Senator Barack Obama's campaign is defending his record of sponsoring special projects while in the Illinois Senate.
Public records reveal as a state senator, Obama secured funds for literacy programs, park improvements, drill team uniforms and jazz-appreciation events. They add up to more than $6 million from 1999 through early 2002. His campaign says that's when he stopped making such requests.
A spokesman says the Chicago Democrat stopped inserting pet projects into the Illinois budget because he felt the system was getting out of hand.
Obama's campaign has criticized Democratic presidential rival Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for withholding similar information about her years in the U.S. Senate.
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