Phantom Districts are No More

By   /   November 18, 2009  /   3 Comments

The 440 phantom districts found on the government’s stimulus tracking web site have been replaced. has taken down all of the phantom districts–that is districts that received money without actually existing. The 12 phantom districts in Virginia, for example, have been consolidated into one category: unassigned congressional district. It appears that the administration, embarrassed by the fallout of New Mexico Watchdog’s discovery of these discrepancies, is now looking to retrace what actual districts received the $6.4 billion distributed to the phantoms.

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This is a far cry from the response that Ed Pound, spokesman for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, gave a Montana Policy Institute reporter on Monday. Pound told reporters that the problem would not be resolved until the next data collection cycle in January.

Luckily, has preserved’s most recent data on the 440 UFD’s (Unidentified Funded Districts) of the stimulus package:

Recovery’s Phantom Districts


Bill McMorris is an editor and investigative reporter at the national watchdog network. A print journalist by training, he has written for the Santa Barbara News-Press, National Review Online and Libertas magazine. While in Santa Barbara, Mr. McMorris produced a wide range of investigative work. His coverage of a November 2008 wildfire revealed that the city had lost nearly ten times more homes than the fire department initially told the public. He also investigated charges of power abuse against the city’s police chief, as well as pay increases at the District Attorney’s Office following a series of lay-offs. Mr. McMorris was educated at Cornell University where he studied government and history. When he is not reporting he is trying to pay for a wedding.

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  • Jacob

    There is a discrepancy between the number of congressional districts (435) and the districts receiving funds above and beyond the number of non-existent districts. I think the discrepancy is in the number count of American possessions (Guam, Samoa, etc) that received funds but are in fact not “congressional districts.” Nothing changes but the discrepancy should be noted.