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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

Join state business mission to China

Governor Sonny Perdue is pleased to announce details of the business mission to the People's Republic of China, March 30-April 5, 2008 that he mentioned in his State of the State speech. After business calls in Shanghai, the Governor will travel to Beijing to open Georgia's 11th economic development office outside the U.S. Joining Governor Perdue will be Secretary of State Karen Handel, senior officials from the General Assembly, the Department of Economic Development, the University System, and the Georgia Ports Authority, and business leaders from throughout the state.

"Our office in Beijing will join our global commerce teams in cities all over the world, making Georgia an even more desirable location for foreign direct investment and tourism while facilitating the entry of Georgia businesses into foreign markets," said Governor Sonny Perdue.

China was Georgia's third-largest export destination at $1.1 billion in 2006.

Source: Georgia voting records: press release on Mission to China , Jan 18, 2008

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