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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
Earmark Pledge "Political Suicide"?
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Earmark Pledge "Political Suicide"?

CA-41 Democratic candidate Tim Prince stated on the phone that he couldn't sign FreedomWorks' earmark pledge because it would be "political suicide."  That's kind of surprising in light of the fact that so many other signers, who have actually made it to Congress, feel that far from "political suicide" it's good policy and good politics to take a public stand on this important issue.    In fact, many of the most successful politicians out there are ones that have made a career out of fighting earmarks and pork barrel spending - Sen. John McCain, Sen. Tom Coburn, Rep. Jeff Flake, Rep.

04/03/2008
Hand Out Across the Aisle
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Hand Out Across the Aisle

The Boston Herald has this heartwarming story about how earmarks can bring old friends and different political parties together.  The apparently very philanthropic Democratic Congressman Bill Delahunt secured a $1.1 million earmark for his old friend, former  Republican Congressman  Amory Houghton, to protect Houghton's expensive waterfront home from flooding.

03/26/2008
Sen. Landrieu Touts The Second Louisiana Purchase
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Sen. Landrieu Touts The Second Louisiana Purchase

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If you don't think political norms about spending and earmarks have changed for the worse, take a look at today's screen shot of Senator Mary Landrieu's Senatorial web site (site and graphics also paid for by taxpayers, BTW) touting twelve billion in new spending. As one friend put it, "The Louisiana purchase only cost the United States $15 million. I am not sure what that is with inflation, but it still might be less than the $12 billion we paid for the state last week." Too true.

11/13/2007

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