Monday, September 21st, 2009 | Author:

Jim Harper has an interesting post on Cato @ Liberty. Among other topics, it included this:

During the campaign, now-President Obama said, “[W]e will put every corporate tax break and every pork barrel project online for every American to see. You will know who asked for them and you can decide whether your representative is actually representing you.” Since then, it has been, not the White House, tracking and disclosing earmarks.

Curious, I followed the link and narrowed it down to New York State and Paul Tonko. (They advise this, as “We’ve collected too many earmarks to show them all on one map!”)

So what critical issues is Tonko trying to address for upstate New York? Unemployment? Small farmers being run out of business? I won’t even mention high taxes, ’cause he is, after all, a democrat, and besides – how else will he fund the millions in earmarks?

Here’s a few of his requests, but I encourage you to go scan the whole list. It’s quite amazing, considering he hasn’t even been there a year yet.

Note 1: I was going to put amusingly snide remarks after each earmark, but after the first few, it’s just not funny anymore. And regular readers can imagine what I’m thinking. Feel free to vote for your favorite in the comments.

Note 2: Don’t miss the two for California totalling $8.1 million. Maybe he’s planning to move west?

Albany Police Athletic League (PAL), Inc.
Albany Police Athletic League (PAL), Inc., Albany, NY 12206
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-21) requests $700,000

Mapping the Hudson River to Build Resiliency to Climate Change
The Nature Conservancy — New York, Albany, NY 12205
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-21) requests $800,000

Carbon Sequestration and Climate Change Models for New York State Forests
State Univerity at New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY 13210
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-21) requests $1,000,000

Siena College At-Risk Youth Service Initiative
Siena College, Loudonville, NY 12211
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-21) requests $750,000

Blood Safety and Decontamination Technology
Cerus Corporation, Concord, CA 94520
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-21) requests $5,100,000

Synchrotron Beamline and Experimental Station
New York Structural Biology Center, New York, NY 10027
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-21) requests $5,000,000

Printed and Conformal Electronics for Military Applications
FlexTech Alliance, San Jose, CA 95113
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-21) requests $3,000,000

Compact Remote Imaging Surveillance System with Two-pi Outlook
InterScience, Inc., Troy, NY 12180
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-21) requests $1,000,000

Technology Element Enabling Concurrent Multi-netting for Transforming Network-Centric Warfare to Achieve and Maintain Battlespace Superiority
Vistec Lithography, Inc., Watervliet, NY 12189
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-21) requests $3,000,000

FALCON (Fast Adoption of LED Lighting Consortium)
Crystal IS, Green Island, NY 12183
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-21) requests $10,000,000

Energy Efficiency Funding for Maimonides Hebrew Day School
Maimonides Hebrew Day School of the Capital District, Albany, NY 12208
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-21) requests $68,000

Energy Conservation by Cogeneration at Proctors – District Heating & Cooling Plant (DHCP)Proctor’s Arts Center & Theatre of Schenectady, Schenectady, NY 12305
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-21) requests $900,000

New York Regional Health Care Simulation Training Center
The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY 12180
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-21) requests $600,000

Stabilizing Humanities Collections: Preserving Special Collections in Union College’s Schaffer LibraryUnion College, Schenectady, NY 12308
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-21) requests $860,000

Corning Preserve Phase 2 and Tivoli Park Mitigation
City of Albany, Albany, NY 12207
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-21) requests $3,700,000

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4 Responses
  1. AKA Angrywhiteman says:

    Ron Paul explains "earmarks", from my understanding of this video earmarks do not dictate the size of the budget, but how it is spent.

  2. akaGaGa says:

    I had watched this video a while back, and dismissed it because, unlike most of Ron Paul's stuff, it didn't make any sense to me.

    I just watched it again, and … it still doesn't. I hate to say it, but this sounds like trying to Paul justify a bad position.

  3. enid lillian says:

    Fiberglass Industries gets a nice piece of change. High level executives of this Amsterdam, NY company contributed significant money to Tonko’s PAC. Research for yourself or read my blog post.

  4. akagaga says:

    Thanks for the info, Enid. It seems like nobody wants to run a business based on profit and loss anymore. Everybody just lines up at the watering trough.