A recent New York Times article shows how for-profit companies are skirting the earmark ban by creating faux-non-profit sister companies.
All the examples they highlight are democrat earmarks to companies who contributed to their campaigns. That means legalized bribery and gov't money as rewards for their support. And skirting legistlation designed to stop it.
By the way, it's the NYT, you know they would have used a Republican example if they could have found one. Meanwhile, they used the republican quote to admonish the practice.
Corruption by any other name still smells as foul. The profiteers in D.C. will always find a way around their rules -- and their corrupt congressional friends will always support them until voters wake up and do something about it.
Read it all here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/us/politics/05earmarks.html?_r=2