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Sen. Robert Byrd: A Lifetime Legacy as the “King of Pork”

According to Citizens Against Government Waste. “Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.” Whenever taxpayers discuss pork, one name immediately comes to mind, and that is Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV), the state’s senior senator. Since CAGW began tracking pork in 1991, West Virginia has received $2.95 billion in pork. Twice since 2001, West Virginia has ranked 4th in pork per capita.

CAGW named him Porker of the Month for June 2006 “for his legacy as the “King of Pork.” Mr. Byrd today becomes the longest-serving Senator in U.S. history” although CAGW “dubbed him the “King of Pork” in 1999 when West Virginia became the first state to garner $1 billion in pork in the collective Pig Book database.”

What a legacy! CAGW’s “Byrd Droppings” has cataloged at least 33 projects in West Virginia that bear his name even though CAGW reports that “Federal law prohibits the naming of federal structures after sitting members of Congress.” Keep a look-out for those structures on your next visit to West Virginia.