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April 13th, 2011
BP Gave States Along the Gulf Coast $754 Million Because of the Spill . . .

BP has paid more than $754 MILLION to state and city governments in the Gulf Coast region because of the oil spill.  The money came with almost no strings attached . . . just that it had to be loosely tied to recovering from the spill.

--And the governments that got the money REALLY took that whole "loosely tied to the recovery" thing seriously.  Here are some of the things that they've purchased . . .

--Biloxi, Mississippi bought 14 SUVs and pickup trucks, two boats, two dump trucks, and a backhoe loader.

--A $35,000 2011 Chevy Tahoe went to the mayor of Biloxi so he could get to, quote, "countless meetings" about the oil spill.

--Ocean Spring, Mississippi bought Tasers for all of their reserve police officers . . . it's not clear how that was related to the spill.

--In one Florida county, which was kept anonymous, $14,000 went to the county commissioner's girlfriend so she could open up a PR firm to spread good news about the area.

--The head of the Lafourche, Louisiana parish bought herself a top-of-the-line iPad because, quote, "I must be in contact at all times."  Her spokesman got a $3,165 Dell computer because work on the spill wore out his one-year-old computer.

--Florida spent $560,000 on three concerts . . . Kenny Loggins, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Doobie Brothers.  They played on Okaloosa Island to show that the spill hadn't ruined tourism in the area.  Or whatever.  Let's hear "China Grove"!   


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