Obama, Hillary & McCain Say No To Earmarks…
…but only for one year.
WASHINGTON – Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday joined Republican presidential candidate John McCain and a small band of GOP senators in making a run this week against the billions of dollars in home-state pet projects Congress funds each year.
Obama, locked in a head-to-head battle with Clinton for the Democratic nomination, was the first to declare through a spokesman Monday that he would support a one-year moratorium on so-called earmarks when it comes up for a vote later this week. Clinton followed shortly afterward through a spokesman.
McCain is really the one with the gleaming record on this. He requested no earmarks last year, while Both Obama and Clinton secured a TON of money for their states last year (approx. $100M and $340M respectively).
However, Paul Silver has this to say about the GOP’s record on earmarks as a while…
But while the GOP would like to think that they are seizing this issue to their advantage I would point out that it was under GOP control that earmarks exploded out of reason, and now, under Democratic leadership, it is being contained.
Is this true? Anybody got some data? I can’t find anything on the internets to back this up.