A group of organizations from the political left and right, including a media company, has launched a highly worthwhile project to expose the origin of earmarks — little (and not so little) spending items in legislation designed as a special favor to a district, campaign contributor and/or politician.
The idea is that the public will do the digging into over 1,800 such gifts and put them into a database. Some far-flung folks, politically, are involved. Notably, so are the Examiner newspapers.
Fantastic idea, and it could work to shame Congress people into at least telling the truth about their special favors, if not reconsider the public interest in all this.