From what I understand, he passes along ALL the earmarks for his district, not just the ones for wealthy contributors. As bad as some of the earmarks are, they are far from being the largest source of government waste. Letting lifelong unelected bureaucrats make spending decisions results in just as much waste. It's the appropriations part that controls how much we're spending. It's kind of like if your spouse says she's going to the store and will purchase $100 of groceries. You request that she picks up steak for one of the meals. She still spends $100, but you've at least had your say on what you get to eat. Eliminating earmarks takes all of the spending decisions out of elected officials and puts them in the hands of unelected officials.