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May 13, 2014JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  |  By: Brent Barnett

Comments on Wasteful Spending by National Guard

Months after a hearing on massive fraud in a recruiting program, Missouri U.S. Senator, Claire McCaskill spoke on wasteful spending from the National Guard.
Sen. McCaskill says each year the National Guard spends more than $56 million on sports marketing with NASCAR and IndyCar, which amounts to 37 percent of its marketing and advertising budget. She says last year the program generated fewer than 8,000 leads, far from the roughly 1 million leads the Guard needs to meet its annual recruiting goal of 50,000 soldiers. McCaskill says she wants to understand why the Guard has failed to reach such goals.

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McCaskill adds she questioned National Guard officials on why the Guard continues these contracts when almost every other service branch has discontinued them.