pork barrel

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pork barrel

n. Slang
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.]

pork barrel

n
(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]

pork′ bar`rel



n.
a government appropriation, bill, or policy that supplies funds for local improvements designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents.
[1905–10, Amer.]
pork′-bar`rel•ing, n.

pork barrel

A government project that brings investment and employment to a place represented by a particular member of a legislature.
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Noun1.pork barrel - a legislative appropriation designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents
appropriation - money set aside (as by a legislature) for a specific purpose
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It is nothing but pork barrel politics, a lazy policy to buy votes and hence 'In India you don't cast your vote, you vote your caste.
Pork barrel politics is derogatorily known as turnkey projects.
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This is pork barrel politics at its very worst, and an outrageous way to run a government.
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However, this cannot be perverse pork barrel politics.
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Speaking during the legislative orientation course for new House representatives on Monday, Lagman delivered a veritable apologia for the much-derided pork, or more precisely, pork barrel politics.
His corruption scandals and generous use of pork barrel politics to channel state resources back to Suphanburi were well-publicized, and his brief premiership in 1995-96 was widely perceived as having contributed to the economic crisis in 1997.
Aso apparently tried to give an impression to people that his administration is not engaging in pork barrel politics but is thinking of long-term policies.
In Brazil, this translates into two main strategies: involvement in pork barrel politics and increase in campaign spending.
In a reminder of the dying days of the 1978-9 Labour government, the loss of authority, majority or credibility lead a struggling party sink to shabby backroom deals, pork barrel politics and fixes to cling on to office.