Congressional Delegation Credits Governor's D.C. Office with Helping State

JANUARY 19, 2006 - Posted at 8:02 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation say Governor Huckabee's office in Washington, D.C. has helped the state receive millions in federal grant dollars.

Documents released by Huckabee's office show a list of grants and appropriations worth more than $28 million.

The list released by the governor's office includes grants and appropriations since the office opened in late 2003.  The largest sums are $15.5 million over two years for navigation systems on the Ouachita-Black River and nearly $6 million to train students in automotive and advanced manufacturing fields at four community colleges in eastern Arkansas.

A Huckabee spokeswoman said the governor's office doesn't take sole credit for the money, instead calling it a team effort.

The documents were provided in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from The Associated Press.  Huckabee's chief legal counsel initially said in a letter that the state would deny the request because the documents were unpublished memoranda, working papers and correspondence.

However, the governor's spokeswoman Alice Stewart, said the governor's office decided to voluntarily release the documents.

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