POLITICS
11/29/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Thad Cochran Porks Up, Sponsors Most Defense Earmarks

Sen. Thad Cochran's campaign contributors are slated to benefit from $132 million in earmarks from the Mississippi Republican, reported the Washington Post.

Cochran, ranking Republican on the Appropriations subcommittee on defense, tucked the earmarks into a spending bill that will see a vote on the Senate floor Tuesday. According to an analysis by Taxpayers for Common Sense, Cochran is the sponsor of more defense earmarks than any of his colleagues.

Though President Obama has vowed to crack down on defense pork, the White House reacted mildly to the $636 billion bill and its $2.65 billion in earmarks, the Post reported. Faced with a veto threat, in July the Senate approved an amendment to strike $1.75 billion in funding for unneeded F-22 jets. But there's no veto threat this time for other projects the Pentagon doesn't want.

Earlier this year Cochran called criticism over $473 million in omnibus earmarks "poppycock."