It’s already been reported that politicians (governors, Senators, etc) who opposed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the stimulus) have welcomed stimulus funds into their states. But now, Public Integrity blows the story open with a long report on how stimulus opponents “sought money out of public view.”
Scores of Republicans and conservative Democrats who voted against the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act subsequently wrote letters requesting funds for projects in a massive, behind-the-scenes letter-writing and phone call campaign, documents obtained by the Center show.
Those asking for money include Tea Party favorites like freshman Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former presidential candidates Ron Paul and John McCain and Republican congressional leaders like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana.
Many Democratic leaders who had boasted they prevented lawmakers from inserting special spending requests in the stimulus law when it passed also engaged in the behind-the-scenes letter writing to secure funding afterwards, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Included in the reporting are PDF files of letters lawmakers sent requesting stimulus funds for certain projects. Look in the sidebar on the article for links to letters from Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning.