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WSJ: Earmarks Carry Risk For Santorum

On January 6, 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported:

On the campaign trail, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum talks up his role in overhauling welfare laws and curbing abortion rights. Less mentioned is the money he sent home to preserve cannons at Gettysburg National Military Park or to build new quarters for polar bears at the Pittsburgh zoo.

During 16 years in Congress, Mr. Santorum was an active participant in the congressional practice of earmarking federal funds for projects designated by lawmakers in their home states. It was standard procedure when Mr. Santorum was in Congress, but today has become anathema to conservatives, opening the surging candidate to attacks from other Republicans and potentially damping support from a core constituency.

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