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Investigation: Waste of the Day – GOP Lawmakers Lead Congress’ $13 Billion+ Earmarks in FY2024

By Adam Andrzejewski

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Investigation by Adam Andrzejewski originally published by and

Of the 10 U.S. senators who commanded the most pork barrel spending in earmarks for next fiscal year, eight are Republicans, most of whom sit on powerful Appropriations Committee auditors analyzed the full list of over $5.4 billion worth of earmarks approved for 2024 federal spending bills on the Senate side of the Capitol, under Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

Only one Democrat, West Virginia’s Sen. Joe Manchin, and one Independent, Maine’s Angus King, made the ignominious top ten. Added together with $8.2 billion in House earmarks, it’s a $13 billion+ fleecing of the federal taxpayer.

The senator who managed to capture the most pork barrel spending was Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who earmarked $556 million. The total Senate haul for Maine, when counting individual earmarks and those co-authored with King, comes to $568 million.

The average senator is taking home $120 million in earmarks, less than a quarter of Collins and King’s tally. Yet Maine is the 42nd largest state by population, with under 1.4 million people — about the same population as San Diego.

In the House of Representatives, similarly, Republicans lead the $8.2 billion in earmarks as the top 63 spenders. The first Democrats makes the list in 64th place for total federal tax dollars captured.

Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, both Democrats, also secured another almost $27 million through 30 earmarks for Maine, paying for school and youth programming, public safety, water treatment, housing projects, road and infrastructure improvements, among other things. “When Republicans supported the return of earmarks in late 2022, it was the equivalent of providing open bar to alcoholics,” Founder & CEO Adam Andrzejewski said. “Both parties are addicted to spending taxpayer money.”

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This article was originally published by RealClearInvestigations and made available via RealClearWire.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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