Who is the fattest Pig- Meaning Biggest Wasteful Pork Barrel Spender?

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    ***Disclaimer: I created this thread back in April of 2008 on another board, so some could be outdated***

    http://www.cagw.org/site/DocServer/S...pdf?docID=3024

    Senate:
    (1) Thad Cochran - Fake Republican out of MS - #1 - $846 million
    (13) Clinton - Why am I not surprise she is so high - $296.2 million (This is obviously before she became secretary of State)
    (20)Harry Reid- Preach how wasteful the war is, but you waste $259.3 million yourself
    (21) Dick Durbin - Please Sauerberg beat this guy (sorry to say Steve lost), he is bleeding IL dry - $256.3 million
    (33) Ted Kennedy - One of the worst Americans alive (but now he is dead)- $192.1 million
    (34) Lieberman - Yep he is still a Democrat -$149.4 million
    (38) Kerry - $138.8 million
    (60) Obama - I was actually pleasantly surprised how low he was. However, I am skeptical that it is so low because he hasn't been in office long and his campaigning has interfered with his senate job. - $97.4 million (obviously when he was a senator)

    Bottom of the List with a bi $0 - that is not spending a cent for all of you slow people!
    McCain and Feingold!
    Now that is true fiscal conservatism!

    The House
    http://www.cagw.org/site/DocServer/H...pdf?docID=3022
    in the Millions
    (1) Wicker - $176.3
    (3) Murtha - $159.1
    (7) Biden - $139.9 (for his little shitty state)
    (19) Pelosi - $91.2
    (23) Hobson - $88

    Ron Paul - $22.7 million- middle of the list not sure the number- I was very surprised. You would figure this guy would practice what he preach and spend nothing (like McCain did), but I guess he is just a politician. There were 276 representative that spent less, including 10 that spent $0

    Here is a list of '08 presidential candidate that spent less than Ron Paul and the number of space they beat him by:
    Tancredo - $17.6 - 52 lower
    Duncan - $15.9 - 75 lower
    Kucinich - $8.1 - 182 lower
    Graves - $6.7 - 196 lower

    Shocking Ron Paul!
     
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    Pork barrel spending is government spending for projects that are intended primarily to benefit particular constituents or campaign contributors (its different than other spending). It is pandering to a special interest in which the funds get diluted and wasted on projects that are purely political.

    Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and the Congressional Porkbusters Coalition developed seven criteria for a project to qualify as pork:
    Bottom Line: Pork is bad and UNJUST!!!
     
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    I'm pretty sure Dr. Paul raised more money than all of those guys combined. When you have more to spend on your campaign, you spend more.

    As for his earmarking, he has explained that by that being the process by which he gets the federal tax dollars taken out of his district back to it. We may not like the way that the income tax is structured, but if we qualify for something like the EITC we get it nonetheless.

    Not saying that I endorse the reasoning on way or the other, just pointing it out.
     
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    The pill bill was an earmark for the drug industry.
     
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    Easy question!

    The answer is, "The American People". They're the ones that keep returning the ear mark crowd to congress.
     
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    I think the irony that McCain is the true Fiscal Conservative after all of the Republicans complaints this last November is hilarious.

    And Feingold is a good guy, but he's a Dem too Ghook. Notice Dennis towards the bottom too.
     
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    Not earmarking up bloated spending bills does not a "fiscal conservative" make. Most of that spending would be going back to the state, in the form of block grants, anyways.

    A much more telling action is how they vote on final passage of those travesties.
     
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    quote from dude;
    "A much more telling action is how they vote on final passage of those travesties."

    boy thats the truth!
     
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    Jindal has Pelosi beat with $10 million more and less than half the number of projects.

    And to think he was once the frontrunner for 2012.
     

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