In the first six months of 2007, 22 House Democrats and 3 Republicans accepted $40,000 from lobbyists for trips to Las Vegas and other resorts…Earmarks have not even slowed…Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D. Md.) has earmarks this year amounting to $96 million…In addition, Senators stuck over $5.2 billion in earmarks in their defense spending bill…Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D. Neb.) rejects any criticism of his own or others’ earmarks and points out that the bill slows the revolving door for former lawmakers to jump into lobbying firms and requires lobbyists to disclose more information, including “bundling” of campaign contributions by others.