Here's the press release as sent to me:
RYUN PLEDGES NO NEW EARMARKS
TOPEKA, KS – Jim Ryun has pledged to refrain from requesting earmarks if returned to office in an effort to end wasteful government spending in Washington. Ryun cited the broken system and the dissatisfaction of Kansans with Washington as the reasons behind joining several other Republican and Democrat Members of Congress in this pledge.
“The earmark crisis is out of control and I am committed to fighting for the return of fiscal conservatism and integrity to the system,” Ryun said. “People do not trust Washington and it is clear that transparency is not working. I am joining the earmark reform movement in Washington and will work to repair an obviously broken system.”
Current Republican leaders who have already pledged a personal earmark moratorium include House Minority Leader John Boehner as well as the Republican Nominee for President, John McCain.
“There is no greater way to lead than by example and I challenge my primary and general opponents to join this effort for reform,” Ryun said.
[update 3/7: a commenter pointed out that Jenkins had already taken the same pledge. I have cut and pasted below what Jenkins has said on the issue. I think there is a difference in what the two candidates have said, but you can be the judge.]
Fight Against Wasteful Spending
In Congress I will work to reduce spending and slow the growth of a bloated federal bureaucracy.
I will work to reform a broken earmark system that has allowed frivolous and wasteful projects to receive federal taxpayer dollars in recent years.
In 2006, Nancy Boyda and many other Democrats ran on the promise of reforming the earmark process, but their “reforms” were cosmetic and have done little to reduce wasteful spending.
It’s Time for Real Reform
Real reforms to the earmark system will not harm the progress of legitimate projects, but it will end the use of YOUR MONEY for projects that Congress voted to fund in recent years like a bridge to nowhere, a teapot museum, and a study on the DNA of bears.
I simply refuse to believe that our federal government should have any role in spending YOUR MONEY on projects such as these. Only real reform will limit future wasteful spending. That's why I signed the Citizens Against Government Waste Earmark Reform Pledge, a pledge to reform a broken system.
[UPDATE 3/8: I have once again been accused of being a front for the Ryun campaign because of this post. First, Lynn Jenkins campaign does not send me press releases, Jim Ryun's does. If she wants something to appear on this site, they can send it to me. Otherwise, don't complain. Second, the pledge Lynn signed found here calls for earmark reform. Jim Ryun has pledged not to seek any earmarks. There is a difference. Whichever position you like is open for debate, I haven't commented on which is better or worse.]
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.