When Democrats took over Congress, they promised to get rid of those expensive pet projects known as earmarks.
But the non-partisan group Citizens Against Government Waste said that has not happened.
The group released its annual "Pig Book" Wednesday, exposing wasteful "pork barrel" spending on Capitol Hill.
It showed that Congress set aside $17 billion in earmarks for 2008, a 30 percent increase from last year.
The money has been used for projects like the following:
- $7.5 million for grape and wine testing
- $3 million for shrimp research.
"This money comes from one of two places. Either you pay more taxes for everything that's in that book, or you borrow the money for everything that's in that book," said Republican John Campbell of California. "So the question for people out there is 'are you willing to pay more taxes, to see your taxes go up for this stuff?"'
Sen. Clinton requested 281 earmarks worth $296 million, Sen. Obama, 53 earmarks worth $97 million and Sen. McCain has never requested an earmark.