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PolitiFact: Did Mack ask for stimulus money?

Make no mistake, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fort Myers, opposes the federal stimulus.

He’s decried President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which poured $787 billion into the economy, a "waste of money" and a move "to ignore the will of the American people."

He’s released media statements and ads accusing Obama and Sen. Bill Nelson, whom he wants to unseat from the U.S. Senate, of pushing a stimulus that wasted "millions in taxpayer dollars" on things like cocaine-addicted monkeys. (PolitiFact pegged that ad as Mostly False.)

"I’ve said time and time again, we cannot spend our way to prosperity," Mack said in a 2010 media release about the stimulus.

That’s why, on the night of the Oct. 17 Senate debate, Nelson was prepared to use Mack’s own political weight against him.

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