Texas on the Potomac blog has the details (link), as follows...
The full Pig Book has more of the porky details (link)...
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Dallas, got dinged today for successfully wangling $2 million for the Lyndon Baines Johnson presidential library in Austin and $500,000 for the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation in Houston to create "a virtual space community for students."
Citizens Against Government Waste
Citizens Against Government Waste - an anti-spending organization in Washington, D.C. -- listed Hutchison's spending measures in the organization's annual compilation of so-called pork-barrel projects known as "The Pig Book."[SNIP]
The organization cited Hutchison, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, for the earmark spending for the LBJ library that went beyond the $2.9 million the facility receives under regular federal spending measures.
The $2 million she helped arrange was part of $41.5 million set aside to benefit the presidential libraries of three prominent Democrats - the LBJ library, the John F. Kennedy library in Boston; and the Franklin D. Roosevelt library in Hyde Park, N.Y.
The $500,000 obtained by Hutchison for the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation will help the facility extend space-learning opportunities to teachers, students and youth organizations with web casting, two-way videoconferencing and the internet.
The inclusion of Hutchison in "The Pig Book" comes as she readies her campaign for governor of Texas in 2010.
These are the kinds of days that will sink Kay's campaign. A string of days like today will really cut into (and maybe reverse) her probable 6 point lead over Rick. From the looks of it, Kay is not speaking at any of the tax revolt tea party rallies tomorrow, and Rick is speaking at 3 of them. Why is Kay not better plugged into this stuff? The GOP grassroots is/are angry and fired up, and they are desperately seeking someone to emerge as the person who stands up and speaks on their behalf in opposition to President Obama. Rick is far from winning everyone over, but from the traffic on blogs and on Twitter, Rick is grabbing that "voice of the opposition to Obama" mantle in the view of a lot of conservative activists.