On Wednesday, ThinkProgress exclusively reported that Senator-Designate Tim Scott (R-SC) used acontroversial method of securing federal contracts and grants for his district known as “lettermarking,” despite his supposed opposition to earmarks. A ThinkProgress review of newly obtained documents reveals that Scott also used the process to request stimulus funds for a pet South Carolina project — despite his public opposition to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and federal stimulus in general.
During his first campaign, he said that the 2009 stimulus had “failed Americans.”
Shortly after becoming a Congressman in 2011, he endorsed “elimination of any unobligated ‘stimulus’ funding.” And in a September 2012 statement, Scott said, “It is clear that the current path is unsustainable – stimulus spending doesn’t work and will not work.”
But, while he publicly attacked the stimulus, he wrote a May 2012 letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood requesting almost $22 million in stimulus funding for renovation of railroad tracks in North and South Carolina...