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Lucia Graves

Sanders, Ellison Unveil Legislation To End Fossil Fuel Subsidies | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.10.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Progressive lawmakers Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) teamed up on Thursday to introduce legislation design...

33 Lawmakers Directed Over $300 Million To Local Projects

The Washington Post | David S. Fallis, Scott Higham and Kimberly Kindy | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

Thirty-three members of Congress have directed more than $300 million in earmarks and other spending provisions to dozens of public projects that are ...

Paul Blumenthal

Should Super Congress Be Super Transparent? | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The proposed so-called "super Congress," created by congressional leaders in the debt deal and required to find $1.5 trillion in debt re...

The Problem With Potholes: Neglected Road Repair Poses Huge Liabilities for Many States

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Anderson

For decades, states have invested disproportionately in road expansion and left regular repair and preservation underfunded. As a result of these spen...

Transparency Or Transparently Corrupt: What Kind Of Government Do We Want?

Cliff Schecter | Posted 07.18.2011 | Technology
Cliff Schecter

I had a client a few years back named Onvia. Onvia provided better and more timely information than the federal government, regarding where stimulus d...

Elise Foley

House Votes To Kill F-35 Second Engine Program | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Amanda Terkel contributed reporting. WASHINGTON -- More than half of the House Republicans voted on Wednesday to earmark $450 million in funds for a ...

White House Report Gives Stimulus Package High Marks | Lori Montgomery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The massive economic stimulus package President Obama pushed through Congress last year is coming in on time and under budget - and with strikingly fe...

Defense Pork Ladled Out To Defense Subcommittees' Campaign Contributors

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Earmark watchdog Taxpayers for Common Sense is barking: The 18 members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense will bring home 60 percent...

Earmarks Should Require an Itemized Receipt

Rep. Bill Cassidy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Bill Cassidy

Transparency, accountability, and rigorous oversight are the keys to cutting waste, fraud, and abuse in government. They are also the keys to regaining taxpayers' trust.

Ryan Grim

71 Lawmakers Fail To Disclose Earmarks By Deadline | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Making rules is easy enough. Following them - not so much. More than 48 hours since the deadline to disclose earmark requests passed, 71 members of C...

Congress Takes the Pledge -- But First a Little Binge

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

And now, ladies and gentlemen, direct from Capitol Hill for your after-dinner entertainment -- won't you give it up, please, for: Your Congressional Chorus!

Ryan Grim

Reid Spokesman: Anti-Earmark Crusader A "Partisan Hack" | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaking on the Senate floor on Wednesday evening, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) got under the fingernails of the government watchdog group Taxpay...

Feds Raid Firm Tied To Democratic Rep. John Murtha

ABC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The FBI raided the offices of a defense lobbying firm with close ties to Democratic Rep. John Murtha (Penn.), sources tell ABC News. The FBI searched...

'08 earmarks

Christina Bellantoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christina Bellantoni

First posted at at 3:45 p.m. Taxpayers for Common Sense is out with an analysis of earmark requests in the 2009 Defense Authoriza...