Econintersect:There is a nice summary in the Washington Post of a survey of earmarks sponsored by 33 members of congress that were used for projects within two miles of property owned by the sponsor. Both houses of Congress were involved, as were both political parties (15 Democrats and 18 Republicans). The sizes of the earmarks ranged from $187,000 for a beach replenishment project near two condominiums owned by Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D, MD) all the way up to $51.9 million for a downtown Fort Worth make over near a condominium building owned by Rep. Kay Granger (R, TX). The other very large earmark went to a national figure: Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) got an earmark for $50 million for a light rail system improvement near a commercial building owned by her husband.
Click on the image below for access to an interactive graphic at The Washington Post that involves a slide show which steps through all 33 Congressmen (Congresswomen) and their earmark projects.
- Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers’ properties (Washington Post, 6 February 2012)
- Interactive graphic (Washington Post, 6 February, 2012)