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Hovde campaign denies that computer security firm got stimulus funds


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Eric Hovde’s U.S. Senate campaign says it’s not true that a computer security firm which is partially-owned by Hovde got $2.3 million in federal stimulus funds.

The candidate has criticized his Republican primary opponents for letting their businesses take stimulus cash. And the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Hovde did the same thing when the Virginia firm of E-Plus received stimulus money a couple years ago.

The paper said the funding is listed on a federal Web site that tracks stimulus spending. It showed that E-Plus received multiple stimulus grants.

But Monday, Hovde’s campaign said the Web site is wrong. They said E-Plus never applied for stimulus funds or received them – but their customers may have done so.

Edward Pound of the federal board that runs Recovery.Gov said the Web site merely reflects information submitted by recipients of stimulus money. E-Plus has refused comment.

Hovde’s campaign says he owns less than a 15 percent share of the company, and it’s nowhere near a controlling interest.

Hovde is one of four Republicans squaring off in a U.S. Senate primary two weeks from Tuesday.