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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Earmark Transparency Pledge

Earmarking is a non-transparent process whereby members of congress get money for special causes. I think. I just strung that together. It's also known as pork barrel spending.

Americans for Prosperity have started a movement for members of congress to post their earmarks on the websites.

Earmark Transparency Pledge

I, _________________________ (Member of Congress) do hereby pledge in the spirit of transparency and reform that effective immediately I will voluntarily post on my official Congressional website a regularly updated list of every earmark and/or targeted tax benefit that I request.

I pledge to include the name and address/location of the project or entity, the amount of funding requested, the name of the committee or subcommittee to which I have submitted the request, the purpose of the earmark, and certification that neither I nor my spouse have a financial interest in the funding, as required by the earmark reforms adopted on Jan. 5, 2007.

I pledge to post this information on my official website immediately for all outstanding earmark requests, and within 72 hours of making any additional earmark requests, even if funding is not included in official legislation until the conference report stage.

Signed,
____________________
(Member of Congress)

I just requested my congressman, Phil Hare, to sign such a pledge. So far, of the 435 representatives, only one has signed up. You gotta start somewhere.

Going a step further, any congressperson refusing to sign the pledge should state his or her reasons why on their website.

Via the Sunlight Foundation.

Posted by Marie at June 10, 2007 12:19 PM