$842,0000 in federal “stimulus” spent paying people to play video games

HOLLAND, MI — A federal investigation into the misuse of a stimulus grant forced LG Chem to repay $842,000 in taxpayer funds.

A report released Wednesday, Feb. 13, confirmed that some LG Chem employees were paid to watch movies, play games or volunteer at local non-profits as production lines for battery cells sat idle. The report concluded that taxpayers will likely receive little benefit from a project for which they provided about half the funding.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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