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Posts published in “Day: June 8, 2008”

Got your earmarks right here

The Tacoma News Tribune has just put together a neat list for Washington state that ought to be replicated elsewhere: A database of congressional earmarks in the state, notably in Pierce County.

(The reporter by the way was Niki Sullivan, whose byline seems to be consistently turning up on some of the most useful political/governmental reporting in the Northwest in recent months.)

The paper had some help: "The News Tribune analyzed a database prepared by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit organization that uses technology to help citizens learn more about government, of about 350 earmarks in the 2008 federal budgets that would benefit Washington state. There are likely more: There are a total of 11,500 earmarks this year – the second-highest number ever – and some are so vague that it's impossible to tell who's getting the money."