|A six-month study of this year's defense authorization bill has identified 115 spending proposals as earmarks worth $834 million, including 20 by Republican freshmen who campaigned against the pet projects, according to a copy of the report provided to The Washington Post.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), whose staff produced the study, called the behavior a 'bold flaunting' of the GOP-led moratorium on earmarks. She chastised Republican House members for removing documents about earmarks from their Web sites that would have made it easier to identify the practice. 'It was perplexing that so many Republicans had scrubbed their Web sites,' said McCaskill, who on Friday gave copies of the report to the chairman and ranking member of the Armed Services Committee. 'If you are going to tout the earmarks you received, why not remain transparent? For me, the entire thing is disappointing. '