Tuesday, August 22, 2006

You Can't Hide "Big Ears" -- Government Earmark Spending Featured at New Site

Earlier this month I posted links to news stories (along with some of my own comments) pertaining to Senator Dr. Tom Coburn's proposed "sunshine" bill; more specifically, S. 2590, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. You can refresh your memory of that entry by re-reading it here.

Well, now along comes a terrific new service inspired by the organizations Porkbusters.org, Sunlight Foundation, and Citizens Against Government Waste and implemented by the Examiner news chain that publishes at least some of those government spending projects state by state. The database used relates to earmarks in the Labor-HHS appropriations. That's right - you can go see the projects and the money spent on them yourself and then, I hope, use that knowledge to persuade your Congressional delegation to start turning the taps off. Here's the site.

Already groups like The Heritage Foundation, National Taxpayers Union and Club for Growth blog are linking to this database, one which has been obtained from a congressional source and has been checked and double-checked. I urge you to check it out, even bookmark it but, by all means, use it to help bring government spending under control.

(For the heads-up to this site, I thank Kathryn over at the Suitable for Mixed Company Annex who passed along the story from Betsy's Page.)