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New earmarks -- some are transparent, some are like Jimmy Hoffa


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Some members of Congress are celebrating Easter early. But instead of hiding eggs, they're hiding their earmark requests.

Remember the new rule for earmarks? If you request them, you've got to put them up on your website. President Obama announced the rule about a month ago when there was the big hoo-hah over too much pork.

"Earmarks that members do seek must be aired on those members' websites in advance, so the public and the press can examine them and judge their merits for themselves," he said.

So, under this rule, if you have spending requests for 2010 you must put a link on your website giving all the details. The deadline was Saturday.


So, how are Members doing?

Taxpayers for Common Sense, a budget watchdog group, reports that 71 members missed the deadline. The organization produced an exhaustive report detailing which lawmaker fulfilled the requirement to report earmarks and where the links were located.

Kudos to The Hill newspaper (probably interns locked in a room with Twinkies and Red Bull) for combing through that study to determine how accessible the links were.


As would be expected, some members were much more open than others.

The good guys according to The Hill (we'll take their word for it) are Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Majority Whip James Blyburn (D-S.C.), Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) and Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.)


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