March 29, 2007
Spinach Funding wins Farr Porker of the Month
Citizens Against Government Waste named Rep. Sam Farr "Porker of the Month" for adding $25 million for spinach growers to the fiscal 2007 emergency supplemental bill. The measure was meant to compensate innocent spinach growers who lost money after the FDA warned against eating fresh spinach last Fall.
The measure has drawn criticism. See for example Bill Marler's Marlerblog, including local opinion letters from Farr's district. The spinach lobby evidently contributed about $30,000 in campaign contributions to Farr's campaign. Marler calls the $25 million appropriation "a hell of a return" on investment in a Congressman.
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