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Wednesday, 31st March 2010

U.S. Government: A Searchable Database of Earmark Data and More

Earmark data from the U.S. Congress is now searchable for FY 2008, 2009, 2010 via a database from Legistorm. It's one of several free gov info databases they provide for free.

Access the Earmarks Database

View Earmarks by:

+ Sponsoring Member
+ Presidential Earmarks
+ Receiving State
+ Receiving Organization
+ Bill

Some of the Advanced Features Include:

+ Dollars Above and Below a Certain Threshold
+ Receiving Location
+ Earmark Description

Several Lists and Rankings are Also Available:

+ Ranking by State
+ Ranking by Member
+ Most Expensive Earmarks
+ Top Receiving Organizations
+ Airdropped Earmarks

Legistorm's Earmark FAQ

Access the Earmarks Database

The Data Comes via Taxpayers for Common Sense

Note: At the Top of this Legistorm Page (in the white box), It Mentions that Data from 2008 and 2009 is Available. However, if you look at the drop down menus or review this blog post you'll learn that data for 2010 was added about two weeks ago and ready for searching.

Source: Legistorm
Hat Tip: Al Tompkins

See Also: Today, The Hill Newspaper has a story about a group, EarmarkData.org, who wants what was mentioned in a White House fact sheet, "...a comprehensive, bipartisan, state-of-the-art disclosure database that allows Americans to examine the details of every proposed earmark before a vote is taken—one that is fully searchable and otherwise user-friendly."

The Earmark.org Blog has links to U.S. Congressional sites where you can access current earmarks one member at a time and not in a searchable format. As you'll see these are for FY 2011, data not accessible via Legistorm


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