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Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill: All Pork - Little Relief
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Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill: All Pork - Little Relief

$150 million for Alaskan fisheries, $2 million to the Smithsonian to repair roofs and $8 million to Homeland Security and the Justice Department to buy cars. And that's just the start. No, this is not Stimulus Part 2, this is the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill, rightfully dubbed the "Sandy Scam." As Matt Kibbe pointed out earlier, the Sandy Scam Bill whose total price tag is $60.4 billion, also contains:

12/19/2012
Tell Your Representative to Sign Onto Letter Urging House Leadership to Continue Earmark Ban
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Tell Your Representative to Sign Onto Letter Urging House Leadership to Continue Earmark Ban

Dear FreedomWorks member, As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to sign onto a letter by Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL.) urging House leadership to hold firm on the earmark moratorium. House leadership placed a ban on the practice of earmarking bills at the start of the 112th Congress. Unfortunately, some members of Congress are calling on Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to restore earmarking in the 113th Congress. The text of the letter is as follows:

06/13/2012
Key Vote No: H.R. 3082 Full Year Continuing Appropriation Act 2011 and "Omnibus" Substitute
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Key Vote No: H.R. 3082 Full Year Continuing Appropriation Act 2011 and "Omnibus" Substitute

Dear Senator, On behalf of over one million FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to vote no on H.R. 3082, which as currently formulated would fund the government for the next ten months at current 2010 levels. With Congress failing to pass any of the required 12 annual appropriation bills, leaders have opted to put forth a massive $1.1 trillion continuing resolution that includes a number of costly provisions. If the proposed “omnibus” spending bill is introduced as a substitute for the continuing resolution, we also encourage you to vote against that.

12/15/2010
Grassroots Action Stops Earmarks
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Grassroots Action Stops Earmarks

11/15/2010
House Republican Conference Swears Off Earmarks
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House Republican Conference Swears Off Earmarks

From the amazing but true file comes news that the House Republican Conference has announced that all members will not request earmarks.  Republican leader Boehner tweeted shortly after the vote: The House Republican Conference has adopted an immediate, unilateral moratorium on all earmarks.

03/11/2010
Support Rep. Jeff Flake's Privileged Resolution on Earmark Reform
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Support Rep. Jeff Flake's Privileged Resolution on Earmark Reform

May 12, 2009Honorable Nancy PelosiSpeakerHonorable John BoehnerMinority LeaderMembers of the 111th CongressU.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, D.C. 20515Dear Representative,Writing on behalf of over 500,000 FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge your support of Representative Jeff Flake’s (R-6th AZ) privileged resolution instructing the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct or a subcommittee to investigate the relationship between the source and timing of past campaign contributions to Members of the House and the earmark requests made by Members of the House in regards to the lobbying firm PMA Group, currently under investigation by the FBI.President Barack Obama promised at the beginning of his term to usher in a new era of transparency in governance.  Nowhere is this accountability more urgently needed than in the earmark process.It is long acknowledged that the earmark process is in desperate need of reform.  With little oversight, projects and their funds are judged less on their own merits than on favoritism and patronage.  Also, there have been many recent examples of earmarks going to those individuals or organizations that also donated funds to congressional campaigns.  These instances break down the public trust and give credence to “pay to play” perceptions.At a time when our nation is facing record deficits, skyrocketing spending, and economic turmoil at every level, it is essential that the use of taxpayer funds is examined under the microscope of transparency.  Each dollar the government spends is a dollar a taxpayer earned.  And it was bequeathed to the government with an expectation that it would be used well – not on favors to gain more personal power.  Such waste and lack of oversight shows a profound lack of regard toward the taxpayers of this country.Once again, I urge you to support Rep. Flake’s privileged resolution and bring about this much needed reform to the earmark process.Sincerely,Matt KibbePresident and CEOFreedomWorks

05/12/2009
Key Vote "No" H.R. 1105: 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill
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Key Vote "No" H.R. 1105: 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to vote NO on H.R. 1105, the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill.  Far from the new fiscal responsibility taxpayers were recently promised at President Obama’s Economic Summit, this bill is a whopping 80 percent spending increase packed with earmarks and sweeping policy changes.

02/25/2009
Make It Flake: Reloaded
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Make It Flake: Reloaded

Yesterday, House Republicans rejected a motion by Minority Leader John Boehner and new Minority Whip Eric Cantor to enact a short-term earmark moratorium only through February 16.  Unwilling to give up their pork just for three short months, Republicans can hardly try to pin the Big Spenders label on Dems, like they did earlier this year.

11/20/2008
Recovering Earmarkers
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Recovering Earmarkers

Yesterday FreedomWorks issued a key vote on Sen.

09/16/2008
The End of "Monuments to Me"
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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.

08/05/2008

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