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The 2008 Congressional Pig Book, published annually since 1991 by Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), is now available. This year’s Pig Book identified 11,610 projects at a cost of $17.2 billion in the 12 Appropriations Acts for fiscal 2008. A “pork” project is a line-item in an appropriations bill that designates tax dollars for a specific purpose in circumvention of established budgetary procedures. To qualify as pork, a project must meet one of seven criteria that were developed in 1991 by CAGW and the Congressional Porkbusters Coalition.
You can download the summary in PDF, or serve up all the 2008 information from their pork database. But for a small fee, you can order the books in paper for your library reference collection (or buy them and donate to your local library!).
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CAGW (Citizens Against Government Waste) have released their 2007 Congressional Pig Book.
From the news release:
The 2007 Pig Book identifies 2,658 pork projects at a cost of $13.2 billion in the Defense and Homeland Security Appropriations Acts for fiscal 2007. Only two of the 11 appropriations bills were enacted by Congress and the remaining nine were subject to a moratorium on earmarks. CAGW has identified $254 billion in pork since 1991.
The complete pork database can be downloaded as an Excel file.
Also, historical trends:
Thanks to my friend and colleague, Shirl Kennedy, for posting this one on DocuTicker.