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The End of "Monuments to Me"


Despite the earmarks thrown in a recent MilCon bill, there was one good amendment that passed restricting federal funds from being used for proverbial "Monuments to Me" like the $1.9 million given to Rep. Charlie Rangel (NY) for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York.

Rep. John Campbell (CA) writes about the victory at

Campbell also included a great list of past ego-driven monuments that stretch across both aisles.

  • Robert C. Byrd Center for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Robert C. Byrd addition to the lodge at Oglebay Park, Wheeling
  • Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex
  • Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage
  • Harkin Grants: A grant program for local school remodeling in Iowa
  • Harkin Wellness Grants: A grant program for promoting healthy lifestyles in Iowa
  • Thomas R. Harkin Global Communications Center (CDC building)
  • Arlen Specter Headquarters and Emergency Operations Center (CDC building)
  • Mitch McConnell Park in Bowling Green, KY
  • John D. Dingell Drive, which allows access to the new airport terminal at Detroit Metro
  • Cynthia McKinney Parkway in Atlanta
  • Jack Murtha Highway
  • James E. Clyburn Golf Center
  • James E. Clyburn Pedestrian Overpass
  • James E. Clyburn Intermodal Transportation Center
  • Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York