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The United States Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency has announced the prize money for a new corruption poolpote. HUD Deputy Secretary Roy A. Bernardi announced that the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and 27 individual municipalities throughout the island will receive nearly $152 million to support community development and produce more affordable housing. HUD's annual funding will also assist individuals and families who might otherwise be living on the streets, and offer real housing solutions for individuals with HIV/AIDS.
HUD officials are worried though. They fear that the $152 million will help prop up failing municipal politicians and allow them to hand out lucrative contracts to their best friends and coincidentally enough, some of these politicians strongest political supporters.
"I think I'm supposed to say at this point," pondered Bernardi, "that this funding helps communities build better neighborhoods from the ground up." Bernardi continued, "But in a press conference with the mayors of the municipalities targeted to receive the money, the ravenous look upon their faces, the greedy ringing of their hands, and the drool running from their mouths has me a little concerned."
Bernardi expressed concern, "This money is supposed to be for improving infrastructure or producing more homes families can afford, but after the past corruption cases here in Puerto Rico with funds for AIDS and Education, I'm afraid that this money will not all be used for it's intended purpose, if you know what I mean.
When contacted, the mayors staunchly defended their fidicuary responsibility, praised The United States for their support and assistance, and then left the press conference chanting "Sovereignty for Puerto Rico, Sovereignty for Puerto Rico."
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