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As earmark season approaches, appropriators hold and host fundraisers

Though Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, banned earmarks to for-profit companies and House Republicans have sworn off all earmarks for one year, one thing hasn't changed. Appropriators of both parties are still holding fundraisers in the lead up to tomorrow’s deadline for submitting earmark requests.

Obey held a fundraiser one day after he announced the move to ban earmarks to private companies. Rep. Allen Boyd (D-FL) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) were among many other lawmakers who also held fundraisers after the decision was made.

Other events came before Obey’s announcement. Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX) and Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) both held parties. Their invitations boast their positions on the Appropriations Committee, one of the most powerful House committees responsible for keeping track of the governments’ expenditures.

On the other side of the aisle, Republican Appropriations Committee members like Rep. Kay Granger (TX) and Rep. C W Bill Young (FL) will also hold fundraisers in the coming weeks. Granger, who is throwing her 12th annual three-day Fiesta Fundraiser, wrote an editorial for the Star-Telegram on March 17, stating that the moratorium is an “opportunity for House Republicans to lead with reform and re-establish a better process.”

A list of all fundraisers for Appropriations Committee members can be found here.