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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Keeping track of those earmarks

Back on June 10, 2007, I blogged about the Earmark Transparency Pledge. At that time, I also wrote an e-mail asking my own congressman, Phil Hare, to sign the pledge. As yet, he has not.

Since then, we learned from the Sunlight Foundation that CNN has followed up on the project:

Initially, staffers for only 34 of the 435 members of the House contacted by CNN between June 13 and 15 were willing to supply a list of their earmark requests for fiscal year 2008, which begins on October 1. Some of those 34 staffers simply pointed callers to Web sites where those earmark requests were posted. (Despite promises, few in House publicize earmarks.)

Illinois Senator Barack Obama has published his earmarks (link). But, Democrat Phil Hare has not. (Neither have Reps. John Shimkus or Ray LaHood - both downstate Illinois Republicans.) So, I sent the following e-mail to Congressman Hare:

Please send me a full list of your earmarks, if any, that you are requesting in this current congress. Thank you.

If he sends me his list, which is doubtful, I'll be sure to put a copy of it here. I hope he does.

Posted by Marie at June 23, 2007 5:25 PM