December 28, 2010


Lawmakers Find New Ways to Earmark

Though many in Congress have railed against "the practice of designating money for special projects through earmarks, they have not shied from using a less-well-known process called lettermarking to try to direct money to projects in their home districts," the New York Times reports.

"Lettermarking, which takes place outside the Congressional appropriations process, is one of the many ways that legislators who support a ban on earmarks try to direct money back home."

Also used: Phonemarking where "a lawmaker calls an agency to request financing for a project" and soft earmarks, "which involve making suggestions about where money should be directed, instead of explicitly instructing agencies to finance a project."










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