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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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MOX has become nothing more than a pork-barrel project used by Senator Graham to line the pockets of special interests.
The accrued debts account for state spending on everything from roads, schools, state employee salaries, and even a pork-barrel project or two.
He said it recalls the national controversy over the "bridge to nowhere," a $400 million pork-barrel project in Alaska that Congress considered funding in 2005.
The commentary expresses support for the White River Navigation Project, a $30 million pork-barrel project that has farmers, hunters, fishermen and business leaders from across the state united in opposition.
Suppose, for example, that a politician obtains a dam or bridge or other pork-barrel project for the citizens in his or her district.
Unfortunately, these promises have been thrown out of the greenhouse window when a member is given the opportunity to fund a pork-barrel project.
While the Northpoint earmark is not direct spending, it is equally offensive and costly as any other pork-barrel project added by members of the Appropriations Committee who abuse their authority at the expense of the taxpayers.
Mark Armour ("B-2 is 'another federal pork-barrel project,' " Public Forum, Feb.
Republican conservatives like Congressman Buck McKeon and others can rant and rave about "federal waste" in welfare and the departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Energy, but they can't concede that a pork-barrel project like the billion-dollar B-2 bomber is one of the most wasteful examples of federal monies there is.
Congress loves passing continuing resolutions, which don't have their names attached to them, because that's where they can all hide their favorite pork-barrel projects.
Kada was criticizing the old-style politics of the LDP, which still appears to be interested in pork-barrel projects for groups that support it such as farmers and contractors.
He said Santorum's congressional record is littered with pork-barrel projects and accused him of "fleecing America.