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Rep. Hoekstra questions stimulus spending in "phantom" districts

7:07 PM, Nov 17, 2009   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) released a statement late Tuesday afternoon, questioning whether federal stimulus funds were being spent in Michigan congressional districts that do not exist.

The list at lists federal stimulus money spent and jobs created in the 00, 21st, 22nd, 16th, 28th, 23rd, 83rd, 60th and 37th congressional districts.  Michigan only has 15 congressional districts.

WZZM13 contacted Assistant Director of Communications, Cheryl Arvidson, of the federal Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board.

Arvidson tells WZZM13 that the information was entered by the stimulus recipients on a federal reporting form.  Arvidson said some of the recipients entered incorrect information.  She also stressed that no money had disappeared.

In his statement, Rep. Hoekstra said, "The President and Vice President continue to stress that they are creating jobs and now we know why, because they are working with inaccurate information."

According to USA Today, which is a partner of WZZM13, Michigan is earmarked for $8,475,007,107.71 in stimulus funds.  That 8 1/2 billion dollars amounts to $847.21 for every Michigan resident.


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