A National Journal report on 2010 earmark requests by the new congressional Tea Party Caucus finds that members of the caucus — which, according to Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., exists to push for “fiscal responsibility” — requested more than $1 billion in earmarks during fiscal year 2010.
Among those making big-ticket requests? Three congressmen from Florida, who together asked for $83.5 million in earmarks.
The report, based on research by Citizens Against Government Waste, lists the following earmark requests:
- $13.6 million requested by Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Plant City
- $54.4 million requested by Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Jacksonville
- $15.5 million requested by Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala
Crenshaw’s $54.4 million total is the seventh highest requested by any of the caucus’ 52 members.