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June 8, 2009

Blog gives road map to Maryland earmark requests

Maryland Politics Watch has compiled a useful list of earmark requests by various members of the Maryland congressional delegation. It also includes all the right caveats about asking not being the same as receiving.

What we can give you that MPW hasn't are  easy-to-click links below.

The one member whose requests MPW didn't find were those of Rep. John Sarbanes, whose web folks need to work a little harder at transparency. Says MPW's Marc Korman:  "John Sarbanes-Unable to identify appropriations from website. Press reports indicate it is buried within a grants announcement page, but I could not identity it."


Getting There found Sarbanes' transportation requests and other funding, but the congressman made it a struggle. See if you can find your way there from the home page.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski

Sen. Ben Cardin

Rep. Frank Kratovil

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger

Rep. Donna Edwards

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett

Rep. Elijah Cummings

Rep. Chris Van Hollen


Posted by Michael Dresser at 5:12 PM | | Comments (1)


Ok, that's nice information, but is anyone going to argue which transportation projects are bunk and which are legit? Or argue why the earmarks process should or shouldn't be used to fund those projects?

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About Michael Dresser
Michael Dresser has been an editor, reporter and columnist with The Sun longer than Baltimore's had a subway. He's covered retailing, telecommunications, state politics and wine. Since 2004, he's been The Sun's transportation writer. He lives in Ellicott City with his wife and travel companion, Cindy.

His Getting There column appears on Mondays. Mike's blog will be a forum for all who are interested in highways, transit and other transportation issues affecting Baltimore, Maryland and the region.

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