Republican hypocrites take the earmarked money too: Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi tops the list, with $470 million in earmarks for himself and his colleagues. Next up is Cochran's seatmate—Republican Roger Wicker, hitting the scales at $390 million. Two Democrats—Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Tom Harkin of Iowa—come in at Nos. 3 and 4, before Republican David Vitter of Louisiana rounds out the top five. Of the top 10, six are Republicans<quoted text>
Then fix the banks and get the economy moving.
Stop giving our tax dollars to every Earmark that the Dems feel got slighted the past 8+ years!
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#46 Mar 10, 2009
#47 Mar 10, 2009
I like how they spend 99% of the time railing on about 1% of the budget...and the whole time they conveniently forget that have their hand out just as far.
#48 Mar 10, 2009
Why are your numbers so different from Taxpayers for Common Sense's numbers?
1) Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.--$122,804,900
2) Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.--$114,484,250
3) Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo.--$85,691,491
4) Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.--$76,899,425
5) Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.--$75,908,475
6) Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska --$74,000,750
7) Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa --$66,860,000
8) Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.--$53,133,500
9) Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.--$51,186,000
10) Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii --$46,380,205
11) Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.--$39,228,250
12) Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.--$36,547,100
13) Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt.--$36,161,125
14) Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.--$35,577,250
15) Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.--$27,169,750
16) Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.--$26,628,613
17) Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa.--$25,320,000
18) Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis.--$23,832,000
19) Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.--$21,952,250
20) Former Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.--$19,588,625
#49 Mar 10, 2009
I'm not sure where the discrepency is. Here's an article sourcing Taxpayers for Common sense where Vitter and Landriew of LA earmarked over 350 million (placing them 4th and 6th on the list of porkers), but they don't even make your top 20.
Is one cumulative, while the other is just this omnibus?
#50 Mar 11, 2009
I'm not sure either are all that accurate!
How can they list our PA Senators seperately and give one credit for the pork over the other. CongressPeople, yes - because the $ can be traced to a district.
#52 Mar 11, 2009
They actually have to put their name on the pork product in question and insert it into the bill. These things don't just magically appear.
#53 Mar 11, 2009
Actually, yes they do magically appear. That was one of the problems both Obama and McCain talked about during the campaign - earmarks that no one would claim.
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