The Arizona Republic ran a little story about the earmarks that members of the Arizona Congressional delegation have requested. Surprisingly, Republican Trent Franks topped the list with earmarks totaling $3.1 billion. The entire total for the delegation was $4.3 billion, so Franks makes up nearly 75% of the total (and that’s with Shadegg and Flake out of the picture, since they don’t request earmarks.
As long as Republicans participate in the “pay to play” game that comes with earmarking, they will never have the moral high ground to demand the system change. How many Members of Congress have to be investigated for folks to say enough already?