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Jobs Saved or Created by Stimulus…in Districts that Don’t Exist 11/17/2009

Posted by Leona Dawnfire in Government.

Ooh, busted!

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(From ABC News)
Here’s a stimulus success story: In Arizona’s 15th congressional district, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. At least that’s what the Web site set up by the Obama administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says.

Discrepancies on government web site call into question stimulus spending.
There’s one problem, though: There is no 15th congressional district in Arizona; the state has only eight districts.

And ABC News has found many more entries for projects like this in places that are incorrectly identified.

The list of spending and job creation in fictional congressional districts extends to U.S. territories as well.

$68.3 million spent and 72.2 million spent in the 1st congressional district of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

$8.4 million spent and 40.3 jobs created in the 99th congressional district of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

$1.5 million spent and .3 jobs created in the 69th district and $35 million for 142 jobs in the 99th district of the Northern Mariana Islands.

$47.7 million spent and 291 jobs created in Puerto Rico’s 99th congressional district.

Interesting facts and figures, but none of these districts exist.

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The Recovery Board is trying to cover their butts by playing the blame game and saying it’s human err – but not on their part. It’s just that they report what they are told and everyone else keeps messing up.

But if the number of jobs created/saved keeps getting overestimated (again…) and over 10% of said jobs are in districts that don’t exist…where in the world is our money going?





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