U.S. Census Bureau Spent $47,000 On T-Shirts
ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. Census Bureau spent $47,000 on t-shirts and then gave them away to Magic fans.
The Bureau had thousands of shirts made up before the April 1st deadline and handed them out for free at an Orlando Magic game, with the hopes a national audience at home would see the census logo.
The plan was to raise awareness of the census but the 20,000 shirts made came out of taxpayer’s pockets.
The U.S. Census Bureau says in 2000, 69% of Florida’s households mailed in census forms. This year, however, 72% participated and the bureau credits the bump to the shirt.
But some residents whose taxes paid for the shirts think otherwise.
“It’s a nice shirt but I don’t think it plays into census” said Orlando resident Brian Overby
The U.S. Census says it simply spent the public funds it needed to in order to get people counted and that every region in the country did something similar to get the word out about the census.