Minnesota's U.S. House earmark requests available online


U.S. House members had until Saturday to post their FY 2010 earmark requests on their Web sites for public viewing. The new rule is one step in making the earmarking process more transparent.

Apparently some members of Congress aren't fond of this idea. Since the rule of posting the requests was vague and House sites aren't uniform, some representatives posted their requests but buried them to make it hard to find. Many members were criticized for their effort to get around the apparent new rules for transparency.

All Minnesota U.S. House members posted their requests on their site, except Rep. Michele Bachmann, according to watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. She is one of 71 members who has yet to post the data on their site.

While she has said in the past that she won't take earmarks, there is no recent acknowledgment of this available on her site to make up for a lack of earmark data posted. A call to her Washington office hasn't been returned.

To view the requests of the Minnesota delegation, check out the links below.

We haven't gone through all of the requests yet, but here are the links so you can look through them too. Links compiled by TCS.

Rep. Betty McCollum (D) -- Requests

Rep. John Kline (R) -- Doesn't request earmarks

Rep. Jim Oberstar (D) -- Requests

Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) -- Requests

Rep. Collin Peterson (D)-- Requests

Rep. Tim Walz (D)-- Requests (PDF)

Rep. Keith Ellison (D)-- Requests (PDF)

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R)-- Nothing available

Check out the TCS database (xls) for the full list of earmark links.