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Oklahoma City congressional seat may get anti-pork member

Oklahoma City congressional seat may get anti-pork member

Most candidates for Oklahoma's 5th District Congressional seat say they won't participate in earmark process because of debt, perception.

Published: June 27, 2010

WASHINGTON — Most of the party candidates running for the congressional seat that includes Oklahoma City say they would not seek funding for special projects in the district — often referred to as earmarks — because of the oft-publicized abuses and the nation's accelerating debt.

Five of the seven Republicans running for the seat being vacated by Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, said they would not seek earmarks, while the other two left some room for making requests.

The two Democrats running for the seat remained split on the issue.

The Oklahoman surveyed the candidates about a process that has come under fire from within and outside of Congress. U.S. House Republicans this year agreed to a voluntary moratorium on requesting money for projects in their districts, while Democrats agreed not to seek earmarks for private firms.

Groups such as Taxpayers for Common Sense have worked to make earmark requests more public, and Citizens Against Government Waste is asking incumbents and candidates to sign a "no pork pledge.” FULL ARTICLE


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