The Hotline reports this morning that members of the brand new "Tea Party Caucus" requested more than $1 billion in earmarks in the 111th Congress. Missouri's Todd Akin and Blaine Luetkemeyer are members of the caucus -- Akin sought $14.7M in earmarks in Fiscal Year 2010, while Luetkemeyer didn't ask for any.
A couple of weeks ago, St. Louis Tea Party leaders http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/blunt-vote-against-earmarks-prohibition-st-louis-tea-partiers-feign-surprise(on Twitter, anyway) when Senator-elect Roy Blunt announced that he didn't have any interest in reforming the existing earmark process. Local sillyperson Dana Loesch even promised to look for a 2016 primary challenger if Blunt ignored their empty threats, and then that all went away when it became clear that they weren't actually scaring anyone.
h/t The indispensible Political Wire