This is what Obama’s “hope and change” looks like. Those who bundled millions of campaign dollars for Obama have been rewarded with millions of taxpayer dollars.
From Free Beacon:
A top campaign contributor to former Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.)—the Obama bundler who once registered, then deregistered, and now “never” registered as a lobbyist for Spirit Airlines—won stimulus grants and contracts worth nearly $18.5 million, White House records show.
Florida Turbine Technologies (FTT), an engineering and development firm headquartered in Klein’s district, received a total of $18,459,277 in federal funding as part of the 2009 stimulus package, which Klein supported.
The Jupiter, Fla., company and its top executives were major contributors to Klein’s campaign during his two terms in Congress from 2007 to 2011, according to a database maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics. CEO Shirley Coates Brostmeyer and her husband Joe Brostmeyer, the company’s president, gave a combined $14,200 to Klein’s campaign while he was in office. The FTT political action committee added another $15,000.
When Klein mounted his unsuccessful reelection bid against Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) in 2010, FTT and its employees were the third-largest contributor to Klein’s campaign, giving nearly $20,000.
Shortly after Congress passed the $787 billion stimulus package, Klein’s office prepared a “How-To” guide to the stimulus for constituents. “In the weeks since this bill’s passage, I have worked closely with local elected officials, business leaders, and other members of the community to ensure that South Florida is fully prepared to secure and use its share of the federal funding quickly and efficiently,” he wrote.
His district ultimately received hundreds of millions of dollars. The money directed to FTT came in the form of three “clean energy” grants from the Department of Energy totaling $8.1 million, and a Defense Department contract worth $10.4 million for the creation of “adaptive versatile engine technology.”