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An earmark will fund new exhibits at New York's Adirondack Museum.
An earmark will fund new exhibits at New York's Adirondack Museum. (By Tim Roske -- Associated Press)
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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Earmarking is a bipartisan practice on Capitol Hill. But the $410 billion spending measure passed with overwhelming Democratic support while most Republicans opposed it. Several Republicans who were wholeheartedly against the bill, however, still got some big-ticket items for their states. Here are some highlights of leading Republicans who received earmarks, despite opposing final passage:

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.)

-- Total earmarks co-sponsored: $75.6 million

-- Example: $2.6 million to rehabilitate the Cox building in Maysville, Ky.

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.)

-- $25.8 million

-- $500,000 for water-treatment improvements in Surprise, Ariz.

Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)


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