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Cutting Out the Middleman

4:19 PM, Feb 6, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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News of a new and creative way for the recipients of federal grants to spend the money.  Use it to pay lobbyists.  Who will, presumably, work their magic in order to get more federal money, which can then be spent to lobby for yet even more federal money.  

Buffalo’s WGRZ reports that according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, office of inspector general:

… the city spent more than $1.6 million on "prohibited or illegal activities."

To include:

… payroll and travel costs, as well as, insurance payments and contracts for lobbyists. Payments to lobbyists are strictly prohibited under federal law.

No news on: 

… whether the city still employs lobbying firms -- Capitol Partners, American Continental Group and Patton Boggs

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