Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Minority Lawmakers Lag in Earmark Take

Black and Hispanic lawmakers in the House lag significantly behind their white counterparts in the distribution of appropriations earmarks, a new analysis of spending bills for fiscal 2008 shows.
The average white House Democrat got twice as much money for special projects this year as the average black Democrat, by one measure. By another, white Democrats came out on top by a 5-3 ratio. White Democrats also did better than Hispanics in netting earmarked dollars.

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