- About CIR
Congress earmarked more than $450 million in taxpayer money for homeland security purposes between the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years, according to the analysis conducted by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Critics say that at best, earmarks frequently ignore procedures designed by the federal government to ensure taxpayer funds are well spent. At worst, they’re used to reward campaign contributors or powerful political constituents in a lawmaker’s district. Use the interactive chart below to see which states are bringing home the most. Select a state from the drop-down menu to isolate details for individual earmarks, such as which member of Congress sponsored it and where the money’s going. Figures used were extracted from earmark disclosure lists released to the public. Earmarks for the 2011 fiscal year are contained in draft appropriations legislation for homeland security and have yet to be finalized by Congress.