WHERE: Arizona, Oklahoma, Iowa and other states
WHAT: Thirty jobs were saved or created in Arizona’s 15th Congressional District, at a cost of $761,420 in federal stimulus spending — or $25,380 per job. At least that’s what the Obama administration stimulus Web site claims. The problem is that Arizona has only eight congressional districts; there is no 15th. ABC News and other media have traced many other so-called jobs to phantom districts. Oklahoma supposedly spent $19 million to create just 15 jobs in nonexistent districts.
WHAT’S THE EXCUSE: Officials with the Recovery Board, which is supposed to keep track of stimulus spending, said it was human error that caused the mistaken crediting of jobs in nonexistent congressional districts.
WHAT’S BEING DONE: Members of Congress from both parties are demanding an accurate recount of what jobs were genuinely created through the $787 billion stimulus bill.