from Sunlight Foundation: earmarkwatch.org

from Sunlight Foundation: earmarkwatch.org

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Hey, the folks there have been busy, launching a new tool to look at questionable actions by Congressmen at EarmarkWatch:

Here's your chance to investigate earmarks–those spending measures inserted by members of Congress into bills that direct taxpayer dollars to their pet projects. Are members using earmarks to meet pressing needs? Reward political supporters? Are they good public policy, or vehicles for pure pork? Every earmark is different, and we currently have over 3,000 of them online, ready and waiting for you to dig into.

Here's a little tidbit:

In an alpha test of the tool, Sunlight researchers used it to determine that 17 of the 27 recipients of Defense earmarks sponsored by Rep. James Moran had contributed to his campaign or leadership PAC in 2007, some $99,900 in all. Those 17 firms were showered with earmarks worth $24 million.

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