I try to keep up with these as much as possible to help keep Citizens Against Government Waste in the news and the forefront battling earmarks. They have announced that John Mica, a Republican from Florida, is the July Porker of the Month.
Here is what CAGW has on it (including Rep. Mica view on earmarks):
“According to the Orlando Sentinel, on July 8, Rep. Mica said, “There’s no way in hell I would support banning earmarks … That’s our job, getting elected and making decisions. Yes, there are bad earmarks, like there are bad members of Congress. And what you do is get rid of them.”
CAGW’s 2008 Congressional Pig Book uncovered 11,610 pork-barrel projects worth $17.2 billion in the 12 fiscal year 2008 appropriations bills. Contrary to what Rep. Mica thinks, all earmarks are bad because they are congressionally targeted expenditures which bypass the normal budget rules and are unaccountable. The 2008 Pig Book included $3,000,000 for The First Tee; $1,950,000 for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service; and $188,000 for the Lobster Institute in Maine.”
The rest can be found here.
These are interesting articles on Rep. Mica and his Earmarks here.
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