The earmark, contribution and lobbying data displayed below is a joint effort of the Center for Responsive Politics and Taxpayers for Common Sense. All earmark data is provided by Taxpayers for Common Sense and all contribution and lobbying data is provided by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Comparing FY 2008 and FY 2009 lists of entities that lobby and garner earmarks is made virtually impossible by the lack of Congressional transparency regarding the recipient of defense earmark spending. Instead of disclosing the name of the organization receiving the earmark funding, one must refer back to the earmark request letter for that information. Much of this data was captured for FY08, but has not yet been entered for FY09. This will be added on an ongoing basis. So, as updates are completed, the defense firms that hold half of the top ten spots in FY08 will likely begin to challenge the rank of FY09 top earmark recipients that lobby– now dominated by southern colleges and universities. Meanwhile, the lack of meaningful access to earmark information is a strong argument for why Congress should release all of the data in one easy to use package.
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Mississippi State comes in at number 10.
To see a state-by-state list click here, Mississippi came in with a grand total of $500+ million, or $175 per capita.