Campaign 2010

Jun 24, 2009

Hypocrisy Schocker

Congressman Aaron Schock "Awards" COPS Funding To East Peoria That He Voted Against

 

In a stunning act of hypocrisy, Congressman Aaron Schock held a press conference with members of the East Peoria Police Department to "award" a $410,000 federal COPS Technology Grant that he voted against on the House floor.  During the event, Congressman Schock claimed "here in East Peoria, the police department, they make great investments in their people, and it only makes sense to continue to invest in the technology and tools they have in order to keep the citizens of East Peoria safe and police officers safe in the line of duty."

 

"Opposing much needed law enforcement funding is bad enough, but it is simply outrageous for Congressman Schock to then hypocritically take credit for securing the very money he voted against," said Gabby Adler, the Midwestern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "Aaron Schock not only misled the people of East Peoria, he lied to the faces of the men and women of the East Peoria Police Department who put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect the community."

 

The $410,000 COPS Technology Grant for the East Peoria Police Department was requested by former Congressman Ray LaHood, and included in the FY 2009 Omnibus Spending Bill that Aaron Schock voted against.  According to local reports, this funding is being used by the East Peoria Police to upgrade their communication capabilities to ensure future interoperability with other area first responders and to upgrade two dozen squad cars with digital in-car camera video systems.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Congressman Aaron Schock voted against the final passage of the FY 2009 Omnibus Spending Bill. [HR 1105, Vote #86, 2/25/09]

 

The FY 2009 Omnibus Spending Bill included a $410,000 COPS Technology Grant requested by former Congressman Ray LaHood.

 

Congressman Schock held a press conference on Monday to award the East Peoria Police Department a $410,000 federal COPS Technology Grant to update its aging in-car video camera systems and portable radios. [Peoria Journal Star, 6/22/09]

 

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