Corporations and special interests should not be able to buy favors from Congress. All too often, spending bills passed by Congress put public funds to work for specific projects that reward the businesses and individuals that give the most money to congressional campaigns. These specific appropriations – called earmarks – should be limited to projects that serve the public interest, not doled out to enrich private interests at the public’s expense.
More Resources on Earmark Reform
- Fact Sheet: Five Principles of Earmark Reform (PDF), November 10, 2010
- Proposed Earmark / Pay-to-Play Reform Bill (PDF), November 10, 2010
- Opinion Article: " 'Bridges to Nowhere' Are No More," by Craig Holman, Roll Call, January 22, 2008
- Press Release: Public Citizen Urges Congress to Pass Ground-Breaking Package of Lobbyist Fundraising, Earmark and Other Key Reforms, July 30, 2007
- Letter: GOP Earmark Reform Proposal is Woefully Inadequate (PDF), September 13, 2006