Pig examples of pork which, unlike earmarks, go to a specific destination/project
Alaska’s Bridge to Nowhere
The money -- championed by Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, the powerful head of the Senate Appropriations Committee -- was earmarked to help construct a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island in the Alaskan Inland Passage in the southeastern corner of the state. A ferry boat now provides transportation between the two points.
Lawmakers in the House and Senate decided to drop the project after it was derided by critics as "pork-barrel spending" on "the bridge to nowhere."
Boston’s Big Dig
Cost and interest 22 billion
The Big Dig was originally estimated to cost $2.6 billion, but it has already soaked up more than $8.5 billion in federal money.”
Since 1991, the annual Congressional Pig Book has provided the authoritative list of pork in the federal budget. A "pork" project is a line-item in an appropriations or authorization bill that designates funds for a specific purpose in circumvention of established budgetary procedures. To qualify as pork, a project must meet one of seven criteria
• Requested by only one chamber of Congress;
• Not specifically authorized;
• Not competitively awarded;
• Not requested by the President;
• Greatly exceeds the President’s budget request or the previous year’s funding;
• Not the subject of congressional hearings; or
• Serves only a local or special interest
. that were developed in 1991 by CAGW and the Congresional Porkbusters Coalition.
Investigations by two separate ethics offices include an examination of Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa.,chairman of the appropriations subcommittee on defense, and six other lawmakers and their relationships with an influential lobbying firm”:
Reps. Peter Visclosky, D-Ind., James Moran, D-Va, Reps. Norm *****, D-Wash., Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., and Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan.
In view of the current John Murtha et al investigations, the ‘Cool Cash Jefferson’ conviction and sentencing, and the Randy ‘Duke’ Cunningham corruption scandal, he actually wrote a bribe menu, do you think it’s time for reform for pork barreling by our politicians in Washington?