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Addicted to earmarks



WASHINGTON - As Republicans in Congress try to regain the high ground on federal pork and use the issue to embarrass the Democrats, they are running into a stubborn fact: Their members like bringing home the bacon, too. ...

In Florida, three of the five House members receiving the most money were Republicans.

The delegation was led, as usual, by Rep. C.W. Bill Young of Indian Shores, the top Republican on the House appropriations subcommittee that controls military funding. He raked in $169-million in earmarks in 2007-08, mainly for defense contractors in the Tampa Bay area. That was more than all but two members of the House - John Murtha, D-Pa., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss. A fellow member of the Appropriations Committee, Rep. Allen Boyd, D-Monticello, was second among Floridians with $83-million, largely for projects at military bases in his district. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, was third with $40.7-million. Republican Reps. Ander Crenshaw of Jacksonville and Cliff Stearns of Ocala rounded out Florida's top five. Story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:10pm]


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