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Earmark-Free Bills Push Senators to Get Creative

Democrat Debbie Stabenow helped secure $744.2 million in targeted spending for her home state of Michigan in the first three years of her current term in the U.S. Senate.

As Stabenow seeks a third term, such earmarks are no longer allowed, so like every senator seeking re-election she has had to get creative about finding alternative ways to convince voters that she is working for them.