Earmark Ban Supporters Find New Ways To Funnel Government Money Into Pet Projects

12/28/2010 09:24 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

No one was more critical than Representative Mark Steven Kirk when President Obama and the Democratic majority in the Congress sought passage last year of a $787 billion spending bill intended to stimulate the economy. And during his campaign for the Illinois Senate seat once held by Mr. Obama, Mr. Kirk, a Republican, boasted of his vote against "Speaker Pelosi's trillion-dollar stimulus plan."

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