LegiStorm unveils searchable database of Congressional earmarks
This is cool. A new, searchable database lets you sift through $20 billion in congressional pork, also known as earmarks, for the last two fiscal years. The data shows Georgia collected $2.1 billion of the national total.
Just looking at “solo” sponsorship, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop led Georgia’s congressional delegation with $46.9 million directed to the state in FY 2008 and 2009. Bishop co-sponsored another $97.7 million in earmarks with other members of Congress, the data shows. Much was for military use.
After Bishop, Georgia congressmen ranked this way for solo earmarks over the last two years:
Rep. Phil Gingrey, $38 million
Rep. Jack Kingston, $31.1 million
Sen. Saxby Chambliss $17.9 million
Rep. Jim Marshall, $10.7 million
Rep. Nathan Deal, $8.5 million
Rep. John Barrow, $6.6 million
Sen. Johnny Isakson $6.2 million
Rep. Hank Johnson, $5.1 million
Rep. David Scott, $3.2 million
Rep. John Lewis, $2 million
Lynn Westmoreland $483,000
Rep. John Linder $392,000
Tom Price $245,000
Paul Broun $0
Isakson and Chambliss topped the list if you crunch the numbers another way, looking at the total for both solo- sponsored and co-sponsored earmarks. Each was credited with $2.1 billion of appropriations.
The database was compiled by LegiStorm, using data supplied by Taxpayers for Common Sense. LegiStorm also allows you to look up congressional staff salaries, financial disclosures, travel and much more.