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Porkbusters is an effort led by mostly conservative and libertarian bloggers to cut pork barrel spending by the U.S. Congress in order to help pay for Hurricane Katrina recovery projects. Conservatism or political conservatism is any of several historically related political philosophies or political ideologies. ... This article deals with the libertarianism as defined in America and several other nations. ... A blog or weblog (derived from web + log) is a web-based publication consisting primarily of periodic articles (normally, but not always, in reverse chronological order). ... Pork barrel (or pork barrel politics) is a derogatory term describing government spending that is intended to benefit constituents of a politician in return for their political support, either in the form of campaign contributions or votes. ... Seal of the Congress. ... Hurricane Katrina was the eleventh named tropical storm, fourth hurricane, third major hurricane, and first Category 5 hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. ...

The effort was launched on 2005-09-18[1], when the massive scale of the needed reconstruction effort became apparent. It quickly picked up steam as blogger Glenn Reynolds (aka "The Instapundit") began promoting the idea and the influential-though-anonymous blogger N.Z.Bear set up a website showing which members of the U.S. Congress had commmitted to cutting projects in their own districts to help offset the disaster recovery effort. 2005 (Roman: MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... Glenn Reynolds (born August 27, 1960) is Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, and is best known as the Internets Instapundit. ... Instapundit is a U.S. political weblog produced by Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee. ...

Reynolds encourages his readers to send him copies of pork-cutting letters they send to their representatives and Senators, along with the responses from the elected officials. He then posts these on his website under the heading "Porkbusters Update".

In operation for less than six weeks, as of October 13, 2005 the project has already managed to garner $84,000,000 in specific budget cut committments out of various Representatives and non-specific agreements out of many more. In addition, those Representatives who have been contacted and have negative responses are highlighted and made available for contact by their constituents. The United States dollar, or American dollar, is the official currency of the United States. ...

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External links

  • Official website
  • Porkbuster posts at Instapundit — Contains many responses from Government Representatives
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