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Olver, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, would have embarassed his predecessor, the late U.S. Rep. Silvio O. Conte. The Pittsfield Republican once donned a pig snout during a press conference to protest pork barrel spending.

David E. Williams, vice president of policy at the Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog group, characterized Olver as being the worst member of the Massachusetts delegation when it comes to special earmark projects. Olver oiked his way to $71.3 million for 63 projects.  U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy got $192.1 million in funding for earmarks from the 13 appropriations bills and U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry brought home $138.8 million for 124 projects.

Williams argued that even though Olver took home less than the senators, “we have seen he is a bigger problem when it comes to pork barrel because he is an appropriator and he is at the head of the line.”  “He has solo requests and – he is the only one who requests (the special project,)” Williams continued. “He (Olver) is the lone ranger.”

Olver secured more pork barrel spending than any of the other nine House members in the Massachusetts delegation. In the 435 member House, only 38 lawmakers earmarked more money.  “He has $1.4 million for Pittsfield’s downtown streetscape,” Williams said, “that should be paid for by Pittsfield people or Massachusetts people, not people across the country.”

Here are a full list of Olver’s 2008 Earmarks:

$47,664 Weed It Now on the Berkshire Taconic Landscape (Natural Resources Conservation Service: Conservation Technical Assistance Projects)          

$311,802 Seafood Safety (Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Research and Education: Special Research Grants)  

$705,000 Large Millimeter Telescope at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst  

$188,000 Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center youth empowerment services, Pittsfield (Discretionary Grants – Juvenile Justice Programs)

$211,500 Franklin Community Action Programs for At-Risk Youth, Greenfield (Discretionary Grants – Juvenile Justice Programs)    

$470,000 On-Site Academy’s Law Enforcement Counseling Program, Gardner (State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance – Byrne Discretionary Grant)    

$329,000 Franklin Regional Council of Governments law enforcement communications (Law Enforcement Technology and Interoperability – Community Oriented Policing Service)    

$493,500 Leominster Police Department Law Enforcement Information and Analysis Sharing Network (Law Enforcement Technology and Interoperability – Community Oriented Policing Service)    

$1,600,000 Hyperspectral sensor for UAV surveillance/targeting (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation – Army)    

$2,000,000 High Temperature Superconductor (HTS) Navy propulsion motor for DDG 1000 (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation – Navy)    

$1,600,000 High temperature aerogel materials for global strike vehicles (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation – Air Force)  

$1,600,000 Development of enabling chemical technologies for power from green services (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation – Army)  

$1,000,000 Dynamically managed data dissemination (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation – Army)  

$1,000,000 Center for Advanced Sensor and Communications Antennas (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation – Air Force)  

$1,000,000 HALO 360 degree imaging for submarines (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation – Navy)    

$1,200,000 Carbon nanotube enhanced power sources for space (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation – Air Force)    

$1,200,000 Nanocrystal source display (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation – Defense Wide)    

$400,000 Injection molded ceramic body armor (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation – Army)    

$9,000,000 Permanent Magnet Motor System (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation – Navy)    

$2,800,000 Low Signature Portable Fuel Cell Power Systems (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation – Army)    

$98,400 North River, Peabody (Corps of Engineers: Construction)  

$393,600 Milford Pond (Corps of Engineers: Construction)    

$1,968,000 Green Harbor Marshfield (Corps of Engineers: Operation and Maintenance)    

$492,000 Hoosic River (Corps of Engineers: Construction)

$1,968,000 Conductive, Transparent Coatings Sour Cell Research Project (Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)

$393,600 Greenfield Community College – sustainable energy model (Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)    

$984,000 Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Initiative (Department of Energy: Science)    

$1,968,000 UMASS Integrative Science Building (Department of Energy: Science)    

$196,800 UMASS Renewable Energy Economy Expansion Project (Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)  

$393,600 Windsom Way Solar Village – Rural Development Inc. (Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)    

$984,000 Boston College Institute for Integrated Sciences (Department of Energy: Science)    

$246,000 Berkshire Environmental Resources Center (Department of Energy: Science)    

$282,000 Western Enterprise Fund, technical assistance for developing enterprises (Small Business Administration)  $750,000 Dalton Fire District (FEMA Predisaster Mitigation)    

$100,000 Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FEMA Predisaster Mitigation)    HS

$147,660 Equipment for Anadromous Fish Research (United States Geological Survey – Surveys, Investigation and Research)    

$147,660 William Cullen Bryant Home Homestead, Cummington (National Park Service – Save America’s Treasures)  

$1,378,160 The City of West Springfield, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission for the Connecticut River Combined Sewer Overflow Clean-up (EPA – State and Tribal Assistance Grants)  

$511,000 Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, for facilities and equipment (Health Resources and Services Administration – Department of Health and Human Services)    

$170,000 Greenfield Community College, for education and training programs in the arts (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education – Department of Education)

$268,000 Barre Family Health Center, Barre, for facilities and equipment (Health Resources and Services Administration)

$7,300,000 Fire crash/rescue station, Barnes ANGB (Air National Guard)  

$735,000 MART bus and commuter facilities (Buses & Bus Facilities)    

$735,000 MART commuter parking and facilities (Buses & Bus Facilities)

$196,000 Massachusetts Landscape Connectivity Study (Surface Transportation

Priorities)    

$1,470,000 Route 116 and Bay Road Intersection and road improvements, Amherst (Surface Transportation Priorities)  

$1,470,000 Pittsfield downtown streetscape (Surface Transportation Priorities)    

$318,500 Community Health Connections in Gardner for renovation of a former elementary school for a multipurpose health facility (Economic Development Initiative)  

$980,000 Advanced Freight Locomotive Safety and Monitoring System (Research (FRA))    

$5,880,000 MBTA Fitchburg to Boston Rail Corridor Project development and construction (Small Starts)  

$1,666,000 Community Transportation of America, Nationwide Joblinks (Research [FTA])    

$259,700 Amherst Cinema Arts Center, Inc. for acquisition, renovation, and buildout of an arts center, as part of area redevelopment (Economic Development Initiative)  

$269,500 Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield for renovation and buildout of the Berkshire Music Hall and Octagon House (Economic Development Initiative)    

$882,000 Community Transportation Association of America, Nationwide Joblinks (Surface Transportation Priorities)    

$784,000 FRTA, Franklin Regional Transit Center (Buses & Bus Facilities)  

$980,000 I-91 Fiber and Conduit Project (Interstate Maintenance Discretionary)      

$2,940,000 Housing Assistance Council for nationwide capacity building, outreach and training (Economic Development Initiative)  

$980,000 La Raza HOPE Fund for capitalization of a revolving loan fund to be used for nationwide community development activities (Economic Development Initiative)      

$980,000 National American Indian Housing Council for nationwide capacity building, outreach and training (Economic Development Initiative)  

$882,000 United Veterans of America, Inc in Leeds for construction and buildout of housing facility for veterans in Pittsfield (Economic Development Initiative)    

$294,000 Westfield Vocational Technical High School for buildout of the Manufacturing Technology Program (Economic Development Initiative)  

$269,500 Mahar Regional School for renovation, construction and facility buildout of a recreational field (Economic Development Initiative)    

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