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Michael Grabell Discusses the Stimulus

 As the almost $800 billion Recovery and Reinvestment Act was being written last year, Michael Grabell and a team of ProPublica editors and reporters knew that this would be one of the biggest accountability issues of the Obama administration. Grabell began tracking the project from "bill to buildings" and soon became one of the country’s leading experts on what’s generally known as the stimulus.

With today being the one-year anniversary of the passage of the bill, we sat down with Grabell to discuss his stimulus reporting. Grabell explains how he got on the stimulus beat, whether the money was going toward areas where the need was the greatest, how you can get banned from receiving stimulus funds, why small airports received more money than large airports, why it’s been so difficult to track the number of jobs created, and the most surprising projects so far.

Articles discussed on this show:

Stimulus Spending Fails to Follow Unemployment, Poverty

Recovery Tracker – Find out how much stimulus money is going to your state and your county

When Do You Ban A Stimulus Contractor? and For Some Stimulus Contractors, a Blemished Past

Tiny Airports Take Off With Stimulus and Inspector General Blasts Stimulus for Tiny Airports

Stimulus for Cotton Candy, Tango and a Fish Orchestra? Wacky, or Actually Worthy?

Thousands of Stimulus Reports Missing, Resulting in Potential Undercount of Jobs Created and White House Changes Stimulus Jobs Count

Mike Webb

Mike Webb was the vice president/communications of ProPublica. He is a veteran communications specialist with experience in public relations, marketing, sales and campaign work at media companies, think tanks, political organizations and in the entertainment business.

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