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April 15, 2009

There were 10,160 earmarks worth $19.6 billion in 2008, according to Citizens Against Government Waste's (CAGW) "2009 Congressional Pig Book," the latest installment in the group's 19-year exposé of pork-barrel spending. 

The Pig Book profiles the most egregious examples, breaks down pork per capita by state, and presents the annual "Oinker" Awards.  Examples of pork in the 2009 Pig Book include:   

  • $3.8 million for the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy in Detroit.
  • $1.9 million for the Pleasure Beach water taxi service in Connecticut.
  • $1.8 million for swine odor and manure management research in Ames, Iowa.
  • $380,000 for a recreation and fairgrounds area in Kotzebue, Alaska.
  • $143,000 for the Greater New Haven Labor History Association in Connecticut.
  • $95,000 for the Canton Symphony Orchestra Association in Ohio.
  • $71,000 for Dance Theater Etcetera in Brooklyn for its Tolerance through Arts initiative.


  • Alaska once again led the nation with $322 per capita ($221 million).
  • The runners up were Hawaii with $235 per capita ($302 million) and North Dakota with $222 per capita ($142 million).

Source: Press Release, "Earmarks Rise to $19.6 Billion in CAGW's 2009 Pig Book," Citizens Against Government Waste, April 14, 2009.


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