Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Politics 101: Earmarks

What is an earmark?

An earmark is a provision in a piece of Congressional legislation that directs certain funds to specific projects. Typically, these earmarks are added to legislation by a legislator to direct a specified amount of money into a special "pet" project or to a particular organization.

This has become a regular part of the political process within the Congress of the United States.

Also referred to as "pork barrel" these funds can be used to benefit constituents of a politician in return for political support.

Should they be illegal? I think so. What do you think?


  1. Absolutely all earmarks should be made illegal. A bill on education should not contain ANY provisions not directly related to the bill.
    In the place of earmarks, we should create one straightforward simple way of applying for federal funding and that should be regulated heavily. H-e-a-v-i-l-y!!

  2. Absolutely!

    And Presidential signing statements should be illegal as well!