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According to the latest 2013 budget proposal, the city of Tampa also is able to afford its own Homeland Security Grant Coordinator at an annual salary of $47,765, whose sole duty is to manage the millions of dollars that pour into the city’s police department.
The press office of the city of Tampa did not return calls to Florida Watchdog.
U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), introduced a bill banning the public funding of political party conventions earlier this year, and it was overwhelmingly agreed to in the House.
While it aims to strip funding for the actual conventions, it makes no mention of the nearly $100 million in security funds allocated each year a convention is held.
A similar version of the bill also passed in the Senate, prompting both chambers to present a merged bill to be voted on in the last remaining month of the legislative session on Capitol Hill.
This article originally appeared at Watchdog.org.