I love government pork barrel programs, even the ones with a slight genealogy connection. Writing in the Family Roots and Branches Genealogy blog, Gayle Van Horn describes an $8.7-Million government "cultural exchange program" to connect whalers in Massachusetts with their whaling ancestors in Alaska and Hawaii. (The project got harpooned.)
You can read more at the Family Roots and Branches Genealogy blog at http://family-genealogy.blogspot.com/2009/07/house-republicans-harpoon-87-million.html.
My thanks to Larry Van Horn for telling me about this one.