Earmarks were banned three years ago because tax-funded bridges to nowhere symbolized corruption in government. So when House Republicans renewed the ban for the 113th Congress in January, Speaker John Boehner said it was a "critical step to restore public trust." That hasn't prevented more than a few congressmen from seeking new ways to continue funneling federal tax dollars - spelled p-o-r-k - to campaign donors, family members, former staffers and favored constituents back home.
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