Anti-Earmark Bachmann Open To Earmark ‘Redefinition’ For Her District

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) hates earmarks. Despises them. On her website, she calls the earmark system “little more than a political favor factory at taxpayer expense.” But when it comes to her own district, she’s in favor of a little earmark “redefinition.” Because what is an earmark, after all?“Advocating for transportation projects for one’s district in my mind does not equate to an earmark,” Bachmann told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune yesterday.

“I don’t believe that building roads and bridges and interchanges should be considered an earmark,” Bachmann continued. “There’s a big difference between funding a tea pot museum and a bridge over a vital waterway.”

Bachmann, the leader of the House Tea Party Caucus, has made earmark reform a big part of her crusade against wasteful government spending.

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Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell surprised many by announcing his support for an earmark moratorium being sought by the Tea Party-friendly wing of his party.

Bachmann’s office did not immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment.

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