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Gingrich’s Earmark Record

In my piece today, I look at how Newt Gingrich fundamentally changed the role earmarks played in congress. Before Gingrich, House members on the Appropriations committee requested them. But it was Gingrich who spearheaded making earmark requests the new normal for all House members — because he realized that being able to point to earmarks obtained could help House members keep their seats. 

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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