A constant refrain from campaign '08 was that earmarks were bad and needed to go. Both Obama and McCain agreed on that and tried to out-due each other in how they would work to get rid of them. From The Hill:

Fiscal hawks in Congress say President Barack Obama hasn't followed through on a pledge to lower federal spending on local projects.

Earmarks are expected to total nearly $12 billion in fiscal 2010, according to fiscal watchdog groups. While that number is less than the $15 billion total in 2009, lawmakers from both parties said Obama hasn’t kept up the kind of pressure he showed during his first weeks in office or that he promised as a candidate.


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