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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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Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews says more evidence has emerged showing Labor s failed $100 million Building Better Regional Communities program (BBRC) was nothing more than a pork barrelling exercise.
This program was nothing more than a pork barrelling exercise as 80 per cent of the non-recommended projects were Labor or Labor-aligned electorates approved by the then Minister, Brendan O Connor, Mr Andrews said.
A report by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) into the BBRC constitutes a savage indictment of a program that was the essence of incompetence and partisan pork barrelling.