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Pork Report, July 9, 2010: Guns and Poetry Edition

Foul! National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health study the bias of soccer referees in calling fouls Millions of the federal dollars misspent on cars, boats and travel by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Social Security Administration overpaid

Pork Report, March 2, 2010: Beer Museum Edition

Spending Under the Influence: National Brewery Museum receives a $449,574 grant from the Federal Highway Administration The Secretary of Transportation says “it’s fun playing Santa Claus to states and cities around the nation” …as the Department of Transportation furloughs federal

Pork Report, February 11, 2009: Reboot Congress Edition

Americans think most of their tax dollars sent to Washington are “wasted,” according to a Washington Post poll Most voters think the country would be better off if most members of Congress were not re-elected, according to a new poll

Pork Report, February 9, 2010: Neon Edition

More than three-quarters of the $2 billion in federal stimulus funds intended to create green-energy jobs in the U.S. has gone to foreign-owned companies Despite millions in federal tax credits, wind-equipment manufacturers cut thousands of jobs in the U.S. last

Pork Report, February 1: Wine and Dine Edition

Senators vote against eliminating government waste and duplication, including reducing Congress’ budget for itself, while proclaiming “the United States is prepared to stand up and deal with this debt threat” Taxpayers billed $1,000 per week for booze and other “in-flight

The Pork Report, January 26, 2009: Atlantic City Edition

Federal budget deficit will reach $1.35 trillion in 2010, and Congress is already planning to borrow billions more to pay for a new jobs bill and another war funding bill Most TSA employees to receive performance-based pay hikes Taxpayers spent

Pork Report, January 25, 2009: Viking Edition

Minnesota Vikings’ headed to the stimulus Superbowl! Team officials looking at millions of dollars of federal stimulus funds to build “taxpayer field” With Palin gone, Bridge to Nowhere may still go somewhere Jobs agency spent $133,714 of taxpayer funds on

Pork Report, January 22, 2009: Bureaucrats Gone Wild Edition

Bureaucrats gone wild! Taxpayers charged for international trysts, golf, skiing, and other government junkets Military officials bought thousands of dollars worth of alcohol, food and other amenities for congressional overseas junkets Delaware airport that “hardly ever sees a paying passenger”

Pork Report, January 12 2009

Federal stimulus plan’s spending on roads and bridges has had no effect on unemployment, research finds; “Spend a lot or spend nothing at all, it didn’t matter,” the analysis showed as “local unemployment rates rose and fell regardless of how

Pork Report, December 11, 2009: Puppet Show Edition

Nearly one in five federal employees paid $100,000 a year or more, and that doesn’t count overtime pay or bonuses Congress to increase the federal debt ceiling by $1.8 trillion before year’s end Minneapolis puppet show receives federal stimulus dollars

Pork Report, December 10, 2009: Muskrat Love Edition

Martini bar, puppet shows, and research on the sex drive of rats among the recipients of federal stimulus funding All aboard the stimulus gravy train! $54 million of stimulus funds for a California “wine train” and $2.2 million for a

Pork Report, December 8, 2009: Downhill Edition

Alaska’s $680 million bridge to nowhere still a state priority 17,000 Medicaid patients put on waiting lists for medical services in Maryland as the state misspends $98 million including paying for services for dead people Medicare loses $60 billion to

Pork Report December 1, 2009: Dollars For Donuts Edition

The Senate earmarks $500,000 for itself; Money will be spent to promote Senators’ appearances House of Representative’s expense reports now online House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent $2,993 in taxpayer money on flowers in just a few months and House Majority

Pork Report November 30, 2009: Stimulus Snafus Edition

Tens of thousands of TSA screeners to receive government bonuses, including millions of dollars paid to more than 10,000 who have been rated poorly Government bailout watch: Despite receiving $5.5 billion in stimulus funds, Government Services Administration’s backlog of deferred

Pork Report November 20, 2009: B-I-N-G-O Edition

U.S. Department of Justice funds spent on “Bingo Nights” in Ohio Who wants $1.5 million in stimulus funds? Apparently, no one. $25,000 stimulus grant will provide a week of “free” concerts in Sacramento Less than one percent of Columbus commuters

Pork Report November 19, 2009: Party Cruise Edition

“Are caged chickens miserable?,” asks three-year study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Party cruise ship receives $123,000 stimulus grant to protect it from terrorist attacks; “We feel that we’re really a low threat for a terrorist incident,” says

Pork Report November 17, 2009: Post Office Edition

The U.S. Postal Service lost $3.8 billion last year Winery receives federal stimulus grant Musicians more effective communicating in noisy environments than non-musicians, according to findings of a National Science Foundation study Only 20 percent of Americans hold positive view

