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Listing Of Obama’s ‘Earmarks’ – 2006 Through March 2008

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The list included $1 million for a hospital where Mr. Obama’s wife works, money for several projects linked to campaign donors and support for more than 200 towns, civic institutions and universities in Illinois.

Funding requests by Obama for Fiscal Year 2008 can be found here, and for 2006 & 2007 here.

Mr. Obama had previously released the requests for earmarks that he made last year. And Thursday’s statement disclosed details of his requests from 2005 and 2006 for the kinds of home-state projects that critics often describe as pork-barrel politics.

Based on the release by his campaign, Mr. Obama was able to obtain only about $3 out of every $10 he requested, not very effective for a Senator, but Obama is a freshman without too much clout.

The winning requests included more than $10 million for a military arsenal in Rock Island, Ill., to several million dollars for research on soybean disease and livestock genes at the University of Illinois and $100,000 for after-school clubs and sports programs at the Chicago Jesuit Academy.

In many cases, Mr. Obama’s requests benefited political supporters.

His campaign’s list said the senator had secured $1.3 million of an $8 million request in 2006 for a high-explosive technology program for the Army’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The list said the program was overseen by General Dynamics.

One of Mr. Obama’s top supporters, James S. Crown, serves on the board of General Dynamics, a military contractor. Mr. Crown is a member of Mr. Obama’s national finance committee.

Mr. Obama also secured $750,000 of a $3 million request for renovation of a space center named for Mr. Crown’s grandfather, Henry Crown, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

In addition to the University of Illinois, Mr. Obama secured several million dollars for a project at Chicago State University. Emil Jones Jr., the president of the Illinois State Senate and an early and powerful political benefactor of Mr. Obama’s, has been a dogged champion of Chicago State, and one of Senator Obama’s closest friends. A Chicago businessman, James Reynolds, sits on its board.

In 2006, Mr. Obama sought, but did not secure, $900,000 for a “Go Girl Go” sports initiative aimed at discouraging socially risky behavior in teenage girls by encouraging them to pursue physical activities. The group was founded by the former tennis star Billie Jean King. But Ms. King has endorsed Mrs. Clinton for president, and the funding somehow didn’t materialize….

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Written by Ridgeliner7

Friday, August 8, 2008 at 6:08:04 PM

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  1. […] Dynamics. James Crown, serves on the board of general Dynamics, and is on Obama’s finance panel. Dynamics Advanced Information SystemsIntegrated Mission Solutions for Defense, Intelligence, […]

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    Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 5:34:38 AM

  2. Yes, Obama asked for money for Illinois agriculture, food stamp programs, At-Risk Youth, women’s shelters, missing children, anti-gangs, law enforcement, defense, medical research, etc. And unlike McCain, who has repeated lied and said he never asked for earmarks, Obama has posted all his requests — even the ones he didn’t get — on his site.

    OTOH, we have McCain:

    WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain secured millions in federal funds for a land acquisition program that provided a windfall for an Arizona developer whose executives were major campaign donors, public records show.

    McCain, who has made fighting special-interest projects a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, inserted $14.3 million in a 2003 defense bill to buy land around Luke Air Force Base in a provision sought by SunCor Development, the largest of about 50 landowners near the base. SunCor representatives, upset with a state law that restricted development around Luke, met with McCain’s staff to lobby for funding, according to John Ogden, SunCor’s president at the time.

    The Air Force later paid SunCor $3 million for 122 acres near the base. It was the highest single land transaction of the private lots purchased by the government — three times the county’s assessed value and twice the military’s estimated value. SunCor also donated another 122 acres. Alan Bunnell, a spokesman for SunCor’s parent company, Pinnacle West Capital, said the donation was meant to minimize the company’s tax bill and enhance the value of adjacent property it owns.

    McCain has long-standing ties to SunCor and Pinnacle West:

    McCain’s campaigns have received $224,000 since 1998 from donors connected to Pinnacle West, including $104,100 for his current presidential run, according to a USA TODAY analysis of campaign-finance data compiled by the non-partisan CQ MoneyLine. Donors include employees of Pinnacle West and its subsidiaries, employees’ spouses and the company’s lobbyists and political committees.

    Pinnacle West’s Chief Executive Officer Bill Post, vice president and lobbyist Robert Aiken and former president Jack Davis, who retired in March, are fundraisers for McCain’s current presidential campaign. SunCor President Steve Betts, who joined the company weeks after the military land deal, is a former campaign lawyer for McCain and has raised more than $100,000 for his current campaign.


    Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 7:44:58 PM

  3. I just love Obamabots!

    That old, very tired chestnut attack saying McCain lied about Earmarks has been disproved several hundred times.

    As for Pinnacle West… are aware, right, that they gave, or rather their employees did, the exact same amounts to Barack Obama, Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Majority Leader, Anthony Riamondo (D-NB), Hillary Clinton, Dan Mafei (D-NY), Rudy Giuliani, Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CN) ? Gosh, I wonder what kinds of illegal/immoral things those guys did for them?

    The Suncor matter, while you are honest enough to say they donated a like amount of land to the government, what they were paid, as is normal in all such cases, an amount based on what the land would have been worth developed, used as they planned to. Of course that figure will be higher than the assessed value, which the Country carried it, as undeveloped desert. How dishonest of you to leave the idea dangling there, as if something was abnormal about that transaction! It is exactly what we have come to expect from the arrogant minions of The One.

    Please don’t bother to post here again, as your half-truths, lies and inaccurate insinuations about John McCain mark you as an ignorant liar, a truly partisan hack.

    Oh, BTW….Obama posted his hundreds of millions in earmarks because they are public record anyway… of the few areas he cannot alter or cover-up. I am certain Michelle Obama’s doubling in salary, after her employer received millions from the U.S. Treasury, courtesy of her husband, was a coincidence. Really I am. 😛


    Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 1:18:19 AM

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