Earmarks

What a difference a year makes! Since our founding in 2010, the community of anti-earmark activists who gathered at this website convinced Members of Congress to stop earmarking. It was a remarkable change and we congratulate those in Congress who led the fight, and commend those in Congress who changed their minds.

Unfortunately, some Members of Congress have vowed to ignore the will of the American people and may try to earmark again. Our community promised from the beginning that we would be watching the Members of Congress and hold them accountable. This section seeks to do just that. While EndingSpending.com has now expanded its focus to include additional fiscal fronts, we will continue to monitor what's news from the earmark front.

Before we could successfully urge Congress to end earmarks, we needed to understand what an earmarks is—and what it isn’t. Here, you'll find more information on the definition of earmarks.
Curious to see how many earmarks were requested by Congress in your own backyard prior to the current bans? Take a look at our map of earmark requests made in 2010 for the 2011 fiscal year. Please note that the House and Senate effectively banned earmarks at the end of 2010, so none of the requests made in 2010 were approved.
In 2009, before we were formed, Members of Congress requested and received thousands of earmarks. You can browse our map of these earmarks approved for 2010 and see how many earmarks were approved for your district and state.
In 2010, we ranked legislators in the 111th Congress based on their earmark actions. Click here to see the historical listing of these rankings as of December 2010.


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