Billions in aid go to areas that backed Obama in '08 - USATODAY.com Double the stimulus, per person, for counties that went Obama. The article goes on to say this is not without precedent -- Looks to me like it started when Dens started getting more control of Congress in 2004 and got even more of it in 2006. I'm not sure it's accurate for the USA Today to be blaming this on Presidents Bush and Obama. Last time I checked, Congress has the purse strings. Now, there could be other reasons for this too: need. Most all of these areas getting the most stimulus bucks have had Dem leadership for many years. So, is it incompetence? Or cronyism? Either way, the fact remains. Counties who voted for Obama are getting TWICE the stimulus dollars, per person, than ones who went for McCain. No matter how you slice it, it does give off a bad, payola smell. Vote buying! 21st Century, Chicago style!