WASHINGTON, D.C. - A pair of pigs helped kickoff the 2009 annual expose of government pork barrel spending By the group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW).
The group used Winnie, Dudley and a tiny "pork barrel" to announce the release of its latest installment of the congressional pig book.
The 2009 book reveals what CAGW says is more than 10,000 earmarks worth more than $19 billion.
The group claims the current democratic congressional majority is following the same path as their republican predecessors.
Some examples of pork in the 2009 pig book include: $3.8 million dollars for the old Tiger Stadium conservancy in Detroit, $1.8 million for swine odor and manure management research in Iowa and $1.9 million for the Pleasure Beach Water Taxi service in Connecticut.
In Alabama the CAGW organization cites several projects for what it considers pork.
Those appropriations include nearly $80 million secured by Alabama's senior senator, Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) in the Commerce, Justice and Science category. Those earmarks included $900,000 for fish management at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and $800,000 for oyster rehabilitation in Mobile. According to the organization Shelby secured funding for 84 other projects under this category.
Shelby also helped secure funding of $350,000 under the Save America's Treasures program for Magnolia Grove, an antebellum mansion that was the boyhood home of a Rear Admiral and hero from the Spanish-American War.
Alabama agricultural earmarks included $413,000 for peanut research and $139,000 for the "Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference."
Other state representatives like former Rep. Terry Everett (R-Enterprise) helped earmark $6.8 million for a chapel center at Fort Rucker. Rep Spencer Bachus (R-Vestavia Hills) secured $2.3 million for six projects including funds for the Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission and the Shelby Arts Council in Columbiana (Shelby County).