The Brookings Cafeteria Podcast: John Hudak on Presidential Pork Barrel Spending

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Podcast: Presidents Deliver the Bacon, Too

March 14, 2014, John Hudak and Fred Dews

Pork barrel spending has traditionally been understood as the exclusive domain of Congress. Yet recent presidents are highly engaged in the practice, too, as John Hudak demonstrates in his illuminating new book, "Presidential Pork: White House Influence over the Distribution of Federal Grants" (Brookings, 2014). In this podcast, Hudak, a fellow in Governance Studies, explains how presidents dole out over $100 billion per year in discretionary federal grants through scores of federal agencies, often in service of improving his electoral prospects.

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