Mark Barrett from the Asheville Citizen-Times provided in-depth coverage of the panel “The new money trail: Tracking spending in an earmark-free world”. Click the link to read Mark’s report.
In 2010 Congress banned earmarks, a legislative gimmick, which lets lawmakers attach pet projects to spending bills. But that hasn’t stopped lawmakers from trying to bring home the dollars. This panel will examine the many ways lawmakers are still able to get projects funded for highways, sewer systems, even projects to beneficial to campaign donors, in their districts or states despite the ban.