Definitions for pork barrel
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a government appropriation, bill, or policy that supplies funds for local improvements designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents.
Category: Government, Informal
Origin of pork barrel:
pork barrel, pork(noun)
a legislative appropriation designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents
Pork barrel is the appropriation of government spending for localized projects secured solely or primarily to bring money to a representative's district. The usage originated in American English. In election campaigns, the term is used in derogatory fashion to attack opponents. Scholars, however, use it as a technical term regarding legislative control of local appropriations.
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