Earmarks as corruption fuel

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is correct that earmarks are a tiny portion of the federal budget, and that even if Republicans stopped earmarking, the bottom line on spending bills might not change.

But Sen. Jim DeMint is also correct that earmarks are a gateway drug to political corruption, or at least compromising one’s principles. In other words, the reason to oppose earmarks — or at least call for serious reform of them — is to clean up the culture of Congress.

The Hill has a great piece today illustrating that theme.

Lobbyists who have built their careers around securing congressional money for clients are facing the biggest squeeze yet on their business as earmarks begin to disappear from Washington.

The lobbyists in the article all say they will adapt, but it seems clear that ending earmarks would impose a marginal downward pressure on lobbying — which is a good thing.

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