Posted by | December 2, 2010 10:37 | Filed under: Top Stories

The 52 members of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus have requested more than a billion dollars in earmarks, something they purport to oppose, reports Hotline. (h/t Political Wire)

According to a Hotline review of records compiled by Citizens Against Government Waste, the 52 members of the caucus, which pledges to cut spending and reduce the size of government, requested a total of 764 earmarks valued at $1,049,783,150 during Fiscal Year 2010, the last year for which records are available.

“It’s disturbing to see the Tea Party Caucus requested that much in earmarks. This is their time to put up or shut up, to be blunt,” said David Williams, vice president for policy at Citizens Against Government Waste. “There’s going to be a huge backlash if they continue to request earmarks.”

In founding the caucus in July, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said she was giving voice to Americans who were sick of government over-spending.

Perhaps Congresswoman Bachmann will explain this on one of her many media appearances.

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