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?