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$80 Billion in Food Stamps and No Clue How Itís Spent

"USDA hides behind a specious proprietary data argument: The public doesn't want to know internal business decisions or information about specific individuals' finances," Steve Ellis of the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense told the Times. "The USDA sees retailers, junk food manufacturers and the big ag lobby as their customers, rather than the taxpayer."

Some states have been chided by the USDA for releasing subsets of information about food stamp purchases, the Times reported.

In Oklahoma for instance, Wal-Mart received about half of the $1 billion in food stamp purchases, the Times reported. In urban areas, food stamp money is commonly spent at corner stores on junk food and fraud is more common. Information confirming that small stores report high food stamp sales could be an indicator that it was accepting customers' food stamps and giving back cash, according to the Times.

$80 Billion in Food Stamps and No Clue How It’s Spent
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