Presidential Hopefuls — Their Spending Records and OUR Tax Dollars

A good bill will oftentimes go bad because of the earmarks attached to it. The more popular the bill is with the public – the better the chances that it will pass. It’s within those bills that congressional members attach their earmarks. After all, it’s a sure thing! Those who oppose the bill will be ridiculed for voting no – even though the “no” represented a clear refusal to vote in “the pork.”  The Mortgage Rescue Bill was a prime example.

Although Barack Obama is a freshman senator, he’s inserted  53 special earmarks, totaling almost $97.4 million. Obamas earmark total over the years amounts to almost a million dollars for every single day he was in the United States Senate.

For this session in the Senate, there were at least 48 earmarks for trial lawyers alone seen here. Not a peep out of Obama about the pork for his legal peers.

Obama sought more than $3.4 million in congressional earmarks for clients of Joe Bidens lobbyist son. More here

Obama’s earmarks for fiscal years 2006 and 2007 here. Obama’s earmarks for fiscal year 2008 here.

John McCain —  a longtime staunch opponent of such earmarks –  had no requests for pork barrel spending.

NOTE: Career voting records:

Currently, Senator Obama has voted 94 times to raise taxes. Senator McCain has NEVER voted to raise taxes.


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