CAGW’s 2006 Pig Book Exposes Record $29 Billion in Pork! | Citizens Against Government Waste

CAGW’s 2006 Pig Book Exposes Record $29 Billion in Pork!

Press Release

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Daytime:Jessica Shoemaker 202-467-5318
April 5, 2006After hours:Tom Finnigan 202-253-3852


Washington, D.C. Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released the 2006 Congressional Pig Book at a press conference today.  The Pig Book is CAGW’s annual compilation of all the pork-barrel projects in the federal budget. 

The 2006 Pig Book identifies 9,963 pork projects in the 11 appropriations bills for fiscal 2006, a 29 percent decrease over last year’s total of 13,997.  However, the total cost of these earmarks is a record $29 billion, or 6.2 percent more than last year’s total of $27.3 billion.  The cost of pork has increased by 29 percent since fiscal 2003.  CAGW has identified $241 billion of pork since 1991.

“Pork-barrel spending illustrates and contributes to the meltdown of spending restraint in Washington,” CAGW President Tom Schatz said.  “Instead of averting an impending fiscal crisis, members of Congress are grabbing the spoils to support their own re-election.”

The Pig Book features a complete database of projects, profiles the most egregious examples, breaks down pork per capita by state, and presents the annual Oinker Awards.  Highlights include:  

  • $1 million for the Waterfree Urinal Conservation Initiative;
  • $550,000 for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington;
  • $500,000 for the Sparta Teapot Museum in Sparta, North Carolina;
  • $500,000 for the Arctic Winter Games in Alaska;
  • $250,000 for the National Cattle Congress in Waterloo, Iowa; and
  • $100,000 for the Richard Steele Boxing Club in Henderson, Nevada;

“The lobbying scandals show the extent to which earmarks are abused,” Schatz said.  “The Pig Book presents almost 10,000 more reasons for serious earmark reform.”

Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.


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