Most of the 261 earmarks with Clinton’s name on them went to New York counties and municipalities, universities and colleges, and charitable organizations.
For the candidates still in the primary race, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) had 46 earmarks, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) had 10 earmarks, Kucinich had 9 earmarks and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had no earmarks, according to the CAGW. McCain has campaigned on having no earmarks during his time in Congress, and he has pledged to eliminate them if elected president.
The obvious flaw in comparing earmarks by the candidates is that former Govs. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, or other candidates who didn’t serve in Congress last year, can’t be ranked, said David Williams, vice president of policy at CAGW.
“This analysis is supposed to ask: What kind of president would you be if you had 261 earmarks?” Williams told Cybercast News Service. “Would you be more likely or less likely to issue an executive order eliminating earmarks?”