WashingtonWatch Needs Help Crowdsourcing Earmarks

from the collect-and-win dept

Earmarks -- the pork barrel spending our elected officials dump into various bills to fund friendly projects for constituents -- got plenty of attention during last year's Presidential campaign, but since the campaign is over, it seems that many have forgotten about them. The House and Senate did recently update rules, requiring members to reveal earmark requests, but they've done so in different ways and different formats, and there's no central repository. WashingtonWatch is trying to change that. The site, which has long been a useful source of information on various bills is trying to crowdsource a centralized earmark dataset, asking folks to enter in the earmark data on their own politicians. They're offering up some prizes (a Kindle, iPod shuffle or a fruitcake -- yes, a fruitcake) to those who enter in the most (accurate) data. If you think the Kindle is evil, fear not, as you can just get the cash value and spend it all on fruitcakes yourself.

Filed Under: crowdsourcing, earmarks
Companies: washingtonwatch


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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Jul 2009 @ 9:41am

    Funny, Drudge went all wild all over grants given to pork producers to upgrade equipment and to provide meats under government projects, but as soon as he realized he had taken the stuff out of context, it all disappeared off his site like salsa through a goose.

    Without context and without understanding, tabbing through pages of earmarks turns up all sorts of things that appear strange on the surface, but might have an underlying good for the communities involved. Crowdsourcing it will just lead to massive misunderstandings and information presented without context or followup.

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