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    Senator John Kerry on Useless Federal Fire Act Grants

    In a recent press release touting a federal fire grant, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) noted that because “firefighters put their lives on the line every day,” we face a “moral issue” that required us to use federal funds to buy the Somerville Fire Department equipment. The reality is that despite … More

    Video: Why The Tea Party Is Great For America

    On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd discussed an NBC poll that shows 70% of Americans say government isn’t working and commented that because of the “Tea Party crowd,” Republicans can no longer “go home and sell a piece of of pork that they got from Washington.” That’s a good … More

    Pork Chalks Up Two More Victories

    Yet another controversy involving Congressional earmarks is brewing in Washington. This time around a lobbying firm, the PMA group (raided by the FBI in November), is accused of making fraudulent donations to members of Congress in exchange for federal pork directed toward their clients. Given mounting news reports of scandal … More

    Shovel Ready or Plain Pork? Have Your Say

    While the Obama Administration waffles on openness and transparency (see here and here), private citizens are stepping in to fill the void. The Heritage Foundation and other groups launched ReadtheStimulus.org to give citizens a chance to work their way through the massive spending proposal, flag suspicious language, and make suggestions. … More

    Wisconsin's New 'Pork Czar'

    As states begin to line up for their portion of the Pelosi-Reid-Obama debt plan, many of them aren’t even waiting for the legislation to be passed to prepare the ways they can spend your tax dollars.  In Wisconsin, Gov. James E. Doyle went as far as creating an “Office of Recovery … More

    Stimulus Turf Wars

    The crowd eager for a handout from the upcoming economic stimulus bill is growing. On December 8th, the US Conference of Mayors presented their wish list. The report, entitled “Mainstreet Economic Recovery,” lists 11,391 local infrastructure projects with a price tag totaling $73.2 billion. Unfortunately, the list is basically a … More

    This Week in Washington: Oct. 6, 2008

    There are several issues in Washington this week following the passing of the Bailout legislation. Here are some key issues to be aware of this week: Congress passed a massive Continuing Resolution to fund the government for the next year and inserted some ridiculous earmarks and special interest projects. Some … More

    Senate Earmark Working Group Doesn't Go Far Enough

    The expectations were low for the Senate Fiscal Reform Working Group, so today’s proposal to bring greater transparency, debt reduction and oversight can’t be viewed as a total disappointment. It demonstrated that even some of the Republican Party’s biggest porkers acknowledge that the favor factory needs to be cleaned up. … More

    Morning Bell: Why Earmarks Matter

    Despite “the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate” and promises from the new House leadership to cut the number of earmarks in half, it appears the House is on its way again to absurd levels of pork-barrel spending. Roll Call reports that member earmark requests to the House Appropriations Committee … More

    Earmarks Lose Their Luster as More Members Take Pass on Pork

    The list of members of Congress who have given up earmarks seems to grow by the day. According to the Club for Growth’s tally, it now totals 33 House members and seven senators. And despite the setback last week in the Senate, that hasn’t dissuaded members from coming out for … More