(Oink! – promoted by mooncat)
Senator Richard Shelby, an outspoken critic of President Obama's stimulus plan, a constant critic of an automobile industry bailout, and a continual loudspeaker criticizing Democrats as liberal spenders doesn't seem to have a problem increasing the budget as long as it's with his own earmarks.
'For solo earmarks, nobody beat out Sen. Bob Byrd (D-W.Va.), last year's appropriations committee chairman. The defender of earmarks took home $123 million. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) came in second, with $114 million. Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) rounded out the top three, bringing home $86 million by himself.”
I wonder what new construction projects we'll see christened with the Shelby monicker?