11 September 2008 - Pigs in Lipstick: Obama's Earmarks (re-post)
"Obama promises change: 'We'll put government data online. We'll use technology to shine a light on spending.' So we decided to take Obama up on his offer. We went to Illinois to see how he is bringing home the bacon.
"This is the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2006, Senator Obama requested a 1.6 million dollar earmark for a project called the Livestock Genome Sequencing Initiative. It’s pork DNA. Now that’s taking pork to a whole new level."