pork barrel(redirected from Pork barrel politics)
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A government project or appropriation that yields jobs or other benefits to a specific locale and patronage opportunities to its political representative.
[From pork barrel, barrel for storing pork, supply of money.]
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) slang chiefly
a. a bill or project requiring considerable government spending in a locality to the benefit of the legislator's constituents
b. (as modifier): pork-barrel spending.
[C20: term originally applied to the Federal treasury considered as a source of lucrative grants]
a government appropriation, bill, or policy that supplies funds for local improvements designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents.
A government project that brings investment and employment to a place represented by a particular member of a legislature.