ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland House Republican leader who is pressing to end the state’s $15 million earmark program has been seeking earmarks for her own district this year. 

House Minority Whip Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio delivered a televised response Tuesday to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s state of the state address. She called for an end to the so-called bond bills because of the state’s economic crisis. 

Haddaway-Riccio tells The Baltimore Sun she was seeking $1.4 million in earmarks before she learned of the state’s dire financial troubles.

The Eastern Shore lawmaker sought funds for a lighthouse, a hospice, a Cambridge senior housing center, an arts center and the Chesapeake Maritime Museum. Three earmarks were sought before O’Malley’s budget proposal and two were sponsored after. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  1. liz4 says:

    It’s truly time for fundraisiing to start with lawmakers. If they can fundraise to be re-elected it’s no reason why they can’t start fundraising in their districts for projects. This is what I want to see done from every lawmaker. Great way to get people in the communities active and educated in how things can work.

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