task include:

Barack Obama
Joe Biden
Charles Schumer (D, NY)
Rosa Delauro (D, CT) – $1.2M for mosquito trapping in Gainesville, FL
Dan Inouye (D, HI) – $238K for Hawaiian Canoe trips
Harry Reid (D, NV) – $143K for Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Michael Steele (R, RNC Leader)
Thad Cochran (R, MS) – $950K for Nature Education Center
Lindsey Graham (R, SC) – $950K for Convention Center
Barbara Cubin (R, WY) – $190K for Buffalo Bill Historical Center


Update 4 March 09:

Senate ignores McCain, keeps thousands in earmarks
AP Special Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly to preserve thousands of earmarks in a $410 billion spending bill on Tuesday, brushing aside Sen. John McCain’s claim that President Barack Obama and Congress are merely conducting business as usual in a time of economic hardship.

Update 10 March 09:

Lawmakers defend attacks against pet projects
from AP Top Headlines At Noon EDT by By ANDREW TAYLOR

WASHINGTON (AP) — The idea of devoting $1.8 million to research controlling the smell of pig dung stinks to high heaven to opponents of Congress’ proclivity for pork-barrel projects….


2 Responses to “The Violators List of Selfish Ear Marks”

  1. March 3, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    I have done some research and found the Top Ten Earmarks for Progressive Liberal Lefties. Check it:


  2. 2 Daniel
    March 7, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    I think earmarks should be less of a concern than the amount of money allocated to our military. Why do we have more th an 700 bases around the world? What purpose do they really serve? I’d rather see my tax money going to that museum in Nevada than to drone aircraft that kill Afghani children …

    Sadly, Glen Beck is silent on this or maybe more people would be as outraged as I am that our money helps innocent civilians die abroad while I and 40 million others can’t afford health insurance.

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