In FY 2010, Congress approved more than 9,000 earmarks costing taxpayers close to $16 billion. Earmarks are not competitively bid on, and are not subject to accountability metrics. This makes it difficult to measure effectiveness or conduct cost-benefit analysis.
Many earmarks are doled out by members of Congress for parochial concerns in their districts and to special interest groups to contribute to their campaigns. I support the elimination of earmarks.