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Egregious Earmark of the Week: $100,000 for Land in Town of Ripley, N.Y.

‘Believe it or not’ this is not uncommon

This week’s egregious earmark of the week, as highlighted by Rep. Jeff Flake (R.-Ariz.) is a pork project contained in the Transportation-Treasury-HUD appropriations bill (H.R. 3058) for fiscal year 2006, goes to the town of Ripley, New York in the amount of $100,000 for land acquisition.

Of the earmark, Flake said: "Believe it or not, Congress funds thousands and thousands of earmarks like this."

The bill passed through the House, 392-31, on November 18, and then through the Senate the same day by unanimous consent. On November 30, President Bush signed the bill into law.

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Mr. Flake represents the 6th District of Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on International Relations and the Committee on Resources.

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