April 30, 2009 6:00 AM

Tight races prompt some lawmakers to seek more earmarks

There's nothing like a close election to prod lawmakers to bring home the bacon. New earmark transparency rules -- requiring lawmakers to post their funding requests online -- show a healthy appetite for the special appropriations among Republicans who scarcely 10 weeks ago derided President Barack Obama's $787 billion economic-stimulus plan as filled with wasteful spending.

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