Obama Releases Earmark Requests

By Justin Rood

Mar 14, 2008 12:36pm

Barack Obama has released a list of spending requests he made as a U.S. senator from 2005 and 2006.

The 48-page list – available here – shows the Democratic presidential hopeful requested roughly $500 million in pet project funding during that period, from $800,000 for wireless communications for the Will County, Ill. Sheriff’s office to $2.5 million for the Chicago Botanical Gardens.

One earmark request raised an eyebrow over at the Washington Post: $8 million for a project that was being overseen by General Dynamics. One of Obama’s top fundraisers, James S. Crown, is on the General Dynamics board of directors, the Post notes.  Crown told the Post he had not discussed the company’s business with Obama and was unaware of the request.

Obama has called on his fellow senator and Democratic contender Hillary Clinton to release a list of her earmark requests; her campaign has promised to release only earmark requests from this year.

Obama released his 2007 earmark requests last July (see here).

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