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Why should I reward someone who doesn’t like the President, so they can use funds to try to campaign against the President.

This quotation illustrates a political phenomenon that used to be common in American politics—the spoils system where government activities, positions, contracts and grants were awarded to the supporters of the winning party and not to the opponents. In modern times government contracts were supposed to have been awarded on the basis of qualifications and price and not conditioned on political support. In this rare quotation, the secretary admitted to violating his own Department’s regulations and using politics as a criteria where existing laws prohibited that.

Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Republican), Speech to a group of Texas business leaders, 2006

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Alphonso Jackson
Alphonso Jackson
  • Born: September 9, 1945
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant

Alphonso R. Jackson served as the 13th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 28, 2004 and confirmed by the Senate on March 31, 2004. Jackson announced his resignation on March 31, 2008.

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