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Divying Up Your Money

Posted by Dominic Rupprecht - July 25, 2007

The House is debating the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill. And surprise, surprise, the bill is chock full of earmarks (more than 1,100 of them). Rather than going through and pointing out egregious earmarks, I thought it’d be fun to see how the House passes out your tax dollars.

Taxpayers for Common Sense, compiled a list of earmarks for the members of the CJS Appropriations Subcommittee. Not surprisingly, members of the Committee scored big – especially my Congressman, Rodney Frelinghuysen, who happens to be the ranking member of the subcommittee and is sending $5.484 million of your tax dollars back to my district (the most of any member of the subcommittee. But, Frelinghuysen is no match for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer who pull down $7.97 and $7.68 million respectively.

To see how your money is distributed among the states click on the image below. You can see how much each state got and also how much each state got per Representative.

As you can see West Virginia received more of your money per Congressman than any other state in the union. That shouldn’t come as any surprise; Alan Mollohan (D-WV) is chairman of the subcommittee and personally steered $4.585 million of your money back to his district.

West Virginia's $2.067 million per member is more than 16.5 times greater than the $125,000 per member that went to Nebraska, which received the least amount per Member. Incidentally, Nebraska has zero members on the Appropriations Committee (or the CJS Subcommittee) and has zero members of the Majority Party in its Congressional Delegation.

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John said on Jul 25 2007 at 11:40pm
"Alan Mollohan (D-WV) is chairman of the subcommittee and personally steered $4.585 million of your money back to his district."

Isn't this the same guy who is under investigation by the FBI for funny business with earmarks and his WV business partners?

Dominic Rupprecht said on Jul 26 2007 at 7:44am
Not only is he under investigation by the FBI ("allegedly"), he's also chairman of the subcommittee that controls the FBI's budget. I love Washington!

John said on Jul 26 2007 at 10:09am
Good article in the Hill. I wish I had seen the debate.

It looks like the Politico picked up on it too.

Way to go Congressman King!