Claremont Insider: Bringin' Home the Bacon

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bringin' Home the Bacon

David Dreier Earmark:
$1.8 million for Claremont
Emergency Operations Center

The 2009 Omnibus Earmark and Appropiation Bill signed last week by President Obama contained a little love for Claremont, courtesy of Congressman David Dreier. In a massive analytical spreadsheet posted by Taxpayers for Common Sense (both of them), we find down on line 7,575 (of 9,309!) an earmark of $1.8 million inserted by Dreier to fund an Emergency Operations Center for Claremont. This earmark represents more than one-third of the dollar value of Dreier's 7 "solo" earmarks, totaling $5,152,500. With other members of Congress, Dreier was involved in 14 earmarks totaling $17,245,000.

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The spreadsheet may be DOWNLOADED here. Within it there are worksheets showing all earmarks, earmarks by senator, earmarks by house member, earmarks by state and by party. It is worth your time but be warned: it is an Excel spreadsheet and you have to be comfortable navigating and doing searches in Excel. The download takes a few minutes as it is a 3 Megabyte file. (Lotsa earmarks)

There is an explanation of the methodology behind the spreadsheet here.

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