Riley Targets "Pass Through Pork"

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Bob Riley has ordered college and university presidents to notify him if elected officials attempt to hide spending in their districts by transferring money through their schools.

Riley sent a memorandum Tuesday to all four-year college and university presidents. Riley said he wants the presidents to tell him by Nov. 16 if elected officials use their schools to hide money for special projects.

It's a process known as "pass through pork." Riley called the process corrupt and an abuse of the trust of taxpayers.

Riley said one or more legislators recently tried to take $1.89 million from the university's funds and transfer the money to the Department of Education.

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