Puerto Rico

By   /   November 17, 2009  /   1 Comment

Either Puerto Rico has been awarded statehood or recovery.org has some explaining to do.

The stimulus package awarded the American territory $2 billion from the stimulus package, but that was not all; Puerto Rico was also apparently given 11 seats in congress.

Recovery.gov lists millions of dollars being awarded to “congressional districts” bearing such distinctions as District 00, 99 and simply “congressional district.” It is obvious that the isle to our south has no congressional districts, but it is not clear what geographic entities, if any, the districts refer to.

A Watchdog study revealed 440 non-existent congressional districts within the stimulus tracking web site, recovery.org. The full report can be found here and below:


Recovery’s Phantom Districts

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