earmark earmark  /ˈɪr ˌmɑrk/

Definition(s):

  1. (v) give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
  2. (n) identification mark on the ear of a domestic animal
  3. (n) a distinctive characteristic or attribute

Usage(s):

  1. Here's a web story from Scherer and me on the furor over the earmarks in the 2009 omnibus bill passed by the House yesterday.
  2. Obama Releases His Earmark Requests; Calls on Clinton to do the Same.
  3. He also pledged a new framework for additional earmark reforms for 2010.

News

  1. UCR MED SCHOOL: $15 million in budget package

    Budget writers take out augmentation and earmark $15 million of UC’s additional $125 million to the UC Riverside school
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Press-Enterprise

  2. MEDICAL SCHOOL: $15 million in budget package

    Budget writers take out augmentation and earmark $15 million of UC’s additional $125 million to the UC Riverside school
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Press-Enterprise

  3. Kids Unlimited gets earmark

    A Toledo-based after-school program got a prized spot in the Ohio Senate’s recently passed budget: Its own earmark. The state senators who obtained the line-item funding say their involvement is because of the merits of the program, and not favoritism.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: The Toledo Blade

Quotes

  1. In her nationally televised speech accepting the job as John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she "championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress" and opposed federal funding for a controversial bridge to...
    on Sep 1, 2008 By: Sarah Palin Source: ABC News

  2. "I got an old ink pen, my friends, and the first pork barrel-laden earmark, big-spending bill that comes across my desk, I will veto it. You will know their names. I will make them famous and we'll stop this corruption," McCain said during a...
    on Sep 10, 2008 By: John McCain Source: guardian.co.uk

  3. Obama "naively asked earmark addicts to police themselves," said Sen. Jim DeMint, RS.C. Lawmakers "trumpet their pork on their Web sites," he said, "and nobody believes we will have public hearings on pet projects."
    on Mar 11, 2009 By: Jim DeMint Source: International Herald Tribune

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