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Federal grant funds misused by group

Thursday, November 7, 2002

If you'll remember last week there was a brouhaha about a St. Louis AIDS group that hired a black male porn star to "speak" with their members as part of an AIDS awareness meeting. The gay porn star appeared wearing only his imagination to entertain the two dozen or so young gay men in attendance. And did I mention that the meeting was funded with part of a federal taxpayer grant through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention?

Well now the top two officials of Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS have been fired for the revolting gay bonanza and officials are still probing exactly what happened.

But to me the big news actually came this week when health officials revealed that the minority gay group gets a total of $1.6 million in federal government assistance. I so very much want someone to get to the bottom of this boondoggle and explain how this group could receive so much of your tax dollars. It's a question that deserves an answer.

Two former members of this St. Louis black gay organization have quit and charged that the gay porn star had sexual contact with some of the young gay men who were gathered. Officials continue to probe those allegations. And officials have now pulled the remaining grant money - only about $6,000 - and want some answers.

As I said when this story first broke, I would like some answers too. I want to know who within the Center for Disease Control and Prevention approved this grant. And I'd sure like to know how they justified the funding.

Here's my opinion. Because this group is aimed solely at minorities, I think the federal government bends over backward to assure funding for this and other similar groups. I doubt very seriously if the success of this group is ever questioned. It appears to be a typical flow of your tax dollars to groups and organizations whose sole purpose is to get federal grants. Take away the administrative fees and salaries for those running the program and very little money reaches the public. In this case the remaining money funded a gay pornfest.

Maybe, just maybe, the results of Tuesday's election will bring some changes in the way we spend our tax dollars.

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