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Stimulus hypocrisy in Florida?



Several members of Florida's congressional delegation make an appearance in a new government watchdog report that looks lawmakers who bashed or voted against the stimulus but lobbied money anyway.

Among them Sen. George LeMieux, who sent a letter in support of nearly $152 million for road projects requested by the Florida Department of Transportation. Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Palm Harbor sought $16 million to widen Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Hillsborough and Pasco counties, calling it an "important economic recovery and transportation project." Rep. Adam Putnam wanted money for a "biorefinery" at the University of Florida.

The report by the Center for Public Integrity can be read here. A drop down box on right side leads to the Florida section. In general lawamkers who have lobbied behind the scenes for money say while they do not support the stimulus, they feel their home state should get a piece of the pie. But some critics say it doesn't matter.

“The GOP should not be taking this money and spending it regardless of where it came from,” said Rob Gaudet, national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots. “They should be fighting against it with every fiber of their elected beings.”

[Last modified: Monday, October 18, 2010 10:38am]


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