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The largest earmarkers in Congress

Congress spent more on earmarks in 2009 than it did a year earlier, although the number of earmarks dropped, according to a study by the independent watchdog Taxpayers for Common Sense.

Following is the group's list of the lawmakers who led each chamber in the amount of earmarks requested:

Thad Cochran (R-Miss.): $497,591,000 (242 projects)
Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii): $392,432,850 (158)
Roger Wicker (R-Miss.): $368,039,000 (163)
Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.): $292,014,000 (96)
Tom Harkin (D-Iowa): $267,589,200 (194)

Bill Young (R-Fla.): $90,450,000 (41 projects)
Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.): $82,694,000 (51)
John Murtha (D-Pa.): 82,443,000 (34)
Harold Rogers (R-Ky.): $68,309,000 (36)
David Obey (D-Wisc.): 55,435,000 (54)

* Senate totals include projects that senators served as lead sponsor but also shared credit with other lawmakers. House totals are for earmarks in which lawmaker secured them solely on his own.

By Paul Kane  |  February 17, 2010; 4:39 PM ET
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Once again the Post will only show what it wants to place the repubs in bad light. If repubs only had one in the top I'm sure that the list would show one. I would like to know who the top ten are. The original article shows that republicans have 34% of earmarks in the bill and dems have 66%, but the Post can make it look like the republicans are the bad guys since they have more in the top five. I'm sure if you live in an area that gets earmarks you're very happy with the status quo, but we need to curb spending and get this economy growing for all regardless of political affiliation. Your push is always partisan and doesn't help in the big picture.

Posted by: Independent761 | February 18, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Captgrumpy, this doesn't show that the Republicans are corrupt, it shows that they are very dishonest. They're railing against spending however the biggest earmarkers in the House AND the Senate are REPUBLICANS!!!! HOW SHOCKING!!!!!

Posted by: ATLGuy | February 17, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Now that Congressman Murtha has died, will his $82.4 million in earmarks be eliminated? Who is left to protect them?

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | February 17, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I urge everyone who reads the Washington Post on-line and resides in either the state or congressional district of all those named in this report to vote against them. Until we start voting incumbents out of office we will never stop this process.

Posted by: jeffreed | February 17, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

This really goes to prove that the present republican is just as corrupt as Dems. They should all be voted out of office.It is a very good idea to list ALL earmarks on the one site so that the public can consider the site in future elections. I dont know why Obama is denying he put through earmarks,for it is the only way to do politics chicago style. Kick him out too.
PS How can he claim to have saved 2 million jobs in his first year??The only way he could have done that was to put them all on the gov payroll. Wait a minute,I think he did !

Posted by: captgrumpy | February 17, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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