High rolling porksters like Jack Murtha are not going to like this.
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today makes public a comprehensive, searchable database of the 2,243 earmarks worth $1 billion in the Fiscal 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Act, H.R. 3043.
“CAGW provides taxpayers with the information that Congress wants to keep under wraps: a convenient, searchable database of earmarked spending,” said CAGW President Tom Schatz. “With our more transparent format, pork gems such as $882,025 for 25 “abstinence education” programs in the state of Pennsylvania, $500,000 for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada, and $400,000 for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York are more easily found.”
President George W. Bush vetoed the Labor-HHS bill on November 13, and told Congress, “This bill has too many earmarks. I set out clear goals for the Congress to reform the earmarking process. The Congress chose not to put earmarks in bill text, instead including nearly all in report language, and they did not reach the goal of cutting the cost and number of earmarks by at least half.”
Here’s the database. Download it and have at it. If anyone of you finds anything fun in it, let the rest of us know in the comments or shoot me an email. The Charlie Rangel Monument to Me and the Clinton/Schumer Hsu School earmark have already been sniffed out.