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Sen. Coburn criticizes gov't. waste in new report

Oklahoma City (AP) _ A new report by Sen. Tom Coburn documents $1.3 billion in federal spending on pet projects and grants that funded such things as an inflatable alligator and specialty potatoes for high-end restaurants.

Coburn is the ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management. His new report, entitled "2008: Worst Waste of the Year,'' was released Friday.  The Oklahoma Republican has been a fierce critic of earmarks for special projects in states and other federal spending practices.

It is the first time he has compiled a report documenting what he considers the worst spending for an entire year. He says not even tough economic times has dulled Congress' ability to be creative in wasting taxpayer dollars.

(Copyright 2008 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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