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House Transparency Rules Reveal that Pork Projects Tilt Heavily Toward Appropriators

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Publication Date: June 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Brian M. Riedl

Series: WebMemo

Topic: Banking and finance (Public finance)

Keywords: Budget; financial services; favoritism; seniority

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


Although lawmakers claim to fund projects based purely on merit, the two latest spending bills suggest that committee assignments play a large role in the distribution of pork.