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Nonexistent congressional districts in Iowa get millions

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by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The impact of the federal stimulus package is un-real in a number of congressional districts. The state of Iowa is made up of five districts and each one is taking a portion of more than $1.5 billion, but according to the White House's web site, Recovery.gov, there are a number of other nonexistent districts receiving funds.

The White House is blaming these errors on reporting issues. Officials say those who are reporting back to the government about stimulus money didn't know what congressional district they were in when filling out the paper work.

Senator Charles Grassley says he doesn't believe these errors are intentional, but it does raise some questions.

"It's ridiculous the record keeping there is on the stimulus money and what good it's doing and so it would put in question as far as I'm concerned the number of jobs it created," said Grassley.

The White House released a statement blaming these irregularities on reporting problems and Congressman Bruce Braley agrees.

"When you are uploading that much information there are bound to be some transcription errors and that is precisely what happened," said Braley.

The web site shows how much money each of the actual five districts has received, well over a billion dollars. All together there are eight nonexistent districts which received a portion of $10.5 million.

"It puts even more in question the justification for the stimulus and more importantly it look like the White House has something to hide," said Grassley.

"The bottom line is that there is no attempt to mislead anyone, in fact if you click on the information you will find out about as much information as you need to know to monitor how that money is being spent," said Braley.

The Director of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency board said they were expecting reporting errors and they are looking at ways to correct the problem.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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