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Karen Handel: FactCheck: Only $2.2M on USAID pottery in Morocco, not $27M

Handel has started an "Only in Washington" website highlighting government waste. Day 8's item: "Only in Washington would politicians spend $27 million to teach Moroccans how to make pottery. While Morocco is no doubt a lovely place, we have families in Georgia that are being hurt by high taxes fueling out of control spending. What's worse is that the program was deemed a failure."

The facts: In 2009, USAID began a $30 million, four-year plan to help increase the economic competitiveness of Morocco. A key part of the project included training Moroccans to create pottery to sell domestically as well as internationally. But the pottery program was riddled with problems and its intended focus on women and youths was not fulfilled. Of the $27 million, the pottery training was only a fraction of the cost--about 8% of the total program. Some may still consider that amount, $2.2 million, a large expense for pottery training and promotion, but it is not close to the $27 million that Handel claimed.

Source: PolitiFact AdWatch on 2014 Georgia Senate debate Aug 7, 2013

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