Federal funds sought by Palin over the last two years: $453 million

It is difficult to compare Sen. Obama’s earmark record with Gov. Palin’s. But using the same calculation that the McCain campaign uses, the total amount of earmarked dollars divided by the number of working days while each held office (assuming a five-day work week, every week, for both), Gov. Palin sought $980,000 per workday, compared to roughly $893,000 for Sen. Obama. Mr. Bounds, the McCain campaign spokesman, called this an “apples and oranges comparison” because Sen. Obama sought more than Gov. Palin and because she cut earmark requests.