Contact Officials Letter
Earmarks are one of those bad ideas that should stay in the past. They incentivize elected officials to waste taxpayer money on pet projects and special interest handouts, particularly in their home districts.
If that wasn’t bad enough, this money is often wasted or abused on projects other than the one the money was intended to be spent on. This unaccountable program breeds waste, fraud, mismanagement and corporate welfare.
One of the most egregious results from Congress’s earmark process is the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” in Alaska. It’s a perfect example of why lawmakers should guard against all efforts to reinstate this practice.
Hiding these expensive pet projects and handouts for special interests in giant bills makes it nearly impossible for Congress to weigh costs and cast informed votes.