The NYTimes is not, as a rule, reliable, particularly, in reporting on political matter. I have linked to this article (15 Jan 2012 NYTimes) because it appears to be factual with little commentary and relies on data from Taxpayers for Common Sense, The Forgotten Taxpayer’s friend.
In all, Taxpayers for Common Sense estimated, Mr. Santorum helped secure more than $1 billion in earmarks during his Senate career, which stretched from 1995 through 2006. But because federal lawmakers did not have to disclose them, as they must do today, it is nearly impossible to produce a complete list.
Pennsylvanians in southeast Pennsylvania are very familiar with mega law firm BlankRome and Piasecki Helicopter in DelCo.
“This is the thing about earmarks,” said Ryan Alexander, the president of Taxpayers for Common Sense. “It’s not that every project is horrible. It’s not that it’s inappropriate for lawmakers to garner resources for their constituents.
“The problem is it looks like it is pay-to-play. It looks like: ‘You want to get an earmark? You make a contribution.’ ”