December 13th, 2011

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono was first in earmarks in the House during fiscal year 2010, while then-U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie — now governor — was third, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Hirono had 67 earmarks worth more than $149 million. Abercrombie had 51 earmarks worth more than $138 million. But most of the earmarks from the Hawaii Democrats were co-sponsored with other lawmakers. Hirono had only four earmarks worth $1.1 million where she was the sole sponsor. Abercrombie had seven earmarks worth $13.3 million where he was the sole sponsor

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was second in earmarks in the Senate. The Senate President Pro Tempore had 158 earmarks worth more than $392 million. The senior senator had 66 earmarks worth $251 million where he was the sole sponsor, second only to the late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W. Va.

6 Responses to “Tops”

  1. Recce:

    Once again, Mazie is too lazy to do her own work for the people of Hawaii, being all too content to co-sign others’ earmarks instead of putting in the effort to find out how she can help our state.

  2. Ken Conklin:

    Earmarks can be appropriate when they are for truly federal expenditures like harbors, airports, military bases, interstate highways, etc. But they are totally inappropriate when they are for purely local projects like community charities, local bridges, or historic preservation of local buildings or artifacts.

    I believe local projects should be entirely paid for by local people, not by taxpayers from other places. If local people must pay for local projects, they will be very careful to demand only projects that are worthwhile, knowing they must pay the price.

    I published an analysis of Mazie’s earmarks, and most of them were highly inappropriate for federal government expenditures. Her attitude seems to be that the federal government has unlimited money that comes from some mysterious horn of plenty, so might as well grab as much as possible. Congress is full of people like her, which is why we now have a $15 Trillion debt and face national bankruptcy.

  3. Follow the $:

    How embarrassing for Hawaii, auwe shame on them, the blatant money grab here is pathetic. What Aloha do we show the rest of the country when our politicians have no shame and are so greedy. When the rest of the country whole country has agreed to stop pork barrel earmarks last year, you would think the local politicians would stop the bleeding.

  4. Kolea:

    So long as the federal budgetary system allows for earmarks, I cannot understand how Mazie’s success in securing us so much money can be viewed as anything but a positive thing. Mazie faces two opponents in her senate race. Have either Ed Case or Linda Lingle pledged to NOT bring in as many federal dollars as they can?

    If they want to renounce federal dollars for Hawaii, I am pretty sure Hawaii voters would like to hear that as soon as possible.

  5. zzzzzz:

    I guess I agree with both Ken and Kolea on this. Given the present system, I’d rather my federal taxes go to earmarks here that someplace on the mainland, but I’d rather not have the earmark system, as suggested by Ken.

    It always bugs me when I hear local (state/county level) politicians and bureaucrats talking about federal funding like it was free money.

  6. Goober:

    Republicans have the 1% funding their campaigns. Some have just earwax. Again the missionaries preach.

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