Pork Report November 13th: End of the World Edition

Why ask why? National Science Foundation and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development study why children ask so many “why” question Harvest time: The Washington Apple Commission receives federal funds to educate retailers in China, Russia and other

Pork Report November 3rd: Merry-Go-Round Edition

Merry-Go-Round Museum receives federal funds Federal funds pay to put on a ghostly journey to the most haunted places in Illinois The shopping mall to nowhere; $5 million stimulus grant to heat an “almost-empty mall” Stimulus grant pays to keep

Pork Report October 30, 2009: A Caboose To Nowhere Edition

California sculpture competition paid for with a Federal Transportation Enhancement Activity grant A top FEMA official admitted there is no way to assess the effectiveness of homeland security improvements made from the $29 billion spent since 2002 Homeland Security funds

Pork Report October 29,2009: National Science Foundation Edition

National Science Foundation studies gossip and workplace politics in elementary school $1.47 million grant from the National Science Foundation will fund a 3-D virtual recreation of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair National Science Foundation funds self-help for Members of

Pork Report October 28, 2009: Taxpayer Subsidies All Around Edition

There are millions of tweets every day, and the government is paying scientists $678,000 to read them and measure the happiness of the written expressions National Science Foundation discovers the cure for politicians’ dismal approval ratings; Taxpayer funded researchers to

Pork Report October 27, 2009: Paying Dead People Edition

Medicaid paid for prescriptions written for 1,800 dead patients and 1,200 prescriptions “written” by dead physicians Medicare paid up to $92 million for medical services ordered by dead doctors, some of whom had been dead for more than 10 years

Pork Report October 26, 2009: Decorative Street Lights Edition

New Jersey spending federal stimulus funds to keep an eye out for graffiti National Science Foundation researchers study the cure for low approval ratings of members of Congress “The groundbreaking study … found that online deliberative forums are likely to

Pork Report October 22, 2009: Vegas Neon Museum

Las Vegas Boulevard, littered with strip bars and casinos, named a National Scenic Byway, making it eligible for federal funds to promote the strip Las Vegas’ Neon Museum receives $300,000 federal grant to restore two signs National park superintendent who

Pork Report October 20, 2009: Are Political Scientists Relevant?

Today’s edition identifies at least $333 million in wasteful Washington spending. -$300 million stimulus program to promote energy efficiency may not be energy efficient after all, audit finds -Quid Pro Pork: Department of Justice investigates link between the exchange of

The Pork Report: October 19, 2009

Free golf carts available from federal stimulus program Annual U.S. federal budget deficit reaches an all time high of $1.42 trillion in 2009; Government spending jumped to more than $3.5 trillion, increasing over 18% in one year The Pentagon pays

The Pork Report: October 15, 2009

$300,000 in federal stimulus money pays to map radioactive rabbit turds from a helicopter $445 million worth of congressional earmarks compromise the priorities of the Energy Department $2.6 billion diverted from guns and ammunition for troops to pay for politicians’

The Pork Report: October 14, 2009

Taxpayers foot the bill for office items lost or stolen by members of Congress Half-a-million dollar NSF stimulus grant pays to search for alternatives to Facebook Stimulus funds pay to create an online database of bugs Stimulus funds to pay

The Pork Report: October 13, 2009

Trendiness of baby names being studied by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation Federal government spends millions of dollars on a floating canal museum, a Corvette museum, the National Packard Museum, and other museums of

The Pork Report: October 9, 2009

Senator Byrd earmarks $5 million in Defense funds for a company that no longer exists House committee earmarks $103 million of Defense funds to contractors who employ the congressmen’s former staffers-turned-lobbyists National Science Foundation studies the bug splatter on the

The Pork Report: October 8, 2009

From the great folks at Sen. Tom Coburn’s office: Political scientists lobbying Congress for federal subsidies The National Science Foundation spends about $8 million annually to support political science research Research sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the U.S.

Pork Report: October 2, 2009

Money intended for soldiers fighting war is instead being spent on senators’ home-state pet projects Defense spending bill contains an earmark that has nothing to do with national defense, $20 million for an institute honoring late Senator Ted Kennedy Maryland

Pork Report: October 1, 2009

Keep on Truckin’: Grateful Dead archive receives $615,175 federal grant; “The ultimate goal… is that everyone will have a Grateful Dead experience” Renovation project at the Bill Clinton presidential center will receive $2.5 million of federal stimulus funds North Carolina

Pork Report: September 30, 2009

Today’s Pork Report from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) identies at least $315 million in wasteful Washington spending: Congress boosts its own budget by $250 million; Increase will pay to hire consultants, hold receptions, and send postcards to voters Only 16%