"Tom Lizardo, a Paul aide, said Mr. Paul has always asked for spending for his district in response to local requests.
"He feels the IRS takes the money and so it's [his] job to make sure money comes back in the district," Mr. Lizardo said.
However, Mr. Paul usually votes against final spending bills containing his earmarks when they reach the House floor. So far this year he has voted against funding bills for military construction, veterans and state-foreign operations. He did not cast a vote when the Homeland Security and legislative funding bills were on the floor.
Many lawmakers feel they are better off requesting funding for specific projects in their districts rather than waiting for a bureaucratic agency to decide which project is funded. Mr. Paul agrees, Mr. Lizardo said. "