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The Earmark Hunt is Over! Sorta . . .

Our hard-working earmark hunters have put over 41,000 earmarks into the database, and our “wanted” list has NO more members listed on it!

There has been an amazing outpouring of effort to capture all this earmark data. Congratulations and thanks to all our earmark hunters!

Now, we’re not completely done yet . . . .

We may have only gotten partial lists of earmarks from some representatives, such as when earmark hunters stopped in the middle. If you find any members of Congress and senators who have more earmark disclosures than we have in our data, we might be missing some. Put ‘em in the database!

And with so many people trying to interpret the sometimes very confusing earmark requests that our representatives disclosed, we’re going to have to do some work on quality control. Of course you can help, by downloading the data (34MB! – save as CSV and ) and sifting through it for duplicates, earmarks that aren’t for fiscal year 2010, or other anomalies.

Some members of Congress put their transportation earmarks and other earmarks in authorizing bills on the same pages as their appropriations earmarks. These are not the earmarks we were trying to collect. Press releases where they take credit for federal spending are not earmarks either.

Whatever you find, please report it to us. Be specific: Include the earmark’s number and what is wrong with it. We’ll investigate and correct the record, eliminate duplicates, etc.

Your humble webmaster will be on vacation this week—a real vacation, without Internet access—so please forgive delayed replies or late-coming fixes to the tics you find in the data.

We’re working on a system to connect the earmarks that have been approved to the bills they’ve been put into. During the month of September, WashingtonWatch.com will be earmark review central, while Americans like you sort through them and decide which ones you like and which ones you don’t—such as this one!

And, of course, we’ll soon announce the winners of the big earmark contest! You can get a pretty good idea of how things will probably come out from the latest contest update.

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Wanted Earmarks: The List is Shrinking! - The WashingtonWatch.com Blog

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Some Senate Republicans Push for Earmarks and Budget Busting Spending in Lame Duck

[...] The newly formed group Taxpayers Against Earmarks has an excellent explanation of the evils of the earmarking process. What’s an earmark? In general, it is a provision inserted in the text of a Congressional bill or report that allocates money or a tax benefit for a specific project, program, or organization, circumventing a merit-based or competitive allocation process. There are many reasons to be “against earmarks.” Earmarks provide federal funding for projects benefiting only a state or local interest, or a private company, university or non-profit. In other words, most earmark-funded projects do not benefit the nation as a whole — though the “giving” of an earmark by a Member of Congress certainly benefits that Member. While spending on earmarks may be a small percentage of the overall federal budget, the dollar amount and number of earmarks (over 9,000 earmarks totaling over $15 billion last year alone) is still quite large. And this is saying nothing of the fact that the 535 Members of the House and Senate last year requested over 40,000 earmarks! [...]

An Earmarks Primer | The Faulkner County Arkansas News

[...] Last year’s federal budget included over 9,000 earmarks totaling over $15 billion. The magnitude of the power to control who gets their earmarks and who doesn’t can be measured in the fact that the 535 Members of the House and Senate last year requested over 40,000 earmarks![2] [...]

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