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Inside the Hidden World of Earmarks – Notetaking Outline What is an “earmark”? – Average number of earmark dollars a company gets, for each dollar it spends on lobbyists – Which 5 organizations earned the largest earmark-dollar amounts in 2005? – Which 5 organizations earned the largest earmark-dollar amounts PER DOLLAR PAID TO THEIR LOBBYISTS? – To what extent do Congressional members need to consider rival bids before awarding earmark dollars to a particular company or pet project? – Quote by Keith Ashdown, chief investigator for the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense about ‘earmark’ projects – Update on the case against former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens – Just as an FYI, since
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Unformatted text preview: this article is a bit out of date: Stevens was initially convicted just before the 2008 presidential election, but the conviction was later set aside and the indictment dismissed, due to evidence of prosecutorial wrongdoing and/or mishandling of the case • What is an “unfunded request list”? – • How common is it for organizations to submit “unfunded request lists” to Congress? – • Once these unfunded request lists are submitted to Congress, what are the mechanics of the process ensues at that point? – • Great quote by H. Stewart Van Scoyoc, President of Van Scoyoc Associates (a top lobbying firm) –...
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