Earmark Ban Changes Campaign Strategy


Lawmakers, particularly Republicans, brag about eliminating earmarks as a key victory in the national anti-government spending movement. But now that election season is in full swing, the dearth of parochial projects raises questions about how Beltway big shots can show voters at home they’re still attentive to local needs.

Politicians who pushed this Congress to ban earmarks are the same people who campaigned on those funds in previous elections. And as Washington, D.C., moves forward in the post-earmark era, seasoned Hill veterans risk looking unconcerned about their constituents’ needs at worst and hypocritical at best.  Read More…