AZ Fact Check Affirms Jeff Flake’s Success in Ending Earmarks

| June 30 2012

AZ Fact Check Affirms Jeff Flake’s Success in Ending Earmarks

PHOENIX – It’s a fact that Jeff Flake has been the longtime leader in the fight to end the practice of earmarking in Congress. But, as happens during a political season, some opponents shamelessly try to claim otherwise in an effort to boost their already negative campaigns.

Today, the nonpartisan AZ Fact Check released a review of whether Jeff Flake is responsible for getting rid of earmarks. The finding?  “True,” awarding it four out of four stars.

Here are some key excerpts from the fact check:

“Flake has long stood against earmarks, even if it meant him being unpopular with other members of Congress. The Republican congressman has tried time and again to get rid of the practice,which allows members of Congress to directly appropriate funds for pet projects in their states and districts. References to his opposition to the often-wasteful congressional practice of funneling taxpayer money to the home districts of key lawmakers date to 2002 in The Arizona Republic’s archives. The Senate Appropriations Committee instituted a moratorium on earmarks in Senate spending bills for fiscal years 2011 and 2012. This year, the moratorium was extended to include all fiscalyear 2013 Appropriations bills.”

“Flake’s long battle against earmarks finally started to pay off when House Republicans instituted an earmark moratorium in March 2010. The moratorium was extended to the entire House when Republicans took over the House in January 2011. Without earmarks in the House, the Senate put into place an earmark moratorium.”

“Bottom line: Flake’s leadership and constant battle against earmarks did help lead to the eventual moratorium on the practice. His colleagues and taxpayer watchdog groups credit his role as essential and it’s reasonable to say it wouldn’t have happened without him. It’s true that Flake by himself did not get rid of earmarks, and certainly some wasteful congressional spending will continue even with them officially gone. But his lonely years-long crusade, his undeniable status as the House’s No. 1 earmark foe and his outsized influence on the issue does give him unique standing to take credit for getting rid of them.”

You can read the entire report here: http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/azfactcheck/fact-story.php?id=395

AZ Fact Check is a service of The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com, 12 News, and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Its goal is to research and report on the accuracy of statements involving key topics and political races in Arizona.

Arizona’s Jeff Flake is a conservative candidate committed to supporting policies that reduce spending, lower taxes, and limit burdensome regulation. As the leader in the fight to end earmarks, Jeff Flake proved that one man could make a difference. He is nationally recognized as one of the most consistent, fiscally conservative members in Congress, named a “Taxpayer Superhero” by the Citizens Against Government Waste, a “Taxpayers’ Best Friend” by the National Taxpayers Union, and has a 100 percent rating from Americans for Prosperity.

For more information on Jeff Flake and why he’s running for the U.S. Senate, please visit his website at www.JeffFlake.com.

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