Lately the Kansas GOP delegation has complained a lot about federal spending. But Citizens Against Government Waste contends that our lawmakers are very good at earmarking spending. The group’s 2009 Congressional Pig Book calculated that Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. — who spoke against increased government spending at the anti-tax tea party protest in Wichita last week — was the biggest porker in the Kansas delegation, delivering $84.5 million in earmark spending. In contrast, Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, now the state’s sole Democratic member of Congress, had the lowest earmark total, at $6.3 million.
Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, had $38.9 million in earmarks, and Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, had $16.6 million, according to the report. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who had $45.3 million in earmarks, received a special “Narcissist Award” from the group for $2 million spent annually on a national intelligence scholarship named in his honor.
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