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      Federal money for Super Storm Sandy states being spent on tourism ads

      The federal government has just announced a third round of funding for states hit by Super Storm Sandy in 2012 to the tune of $2.5 billion.

      With $15.2 billion in aid now given to those states, there are questions as to how the money is being spent.

      Some of the money is being spent on tourism ads in New Jersey and New York.

      Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) says the money was specifically for restoration and recovery, "Why is it a federal role that we take money from Oklahoma, or Louisiana, or California and send money to New Jersey so they can run ads to suck people out of those states to go to New Jersey?"

      The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is in charge of the funds that are distributed to the states. In response to Sen. Coburn, HUD released a statement that said, "Tourism support can be a useful recovery tool in a damaged regional economy that depends on tourism."

      What do you think? Is tourism advertising a good use of the funds or should all of the money go toward rebuilding structures?

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