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    Default New word for 2010: Phantom Zip Code

    Damn little details...

    Stimulus Watch: Now it’s fake zip codes
    By: Barbara Hollingsworth
    Local Opinion Editor
    01/04/10 12:14 PM EST
    Recovery.gov, the Obama administration’s supposedly transparent attempt to let citizens know how every dollar of the $787 billion stimulus package was spent, is turning out to be a lot more comic fiction than fact.

    Not only have fake jobs been reported in phantom congressional districts, Steve Allen Adams of NewMexicoWatchdog.org discovered that some of the $27 million of federal money his state received also went to nonexistent zip codes:

    http://newmexico.watchdog.org/2010/0...ent-zip-codes/

    “Closer examination of the latest recovery.gov report for New Mexico shows hundreds of thousands of dollars sent to and credited with creating jobs in zip codes that do not exist in New Mexico or anywhere else. Moreover, funds reported as being spent in New Mexico were given zip codes corresponding to areas in Washington and Oregon.”

    The next quarterly report by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board - the federal agency in charge of tracking stimulus dollars that responded to the fake congressional district scandal by labeling them “unassigned” - is due January 30.

    It should be hilarious.
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    Uh oh. Another...

    Phantom zip codes also found in Virginia
    By: Barbara Hollingsworth
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    01/06/10 10:40 AM EST


    As much as $9.5 million in federal stimulus dollars went to 14 zip codes in Virginia that don’t exist or are in other states, Old Dominion Watchdog (http://virginia.watchdog.org) reports. The fake zip codes were listed on Recovery.gov, the federal Web site that is supposed to track how the stimulus money is being used.

    The phony zip codes are a new wrinkle in Recovery.gov’s increasingly tattered credibility. In November, Ed Pound, director of communications for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, said a rash of phantom congressional districts found on the website were the result of confusion by fund recipients, who apparently didn’t know who their congressman was.

    But who would give millions of dollars to somebody who doesn’t even know their own zip code?
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    I'm sure it was a clerical error by Pres. Bush...

    Published: January 06,2010
    First It Was Phantom Congressional Districts; Now It is Phantom Zip Codes


    Less than two months after breaking the news that federal stimulus money was allocated to 440 non-existing congressional districts, it now appears more than $375 million in federal stimulus funds were sent to and credited with creating jobs in ZIP codes that do not exist in all but 12 of the nation's states.

    According to a national study of the Recovery.gov website compiled by Kansas Watchdog reporter Earl Glynn and authored by Bill McMorris, the stimulus is sending $375 million in the form of grants, loans and government contracts to fund more than 200 projects in imaginary ZIP codes. The site also reports the funds created more than 400 jobs at a cost of about $800,000 each.

    This new development was discovered on Monday by New Mexico Watchdog Jim Scarantino of the Rio Grande Foundation, who sifted through Recovery.gov, the $18 million website launched by the Obama Administration to track the destinations of billions of dollars of stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Following Monday's developments, stories from other state-based watchdogs indicated that the problem extended beyond New Mexico's borders. Scarantino is also credited with breaking the news on the phantom congressional districts on November 16, 2009.

    "Today's news reiterates the value and importance of transparency and accountability in the federal government. In addition, it demonstrates the efectiveness of nonprofit journalism and the need for more journalists investigating our government," said Jason Stverak, President of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. "These imaginary ZIP codes are not necessarily a sign of taxpayer abuse but it does make the U.S. taxpayer wary of trusting our elected officials. We urge all of our Watchdogs and citizen journalists around the nation to delve into their own state stimulus funding information and report any errors to Watchdog.org."

    According to recovery.gov, all but 12 of the nation's states have at least one phantom ZIP receiving stimulus money. California tops the nation with 22 invented codes. The imaginary ZIP codes affect both small and large cities. These errors were found by checking the zip codes reported at Recovery.gov against the United States Postal Service's on-line ZIP code locator.

    The next quarterly report tracking stimulus funds, and reporting jobs created or saved by expenditure of those funds, is scheduled to be posted by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board on January 30, 2010. To View the National Recovery.org Zip Code Study.

    For more information on the New Mexico Watchdog please visit [7]www.NewMexicoWatchdog.org

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    So we spend $800,000 for each job created that pays maybe $40,000-$50,000. And we do it in cities, towns, counties, and congressional districts that don't even exist.

    Yeah. And these morons think they can save health care dollars?
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