Mar 12, 2012 2:19 PM GMT
So "stimulus" funds were used to lobby the government. Note that the same people who have defended the stimulus are also the same people who believe that the stimulus was too small.
The idea of government money going toward efforts to lobby the government sounds like some type of joke, but it’s not.
Since March 2010, 30 states and Washington, D.C. have received $230 million in obesity prevention grants under the Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative (CPPW), a program established in the massive 2009 stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
According to public records, however, money from some of the CPPW grants and also from the Community Transformation Grants (CTGs) — another Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program established to bolster to the CPPW’s efforts — have been and are being used to lobby local governments in support of policies including sugar and soda taxes.