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Earmarks never really went away as D.C. lawmakers keep dishing out pork


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Remember earmarks? Those special projects that members of Congress called essential to their constituents – but critics called pork?

They were outlawed, but some say they never really went away.

Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonprofit fiscal watchdog group, is releasing Wednesday its “Pig Book,” which details money set aside during the budgeting process for lawmakers’ pet projects. Among its findings are funding for theaters, museums, opera houses and aquatic plant control.

Following scandals like the “Bridge to Nowhere” in Alaska, Congress imposed a moratorium on earmarks in 2011 which has not been lifted. But budget-watchers say that hasn’t stopped the practice. It’s just made finding the projects more difficult.

“There used to be a huge list at the back of the appropriations bill, that’s not there anymore,” said Curtis Kalin, communications director for CAGW.


Its report takes aim at 15 pages worth of programs and their funding in fiscal 2017, the 12 month period that ends Sept. 30.


The trough is still open...

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