|–||Democratic districts received nearly twice the amount of stimulus funds as GOP districts
A new analysis of the $157 billion distributed by the American Reinvestment and Recovery act, popularly known as the stimulus bill, shows that the funds were distributed without regard for what states were most in need of jobs.
« You would think that if the stimulus money was actually spent to create jobs, there would be more stimulus money spent in high unemployment states, » said Veronique de Rugy, a scholar at the Mercatus Center who produced the analysis. « But we don’t find any correlation. »
« We find no correlation between economic indicators and stimulus funding. Preliminary results find no statistically significant effect of unemployment, median income or mean income on stimulus funds allocation, » said the report.
The Mercatus Center analysis also found that Democratic congressional districts received on average almost double the funding of Republican congressional districts. Republican congressional districts received on average $232 million in stimulus funds while Democratic districts received $439 million on average.