Earmark-Hating Tea Partiers Raked in Over $1 Billion in Earmarks Last Year

When it comes to the Tea Party, talk is certainly cheap. In the latest installment of the Tea Party Caucus' hypocritical escapades, Think Progress observes that even the most vociferous right-wingers who have publicly, vehemently opposed earmarks, have directly benefited from them to the tune of a billion.

According to a Hotline review of records compiled by Citizens Against Government Waste, the 52 members of the caucus, which pledges to cut spending and reduce the size of government, requested a total of 764 earmarks valued at $1,049,783,150 during Fiscal Year 2010, the last year for which records are available.

Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), for one, attached his name to 69 earmarks in the last fiscal year, for a total of $78,263,000. The 41 earmarks Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) requested were worth $65,395,000. Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) wanted $63,400,000 for 39 special projects, and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) wanted $93,980,000 set aside for 47 projects.

Of course, Hotline called them on it, and of course, they backpedaled. The stopped asking for earmarks after joining up with the Tea Party, they said, kowtowing to dark leader Michele Bachmann's anti-spending directive and leaving some of his special projects for dead.

This news comes on the heels of John Kyl's earmark win of $200 million, and Rand Paul's declaration that he intends to scrap for his state's allotment of federal pork. Read more at Think Progress.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at December 2, 2010, 5:31am