Thursday, August 17, 2006

Pork Peddlers Beware

You may or may not know that there is a campaign beginning, meant to identify pork peddlers in Congress. It's a delightful little plan, and one that should prove very illuminating in the near future.

It concerns the upcoming bill - The Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Measure, due to be voted on in September by Congress.

As Mary Katharine Ham said -- Let's play "Pin the Pork on the Politician!"

From Sunlight Foundation and

Is Congress spending your money in secret?

Congress is considering a bill — the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations measure — that presently contains 1,867 earmarks worth more than a half-billion tax dollars and averaging nearly $268,000 each. Many are for things that sound like worthy causes such as "hospital facilities and equipment," yet none of the sponsoring congressmen put their names on their earmarks.

That's why The Examiner newspapers have joined with the Sunlight Foundation,, and Citizens Against Government Waste in posting the database of earmarks in the Labor-HHS appropriations and inviting readers to help identify the congressmen behind each earmark. Organizations like The Heritage Foundation, National Taxpayers Union and Club for Growth blog are linking to the database. The database was obtained from a congressional source and has been checked and double-checked. Congress may still modify the bill, approve it as is or reject it.

Check out the earmarks for your state and then call your congressman and ask if he or she sponsored any of your state's earmarks. If the answer is yes, ask why the congressman's name isn't on the earmark. If you recognize the institution designated to receive the earmarked tax dollars, call them and ask them what they intend to do with your money.

Then email us at with the subject line "Earmarks" and tell us what you found out. The Examiner will be asking more questions about who got the earmarks and why, so your information could be very important. You will be part of an army of citizen journalists determined to shine some much-needed light on spending decisions made behind closed doors by powerful Members of Congress.

Not sure who is your congressman? Go to this web site:

Via these fine people: The Absurd Report, Michelle Malkin, &

We have contacted our local representative, Melissa Hart, both by phone and email, and hope to have an answer to this question soon. We will let you know what we learn when we learn it.

Carry on!


At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Bill Allison said...

If you hear something for your Rep, let us know and thanks for helping out!


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