Earmarks of the Monmouth Proportions – Read Them and Scream

In two weeks, WashingtonWatch.com has collected and mapped over 10,000 congressional earmarks


Technically, the map on the WashingtonWatch.com Web site is not broken — it just doesn’t work well with many browsers.

Earmarks can be sorted by state and member of Congress on the site, and visitors with fast computers or with browsers that have fast Javascript engines (like Safari or Chrome) can still see the map on a special page.


To encourage “crowdsourced” collection of earmark data, the site recently began offering top earmark hunters an Amazon Kindle and other prizes.


The result has been an enthusiastic response from Americans concerned with earmarks. “People want to know how their tax dollars are being spent,” said Jim Harper, webmaster of WashingtonWatch.com. “They’re leery of money going to special projects and eager to do something about it.”

The earmark data collection project was partially funded by the Sunlight Foundation. The contest continues until all earmarks are collected or the beginning of the fiscal year, whichever comes first.

WashingtonWatch.com uses government predictions about the costs or savings from proposed laws to calculate the significance to average Americans — in dollars and cents — of proposed changes to the nation’s policies. More information about these calculations is available on the “about” page of the Web site.

SOURCE WashingtonWatch.com

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