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    Wasteful Spending Spin vs Fact

    5/10/12 AFP Blog


    Spin: “AFP claims the administration gave Fisker millions to build cars in Finland. Um, no.”
    Fact: Um, yes! Fisker was given American taxpayer dollars to subsidize production of a luxury sports car which is assembled in Finland and costs $102,000. While some of the parts are manufactured in the U.S., that’s hardly justification to pretend Americans aren’t subsidizing jobs in Finland. By the way, these cars have been catching on fire lately, leading to hundreds of recalls.

    Spin: “Fisker is employing 700 workers in California.”
    Fact: It didn’t take Neil Munro of the Daily Caller long to figure out that number was off by 40%.

    Spin: “Fisker is planning on building a plant in Delaware.”
    Fact: If Fisker was planning on building a plant before, that’s not likely happening now. Back in 2009, Joe Biden announced Fisker would be given $529 million from the Department of Energy to take over the old General Motors Boxwood Road plant outside Wilmington, Delaware.

    At that time Biden promised, "This is seed money that will return back to the American consumer in billions and billions and billions of dollars in good new jobs." From there, the story plays out much like Solyndra. Fisker has since fired most of the Delaware workers, and now there are only a few caretakers at the plant. As ABC News reports, “two years after the loan was announced, the company's manufacturing jobs are still limited to the assembly of the flashy electric Fisker Karma sports car in Finland.”

    Spin: “AFP claims we gave tens of millions to build traffic lights in China. That’s wrong again. The traffic lights were assembled here, in this country.”
    Fact: Another half-truth from Ms. Cutter. As the Tribune-Review describes, the “energy efficient” traffic lights were assembled here, after using taxpayer money to buy tens of millions of dollars in parts built in China. More taxpayer money being sent overseas.

    Spin: “AFP said we gave money to a company building a solar plant in Mexico. Nope wrong again.”
    Fact: This is just an outright lie. “Green energy” company SunPower was given a $1.2 billion federal loan guarantee a few weeks after announcing it was building a new plant in Mexico. SunPower also had a plant in California, which doesn’t change a single thing. American taxpayers were being forced to subsidize a solar company who was investing in other countries. Ready for another big surprise? SunPower is owned by a French oil company.

    Spin: “They will literally say anything. They oppose expanding clean energy, they oppose higher fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks, so we’re going to call their B.S. when we see it.”
    Fact: Call it whatever you want Ms. Cutter. You and your terrible “fact checker” ally at Washington Post are pumping out fact-warping campaign rhetoric as fast as you can, without regard for the truth. Fortunately, the American people live in the real economy and see things for what they are, not through the rose-colored reelection campaign goggles you’re currently wearing.


    Bonus Spin: “Obama has helped create hundreds of thousands of clean-energy jobs, projects in all 50 states.”
    Fact: Obama tried making these bogus claims in his previous ad attacking AFP, only then he claimed to have created 2.7 million clean energy jobs during his first term as president, citing the Brookings Institution article written last year.



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    GSA Spent $270,000 on One-day Awards Ceremony

    7/23/12
    Written by Brian Koenig

    The unveiling of another lavish employee event has added to the General Services Administration’s (GSA) already scandal-ridden status as a corrupt government agency notorious for taxpayer waste. Only three months after GSA officials were exposed for having spent more than $800,000 on a Las Vegas "training conference," the department’s inspector general is launching an investigation into a Washington event that cost a sizable $270,000.

    The GSA, which oversees federal real estate and manages most government purchasing, allegedly spent thousands of dollars on hors d’oeuvres, travel expenses, and party-favor items for a one-day awards ceremony in November 2010. House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) said in a press conference Thursday that the revelation “makes everyone’s blood boil,” and that the “committee is appalled.”

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    GSA waste watcher also a ‘boom-whacker’

    By Jim McElhatton
    7/20/12

    No anger raised about Virginia event

    Susan Brita, deputy administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), emerged as a whistleblower star this spring, praised for her role in uncovering an $800,000 taxpayer-funded Las Vegas conference with clowns, a mind reader and in-room parties that became a national symbol of egregious government waste.

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    Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who represents the District of Columbia, later issued a press release calling Ms. Brita a hero.

    But all the while, an internal website on the GSA’s vast computer network showed images of Ms. Brita at another wasteful GSA conference. This time, she wasn’t the whistleblower, but just another high-level GSA official having a good time.


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    With estimated costs of more than a quarter-million dollars, the one-day conference included a private commissioner’s party, a drumming troupe, more than $20,000 in catering charges, hors d’oeuvres, mini-pastries, a guitarist and violinist, and giveaways to government employees who took home free time-and-temperature picture frames and drumsticks.

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    Asked whether any of the top GSA officials who took part in the Crystal City event would face the sort of discipline meted out to organizers of the Las Vegas conference, including suspensions and firings, Mr. Cruz said a review is under way.

    Story Continues → GSA waste watcher also a

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vofWkCJvbDo]UNCOVERED: Federal Government Worker "American Idle"? - Long Version and GSA Awards Ceremony - YouTube[/ame]
     

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