Earmarks Articles


Bring Back Earmarks? Not So Fast

1:21 PM, Aug 06, 2014

Writing at the New York Times, Thomas Edsall makes a provocative and counterintuitive argument about earmarks:

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A Referendum on Earmarks

A curious challenge to a GOP incumbent.
Jun 23, 2014

Republican primary challenges are all the rage these days. The GOP is reeling from House majority leader Eric Cantor’s loss last week in Virginia to David Brat, a relatively unknown economics professor who campaigned on local issues and against the GOP leadership’s flirtation with immigration amnesty. Brat was outspent by as much as 40 to 1 and still beat a sitting majority leader​—​that hadn’t happened since the position was created in 1899. In Mississippi, Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel has forced Senator Thad Cochran into a runoff, despite a scandal-plagued campaign.

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Santorum Plays Defense on Earmarks

11:40 PM, Feb 22, 2012

During Wednesday night’s debate in Arizona, Rick Santorum had a chance to answer a recent barrage of criticisms from Mitt Romney on Santorum's record on earmarks. While Santorum may have won the analytical arguments, his opponents may have won the dramatic exchanges.

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Pawlenty Used to Tweak Santorum

3:20 PM, Feb 06, 2012

On a conference call Monday afternoon, a Mitt Romney campaign surrogate—Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor—criticized Rick Santorum for being part of the “big-spending establishment in Congress and in the influence-peddling industry that surrounds Congress,” and for previously supporting earmarked spending.

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Jeff Flake Endorses Romney

10:28 AM, Sep 19, 2011

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has earned the endorsement of Arizona congressman and 2012 Senate candidate Jeff Flake. From a Romney press release:

“I am proud to announce Congressman Flake’s support,” said Mitt Romney. “Having such a strong advocate for the taxpayer on my Arizona team will be crucial as I reach out to voters across the state and spread my pro-growth message.”

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Absence of Earmarks Helps Budget Process

3:56 PM, Feb 26, 2011

The New York Times has an interesting story today on how budget negotiations have been affected by the lack of congressional earmarks:

[T]he impact of the decision by leaders of the House and the Senate to ban earmarks for at least the next two years is already being felt.

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