Government Bytes


The Late Edition: October 23, 2013

by Curtis Kalin / /

Today’s Taxpayer News!

Super Bowl Shills: Judicial Watch has obtained documents showing that the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens football team has received $130,000 to cut ads on TV, radio, and online to push the citizens of Maryland to enroll in the Obamacare exchanges.

Solar scheme: Nevada solar panel company SolarCity has reaped big profits for its CEO while leaving customers and taxpayers paying high usage rates. Using a $1.2 million grant from the state of Nevada, the company’s stock price soared, even though it lost $61 million in the first half of 2013. This occurred even after an admission that “Retail rates can be two to three times as high as the wholesale price of electricity.” Read more at WatchdogWire.

Costly ‘glitch’ fixes: Even after spending between $400-600 million on the many rollout ‘glitches’, lawmakers want to throw more taxpayer money at the problem. House Majority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer now says, "We can give them a little money." After the rollout, some tech experts have estimated that it could take months to correct the multitude of problems with the site. The Washington Examiner has more.